August 27, 2018 3 min read

Here to answer all your BURNING questions! Hahaha… See what I did there?

How Hot is the Carolina Reaper Pepper?

Single Carolina Reaper Pepper

For all you brave souls who are intrigued by this, listen up. The Carolina Reaper is the hottest pepper known to man ranking in at 1,569,300 Scoville Heat Units. That’s a hot Pepper! To put that in perspective, that’s about 300 times hotter than even the most intense jalapeño…. C-Reap (rap name) holds quite the punch.

A big trend today is to have challenges where people eat the reaper consequently for losing a bet or even just for their own curiosity. They film their reactions, and are hilarious to watch!

What happens to you if you eat the Carolina Reaper?

I mean besides the obvious, IT BURNS!!! What else is there to it, and what are some of the longer-lasting results of eating the pepper???? When I was asked if I would ever eat the pepper, naturally, the first thing that came to my mind was, “COULD I DIE??” Yikes!

I understand that thought may be a little dramatic, but with heat like that, I am very concerned with the physical and even emotional pain that the pepper evokes. Well to answer that question, let me tell you about my little friend, Capsaicin.

This is what makes the pepper feel like you are trapped in Satan’s armpit. It’s a molecular compound that’s in every part of the Carolina Reaper except for the seeds. The highest concentration is found in the inner wall where the seeds are attached. Inside Of Carolina Reaper Pepper

So, when you ingest the capsaicin, it stimulates nerve endings that tell your brain that it’s feeling pain. Your body reacts the same way it would if it were going under attack from a severe burn. Your cells would prepare to heal the burn, so as a result, the first few seconds will have a mediocre burn that comes on. You think, “Okay, maybe it’s not that bad.”

But as soon as you think you’re tough, a brick of pain hits your body. As capsaicin spreads through your mouth, it binds to TRPV1 receptors, which your body uses to detect heat.

These receptors are typically activated by temperatures more than 110°F, but once the capsaicin latches on, the activation temperature drops to about 93°F, says Nadia Byrnes, Ph.D. That’s lower than your natural body temperature. “Now the warmth of your own mouth trips the receptor and creates a burning sensation,” she says. Substance P, a neuropeptide that signals pain, travels to your brain, unleashing a cascade of defensive biological reactions.

Person In Pain From A Carolina Reaper Fire Flames Image

How long will that sensation last?

If you are going to endure all of the pain that comes with eating the world’s hottest pepper, of course you will want to know how long the sensation lasts. There is no precise scientific answer to this question because it does vary from person to person. Some people report that the burning sensation in your mouth can last up to 20 minutes, but the digestive pain can last anywhere from 2-5 hours.

A man by the name of Matt Gross ate three of the C-Reaps in 2014 to break a Guinness world record and noted that it took him around 14 hours to fully recover. Either way, we get that the pepper is hot, but eating one would sure get some nice bragging rights. If you are brave enough to try this pepper, try buying some of our Carolina Reaper seeds or any of our other seeds. I guarantee that we’ll have something you’ll love.

We also have a plethora of other products to check out as well. Our hot sauces are HOT! (or mild, whatever you prefer.) You can keep up with Pepper Joe's by following us on Facebook and Instagram. We LOVE feedback, so don’t hesitate to let us know how we’re doing or to ask us questions. Your question could even be covered in a future blog post! Well, that’s all for this time. Thanks for reading, and remember… “We’re growing hotter every day!” ~Hannah A.K.A. HaubHANero

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5 Responses

Zing farms Owosso mi.
Zing farms Owosso mi.

March 10, 2020

Just received my order of Carolina reapers and they included 2 packs of bonus seeds.5 scotch brains an 5 Charleston peppers. I’m looking forward to harvesting and will definitely be ordering more for my post season indoor grow. Thank you pepper Joe’s

Nigger
Nigger

January 23, 2020

My mom doesnt feel pain inside of her mouth so she eats these and doesn’t know she’s sweating.
My mom didnt know her water broke until 4 hours after!

Denis
Denis

June 11, 2019

Received a ‘Box of Dynamite’ in the spring, very excited, and gave half of the seeds to my brother-in-law, who did very well with them. He put them straight into potting soil and most germinated. I tried the ‘plastic bag’ method and had almost no luck at all! Finally got 5 plants out of them. Granted, I had never used this method before, and may have started a little later in the season. The plants are still alive (mid October) with two peppers on one, and one pepper I have already harvested!! No other blooms previously, and fall is arriving, so don’t expect any more!
I do extremely well usually with all kinds of milder peppers, bought as seedlings, and had a great harvest of Scotch Bonnets and various cayennes that are still producing a little. I guess there’s a lesson there. I will plant earlier, and in properly prepared soil, next spring. Hope and hot springs eternal!

Brad Van Patten
Brad Van Patten

June 11, 2019

OMG, order some super hot seeds from peppper joe’s again, was so excited for their arrival, again arrived 2 days early, and free pods and seeds again. Can not wait to get them planted. Eating the ghost pepper pod now, The Heat is incredible. So love Pepper Joe’s.

Brad Van Patten
Brad Van Patten

July 18, 2018

OMG! I ordered some Carolina Reaper Seeds and awaited their delivery. The package arrived 2 days ahead of schedule “Excitement”, upon opening the package, I not only found my Package of Carolina Reaper Seeds, but Pepper Joe’s also included in my order a Free Dried Carolina Reaper Pod, Orange Scorpion Seeds, and Brown Naglah Seeds. I cannot tell you how excited I was in finding the additional “FREE POD and SEEDS” included in my order. I Love Pepper Joe’s and look forward to my next order of seeds from them.

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