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Mescaline Less Addictive Than Cannabis, Scientists Conclude

Mescaline is a naturally-occurring alkaloid which causes hallucinogenic effects similar to those of LSD and psilocybin. It has been used for religious rituals by North American Natives as far back as 5700 years ago and has been claimed to be a viable treatment for depression, anxiety, headache, obsessive compulsive disorder and addiction to certain substances, …

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Call For More Accurate Classification of Psychodysleptic Plants

Scientists are calling for a re-evaluation of psychodysleptic plants in the context of research and taxonomy. Psychoactive plants such as peyote and cannabis are staple ingredients in Native American rituals. However the effects and intensity of each compound greatly depends on its preparation, therefore scientists are proposing a framework for several classification groups: Hallucinogens – …

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Validating The Effects of Ayahuasca With Placebo Controlled Studies

Ayahuasca is a plant concoction from South America ritually used by Amazonian shamans during various rituals and ceremonies. It is prepared by cooking leafs from the Psychotria viridis bush mixed with the liana Banisteriopsis caapi. Nowadays the word is more often associated with a type of spiritual retreat where participants ingest the concoction to improve …

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Scientists Looking At Reducing Opium Alkaloids In Poppy Seed Food Production Chain

Papaver somniferum or opium poppy is highly prized by the pharmaceutical industry as a source of alkaloid compounds. The plant also produces poppy seeds, a common ingredient in baked goods. Morphine and other alkaloid compounds can be obtained during the flowering stage of the plant’s life cycle when the petals have fallen and the dried …

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Carbon Dating Reveals Origin and Timeline Of Opium Poppy Cultivation

Papaver somniferum or more commonly known as opium poppy is a flowering plant that is widely cultivated for medicinal, psychoactive, and alimentary purposes. A hardy species, it can grow in most parts of the world regardless of soil properties, temperature, or topography. Its origins have been traced to the Mediterranean where it made its way …

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Scientists Looking To Utilize Pain And Anti-inflammatory Properties of Salvia Divinorum Without Hallucinogenic Effects

Salvia divinorum is a herbal plant native to the southwestern region of Mexico. A relatively unknown species, it’s been gaining interest by the scientific community for its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties.  Aside from medicinal and religious practices by Mazatecan culture, Salvia divinorum has been largely used as a recreational drug outside of its native Mexico.  …

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Artifacts Reveal Culture Of Psychoactive Plant Consumption In Ancient Central American Civilizations

The practice of consuming fungi and other psychoactive plants among ancient Central American civilizations are not well known. However a recent study of archeological artifacts and records revealed that not only were mind-altering plants such as tobacco, fungi and morning glory commonly used in Pre-Columbian Costa Rica territory,  but it was also deeply ingrained in …

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Ancient Amazonian Practices Reveal Medicinal and Therapeutic Uses Of Tobacco Plant

Tobacco is one the leading global health concerns of the 21st century. Its usage has been linked to increased risk of cancer, heart issues and other non-communicable diseases. In certain parts of South America however, the plant (especially Nicotiana rustica L.) is revered for its medicinal properties by Amazonian traditional healers known as maestro tabaquero …

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Chewing On The Health Implications Of Betel Nuts

Betel nut is a masticatory drug used by more than 600 million people worldwide. Despite having addictive qualities similar to tobacco, caffeine, and alcohol, not much research has been done by Western literature.  More commonly used in Far East Asia, India, and the South Pacific, betel nut chewing was originally a remedy to relieve tapeworms …

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