Scorpion venom is the most expensive liquid on earth. It costs around
$38,585,507.46 per gallon (3.7 liters).
It’s more expensive than Thailand’s King Cobra venom, which costs around
$153,835.82 a gallon (3.7 liters).
Scorpion venom contains 5 Million unstudied compounds this is why it’s called the ” Cocktail of bioactive compounds”.
Scorpion venom is useful in medical applications. Proteins from it’s toxin showed antimicrobial activity.
Scorpion venom also exhibited antimalarial properties. It can be used in the development of new drugs. A drug called Vidatox was obtained from blue scorpions, it’s known as “Cuba’s Miracle Drug”. The drug shows promising anti-cancer activity and it has been tested on more than 10,000 cancer patients. The drug demonstrated positive results against various cancers.
Researchers are looking into using scorpion venom as a painkiller. A peptide from scorpion venom can suppress immune responses allowing it to be used in the treatment of autoimmune diseases.
There are nearly 2,000 scorpion species. Only about 40 species are poisonous enough to kill a human being.
There are different methods for extracting Scorpion venom, such as puncturing the venom gland, also called abdominal removal. This technique is unreliable and harmful to the insect.
Another technique involves electric stimulation in which Scorpion abdomen is electrically stimulated to release the venom. Electric stimulation results in larger quantities.
Current research on Scorpion venom is progressing very slowly due to lack of large quantities of the venom. However, it could eventually revolutionize the way we treat diseases.