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  • Mexicans crush ololiuqui fruits into a beverage drunk on quiet nights to create a potent hallucinogen.

    The Fruit Hunters

  • They venerate ololiuqui so much that they do all in their power so that the plant does not come to the attention of the ecclesiastical authorities.

    One River

  • In making his argument Safford stressed superficial similarities in the shape and color of the flowers—both are tubular and white—while overlooking the obvious: Every datura is a shrub or erect herb, but every account of ololiuqui describes a climbing vine.

    One River

  • Throughout all of these travels Schultes had been searching for both teonanacatl and ololiuqui, and any evidence of rituals associated with the plants.

    One River

  • The active principles of ololiuqui were two indole alkaloids, lysergic acid amide and lysergic acid hydroxyethylamide, compounds that he already had sitting on the shelves of his lab.

    One River

  • When arrested and questioned, the author noted, the Aztec denied knowledge of ololiuqui, not because of fear of Spanish law but out of reverence for the plant itself.

    One River

  • It was at this point that history intervened in the story of both teonanacatl and ololiuqui.

    One River

  • In the same letter that Schultes had found pinned to the specimen of peyote at the Smithsonian that had alerted him to the true identity of teonanacatl, Reko had written that theZapotec of the Sierra Juárez of Oaxaca use in their religious feasts “ololiuqui which is doubtless Ipomoea sidaefolia.”

    One River

  • By November, Hofmann had managed to synthesize both drugs and was ready to move on to ololiuqui.

    One River

  • What he did not yet fully realize, however, was that his studies of peyote were about to reveal to him the missing clue that would allow him to solve one of the most enigmatic mysteries in the entire history of ethnobotany: the long-lost identity of teonanacatl and ololiuqui, the most sacred plants of the Aztec Empire.

    One River


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  • A tropical American morning glory, Turbina corymbosa (family Convolvulaceae). Also, a psychoactive drug prepared from the seeds of this plant, used traditionally for ritual purposes by the Aztecs.

    Oh, mollusque . . . ? :-)

    October 24, 2008