The Malanthos is a psychedelic cross breed plant between the native Greece flower iris reichenbachii and the native Spanish flower scilla hispanica or spanish bluebells. Mal- is Spanish for ‘bad’ and -anthos is Greek for ‘flower’ creating the name malanthos or ‘bad flower’. Its hallucinogenic properties were discovered by Greek botanist and philosopher Posidonius in 40 BC; during the ancient times when parts of the Mediterranean coast of Spain were colonized by Greeks. In 50 BC, the malanthos plant was a staple to the Grecian diet. Famous greek scholars such as Thales and Pythagoras claimed to have consumed this tea for medicinal purposes. In Greece, the malanthos plant was used for patients with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Later on the malanthos plant was illegal to produce in 1942 for reasons unknown.
The hallucinogenic contents of the malanthos plant is extracted from the pollen and petals when boiled into a tea. When consumed, the malanthos tea acts as a psychostimulant drug affecting the nerve center of the brain similar to the drug adderall. The malanthos plant had been legalized in Greece in 1989 and the U.S took note of the matter. In 1993, the malanthos plant was shipped to the U.S and has been cultivating in federally government owned laboratories. In 1994, government granted permission to the Academy of Botany to test out the malanthos’ properties on human trials.
The malanthos tea was tested on a group of young adults ages ranging from 15-20 years of age. Half of the group were given ½ cup of the malanthos tea and the other half was given a placebo, everyday for a 31 days. After 31 days of experimenting the group of young was given several reading comprehension and standardized tests. The test group that consumed the malanthos tea scored above average across the board in science, mathematics and literature, whereas as the placebo test group scored average and below. After 10 days post-test, 3 out of the 5 patients reported loss of appetite, fatigueness/ decreased energy, insomnia, feelings of guilt, worthlessness and/or helplessness. Further investigation correlated the symptoms of depression to the malanthos drug. These patients were undergoing withdrawals and when given the tea they reported to feel “back to normal”. The government ceased all experimental testing of the malanthos plant. It is now illegal in the U.S to produce and extract the malanthos of its hallucinogenic properties.