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Note: Sassafras is grey area ethnobotanical. It's legal, but not to be sold for human consumption. This is because it may benefit the human body and make you feel all warm and glowing inside. The information provided here is not intended to encourage or glorify the use of this or any other plant or substance. These statements are for research purposes only.
The original root beer recipes used Sassafras root for the flavor, and to add a psychoactive kick to the brew. This is not so much mainstream information. The reason they called it root BEER, is because it was intoxicating because of the actual plant material added to the mixture. The FDA made claims that it was toxic and all of this non-sense. They did the same thing with Kratom, but it turns out THEY LIE! Scientist have jumped on board to dis-prove all of their lies, which I imagine must be pretty embarrasing for the FDA. This is why you can buy the stuff, but it can't be sold for human consumption.
Traditionally, a Sassafras tea was used in herbal medicine to help boost the immune system. It's even been used to recover from bouts with poison oak or sumac, especially when the leaf is chewed. It's made into a tea in order to induce sweating, which is said to result in breaking a fever. For over three centuries it's been consumed in the lower Mississippi valley. The ground dried up leaves are used to make a file' powder, to compliment certain types of gumbo. So, it has its culinary applications as well as its recreational and medicinal ones. If you're interested in using it for cooking, check out this book called "Sassafras: The Ozarks Cookbook"
A psychoactive oil from the bark known as safrole was used to flavor medicines and candy, and even in some perfumes. The candy could be thought of almost like edibles in reference to Cannabis. The FDA banned the use of Safrole in any products which are intended for human consumption back in the 1960's. You can still legally buy Sassafras though, just not in anything that's to be consumed. There's been some debate on whether or not this is true. Not just that, but there are people selling it in consumable forms, so it doesn't seem that this is being enforced. If you check the FDA website, you will see that it is in fact a law. Thankfully, it's still available in the USA though.
Alpha-pinene, anethole, apiole, asarone, beta-sitosterol, boldine, caryophyllene, elemicin, eugenol, mucilage ( also found in Mullein ), myristicin, reticule, safrene, safrole ( MDA ), tannins, thujone ( also found in Passion flower ), Wormwood, and even Damiana.
It has a very unique aroma ( smells REALY GOOD! ), which is probably what originally attracted humans to this plant. Its smell is very sweet and pleasant. As far as chemical constituents goes, or active chemicals found within the plant, it's a gold mine of phytochemistry, science, and potential medical value. It has been rumored that it is carcinogenic, and that may be in sufficient dosages, however; I do not believe it. These studies conducted on the carcinogenic activity of certain compounds, are based on the free-based version of these chemicals, and in very high concentrations. Drinking a tea and eating a pile of synthetic powder are two completely different things. To illustrate my point, one can not over-dose on Cannabis, yet you can easily over-dose on spice or JWH-018(synthetic), etc.
I want to start off by saying my ciatations for the statements in this paragraph are backed up on this sites page for Henbane/Bella Donna. In many alternative healing practices, it's said that ailments are treated with substances that cause similar effects to that of the illness or ailments. For example, Henbane and Bella Donna are highly toxic, so they were used to boost the immune system by giving patients a safe and extremely small amount of the poison. A substance that causes hysteria is used to treat hysteria, and so on. You get the idea. So this leads me to believe that Sassafras may be beneficial for someone with Cancer. In fact it has been known for this by some cultures throughout history from what i've heard and read.
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I'd like to remind everyone of a medical law known as the Arndt Schulz rule which states that any poison that's diluted enough, or administered in a small enough of an amount, has medicinal value. So this is more than just a theory, it's a scientifically understood principle. Many modern medicines work by giving the patient a small amount of the poison or bacteria, etc. The toxicity vs medicinal benefit of different chemical compounds, both synthetic and organic, seems to depend greatly upon the dosages administered. Without knowing this scientific fact, one could easily be mislead or manipulated into believing that Sassafras is somehow dangerous. This doesn't mean you should be careles with the stuff. Safrole can make you quite sick if you consume too much of it.
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