Oct. 11, 2020

mugwort, Artemisia vulgaris

Mugwort looks like a bit from a wild dream? Yesterday I caught a part of an item on Smerconish that discussed hallucinogenics and religion. They might as well have been talking about hallucinogenics and people. Hallucinogens have been part of our lives since the very beginning. Hunger will try just about anything. Add a dose of curiosity, and you're having some pretty wild dreams. Mugwort is widespread, and may have been one of the earliest of our moody plants. It smells like something you would want to taste. In tea or as a smoke it is used to alter dreams. It's also used to flavor beer. So, with such plants and humans interacting from the very beginning, did those amazing dreams create religion? Remember, just because things happen together doesn't mean one causes the other. Coincidence isn't causality. Mugwort is Eurasian, and now grows in AK, AL, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, AB, BC, MB, NB, NF, NS, ON, PE, QC, SK, and on GL. Lenawee Co MI, 9/15/11. Aster family, Asteraceae.