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Horse Chestnut?
    #3019414 - 08/18/04 06:41 PM (12 years, 10 months ago)

Got this from the book i'm reading, anyone have experience with these?

The Indians of the northwestern United States chewed a fern Lycopodium selago for its narcotic-like effects. By chewing the stems of three plants, a mild intoxication was experienced, while chewing those of eight plants was said to render the individual unconscious.
The Calpella Indians of northern Califorinia considered the root of the red larkspur to contain "highly narcotic properties" and referred to the plant as sleeproot.
In concluding this brief summary of narcotic plants, we include a minor narcotic of our grandfather's generation. Dr. Millspaugh describes the nuts of the horse chestnut as narcotic and states that "10 grains are equal to 3 grams of opium." Surprisingly, the pulverized nuts were mixed with lard by the Indians and used as a home remedy for hemorrhoids. Some California Indians employed a related species as an agent for suicide, evidence that each culture employs their narcotic drugs in their own way.

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Re: Horse Chestnut? [Re: namaste]
    #3024117 - 08/19/04 05:12 PM (12 years, 10 months ago)

Horsechestnut is pretty poisonous actually. Ive heard and read some interesting reports of them but I believe they do contain toxic compounds. i dont have any references or books on me but i'll check it out when I get back from vacation. In short, dont experiment with it, but it is still fascinating to research.


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Re: Horse Chestnut? [Re: namaste]
    #3025908 - 08/19/04 11:22 PM (12 years, 10 months ago)

a friend of mine when i was a toddler ate some.  he was sent to the hospitol and not sure after that.  it made him very very ill.  all i see from it is people getting sick, but not all that often.  never personally heard of any effects aside from cramps and puking.  that was also the nut not the root, just thought id throw it out there :smile:

im really interested to see what yall find out about that fern.  sounds neat.


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Re: Horse Chestnut? [Re: Aneglakya]
    #3025930 - 08/19/04 11:26 PM (12 years, 10 months ago)

Thanks, i know i ate one about a year ago before i knew it was poisinous, passed out for the afternoon, no narcotic effects. Supposedly one half is consumable,  i always notice that the squirrels only eat half.  I  Was wondering if active alkaloids needed to extracted in a certain way?  I'm actually more curious about the ferns :crazy2:

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