Vampire Blood, or V as it is also known, is different from human blood and is what gives vampires their various abilities and is their literal life essence. Lafayette explained that, while human blood sustains life, vampire blood is life.
If vampire blood is consumed by a human (or any other creature) in a small dose (one or two drops), it will heighten the senses, increase strength, make an intense sexual experience, and cause hallucinations. The effects are different with each person; however, if the blood is taken in a large dose, it causes several different effects, such as healing someone who has injuries, even if they are dangerously close to death, and metaphysically or spiritually bond the drinker with the vampire in question. If taken in a large dose when there is no injury on the human, they will have an extremely increased libido.
Men will possibly experience an enhanced erection for a long period of time, heightened strength for several days after consumption and feel terribly unwell. The vampire community has kept the healing properties of their blood a secret from the mortal community as people will hunt vampires for their blood. Humans who drink from vampires will begin to have strange dreams (mostly sexual) about the vampire from whom they drank, and vice versa with said vampire. For instance, Sookie Stackhouse dreamed of Eric Northman and Sam Merlotte even had a strange sexual dream about Bill Compton.
In the True Blood universe, it is very illegal to consume V or to sell it. ("Strange Love") However, many people do sell V, such as Mack and Denise Rattray, and Lafayette Reynolds. V is an incredibly expensive drug, and addicts, such as Amy Burley and Jason Stackhouse, go to terrible extremes to get it.
Not all V is taken by force, however. Lafayette Reynolds' supply of V originally came from a willing vampire, Eddie Fournier, who traded his blood for sex. After being kidnapped by Eric, Lafayette intended to stop selling V, but was forced to sell again by Eric. This time the blood was coming from the vampire queen herself. ("Beyond Here Lies Nothin'")
V Healing & Bonding AbilitiesEdit
Consuming V grants humans very fast and radical rates of temporary healing powers. However, this is something the vampire world does not want to become well known. Once a human drinks from a vampire, not only do they heal, but their souls are now permanently one with that of the vampire(s) who's blood they have drank (as well as that of any other subsequent drinker of said vampire's blood) and their bond will grow ever stronger with time. This bond is the same as that between a vampire maker and his/her progeny, though the vampire has no control over the relationship and cannot control or "call" the human in question. The vampire can sense when the Human is in any trouble or is in need of aide and can feel their emotions. The human and vampire, now with their eternal blood/spirit union, can evolve into a sexual/romantic relationship or fantasy, as seen with Bill and Sookie or even Bill and Sam. The vampire blood has powerful healing effects but the healing does not work when a human is attacked by the neurotoxin produced by a Maenad claws, so it seems that vampire blood is weak when it is going to neutralize the neurotoxin.
Because of the enhancements and euphoria it grants, V addiction is highly common. As such, V is one of the most powerful "drugs" on the illegal market. It is not uncommon for humans to drain vampires for their blood to both it be to feed addictions and sell for profit. There is a special way to control the dosage of Vampire Blood, however, it is still highly addicting and not recommended.
Consuming too much V can have intense side effects, beneficial or otherwise.
- Jason Stackhouse drank an entire vial, making his penis engorge ultimately sending him to the hospital.
- V can make humans very strong and heighten their senses but also make them very agitated.
- V increases the drinker's libido and can also cause prolonged and passionate sex with strong and incredibly pleasurable orgasms.
- V drinkers often have dreams of the vampire(s) whose blood they are one with. These dreams are mostly sexual.
- Without V, the withdrawal symptoms may be very hard to go through, much like those of heroin.
- Each individual experiences their own "trip" on vampire blood. Mostly, it is a euphoric experience. Some Humans actually "trip" as if they were on LSD. Some grow increasingly horny and some even experience lifelike occurrences.