- The 34-year-old man developed intense neck and head pains after eating the chilli at a hot pepper contest in NY, and was eventually taken to hospital, where he was diagnosed with thunderclap headaches (essentially an intense series of headaches that feel like a thunderclap).
- The condition is linked to a temporary brain condition known as Reversible Cerebral Vasoconstriction Syndrome (RCVS), which occurs when arteries in the brain constrict, restricting blood flow.
- According to a case report, there are no other known cases where an RCVS has been caused by chilli.
- The Carolina Reaper has been measured at more than two million Scoville units (the measure for how hot a chilli is). For some perspective, a very hot habanero can measure 50,000 Scoville units…