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Toloache, history and uses of a magical plant

In Mexico, the seeds and fungi plants have always had a medicinal, magical and sacred function. Since memorable times they have had an essential role in spiritual beliefs. And one of the most famous is the Toloache.

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Plants, a connection with the world

For the natives, all these species fulfilled a double function. First, as a bridge of sacred communication and then as a threshold to achieve certain objectives.

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The offer is very diverse and some of the plants we have are used for mysterious rituals. A great example is the Toloache.

You have surely heard of it, this plant belongs to the Delírógenos and its effects mess up your consciousness. They also trigger delirium similar to that which causes fever, disorientation and intense hallucinations that prevent the person from distinguishing reality.

Toloache, the passion plant

The word toloache comes from toloatzin which in Nahuatl means ‘bowed head’. And its effects, they say, improve personal relationships and sexual health.

For this reason, toloache is popularly known as “the passion plant” and is the main ingredient of spells and witchcraft to make people fall in love. Popularly, it is believed that if a person makes an infusion with this herb it can cause a man to lose his mind and fall to the woman’s wishes.

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But it was not always the case, the pre-Columbians, for example, used it as a remedy to relieve severe pain and as an ointment to heal muscle injuries.

In fact, the researchers discovered that one of the main chemical components of toloache is scopolamine. This substance has been used in medications for asthma, anxiety and Parkinson’s disease.

Various uses still present

On the other hand, the shamans ingested this plant with a sacred intention, since their hallucinatory properties helped them connect with the astral plane. As well as to open states that allowed them to see the future and get answers to the most important questions.

While some villages use the plant in this way, there are also people who continue to celebrate crushing rituals. Which can be dangerous since it is a plant capable of causing important states of poisoning and intoxication. So it is considered highly dangerous.

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