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Toloache and Mexican love magic

Toloache is the main ingredient to the most popular herbal love brew in Mexico folklore
Toloache and Mexican love magic
Toloache or devil's snare – Photo: File photo/EL UNIVERSAL
14/02/2018
16:14
Newsroom
Mexico City
Alejandra Rodríguez
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In Mexico, sayings such as "Te dieron toloache" which means “bewitched by toloache” or “under the spell of toloache” might not sound familiar as years and younger generations go by, yet those phrases are still being used as slang all over the country to call someone out on their enamored state.

Datura stramonium, known as toloache in Mexico and jimsonweed or devil's snare in English, is a plant in the nightshade family. It is believed to have originated in Mexico, yet it has now become naturalized in many other regions.

Used in traditional medicine to relieve asthma symptoms and as an analgesic, the devil's snare is also a powerful hallucinogen and deliriant due to the natural presence of tropane alkaloids in its leaves and seeds which can be fatally toxic in only slightly higher amounts than the medicinal dosage.

Therefore, toloache is claimed to be the main ingredient to the most popular herbal love brew in Mexico folklore, as loss of both will and reason are some of the effects caused by Datura Stramonium.

The Digital Library of Mexican Traditional Medicine of the UNAM recognizes its effectiveness in general bone pain, rheumatism, and arthritis, yet it warns about its poisoning risks as well.

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