Ergot (Claviceps Purpurea)

“Ergot (claviceps purpurea) is a fungus that grows on rye and other cereal grains. The sclerotium of the fungus contains a toxic alkaloid that is capable of producing hallucinations and mania when ingested. ”

“Ergot poisoning has been implicated in a number of violent events throughout history, including the Salem Witch trials and the Great Fear of 1789, when French peasants revolted against a perceived aristocratic conspiracy.”

“So we’re clear on what our story is, right?”

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