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Wild cucumber
    #3117710 - 09/10/04 09:42 AM (13 years, 8 months ago)

I was wondering if anyone know anything more than this info I found:

Wild cucumber
Echinocystis lobata

In the 1960?s children in Ojai, California, began to show symptoms of severe hallucination. During play they had been nibbling on the seeds of wild cucumbers. There is no information available regarding the exact chemical nature of the wild cucumber seeds. Birds eat the seed without any harmful results, but since its chemistry is unknown so are its possible dangers.

i have seeds to this one so im gonna try to grow it in time, all info on it is appriciated.

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Re: Wild cucumber [Re: Mystiq_Shaman]
    #3117889 - 09/10/04 11:39 AM (13 years, 8 months ago)

Just found this:

"Wild Cucumber, Balsam-Apple (Echinocystis lobata)

Extremely bitter root tea or pulverized root is used for stomach , kidney, and a host of other ailments. Also used as love potion!

Contains cucurbitacins which are extremely active as anti-tumor and cytotoxic agents at levels of one part per million."

At http://www.naturallist.com/plantmed.htm

This is cucurbitacin E, I'm not sure how others may differ. Looks like a crude acetone extract may get the goodies out.

I've recently got some seeds for ecballium elaterium, the "spitting cucumber." When the ripe fruits are disturbed, they break off from the stem and shoot out the seeds. These were used as laxatives, so you might want to be careful when experimenting with wild cucumber! It could have side effects :wink:.
Although it's possible that spitting cucumber was used as a laxative just because of the way it spits out its seeds. Henbane is so named because the seed pods look a bit like chickens, maybe this was used as a laxative because when it spits its seeds out, it looks a bit like...

Edited by Openminded (09/10/04 11:44 AM)

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