SPANISH FLY   

If you expect Spanish fly to send you and your lover into spasms of sexual delight, watch out! A most unpleasant surprise awaits those who toy with this famed "aphrodisiac." Scientifically, Spanish fly is known as cantharides and is actually produced from the crushed wings of the Lytta vesicatoria (also Cantharis vesicatoria) beetle. The thought of eating beetle parts may not seem particularly appealing, but that's not the worst of it. This is one drug that not only fails to live up to its reputation as a sexual mood enhancer, but will also prove to be a real bummer.

Cantharides are used legally as a method of inducing farm animals to mate.' The drug doesn't make bulls feel sexy or conjure up images of bovine Linda Lovelaces, however. What it does is to severely irritate the urethral passages during urination. The resulting burning sensation in the genitals creates a false sense of sexual excitement in the animal.

People have tang believed the myth that Spanish fly will cause them to have superhuman sexual capacity and desire. Wrong! Even a tiny dose will more often cause a combination of fever, painful urination, extreme irritation of the genitals, and a bloody discharge. If that's' not enough to scare you away, consider the- fact that cantharides can permanently damage the kidneys and genitals. Maybe you am get a kidney replaced in this modern age of transplants, but go try to find a new set of genitals. Even worse, in a great many instances, use of cantharides by humans has resulted in death. Not much fun at all.

Don't be fooled by phony ads or head-shop products that offer "real" Spanish fly. Thankfully, they are not selling the real thing, but only cayenne pepper, a substance that gets fun seekers nowhere sexually.

Let a word to the wise be sufficient: Leave Spanish fly to the farm animals. The aphrodisiac benefits in human use are simply a lot of bull.