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TheThirdPolice
TheThirdPolice
Posts: 609

2/1/2018
When bees feed on the pollen of rhododendron flowers, the resulting honey can pack a hallucinogenic punch. It’s called mad honey, and it has a slightly bitter taste and a reddish color. More notably, a few types of rhododendrons, among them Rhododendron luteum and Rhododendron ponticum, contain grayanotoxin, which can cause dramatic physiological reactions in humans and animals. Depending on how much a person consumes, reactions can range from hallucinations and a slower heartbeat to temporary paralysis and unconsciousness.

https://www.atlasobscura.com/foods/mad-honey-red-hallucinogen?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=atlas-page

I'm guessing this has made its way onto these forums before, but dang. I love the eerie red honey content and recently had the unexpected pleasure of taking a second dose, but I never though to research its appearance in our allegedly real world.

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Siankan
Siankan
Posts: 1048

2/1/2018
That... is very interesting. Fascinating, actually, because I can't help but link Rhododendron ponticum with the sidebar description of exile's rose growing "from Pontus to Baetica." So I do some quick research on R. ponticum, and find that its range stretches from the eponymous Pontus to southern Spain, i.e. the Roman province of Baetica. At this point I officially stop blaming coincidence.

Now, Rhododendron is not Rosa; it is not biologically a rose. However, Rhododendron does translate as "rose tree," and the flowers share poetic connections and the same five-point geometry with true roses. It's not that much of an imaginative jump to turn the Rhododendron ponticum with its hallucinogenic honey into the exile's rose that transports one into a dream. Add in an even more sinister version that shares R. ponticum's color and more dangerous tendencies, and voila.

Have I mentioned I love this game?

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CatLady
CatLady
Posts: 53

2/5/2018
Absolutely, deliciously, stunningly awesome find. I am speechless, had no idea this could be based on true fact (should know better, right...)

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