Move over, Carolina Reaper. There's a new record holder for the hottest chili pepper on Earth. The Dragon's Breath pepper is so excessively heat-packed, it's been described as "weapons-grade" hot. But this unassuming little veggie isn't for eating — it could help relieve pain, not cause it.
Dear God, WHY?
You Won't Feel A Thing
Why Do Hot Peppers Cause Pain?
Key Facts In This Video
Capsaicin is what gives peppers their heat, and it's most heavily concentrated around the tissues that connect the seeds to the pepper. 00:20
Capsaicin binds to TRPV1 receptors in your mouth designed to detect hot substances. 00:46
Capsaicin is a nonpolar molecule and water is a polar molecule, so it spreads capsaicin around your mouth. Milk is nonpolar, so it will dissolve capsaicin. 02:09
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