Datura as an Aphrodisiac

Publication Year: 
2003

The psychoactive datura species belonging to the Nightshade Family should be approached with the utmost caution. The careful and well-informed user may obtain some aprodisiac effects from it.
All thorn apple species have similar effects. These plants contain highly potent hallucinogenic troppane alkaloids, which should be used with the greatest caution. Overly enthusiastic experimenters often poison themselves dangerously with these divine plants. The initial love affair ends in delirium with intense hallucinations. (cf. angel's trumpet.)

Use
All parts of the datura plant, fresh or dried, are used worldwide as aphrodisiacs. They are macerated in liquor or wine, added to love potions, used in love magic (cf. jimsonweed), added to electuaries, inhaled pure or in smoking blends, and added to aphrodisiac incense. Datura was one of the most important ingredients in witches' ointments. Its seeds are also used as amulets to protect against witchcraft, socery, and the evil eye. (Seligmann 1996, 257B.

In India, the Indian thorn apple (Datura metel is the "plant of the gods of love" and is-- of course -- used as an aphrodisiac. In ancient Sanskrit, its name was unmata, "divine inebriation." In the Himalayas, datura is sacred and is consecrated to Shiva. Its flowers and fruits are sacrificed to the goddess. The dried leaves, often mixed with hemp, are smoked in Shiva's honor; for this reason, the plant is called Shiva shekhara, "Shiva's crown" (Storl 2002, 219B). The seeds are added to intoxicating drinks (bhang0 and to electuaries (Oriental joy pills, majun). An ayurvedic aphrodisiac is made from ten datura seeds, ten peppercorns, and on elong pepper, all crushed together and mixed with honey.

Chamico, the common name for datura (ssp. ferox) used in South America, is derived from the Aymara word chmakani, "soothsayer" (Guevara 172, 160). In Peru, datura is a well-known aphrodisiac as well as a drug held in great awe. The famous botatist Hipolito Ruiz (1754-1816) noted in his diary: "The name chamico is very well known throughout Peru, since the indians use it in a criminal manner to inebriate others when they feel betrayed or have been jilted in a love affair. This practice is the origin of a certain expression in Peru: (Esta chamicado o chamicada fulano o fulana: "So-and-so has been thorn-appled" (Schultes and Jaramilloi-A. 1998, 154B; cf. date rape drugs). The name chamico is similar to chamizo, a word used to describe dens of iniquity and sleazy bordellos. In Burma, the seeds are added to curry to make it a stronger aphrodisiac (Perry and Metzger 1980, 391B).

Text: The Encyclopaedia of Aphrodisiacs Psychoactive Substances For Use In Sexual Practices. Christian Ratsch and Claudia Muller-Ebeling, 2003.
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