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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 30, 2012 2:12 pm

Wolfsbane, also known as leopard’s bane, woman’s bane or devils helmet, is a plant belonging to the buttercup family. These perennial plants are native to mountainous regions of the northern hemisphere.

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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 30, 2012 2:13 pm

The plant contains very large quantities of a poison called alkaloid pseudaconitine, which used to be used by the Ainu people of Japan as poison for hunting, on the tips of their arrow heads.

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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 30, 2012 2:15 pm

In cases of ingestion, symptoms, which include burning in the limbs and abdomen, sets in immediately. In cases of large doses, death can occur within 2-6 hours and 20ml is enough to kill an adult human.

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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 30, 2012 2:16 pm

Interestingly, Wolfsbane is also mentioned in mythology and werewolf lore as being able to either repel the werewolves/lycanthropes, or to induce the wolf state regardless of the moon phase. Hence the name.



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