Hence, the Name – “Ergot”

Claviceps purpurea

Claviceps purpurea

Behind every title (no matter how great), there is some string of logic (no matter how logical). Here’s the part where I get to share mine with you. This is the condensed version; the story can be viewed in full on the About page.

At some point in time a little fungal spore made its way to the stigma of some lucky flower dame and destroyed its ovaries so that it could benefit from the flower’s nutrition. At the end stage of its infection, ergot produces a beautiful alkaloid called, “ergotamine”. If you weren’t aware, ergotamine plays a crucial role in the production of the Lysergic acid that eventually becomes the more infamous hallucinogen, Lysergic acid diethylamide; LSD for short.

This is The Ergot, a stigma fertilized by spores of art and media intended to infiltrate your thoughts and leave you with an glorious byproduct that is however, unfit for human consumption.

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