Volume 19, Issue 3 (July 1974)
The Fluorescence and Phosphorescence Spectra and Phosphorescence Decay Time of Harmine, Harmaline, Harmalol, Harmane, and Norharman in Aqueous Solutions and EPA at 77 K
The plant Paganum Harmala is found in India, Mongolia, northern China, and in the dry range lands of the American Southwest. The seeds of the plant contain the hallucinogenic alkaloids harmine, harmaline, harmol, harmalol, and harmane [1–4]. These alkaloids are also found in the South American plant species Banisteriopis. The hallucinogenic properties of the juice from Banisteriopis plants are employed by several Amazonian Indian tribes to produce visions for ceremonial purposes [1–4]. In addition a similar alkaloid is found in the pineal body . As hallucinogens these alkaloids are reportedly more active than mescaline or LSD .