The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #10062   Message #983791
Posted By: IanC
15-Jul-03 - 11:29 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Lord Randall
Subject: RE: Lord Randall
Bittersweet (Woody Nightshade) contains the alkaloid Solanine and the amorphous glucoside Dulcamarine, to which the characteristic bittersweet taste is due. Sugar, gum, starch and resin are also present. Solanine acts narcotically; in large doses it paralyses the central nervous system, without affecting the peripheral nerves or voluntary muscles. It slows the heart and respiration, lessens sensibility, lowers the temperature and causes vertigo and delirium, terminating in death with convulsions.