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There are what are called "psychoactive substances" in certain foods. Their effect is on our central nervous system and generally are classified as stimulants, depressants, or hallucinogens. These effects are dose-related meaning that only when the intake is high enough for individuals will they then exhibit any of these CNS effects. Caffeine, present in coffee, tea, cocoa and cola drinks, is a widely used food stimulant. A depressant is ethyl alcohol. Alcoholic beverages are a source of calories and are usually classed as a food. Certain yams contain an alkaloid that is a depressant.A hallucinogenic food that is present in nearly every home is nutmeg. About 5-15 grams will produce europhia and a dreamlike feeling.It also has some very unpleasant side effects including abdominal pain.A number of mushrooms contain various indole compounds that are hallucinogens, e.g. Mexican mushrooms and fly agaric. Other plants that are used as food/drugs by many Indian people, African tribes, etc. contain numerous psychoactive substances.
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