In Cambodia, shlain is a name for both a tree and

its product. The very hard wood of the shlain tree

is light colored, almost white. It is shaved, mixed

with hemp (Cannabis indica, Cannabis sativa),

and smoked. The addition of shlain to the hemp

clearly increases the effects of the THCTetrahydrocannabinol and makes

it somewhat more psychedelic. The wood has been

tested many times with success, but unfortunately

its botanical identification is still uncertain. It is,

however, possible that it is Strychnos nux-vomica.

In Cambodia, a traditional cough medicine is

made from dried kancha (hemp herbage), which is

chopped up on a board made from nux-vomica

(Strychnos nux-vomica) wood. Mixed with small pieces of the wood (which contains strychnine),

the resulting product is then smoked (Martin

1975,67).
Literature

Martin, Marie Alexandrine. 1975. Ethnobotanical

aspects of cannabis in Southeast Asia. In

Cannabis and culture, ed. V. Rubin, 63-75. The

Hague: Mouton.

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