Saguaro cactus is a vital source of food and even shelter for the Tohono O'odham. The spikes are often used as sewing needles. Even the ribs are used to make harvesting tools. The Native Americans used them for construction. It's considered to be rather rare when compared to others.


Chemical Constituents


This cactus does contain some rather fascinating phytochemicals. These compounds include four tetrahydroisoquinoline alkaloids: carnegine, salsolidine, gigantine and arizonine. It also contains Salsolidine, 3-methoxytyramine and 3,4-dimethoxypenethylamine. Dopamine is also found in the fresh plant material!


It's pretty amazing to think that a cactus can contain dopamine. Dopamine is an essential neurochemical found in human beings. This is more common than you think. Another plant commonly called Cowage also contains a neurochemical called serotonin. The list goes on when you actually conduct the research. Thanks to the scientific phytochemical studies on these ethnobotanicals we can factually understand the harmonic relationship between all things in the cosmos.



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