Hey thanks angel.
The active ingredient is butylscopolamine, also called scopolamine butylbromide and hyoscine butylbromide (thought one long name would have done). It's found in the leaves, which the Aborigines used to chew to relieve stomach ache, which is why Boehringer Ingelheim thought it was worth a look at. It's very effective at soothing smooth muscle cramps. The only other reference I found to usage was that Aborigines used to cut a hole in the bark of D. myoporoides, fill it with water, drink it later and get wasted. So clearly both medicinal and recreational use going on there.
Interesting what you say about using the drupe, that's the first I heard of that one. Probably tastes heaps better than the leaves. Corkwood wine anyone? I think the fruit may not be too hard to get, not like hopwoodii with the midnight missions to the desert!
I saw in another thread you mentioned Tim Low's bush medicine book, so will have to see what he thinks about all this. I think leaves are still the go (for my purposes), but just talking and thinking about it has increased my confidence to just try and see. Will let you know of any good recipes I come up with, if anyone's interested.
Plant material: a reliable source (don't you love em) said to go to a nearby beach and 'walk in, you'll find one'. (In to the riparian zone, not the water.)
BTW hopwoodii fans, I have to mention this recent post I wandered into in my travels, a really interesting monograph on the history and culture around pituri. Down near the end there's a description of steaming fresh hopwoodii leaves under hot sand to preserve the nicotine content. I don't know if that's something y'all find interesting or not
http://tribes.tribe.net/tobaccopatch/th ... bb168d1a38
I reckon that'll do now
ps newbie raving on - sorry about that ...