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Re: books elevate the mind?
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- Subject: Re: books elevate the mind?
- From: Ron Koster <psymon@ISTAR.CA>
- Date: Sat, 4 Jul 1998 22:17:15 -0400
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At 10:36 05/07/98 +0930, Barbara Coddington wrote:
>I get a little nervous when I read stuff like this. I can just see people
>going looking for books to sniff (a la the "cane toad" phenomenon, when
>people decided licking toads would give them hallucenogenic
Actually, this is, in fact, true. The skin of *Bufo marinus*, the most
commonly-found toad in the world, emits a secretion that contains
bufotenine (5-hydroxydimethyltryptamine), a compound which is also found in
the beans of the *Anadenanthera peregrina* plant, from which a
hallucinogenic snuff called "yopo" is made and used by various Native
peoples along the Orinoco in South America.
And how's that for totally off-topic?<g>
P S Y M O N ? ? ? ?