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Is Medronho narcotic?

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  • waljaco
    Botanical.com mentions the Arbutus or Irish Strawberry Tree fruit - When eaten in quantities this fruit is said to be narcotic, and the wine made from it
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 27, 2002
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      Botanical.com mentions the 'Arbutus' or 'Irish Strawberry Tree' fruit
      - "When eaten in quantities this fruit is said to be narcotic, and the
      wine made from it in Spain has the same property."
      http://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/a/arbut053.html
      'Arbutus unedo' is the botanical name - the 'unedo' means 'eat one'in
      Latin, and many consider the fruit unpalatable. With 15-20% sugar
      content this seems odd. Why did it get this reputation?
      The leaves and bark contain up to 36% tannin. The leaves are used as
      an infusion for stomach problems and in Italy the flowers are used as
      an infusion for fever. A Spanish site mentions that the fruit contains
      arbutina, methylarbutina and ursona, but no known psychoactive drugs
      are mentioned. The mature fruit because of the high sugar content
      ferments readily and can have and alcoholic content of 0.5%. When
      eaten in quantity this is what bloats the stomach and gives a
      headache!

      Wal
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