COMMON NAMES: African rue, rue, wild rue

Syrian rue (Peganum harmala), another of Mother Nature's legal hallucinogenic plants, contains seeds rich in harmine, harmaline, and harmalol. This perennial, woody, 12-to-16-inch member of the caltrop family, unrelated to any American or European rues, is native mainly to India, the Middle East, and the plains of Spain. In: some Mediterranean marketplaces Syrian rue is sold commercially as a spice.

Only small doses of Syrian rue should be used when experimenting, since it is an unusually powerful drug whose effects vary widely from person to person. Suggested starting dose is 1 /3 ounce of seeds, chewed thoroughly before swallowing. Depending upon the user's reaction, dosage may be slowly increased to a maximum of 1 ounce of seeds.

Small doses of Syrian rue (25-50 mg) act as a mild stimulant and produce feelings of drowsiness and dreaminess for about an hour or two. " Larger doses (300-750 mg) may cause hallucinations. The drug acts upon the central nervous system and' users often feel highly stimulated, experiencing wild visions. In the Middle East, Syrian rue is sometimes mixed with other psychoactive plants such as datura (rich in belladonna alkaloids) or Banisleriopsis rusbyana (loaded with DMT), for extra kick and potency, since these types of drugs potentiate each other.

Syrian rue should be ingested on an empty stomach. Under no circumstances should a novice take more than 250 mg of this or any other substance containing harmine. Users who do may well rue the day, as the drug can depress the central nervous system. Harmine and related alkaloids are MAO inhibitors, which means that if combined with the wrong things they can result in troubles ranging from headache to heart trouble to death. Keep away from tranquilizers, amphetamines, antihistamines; alcohol, avocados, ripe bananas, broad beans (pods), pickled herring, yeast extract, sedatives, mescaline, nutmeg, aged cheeses, excessive caffeine, canned figs, chicken liver. excessive amounts of chocolate, cocoa, narcotics., sauerkraut, ephedrine, macromerine, licorice, and oils of dill, parsley, or wild fennel.