>From: Brian Williams <email@example.com>
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>Subject: [Aroid-l] aroid hallucinogen
>Date: Fri, 05 Nov 2004 21:18:49 -0500
Just a bit more info on these plants---Dr. Sue Thompson gave a most informative talk on this complex, she concluded that the N. American species is different to the species commonly grown/used in Europe/Asia, the N. American one was commonly used by Native Americans, and can be used medicinally, eaten, etc., but warned about trying to use the European/Asian one in the same ways. She noted that there was much confusion and mixing of information concerning these plants, so be careful!!!
>I found this while looking up some info on the net. I know this has
>now been moved out of the Araceae family but still very interesting.
>CALAMUS -- Sweet flag, rat root (_Acorus calamus_). Family Araceae
>Material: Roots of tall, fragrant, sword-leaved plant found in
>marshes and borders of ponds and streams in Europe, Asia, and North
>America from Nova Scotia to Minnesota, southward to Florida and
>Usage: Roots are collected in late autumn or spring, washed,
>voided of root fibres and dried with moderate heat. Root may be
>chewed or broken up and boiled as a tea. Doses range from 2 to 10
>inches of root. Root deteriorates with age. Usually inactive after 1
>year. Store closed in cool dry place.
>Active Constituents: Asarone and beta-asarone.
>Effects: A piece of dried root the thickness of a pencil and
>about 2 inches long provides stimulating and buoyant feelings. A
>piece 10 inches long acts as a mind alterant and hallucinogen. (See
>Contraindications: The FDA frowns upon the sale and use of
>calamus and has issued directives to certain herb dealers not to
>it to the public. An FDA directive is simply a polite word for a
>threat of hassling without a law to back it. At present there are no
>laws against calamus. Some experiments have indicated that excessive
>amounts of calamus oil can increase the tumor rate in rats. Many of
>the Cree Indians of Northern Alberta chew calamus root for oral
>hygiene and as a stimulating tonic. They apparently suffer no
>unpleasant side effects. In fact, those who use it seem to be in
>better general health than those who do not.
>Supplier: Dried root, MGH; viable root, RCS, GBR.
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