Chapter: Entheogens

AKA: Apples of the fool, apples of the genie, devil's testicle, European mandrake, love apple, mandragon, mandragora, Mandragora officinarum, may apple, Satan's apple, Satan's testicles.

"Of all the sedating-tranquilizing-psychotropic plants known," writes William Emboden, "the mandrake ... has the most extensive and bizarre history. ... This member of the nightshade family has been used as a painkiller, sedative, aphrodisiac, trance mediator, and poison." According to the ancient "doctrine of signatures," medicinal plants resembled that part of the human body for which it could affect a cure and, since mandrake resembled the human form, its powers were seen as all-encompassing.

Effects: Hallucinations.

Precautions: The dosage needed to produce hallucinations is also close to the toxic dose, which are caused by the potent compound scopolamine. Side effects include a burning thirst, dizziness, fever, dilated eyes, rapid heart rate, severe headache, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, difficult urination, problems with ejaculation, cramps, restlessness, disorientation, confusion, delirium, coma, amnesia, heart damage, insanity, and death.

Mandragora officinarum (European mandrake) is a very different plant from Podophyllum peltatum, or American mandrake. Both, however, are very poisonous.

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Questions and Answers

How safe would it be to brew a beer with mandrake root?, By best friend (since 6th grade, we're both 31) & homebrewing buddy wants to make a "mandrake ale". I told him that he is out of his mind & could possibly poison himself with it or go a little nuts, but he is stubborn & is going to do it anyway. He even started growing his own mandrake plants. What are your opinions on this?

Well it certainly doesn't sound all that appetizing and they are plenty of other recipes he could try. Maybe if you print the full articles in the links below he'll move on to something different.

A frequently-quoted example of early chemical warfare is an incident from 200 B.C., when Carthaginian defenders of a city withdrew, leaving behind quantities of wine laced with mandragora. The invading Romans drank the wine, were rendered insensible, and were killed by the returning defenders.

The fresh root operates very powerfully as an emetic and purgative. The dried bark of the root was used also as a rough emetic.

Could someone give me information on the Plant Mandrake?, Hi! I would like to know about the plant called Mandrake. Is it an annual plant or perennial? Is it a rare plant to buy at a nursery?
Thank you.

Mandrake has been used for hundreds of years as an hallucinogenic and poison. Too much and you die, just the right amount an one has a very trippy experience.

It is called Mandrake because sometimes the root resembles a human figure. It has been a favorite of witches and their like for centuries. I is said to be able to impart magical powers on someone who takes it. It is a member of the Nightshade family and can be obtained through many commercial seed supplies, as can digitalis (a heart medicine and poison) and monkshood (a poison).You might have to find scientific name (see below) they might not sell it under the name Mandrake...Just Google Mandrake and see what you finnd.

Check out the movie Excalibur about King Arthur his sister was a Witch Mordrid?(or Morgana) and she uses Mandrake in the film to (I trhink to trick Merlin?)

Good Luck

Master Quark

And be carefull..If planning to injest might want to find an antidote..and have someone with you.....
Check out Morning glory seeds (Heavenly Blue) very strong hallucinogenic.

Of course I'm sure you are just asking for common knowledge sake!

Below is what Wikipedia say about it!

Mandrake is the common name for members of the plant genus Mandragora belonging to the nightshades family (Solanaceae). Their roots, because their curious bifurcations cause them to have a semblance to the human figure (male & female), have long been used in magic rituals, today also in neopagan religions such as Wicca.

The mandrake, Mandragora officinarum, is a plant called by the Arabs luffâh, or beid el-jinn (i.e. genie's eggs). The parsley-shaped root is often branched. Magicians mould this root into a rude resemblance to the human figure, by pinching a constriction a little below the top, so as to make a kind of head and neck, and twisting off the upper branches except two, which they leave as arms, and the lower, except two, which they leave as legs. This root gives off at the surface of the ground a rosette of ovate-oblong to ovate, wrinkled, crisp, sinuate-dentate to entire leaves, 6 to 16 in. long, somewhat resembling those of the tobacco-plant. There spring from the neck a number of one-flowered nodding peduncles, bearing whitish-green flowers, nearly 2 in. broad, which produce globular, succulent, orange to red berries, resembling small tomatoes, which ripen in late spring.

In legend it is alleged that when the plant is pulled from the ground, it shrieks in pain. Supposedly, this shriek is able to madden, deafen or even kill an unprotected human; the occult literature includes complex directions for harvesting a mandrake root in relative safety. For example Josephus (c. 37 AD/CE Jerusalem – c. 100) gives the following directions for pulling it up:

"A furrow must be dug around the root until its lower part is exposed, then a dog is tied to it, after which the person tying the dog must get away. The dog then endeavours to follow him, and so easily pulls up the root, but dies suddenly instead of his master. After this the root can be handled without fear."

how to install linux or mandrake linux and windows xp on the same hard drive?, I would like to install either linux or mandrake linux and windows xp on the same HDD. I would prefer mandrake linux considering I dont need a partitioning software to do this. But which OS do I need to install first?

Install XP first. Windows xp can potentially overwrite the MBR with it's own, which will remove access to the linux install if it were installed first.

Installing linux second will allow grub to be installed in the MBR so that it can recognize both windows and linux at boot time.

Another option is to use VMWare and install linux in that (or vice versa). However, it depends on what you want to do with your computer.

is the mandrake plant illegal in the USA?, salanaceae mandragora officinarum is the scienific name for the magical mandrake plant/root. it can be bought on the web, but is it allowed in the us?

It's legal. As far as legal highs go I would avoid it though, it's poisonous...

Mandrake is uncontrolled in the United States. This means all parts of the plant and its extracts are legal to cultivate, buy, possess, and distribute (sell, trade or give) without a license or prescription. If sold as a supplement, sales must conform to U.S. supplement laws. If sold for consumption as a food or drug, sales are regulated by the FDA.

Effective Aug 8, 2005 (signed into law Jun 28, 2005) Louisiana Act No 159 makes 40 plants illegal, including Mandragora officinarum, when intended for human consumption. The law specifically excludes the "possession, planting, cultivation, growing, or harvesting" of these plants if used "strictly for aesthetic, landscaping, or decorative purposes." (Text of HLS_05RS-52 and Update June 2005)

Tennessee did not pass the proposed bill that would have banned dozens of plants as "hallucinogenic" when intended for human consumption. Instead, they banned only Salvia divinorum. See Comments on New State Laws Controlling the Consumption of Hallucinogenic Plants.

I have windows vista want to have a dual drive with mandrake linux?, I have a toshiba computer with windows vista on it. I recently found a CD to intall mandrake linux 10.1 how do i make it so that i can use both OS's please help. thanks in advanced tech19!

Yes you can have both and when you boot your computer you will have the option of using vista or mandriva. See the link below.

How do you plant Black Mandrake Seeds...?, Ok, I want to buy black Mandrake seeds and I have to know everything on what to do.( I went to google and got minimal help.) When are you supposed to plant them, what do you do before you plant them, and how do you take care of them? also I need Instructions for Turkmenian Mandrake too. Is mandrake even in season now?, I thought it was too late to plant anything now...(I don't know that much about gardening!)

It sounds like you haven't bought seeds? From what I can see they're not easy to find and they're not cheap. It also sounds like viability of the seeds may be a concern.

Black mandrake: One Seed Pack $5.00
(they also say they offer root pieces, which may be a lot easier)

Turkmenian mandrake can be found on Ebay:
$16.27 for 5 seeds, Buy it Now option.

A really detailed description of germination and cultivation of black mandrake. The most important thing is that they need colld treatment before they will grow. They also give instructions for growing them from root pieces:

It might be easier to just avoid the jiffy peat pots, put them directly into regular pots, give them regular fertilizer etc.

I couldn't find any instructions for the other kind.

As far as timing, it sounds for the black mandrake instructions they suggest starting them inside then moving them out. Since they can't really take frost, this would suggest soaking and sowing them to be small plants by early spring, depending on where you live.

Hope this helps. Good luck!

What are the life cycles of a Harry Potter Mandrake?, I need to know the life expectancy, when does it become a teenager then adult. What changes take place and when. etc. This is for a roleplaying site.

The life cycle of a mandrake is probably similar to the life cycle of a blast-ended skrewt. My friend told me that the life expectancy of a mandrake is at least 1/3 of the life cycle of a hippogriff.

But ,seriously, why the hell would you ask something dumb like this? No offense, by the way.

Does anyone have or know of where I can get a mandrake root?, My girlfriend is pregnant and is having terrible complications. Luckily I do have a cow for the fresh milk. Thanks!

Are you talking about the method they used in Pan's Labyrinth? I wasn't aware that that actually you know any gardeners that you may be able to ask? it possible to grow one for my little boy?, hes mad onHarry Potter, and wants a mandrake plant. what is there use also ??? thanks

If you were to try and grow one in the UK then I'd suggest a green house as wikipedia indicates they prefer a warm climate.

Remember that Mandrake is poisonous so might not be the best thing to grow for a little one.

What are some things that the Mandrake plants/root are good for?,

it used to be considered a potent aphrodisiac