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Before I get started on Mandrake, I would just like to let you all know this page is for research only, and is not to encourage dangerous or illegal activity. One should take great caution if planning to consume these plants. Psychoactive plants are of great interest among ethnobotanist, pharmacological researchers, scientist and alternative healers. These plants are to be taken serious and have very real effects on the human mind, and body. When used properly they have shown great promise in religious context as well as healing. When abused, the effects can become negative and even fatal. It should NOT be consumed as it's potentially deadly. Successful use of this "entheogen" or "ethnobotanical", is done so by highly skilled Shamans. It's not of a recreational nature, nor is it something petty like Chamomile.
Mandrake is sold strictly as a tool for research interest. This species has been regarded as poisonous, causing states of delirium and even death. Regardless of these facts, the entheogenic root has a very long history of use as a sacred herb. The root of Mandragora officinarum is psychoactive and thought to take on almost a human form in appearance. It has been used in association with magic in European folklore. It contains extremely large amounts of tropane alkaloids and should be regarded as poisonous. It was often carried for protection and luck. The root has also been used as an aphrodisiac.
It's classified as a poison and a dilerant. All parts of the plant contain atropine, scopolamine, and hyoscyamine. These constituents are also found in Datura, Henbane, and Bella Donna. I can definately tell you this stuff is not a good time. Not that I think they should be banned ( I don't ) but these compounds are legal. I do think that this sends a strong message about the "war on drugs" though.. Some of them actually have pharmaceutical use. There are even over-the-counter eye drops that contain small amounts of Bella donna phytochemical extracts. Many decades ago they were used to dialate the pupils of women, making them irresistably attractive by creating a subconscious illusion of attraction in the un-suspsecting eyes of men. [ Dialated pupils are a biological sign of attraction, love, or lust ]
I strive to provide accurate non-bias information on these botanicals to prevent harm and educate the public. In the past, there were some shady vendors marketing these specific ethnobotanicals ( Mandrake, etc ) as something "fun" and "recreational", with NO warnings of the potential harm... There were several stories on the news about kids who thought they were going to have a good time by consuming them, and actually wound up going through the most horrifying experiences of their life, followed by death.
Please understand that even though they have been used in a similar context to Peyote and San Pedro, they are NOT a psychedelic and NOT a fun toy. Half the cultures who tried to use these types of substances as drugs were crazy, and some partook in evil behaviors, straight up. They do have a good side though. Please see my other article on Henbane, Datura, and Bella donna, which explains the medicinal applications and potential of these also very dangerous plants!
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