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Food plants in the Nightshade family are quite common and well-known (such as potatoes, tomatoes, eggplants, and various peppers), but many are not aware of the potent hallucinogenic plants that bear the Solanaceae name as well. These herbs include Mandragora, Datura, Brugmansia, Atropa Belladonna, and Hyoscyamus. Many of these plants contain high amounts of tropane alkaloids, which act as muscarinic receptor antagonists, and have been used for centuries to modulate pain, nausea, and other ailments.
This lecture dives into the uses of Nightshade herbal medicines, both historical and modern pharmaceutical, with special focus on the eclectic herbal tradition and use in divination practices. As always, Dr. Stansbury brings her extensive experience in working with indigenous peoples to enlighten students with both the fascinating lore of these herbal medicines and the modern day clinical indications for their use.
- Review nervous system anatomy and physiology
- Examine the far-reaching effects of tropane alkaloid use, specifically on cholinergic neurons, muscarinic receptors, nicotinic receptors, and cholinesterase
- Discover the historical uses of Nightshade plants, including food cultivation and spiritual practices
- Explore the side effects and contraindications of tropane alkaloids, and discuss clinical use
- Review Materia Medica and tailored treatments for complicated cases formulated by Dr. Stansbury