High John the Conqueror – Ipomoea jalapa

High John the Conqueror Morning Glory
High John the Conqueror Morning Glory

This Plant was named for an African American hero named John the Conqueror. He was an African Prince sold into slavery in America. Even through slavery his spirit was never broken, and he is often perceived like the trickster since the man often fooled his ‘masters.’ Br’re Rabbit of the Uncle Remus stories is modeled after the man High John.

High John is used in magic to insure luck in gambling and love. It has been named in several blues numbers where in these contexts “conqueror” is pronounced “conker” or sometimes “conqueroo”.

This plants root is a strong laxative if taken internally, use only in small doses. If too large a dose is used griping and sometimes nausea can result. Caution should be used in its consumption as it contains LSA, a ‘cousin’ to LSD.

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