Good and bad medicine from nature, especially from the aquatic environment

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  1. Angélique
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    Angélique aka Angel (only by name)

    Salema porgy -- aka -- Sarpa salpa -- Dream fish -- Salema -- Cow bream -- Goldline​

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    ‘‘ Ingesting the dream fish Sarpa salpa can result in hallucinations that last for several days. ’’
     
  2. Angélique
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    Angélique aka Angel (only by name)

    Colorado River toad -- aka -- Incilius alvarius -- Sonoran Desert toad​

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    ‘‘ The toad's primary defense system are glands that produce a poison that may be potent enough to kill a grown dog. These parotoid glands also produce the 5-MeO-DMT and bufotenin for which the toad is known; both of these chemicals belong to the family of hallucinogenic tryptamines. 5-MeO-DMT may be smoked and is powerfully psychoactive. After inhalation, the user usually experiences a warm sensation, euphoria, and strong visual and auditory hallucinations. No long-lasting effects have been reported. ’’

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    ‘‘ To obtain the psychoactive substances the toxin of psychoactive toads is commonly milked from the toad's poison glands. The milking procedure does not harm the toad — it consists of stroking the animal under its chin to initiate the defensive poison response. Once the liquid toxin has been collected and dried, it can be used for its psychedelic effects. The toad takes about a month to refill its poison glands following the milking procedure, during which time the toad will not produce poison. Some vendors sell dried toad skins, even though it is possible to harvest the poison without harming the toad. The poison is often used for recreational purposes.

    Rumors dating from the 1970s claimed that groups of hippies, some including teenagers, were licking the psychoactive toads to get high. One version of the story has hippies in the hills of California chasing toads through the woods in order to obtain the psychoactive substance from them.

    Albert Most, founder of the Church of the Toad of Light and a proponent of recreational use of Bufo alvarius poison, published a booklet titled Bufo alvarius: The Psychedelic Toad of the Sonoran Desert in 1983 which explained how to extract and smoke the secretions.

    There have been deaths reported as the result of people attempting to get high from cane toad poison.
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