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Its properties were first brought to attention in the 1960s, despite the fact that the chemical composition of its seeds is near identical to those of the two species mentioned above, and in fact contain the highest concentration of psychoactive compounds in the entire family.
The hallucinogenic properties of the seeds became known mainly through their use in Hawaii, Puerto Rico, where impoverished members of the population would consume the seeds, seeking a "cheap buzz" as an alternative to alcohol. A sample made its way to Albert Hofmann, the discoverer of LSD, who confirmed the effects and analysed its chemical composition.
The "furry" outer skin of the seeds purportedly contains cyanogenic glycosides (Cyanide), also found in the pits of most fruit, such as apples and apricots, the ingestion of which is the likely cause of nausea reported by those who have eaten the seeds. Many of the ergot alkaloids can cause constriction of bloodvessels, which may result in necrosis of the tissue and gangrene in humans and animals in excessive doses.
To avoid the cyanide, seeds are traditionally prepared by scraping the outer furry layer from the seeds, then running a match or lighter flame around the edge of the seeds to remove any remaining traces. Normally, 5 seeds are chewed and consumed in ritual practice.
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