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Nature's Most Wanted

Have you seen these botanicals?

by Ballard Quass, the Drug War Philosopher


May 24, 2022



#1 Erythroxylum coca




UNLAWFUL PROVIDER OF CLARITY, GIVING HUMAN BEINGS MENTAL POWERS THAT GOD NEVER INTENDED

ALIASES: Coke -- and a variety of snarky pejorative epithets like 'blow'

FAMILY: Erythroxylaceae

LOCATION: Last seen on the eastern slopes of the Andes


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#2 Papaver somniferum




PROVIDER OF FORBIDDEN CREATIVITY THROUGH THE UNLAWFUL CREATION OF METAPHORICALLY INSTRUCTIVE DREAM IMAGERY

ALIASES: Opium poppy

FAMILY: Erythroxylaceae

LOCATION: Last seen in Eastern Mediterranean, but sightings have also been reported in North Africa and Eurasia.


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#3 Psilocybin cubensis



UNLAWFUL IMPROVEMENT OF HUMAN MIND, FIRST DEGREE THREAT TO LIQUOR INDUSTRY AND MODERN PSYCHIATRY

ALIASES: Golden Teacher, Golden Halos, Cubes, Gold Caps, Shrooms, Stropharia cubensis, Mayan name: "k'aizalaj Okox"

FAMILY: Hymenogastraceae

LOCATION: Last seen in Cuba, Southwestern USA, Northern South America, Pacific Islands, Australia


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#4 Psilocybin semilanceata




UNLAWFUL SPIRITUAL BENEFITS, POTENTIAL THREAT TO ESTABLISHED RELIGIONS

ALIASES: Liberty Caps, Panaeolus semilanceatus, Phrygian Caps, Mongui, St. John's Mushroom

FAMILY: Strophariaceae

LOCATION: Last seen in Europe, North or South America, Asia, Australia, or New Zealand


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#5 Psilocybin ovoideocystidiata




UNLAWFUL LAUGHTER MAKING, POTENTIAL THREAT TO GOD AND COUNTRY

ALIASES: Ovoids

FAMILY: Hymenogastraceae

LOCATION: Last seen in Eastern US, especially Ohio and West Virginia, but appears to be on the move. Reported sightings made in western USA and Europe.


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#6 Psilocybin azurescens




UNLAWFUL THOUGHT GENERATOR, POTENTIAL THREAT TO CONSUMERISM AND MATERIALISM

ALIASES: Flying Saucers, Blue Runners, Blue Angels, Azzies

FAMILY: Hymenogastraceae

LOCATION: Last seen in Pacific Northwest, especially Oregon and Washington state.


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#7 Psilocybin cyanescens




UNLAWFUL PROVIDER OF MENTAL FLEXIBILITY, THREAT OF GROWING NEW BRAIN CELLS IN USER

ALIASES: Blue Meanie, Wavy Cap, Wakefield, Cyan, Blue Halo, Gold Tops, Copper Tops

FAMILY: Hymenogastraceae

LOCATION: Last seen in coastal US western states. Occasional reports of sightings in Europe.







#8 Amanita muscaria




SUSPECTED OF CAUSING PLEASANT DREAMS AND INSPIRING USERS WITH NOVEL MENTAL VISTAS

ALIASES: Fly Agaric, Fly Amanita

FAMILY: Amanitaceae

LOCATION: This shroom is constantly on the move. Reported sightings span the globe, in North America, Mexico, Central America, Asia, Europe and Australia


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#9 Banisteriopsis caapi and psychotria viridis



THREAT TO CHRISTIANITY, SUSPECTED OF PROMOTING ILLEGAL SELF-INSIGHT

ALIASES: Ayahuasca, La Purga

FAMILY: Malpighiaceae

LOCATION: Last seen in South America








#10 Lophophora williamsii




THREAT TO MATERIALISM, SUSPECTED OF INSPIRING CROSS-CULTURAL DREAM IMAGES

ALIASES: Peyote, Nahuatl peyōtl, Caterpillar Cocoon

FAMILY: Cactaceae

LOCATION: Last seen in Mexico and Southwestern Texas


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