Medicinal Zygophyllaceae

The family Zygophyllaceae is made up of 30 genera and 250 species of shrubs known to have the tendency to elaborate a series of serotonin-like psychedelic indole alkaloids such as harmine, harmol, and harmaline, notably found in the seeds of a medicinal plant that grows in the arid regions northern Africa to northern India and Manchuria, Peganum harmala L., or Turkey red or Syrian rue (peganum, British Pharmaceutical Codex, 1934). The seeds have been used to induce a psychic excitement comprising of visual distortions that are similar to those induced by LSD.

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