Category: Substances

Ancient Plant Soma or Haoma Revealed
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August 20, 2017

The identity of the ancient plant known as Soma is one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in the field of religious history. Common in the religious lore of both ancient India and Persia, the sacred Soma plant was considered a God. When Soma was pressed and made into a drink, the ancient worshipper who imbibed...

Deadly Nightshade: The Wicked Belladonna
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August 16, 2017

Deadly nightshade, devil’s berries, death cherries. No matter what name it goes by, Atropa Belladonna is one of the most poisonous herbs in the world. From suicide to murder, belladonna has been a favorite tool for centuries to bring about a quick (and unpleasant) death. Lethally beautiful, belladonna is an annual plant that grows about...

Cocaine: The Evolution of the Once Wonder Drug

Long before drug cartels, crack wars and TV shows about addiction, cocaine was promoted as a wonder drug. Sold as a cure-all and praised by some of the greatest minds in medical history, including Sigmund Freud and the pioneering surgeon William Halsted. According to historian Dr. Howard Markel, it was even promoted by the likes...

Opium Poppy: A Powerful Medicine for Pain Relief

Of all plants used in the field of medicine, none has been as widely employed, none has helped to save as many lives and ease suffering, as the opium poppy. Opium poppy and its derivatives have been used since antiquity. Cultivation of opium poppy dates to the Neolithic Age, and remnants of opium date back...

Vikings Berserkers – Fierce Drugged Warriors or just Mad Men?

Vikings warriors were a feared lot, and even those who didn’t fear them respected them and their fighting abilities in the battles. But the most ferocious and most feared of them all were the Berserkers. Before the battle, the berserkers worked themselves into a trance state. They did this with the aid of alcohol, but...

This Hallucinogenic Fish Was Used By The Romans As A Recreational Drug

The Ancient Romans were known for fully utilizing the land around them and used a variety of nature for an array of uses. But something that was not quite as well known to the Romans was that they used a fish called Sarpa salpa as a recreational drug. The Romans often used the land to...

Amanita Muscaria Myths and Folkore
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July 30, 2017

Think of any fairy tale illustration of elves or goblins sitting on or under a toadstool, and most likely the cap of such a fungus will be bright red with white spots. The autumnal abundance and vibrant colors of the Amanita Muscaria make it probably the most widely recognized of our fungi. As the name...

Cannabis Ruderalis: The Overlooked Child of the Cannabis Family

The name ‘Ruderalis‘ comes from ‘ruderal‘, a term is given to wild plant species which are the first to colonize land disturbed by natural forces or human activity. Ruderalis species commonly grow by roadsides or on agricultural land that has been left fallow. Harsh origins of Ruderalis Cannabis Ruderalis is tentatively described as the third...

Why Acid Trips Last so Long and Make Everything Seem so Profound

It’s no secret that being on acid, also known as LSD, or lysergic acid diethylamide, can make the mundane seem full of meaning, but now we may know why. And not only that, scientists may have figured out why trips last so long. Two studies on lysergic acid  provide glimpses of how the drug works...

Citrus Trees Have Huge Amounts of Dimethyltryptamine

It may surprise you to learn that common citrus trees like oranges and lemons are actually Schedule I substances, in the same legal category as heroin. I know it sounds absurd, but it is absolutely true. A Recent analysis published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry (Servillo et al. 2013) found that several...