Two girls eat the the world’s hottest chili pepper and instantly regret it

The Carolina Reaper pepper is 2.2 million units on the Scoville heat scale.

Sabrina Stewart and Lizzy Wurst bite into the world's hottest chili pepper
Calm before the storm Sabrina Stewart and Lizzy Wurst bite into the world's hottest chili pepper. Image YouTube/Lizzy Wurst

Ever wondered what would happen if you ate the world’s hottest chili pepper?

YouTuber Lizzy Wurst has, and she and friend Sabrina Stewart showed nerves of steel when they chowed down on the Carolina Reaper pepper.

Hailing from Rock Hill in South Carolina, the Reaper measures 2.2 million units on the Scoville heat scale, making it 7,000 times hotter than an average red chili and 300 times more potent than Tabasco sauce.

It took just one bite from the inferno chili for Wurst and Stewart to experience some kind of physical, psychological and spiritual meltdown.

The video has been watched more than 3 million times, and it’s probably going to serve as a clear warning to anyone who’s tempted to try something similar.

Stewart appears to suffer the worst side effects, gagging, spluttering and then struggling to breathe as the heat takes hold. She even had to use an inhaler and additional oxygen to combat the respiratory problems.

Wurst told the Daily Mail that it was an experience she wouldn’t want anyone to try. “I would never recommend anyone to try this because it could be worse for them. I could’ve really gotten hurt and I’m thankful I didn’t. This is too extreme for anyone to try.”

Watch Sabrina and Lizzy eat the world’s hottest chili:

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Loaded digital media manager Simon Reynolds has written about film and entertainment for various leading websites since 2008. Follow Simon at @simonreyn