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Re: Books elevate the mind?
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- Subject: Re: Books elevate the mind?
- From: Phil <email@example.com>
- Date: Sun, 5 Jul 1998 09:16:57 -0700
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Cyan Cernwnos wrote:
> 98.07.03 wrote chax
> Psychedelic mushrooms, the classic hallucinogenic fungus, derive
> their mind-altering properties from the psilocybin and psilocin
> they produce naturally.
> One historic example of this phenomenon, scientists now believe,
> is the madness that prevailed in the late 1600s in Salem, Mass.,
> where ergot, a hallucinogenic fungus, infected the rye crops that
> went into rye bread. Ergot contains lysergic acid, a key compound
> of the hallucinogenic drug LSD. This tiny fungus and its wild
> effects on the rye-bread-eating women may have led to the
> Salem witch trials.
> A while ago I heard of a report that claimed people in the Mediter-
> ranean regions where chestnut bread was a staple (it was not a
> wheat growing area in the Middle Ages) stayed stoned because
> chestnut has a similar alkaloid.
> Where did I put that reference? Did I hallucinate this?
> Cyan >(:
All these require ingestion of sufficnet fungal mass. I (PhD mycologist
of >25 years) am not aware of any record of hallucinations secondary to
Did Hayes offer specific ref. and info or is this idle speculation?