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Originally posted by Eidolon23
reply to post by Xoanon
One of my favorite pieces of plant folklore ever concerns the mandrake root and that most chaste of beasts, the elephant. In this illustration, we see an elephant offering a mandrake to its mate.
They are free of wicked desire for sex; when they wish to produce children, they go to the east near paradise, where a plant called mandrake grows. The female first takes some of the plant, then offers it to the male and persuades him to eat it. Becoming aroused from the action of the plant, they mate and the female immediately conceives. When it is time for her to give birth, for safety from their enemy the serpent (or the dragon) she enters a body of water up to her teats, and there gives birth, while the male stands guard on shore. The young elephant swims until it finds its mother's thighs and suckles from her teats.
...The female elephant seeks a plant called mandrake; when she tastes it she becomes aroused with lust. She offers the plant to the male, who also becomes aroused, and they mate.
edit on 18-3-2012 by Eidolon23 because: (no reason given)
This stimulation leads to:
-Increased release of acetylcholine from the neurons, leading to heightened activity in cholinergic pathways throughout your brain. This cholinergic activity calls your body and brain to action, and this is the wake-up call that many smokers use to re-energize themselves throughout the day. Through these pathways, nicotine improves your reaction time and your ability to pay attention, making you feel like you can work better.
-Release of glutamate, a neurotransmitter involved in learning and memory - Glutamate enhances the connections between sets of neurons. These stronger connections may be the physical basis of what we know as memory. When you use nicotine, glutamate may create a memory loop of the good feelings you get and further drive the desire to use nicotine.
-Nicotine also increases the level of other neurotransmitters and chemicals that modulate how your brain works. For example, your brain makes more endorphins in response to nicotine. Endorphins are small proteins that are often called the body's natural pain killer.
Originally posted by eywadevotee
All of these plants respond very well to deepwater culture hydroponics. You can grow about 30 pounds of tomatoes from a single plant in a 5 gallon bucket with a small basket, lava rocks, and hydroponic fertilizer solution bubbled with a fish tank air pump!
Originally posted by Xoanon
This thread is solely about Family Solanaceae
Cannabis is not within that family of plants. At all.
I hope I am not anticipating you here, but I have found out something very interesting about the probable origins of the North American sacred tradition surrounding tobacco. Apparently, Black Henbane was used in the paleolithic era as a sacrament. It's possible that when folks took the land bridge trek over from Asia, they swapped in the native Nicotiana for the henbane they lacked in the New World.
Also, the name of the Czech town Pilsner is derived from the German word for Henbane, "Bilsner". That is because the eponymous beer was originally brewed with Henbane. I guess there are still a couple of breweries that offer an old school draft of Bilsnerkraut, but I'll stick to Pilsner Urquell. .
Previous studies  have established the relation of arthritis to a family of food plants and tobacco, the Solanaceae, or nightshades. This study is based on surveys of over a thousand volunteers who omitted from daily usage these crops and their culprit chemicals in other foods.
Gooseberries and Huckleberries: Dessert!
The 'garden huckleberry' (Solanum melanocerasum) is not considered to be a true huckleberry but is instead a member of the nightshade family.