Hallucinogenic Spinach Is Here

In the latest outbreak of what-the-fuqery, potentially poisonous – and hallucinogenic – spinach has prompted a nationwide food recall in Australia. The alerts don’t specify the nature of the contaminant, other than that it is ‘plant-based.’

The most likely suspect seems to be the notorious psychedelic Datura aka Jimsonweed which is a spinach look-alike when it’s not flowering. The authorities probably aren’t mentioning that in case swarms of avid psychonauts swarm the supermarkets seeeking what they think will be a shamanic high.

This occurred with Mercury in the retrograde shadowzone and aligned with Uranus + the North Node in Taurus. In classical astrology, Taurus is totally food, agriculture, supply chains and so on. At the same time, btw, there is an alert + recall for poppy seeds because of an overly high level of thebain, which is apparently similar to codeine.

(Scroll down for more on the astrology around this incident.)

There have been many previous cases of accidental datura consumption from people thinking it was spinach but they’re usually growing their own or wild-foraging and unaware that the plant had infiltrated what they thought was a patch of spinach.

I gather that even hardcore psychonauts have a healthy respect for datura – it is one of the classic sacred plants and it’s also one of the most lethal.

This archeology site notes that “it was used by shamans to transcend the borders of life and death and communicate with spirits. Among the Mohave, Yuma, Cahuilla, Zuni, and other cultural groups, Datura is used more generally to create and break hexes, to protect from evil, and even as a sleep and dream aid.”

Third Wave, a pro-psychedelics info site, says that users frequently report encountering dead friends and family. It would be absolutely terrifying to ingest some thinking you were having a spinach smoothie or some funky greens with your omelette and bam: hallucinations et al.

It also causes a host of side effects ranging from unpleasant to life-threatening and people are being hospitalized over this even as more products are recalled – baked goods containing spinach and so on. There must have been a s**t-load of spinach involved.

But the datura story is so strange – it’s sacred, it’s dangerous, it’s the witches weed said to be the main ingredient of the flying ointment used by witches for their brooms and, well Carlos Castaneda was an advocate.

Yet it was also sold for years as an apparently successful cigarette for ashmatics. Marcel Proust swore by them. They were launched in 1879 – Neptune and Pluto were in Taurus FYI – and while eventually replaced by the asthma inhaler, sold until the Eighties!

So did the millions of people consuming these also experience frequent hallucinations? Were they all tripping? And if it was good enough for doctors to recommend for nearly a century, what changed?

To me this is a story about industrial agriculture and drug culture.

Mercury spends much of January repeating this alignment and then, from mid-May, Jupiter is in Taurus which will amplify Uranus. And, at the end of Pluto in Capricorn, we’re already in a wind-down from globalism as we have known it.

It all fits astrologically and if you’re thinking ‘poisoning, hallucinogenics etc’ sound Neptunian – yes! So the announcement came with the Sun square Neptune and the actual harvesting of the not-quite-spinach would have been with Mars square Neptune.

So this story will evolve in interesting ways and have other ramifications for sure. Thoughts?

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Corduroy jeans

I just hope this brings more positive (research-based) attention to psychedelics, and how we’ve no choice but to Respect Nature! (sorry for platitudes). Just today there was another article in the ABC (Oz) about micro-dosing psychedelics. Micro-dosing is almost old news now, but despite that there is still a paucity of research on the constellation of benefits it could provide (safely, in clinically-controlled conditions), mainly with regards all mental health ailments, which is a crying shame. Pioneers like 83 year old James Fadiman (Gemini), 91 year old Stanislav Grof (Cancerian), and even 75 year old Aquarian and English countess, Amanda… Read more »

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Mergoat Scorp

You might be interested to check out Psychae Institute, Melbourne based researchers with a mission to get psychedelics registered as medical treatments.
https://www.psychae.org/

Scorpleocap

Yessss…from the moment I heard about the spinach debacle I had hoped our dear Mystic would write a post about it, and here we have it! It’s a miracle I’m not tripping right now as I was munching on spinach leaves throughout my recent bout of Covid literally morning, noon and night! Just narrowly avoided the contaminated ones, it seems. Or was it a case of not being chosen by the Datura?! I’m also really curious as to how they really could have messed up their leaves at such a commercial farm. Wonder what else will be revealed soon?

Corduroy jeans

The Guardian (Oz ed) confirmed yesterday that it was in fact, datura stramonium (a.k.a. “thornapple” or “jimsonweed”). Yikes ! Hope everybody is okay!
(also even more kudos to the truly super-paranormal MM! Hope you are having a galaxy-hopping holiday MM.xx)

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eyespy

I saw a fantastic multi media video art doco on the subject of halucenogenic and medicinal plants in Melbourne earlier in the year – there is a exceprt of the work on the artist’s website:
http://www.adelewilkes.com/the-poison-garden

SheRat

This agribiz and drug cultures story, man, us Second Wave GenX Hippies’ dreams are coming true! The collapse of agribiz means the renaissance of plant-based healing. They may be too late, but they’re trying to coming to save us! LOL . Tangentially, the Xmas before the Plague I was with a good buddy and his husband’s somewhat older counterculture friends and we were bemoaning the disappearance of ACTUAL ecstasy (whilst drinking our Malbecs and chopping out lines — these people were like, think late-80s London Rave scene / fighting with the city over a huge squat they’d managed to score… Read more »

SheRat

By the way, HAPPY KEITHMAS, EVERYBODY!

eyespy

Very enjoyable read! Shame we’re not in the same country! I’d ask you out on a a date! (in the most plantonic sense – no sleaze intended)

SheRat

No sleaze taken and thanks! I’m on a major writing jag, finishing up a project, so a bit overexcited with the words for the next day or so. Also, I figured this was probably an appropriate blog (hallucinogenic spinach, ffs) to wish everybody Happy Keith Richards’ Birthday (a high holiday for me, no pun intended). Speaking of “sleaze,” does anyone remember the “Sleaz Sisters” from the movie “Times Square”? Supposedly Keith was given jimson weed on the Stones first tour of the states, in some juke joint in the south, in 63? 64? The legend has it he wasn’t affected.(surprise)

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Scorpleocap

Bloody fascinating! It does feel a bit like the plants are asking us to sit up and take notice of them and their potency.

Corduroy jeans

Love your posts, SheRat. 💗 Merry Keithmas !!⚡

scorpiodawn

There’s a few people wandering round my town permanantly damaged from taking datura…i wouldn’t mess with it

Clarissa Dolphin

This is literally the first time I’ve heard of datura. I respect plant medicine but don’t dabble in psychedelics much personally, at least not anymore!! Very curious to hear about what permanent effects datura has had on people in your town.

scorpiodawn

One of them walks around permanently talking to himself…the others have been damaged psychologicaly and cannot work.

Mariposa

It can cause blindness – usually temporary. The problem is that people hear that it’s a psychedelic and just eat it. It isn’t intended to go through the digestive system – that’s when it will damage you. Hence the witches ointment – listen to the witches..! And smoking is the other traditional use. I recall reading something once about the roots being used…. As always, there are ways to prepare, to imbibe, that are lost to most, and we suffer as a consequence – either through ill-informed misadventures or though not participating at all. I’ve always loved the plant –… Read more »

Skarab

Listen to the witches!” what a great dictum, would love to emblazon that everywhere!

Pegasus

Ha so the reason for the re-call is inside information. Had crossed spinach off shopping list but will uncross it…nah.
Back in the day some people got quite sick from Datura, bit like the mythical banana skin high with some raiding the plants in the Melba Botanic Gardens where there were magnificent trees of ‘Angel Trumpet’.
‘What part of Popeye never got rusty’?
(Clue: nothing to do with spinach).
‘The part he kept in Olive Oil’

SheRat

We got *kinda* high on the banana peel (this was at the height of the 60s revivalism in the 80s, we were so into trying to just pretend we were living in 1967). I did morning glory seeds on Feb 28, 1988 in honor of Brian Jones’s birthday and started to trip but didn’t make it through first period before throwing up and the nuns sent me home. We had to soak the seeds in water and rinse a bunch of times cause they found out people were using them to trip and put poison on them, we heard from… Read more »

Corduroy jeans

Great article & heads-up, MM! Astrology amazes me. Guess the baby spinach (and interloper) might have been seeded around the 1st Mars-Neptune square late Oct, then harvested/packed around the 19 Nov rx square? (Recalled packs have 16 thru 28 Dec exp dates). Hopefully it safely resolves around the 3rd final square in March ’23. It is fascinating (mostly scary) that the spinach plant, being super rich in the Martian element of iron, is involved in a hallucinogenic contamination scare (Neptune). Be careful everyone

Aqualeo

This is a really fascinating story I agree but just had to say what a fab gift the Year Ahead Transits is. I have bought a heap of them and I know everyone will love them. I can just see/hear everyone comparing notes over the Chrissy lunch. Thanks Mystic!

Skarab

Do you mean the plant based tarot?? Because i am SOOOO hanging out for that!

Corduroy jeans

Me too and am going to change my name handle so there is no crossover. Garystar, Olive Oyl. Or hallucinogenix.😅

Aqualeo

OO goodie. I will keep my eyes out for the update. Thanks Mystic!

MollyBlueDawn

Around here, when spinach gets recalled due to contamination, it’s usually E. Coli. Every time regulations get loosened, livestock runoff and/ or sewage get into the irrigation water. Hallucinogenic weeds is a novelty!

I guess industrial harvesting, washing, and packaging practices just don’t include looking carefully at what is going in the package, which is why you sometimes get a a bonus pet frog.

Pegasus

To kiss?

Sam

At some point one comes to learn that a frog really is just a frog..

Skarab

… or a toad in frog’s clothing

MollyBlueDawn
River

This is really interesting to me. As many witches will tell, the plant chooses you, not the other way around. And thornapple chose me at a very young age (she is used by my cousins to pull toxins from the soil on their farmland), and it wasn’t until later that I realized how deeply our affinity ran. So for Datura (Inoxia? Stramonium? Not sure which might have ended up in the spinach) to have a bit of a dalliance with the spinach crops seems a result of collective desire for awakening. I can’t think of anyplace she would be more… Read more »

Aqualeo

O wow that’s quite beautiful River. Sun square Neptune here.

BillyD

I think you’re right about the plant choosing and although shrooms aren’t exactly a plant the first few times I tried them nothing happened. Attempt number three worked, or at least my friends said so, but I could not remember a thing.

Clarissa Dolphin

Same, totally agreed! Have had the exact experience, mushrooms lead the charge with that, they’re clearly sentient, intelligent beings that choose.

Cecemesee

I couldn’t imagine having a hallucinogenic trip with a plant psychedelic outside of a heavily protected setting is going to end very well for anyone lol.
When DMT started sweeping through as the new wave spiritual trip, I always questioned exactly what doors are opening and what is attaching to your auric field on the way back/down.

Cecemesee

I guess why I say this is that shamanic practices should be respected… In some cultures the practicing shaman isn’t even recognized or called a shaman in their village till decades later, because it’s a title that must be earned.
Tryna find a high off a bag of spinach doesn’t seem right 😂😂

SheRat

Well, this was the big dichotomy in the 60s, as you can learn more about in docs like Derek Taylor’s “It Was 20 Years Ago Today” and the above mentioned Acid test book. Tim Leary was all about “set and setting” and Ken Kesey was about embracing the chaos. I’ve done both, but I had to stop — the quality of the acid just started rendering it uningestable, the comedowns unbearable, torturous, due to the added speed and strychnine. But I have had extremely beautiful experiences, using both methods WHEN the acid has been of good quality. of course, it’s… Read more »

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Cecemesee

Hi there SheRat!! Oh don’t get me wrong, I’ve spent many years in a self prescribed psychedelic state, as my best form of escapism from reality and had incredible journeys to the center of the earth lol. So I get it…..I loved my LSD phase and with the right people/s I would take the 8hr magical ride again in the future. I’d never say never 😵‍💫😜 I do now, understand more about accessing other realms and how important it is to be safe & protected. Lately I’ve been getting my highs from healing and deepening my connection to this gorgeous… Read more »

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SheRat

This is one of the reasons DMT, now that I’m older and have The Fear, generally around even mild psychedelics (can’t even smoke dream weed without shame spirals and paranoia, which is frustrating as someone with anxiety..I wish it did for me what it does for seemingly everyone else!), is off my list. It would have to be a VERY special situation and like you said! Never say never!!!

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Cecemesee

Hhhmmm I totally understand this, I have the same issues with smoking trees lol I get extreme sensitivities, where it heightens my neurological processes rather than slows it down. Boo hoo lol 😂
You sound like you’re someone who is over stimulated and plugged in by default (like me!) which is amazing creatively but completely taxing if you don’t know when or how to unplug 🔌

Skarab

I’ve gone in the other direction with psychedelics – very trepidatious during my teens & 20s (plagued by heavy Pluto aspects to everything); Lost The Fear in my 30s – i think it was the alignment of Uranus/Neptune/Jupiter on my IC opposite my Moon which completely changed my wiring after a trip to Hades & back (no drugs involved at all). Now that i’m in my 60s i’m ready to go where no mind has gone before. Could be that i’m having Uranus square Uranus/Merc/Mars.

Skarab

Apparently, if one smoked too many of these cigs, one of the side effects was a heightened libido & the inducement of highly sexual dreams …. no wonder they sold.

As an aside, the homeopathic remedy stramonium is sometimes given to men with sexual erethism (excessive sexual arousal, or suffering from an unpleasant irritability in their sexual organs)
But it is mainly used to treat fear, massive anxiety, panic attacks & PTSD.
It’s also given to treat children’s acute conditions that are accompanied by extreme fear, restlessness & night terrors.

moss1228

i have Datura aka Jimsonweed volunteers in my garden regularly & to my eyesight, the leaves don’t resemble spinach. I did however, plant a salad garden mix in the ground last spring & then didn’t harvest it because the thought popped into my head that I couldn’t identify all the leaves in the mix as they grew. I drank the brewed dried leaves of jimsonweed one time many years ago with a friend & it was a harsh experience not to be repeated.

Pegasus

Feedback was (in the day) that nothing occurred except vomiting.
Believe it would need special preparation not just eating the flowers, maybe they read ‘The Lotus Eaters’ and applied it.

SusanE

I absolutely love this story. Datura features very lightly in my book, Earthly Bodies. In that it’s administered as sedation/bonding technique to control a group of people. 🌱

Skarab

I get how people who wild-forage might mistake datura for spinach – but i find it strange how it penetrated the almost clinical, neat rowed, no weeds monoculture conditions of this spinach – and no one noticed the unmistakable datura flowers (flowering from summer to autumn).

Skarab

So in that incident it was datura stramonium *seeds* which contaminated the cereal. Maybe in this case some seeds somehow got in with the spinach seeds, were then sown & they grew surreptitiously amongst the spinach, with no time to flower?

Lux Interior Is My Co-Pilot

Perhaps dried datura has different properties to fresh?
The astro resonance is striking

Skarab

Well this explains so much about Popeye.

Aqualeo

😂😂😂

Corduroy jeans

I just had to look up Elzie Crisler Segar (Popeye the – Neptunian – Sailor creator) after your hilarious one-liner (typical!), Sk. 😂
Well, if he isn’t a Sagittarian born 8 Dec, 1894 (just “turned” 128..); with both natal Neptune and Pluto in Gemini ?? (Mars just cj-ed his Neptune, which is just square his sun).
Weii…ii…irrrd ! Xx

Calcifer

Thanks for looking it up Earth! The
Neptune-Pluto conjunction in Gemini in the 1890s marked so many magical writers and creators among them Nabokov, Cole Porter, Scott Fitzgerald 💫

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Corduroy jeans

Amazing!! Thanks Calcifer xx

Pegasus

Noooo i’m a December 8 Sagg!
Loved the Popeye cartoons in the 50’s.
Was in a room once with 2 other Dec 8’s & it was electric.
Remember ‘Popeye’ from the French Connection movie?

Corduroy jeans

🎉💝

Skarab

LOL, Earthstar, i had in fact made up a chart for Popeye himself (first time he was published) – and 3 guesses as to who is conjunct his Sun & trine Mars.

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Corduroy jeans

🌱⚓💫

Sam

G! A! R! Y!
Gooooooo GARYYYYYYYY

Please let this be it

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Skarab

😉

Stella

And let’s spare a thought for Olive Oyl

Pegasus

O So it’s Oyl not Oil…my bad.

Pegasus

Snap read my post above Skarab..lol

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