While the madness Game of Thrones "Seized the media and social networks, our colleagues at Science-et-vie.com have just proposed an article as unusual and disturbing that parallels nicotine with the famous poison" strangler "who killed the character of Joffrey in the series. So ? Myth or reality ?
« I would not like to die like that, scratching my neck, mouth foaming with drool and bile, blood-red eyes, purple skin ... »CLady Olenna, a person from the famous hit series.
So it's no surprise that some scholars have wondered if there is an equivalent to this "choke" poison in the real world. Poisons are dirty weapons with more or less immediate effect. The one that Joffrey dies at his wedding, dubbed "the strangler", is of the lightning kind. It is a powder extracted by acid-base reaction from the leaves of a plant of the islands of the Jade Sea, two years of travel from Westeros.
A concoction that looks like ... what? Hemlock? Ricin? Cyanide? Candidates do not miss. However, Jérôme Langrand, head of the anti-poison service of the AP-HP prefers to bet on nicotine! he declares : " The reality of this poison is the subject of great debate between specialists! But I think the main suspect is nicotine extracted from tobacco leaves.«
Pure nicotine is indeed fatal from 50 mg. In powder form, pure to 75%, 4 grams are enough to kill a king. " He is then contraction of soft muscles, such as the trachea or lungs. A sensation close to a strangulation doubled with a blow to the stomach", Says Jérôme Langrand. The lack of oxygen would purify the face, blush the eyes, and the victim would vomit reflexively.
A real topic of debate that you can find in the Science & Life Collector « Game of thrones & science« .