For Educational Purposes Only
Something caused me to think about ergot
. Some recent event brought it to mind.
Very ancient element in the medicine bundle of wise women, ergot. Probably responsible for some of them being burned at the stake as ergot poisoning is suspected in many of the "witch episodes".
It is occasionally useful to be aware of naturally occurring medications, if only to know what to avoid.
It's probably a problem for grain farmers on the Great Plains.