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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000673.txt from 1999/04

From: Ken Wolman <Ken.Wolman@-----.com>
Subj: Re: [kl] Beta blockers: BEWARE, please!
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 1999 15:02:25 -0400

LeliaLoban@-----.com wrote:

> All this brings up a vague memory of fellow students at U. C. Berkeley in the
> 1960s smoking valerian-laced cigarettes and burning valerian smudge mixtures
> (ground up incense sprinkled over charcoal) for a legal high.

Don't forget about nutmeg to get high on. That was another goodie.
Maybe I was doing it wrong...though at the end I considered having
myself baked into a cake.

> But there's enough credible information here to make me wonder whether
> valerian really is a strong enough mood-altering substance that the warning
> Ken Wolman sounded about beta blockers triggering bipolar swings or other
> mood disorders might also apply to valerian.

I must amend what I said because I made a mistake. When I went off at
Valerian root too, I was thinking of something else: St. John's Wort,
"nature's own mood equalizer." Again: for someone with depressive or
anxious tendencies, and who is being treated with antidepressants and/or
antiangst:-) medications, St. John's Wort will have at you like a
battalion of Turkish janissaries chasing Infidels. And you cannot
preduct what will happen: either you will get REAL depressed or you will
get SO wired that people will think you're copper-plated. SJW is
reputed terrific if you are NOT taking anything else. As to how it
works and plays with musicians and other performers, quien sabe?

Ken
--
Ken Wolman dbtrader Deutsche Bank, N.A.
1251 Sixth Avenue New York, NY 10019 212-469-6494

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