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Ergot
Legal Status
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U.S. FEDERAL LAW #
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U.S. FEDERAL LEGAL SUMMARY
Ergot
REGULATED
No
STATUS
- - -
SCHEDULE
Un-Scheduled
Claviceps purpurea is unscheduled in the U.S., but it is also listed as a "poison" according to U.S.C. Title 21 Chapter 7. This designation as a poison means that products made from ergot must either be labelled "for external use only"; or labelled as a "poison" and records kept about who it is sold to. The fungus itself is legal to cultivate and possess.

One of its constituent chemicals, ergotamine tartrate, is a watched chemical because of its use in the manufacture of LSD. Because of this, the cultivation or possession of large quantities of Claviceps purpurea might be considered suspicious.

INTERNATIONAL LAW #
Brazil #
Strangely, Claviceps paspali Stevens & Hall is included on the "Lista de Plantas que Podem Originar Substâncias Entorpecentes e/ou Psicotrópicas", but C. purpurea is not. Several ergot alkaloids are independently controlled in Brazil, including ergotonmine and LSA. (see schedule).
If you have information about the legal status of this substance in any other country, please let us know.

CAUTION & DISCLAIMER #
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