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Common Parsnip (Pastinaca sativa)

It seems that that the common parsnip (Pastinaca sativa) becomes powerfully hallucinogenic when allowed to grow into its SECOND SEASON. According to 'THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PURE MATERIA MEDICA' by Timothy F. Allen MD, the effects of eating second year parsnips were:

"Illusions, loss of consciousness, quiet delirium; the illusions were confined to vision, and the patients stared and grasped at imaginary objects in the air, etc.; some of them did not speak at all, others only indistinctly or incoherently; two of them used inarticulate sounds; almost uninterrupted attempts to get out of bed, [3]?

All labored under delirium tremens; they were in constant motion, talking incessantly, without knowing what they said, and fancied they saw objects which had no existence. They fought with each other and were occasionally attacked with fits of convulsive laughter. They rejected everything that was offered them and were obliged to be restrained by force."

The essential oil of parsnip roots contains a large percentage of MYRISTICIN, which is also found in nutmeg. According to the USDA phytochemical database, myristicin is listed as being: amphetaminagenic, antidepressant, antistress, hallucinogenic, hypnotic, MAO-inhibitor, psychoactive, and seratonergic.


See also: "Variation of myristicin content in cultivated parsnip roots" in: Journal of Agricultural & Food Chemistry, 29(4):890-2 1981 Jul-Aug


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