Coriaria thymifolia – Shansi


An attractive, fern-like bush with purple-colored berries. It occurs in the highlands of the Andes in Ecuador.

Use: The berries are eaten. The leaves are also supposed to contain active substances.

Active constituents: Sesquiterpenes, coriamyrtine, coriatine, tutine.

Effects: Stimulating, hallucinogenic. Supposed to induce a feeling of flight.

Side Effects: Too little is known about this plant. Some native tribes consider it to be poisonous, others use it to induce a state of inebriation. Large doses can cause cramps and lead to unconsciousness. It is advised not use this plant, due to insufficient information.

Suppliers: Seeds rarely found in ethnobotanical trade.

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