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Sophora secundiflora (Mescal Beans), also called
Colorines, Frijoles, and Red Bean, has been used since prehistoric times.
This is a beautifull shiny red bean that has been used in jewelry and crafts for centuries.
Evidence suggests use that dates back 9,000 years. The Mescal beans where used by over a dozen
tribes for oracular, divinatory, PROTECTION and hallucinogenic purposes.
In the southwestern United States and Mexico, the most spectacular seed necklaces are made
from the bright red seeds of two native shrubs called mescal bean (Sophora secundiflora) and
coral bean (Erythrina flabelliformis). The mescal bean is a very attractive evergreen shrub with
drooping clusters of violet-blue wisterialike flowers.
Mescal beans are especially interesting because they were used by a number of Indian tribes in a vision-seeking
"Red Bean Dance," centered around the
ingestion of the potent seeds. In fact, at least a dozen Indian tribes in New Mexico,
Texas and northern Mexico practiced the hallucinogenic Red Bean Dance. The vivid red mescal beans
have been found at Indian sites dating back to 1500 BC. Since mescal beans contain the highly toxic
quinolizidine alkaloid cytisine, often resulting in overdose and death, they were later abandoned for a
safer, more spectacular hallucinogen--the peyote cactus (Lophophora williamsii). One seed, thouroughly
chewed, is said to be enough to kill an adult.
Today the seeds are still used as a ceremonial necklace worn by the leader of the peyote
ceremony, called the "roadman."
Keep Mescal Beans out of reach of children, animals, and unintelligible beings.
size approx: .4" long (1 cm)