What do you think about the hypothesis that it was ergot LSD that caused the Salem witch trials? Do wiccans take LSD and fly around on broomsticks?
I think the very fact that you were able to use the word hypothesis correctly in context makes this the best thread I've seen this morning.
For my opinion, while some might have suffered from such a state, making them more confused and easy to convince bad things were happening, two facts:
The politics of the situation was pretty well recorded and make it seem much more like a political/social upheaval that was predictable.
And, people were aware of the delirium causing effects of certain plants, eating some types of spoiled food, etc., so ultimately, while it's not impossible this may have helped influence some, I'm disinclined to believe it was a primary or even significant factor in the larger affair.
>Do wiccans take LSD and fly around on broomsticks?
The other way around. Believe it or not, but ever wondered why broomsticks make witches fly? It does seem like a pretty arbitrary thing to fly on, doesn't it? Well wiccans would put LSD or other psychoactive substances like shrooms and put this mixture on a broomstick to rub it in their vagina, I kid you not, and then, go on a drug fueled trip that felt like flying.