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Simon’s Guide To Legal Soft Drugs

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Soft drugs, also called light drugs are substances with mild psychoactive effects. Soft drugs are considered less harmful than hard drugs and do not cause physical addiction. Despite the lack of physical addiction, users should beware of the fact that any substance can cause psychological addiction.

The distinction between hard and soft drugs is not clear-cut, as many substances have some characteristics typical of both categories.

Also, soft drug has come to mean legal in some countries, although there are some legal substances that are definitely not light.

Therefore we do not like to use the category legal light drugs here on Simon’s Legal Highs. We put 90% of the ethnobotanicals originally in this category into other categories.

 

Summary:

 

Effects of soft drugs

 

Due to the difficulty of the classification of soft drugs, substances in this category can have various vastly different effects. There are soft drugs that are stimulants, increasing heart rate and the desire to be active – run, dance, etc. Although coffee is often considered to be in this category, caffeine can not actually be considered purely a soft drug.

There are also soft drugs with sedative effects: they calm the user, allowing them to go to sleep more easily, or simply to become more relaxed. There are also soft psychedelics with mild hallucinogenic effects.

Due to the many different types of effects, I have chosen to classify soft legal sedatives, stimulants and psychedelics into categories of their own, while presenting some legal light drugs that don’t fit into those categories here.

 

“Everyday drugs” and soft drugs

It is very difficult to determine what substances fit into te category of soft drugs, or even drugs. It can mean any medicine or substance that causes a physiological change when consumed (injected, smoked, etc.)

This definition fits many substances consumed daily. Caffeine, for example, is a psychoactive drug present not only in coffee, but also coke, and tea.

Soft drugs are substances that do not cause physical addiction, which actually excludes both coffee and alcohol, not to mention cigarettes.

For the right – or wrong – personality, practically anything can cause a psychological addiction. This includes greasy food, chocolate, and even things that are not consumed, such as collecting various items.

The reason for this is that various things and events can cause the level of the so-called happiness-hormones – endorphins and serotonins – to become elevated. For the brain, this translates to feeling great which, of course, is a feeling we wish to recreate.

As a result, it is very difficult to draw the line between items and substances that simply result in positive feelings from substances that should be considered drugs.

It is best to research all substances before deciding on consuming them in any form. The fact that a drug is legal and/or enjoys widespread popularity, does not necessarily mean it is safe!

Be especially careful when trying new substances, and always use them in moderation. Also, make sure you pay attention to the regulation and legal status of the soft drug you wish to buy or consume.

 


Marijuana

 

A picture of marijuana - an illustration to my article about legal marijuana and marijuana seeds.
Legal marijuana and marijuana seeds guide

Marijuana is easily the most well-known and popular soft drug in the world. Marijuana is made from the dried buds of the Cannabis plant. Its psychoactive ingredient is THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol.

Marijuana can be consumed in several ways, the most popular of which is rolling it into a cigarette and smoking it. Oher methods include baking it into biscuits or using bongs to smoke the weed.

Marijuana has mild psychoactive effects that can lead to an increased awareness of one’s senses. Using marijuana is generally described as a positive experience, as it reduces stress and makes the user feel lighter, happier. Side-effects such as anxiety and nausea may occur, though.

Despite the popularity and widespread use of marijuana, it is illegal in most countries. Recent years, however, have brought several changes in this regard: use and possession of marijuana are either in the process of being decriminalised or have already been legalised in certain countries and US states.

Check out the legal status of marijuana as well as any recent changes to the regulation broken down by country and state in my legal marijuana guide.


Buy marijuana – US

Due to the changing legislation in the United States, it is currently unsafe to buy marijuana from online stores. If you decide to order marijuana or marijuana seeds online, make sure to check your state’s current regulations.

 

Buy marijuana – Europe

Marijuana itself is illegal in many countries, which makes ordering online somewhat tricky. However, you may buy marijuana seeds safely from this reliable source in Europe:

Buy marijuana seeds /shipped from the Netherlands/


Click here to check out my guide about the dosage, legal status, effects, dangers and health benefits of marijuana.



African dream root (Silene capensis)

 

A picture of African dream root (Silene capensis)
Buy Silene capensis (African dream herb) shipped from the US!

Silene capensis or African dream root is a plant native to South Africa. The plant is also called Xhosa dream root, as it is traditionally used by the Xhosa people.

The African dream root is not a psychoactive substance in the traditional sense, and it has very mild effects on the user. It does, however, induce realistic and vivid dreams, hence its name.

Silene capensis is legally available in practically all countries of the world. However, it is a legal soft drug that has not been extensively studied, which means that little is known about the way it exerts its effects.

 


Buy African dream root  – US

If you’re interested, you can African dream root from this US online shop:


Buy Silene capensis /shipped from the US/

 

Buy African dream root – Europe 

Currently, I can not recommend any European vendors.

 


Click here to check out my guide about the dosage, legal status, effects, dangers and health benefits of Silene capensis.

 


 

I’m 100% committed to safe and responsible legal high consumption. If you have a few minutes to spare please read my blog post about responsible and safe legal drugs use

Back to Simon’s legal high guide.

 Last updated: 2016-09-05

Simon’s Online Headshop Reviews – Blacklist

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In the world of legal highs sadly there are many scammers.

On Simon’s Wall of Shame: Legal high shop blacklist I collect all my online headshop reviews and legal high scams I know of and review them, so you will not fall victim to them.

As a thumb rule:

  • if it’s too good to be true, it probably is (e.g.: Gold of Sunshine’s constant 50-60% off clearance sales, everything is always 50-60% off…)
  • if a website looks like it was made in the 1990s you shouldn’t buy anything there (if they don’t care about keeping their website up-to-date and presentable, imagine how much they care about your order or providing quality service)
  • any legal high shop that sells anything illegal, or ships to a country where the legal high in question is illegal
  • head shops, which only accept anonymous payment methods, eg.: Western Union or Bitcoin

 

Online headshop reviews, blacklisted legal high shops

 


 

Soul-herbs.com review

Attention! Soul-herbs.com is a scam. Their “ayahuasca” brew (, which is unbelievably overpriced and lacks MAOIs, which means you will not feel anything from it and it is actually not the real ayahuasca) is a scam website.

Truth to be told they do call their brew ayahuasca tea, but their marketing otherwise is very borderline, suggesting that it is indeed the real deal.

There have been a few reports of people who did not get anything after ordering from the website.

Sources:

Soulherbs scam

Ripoffreport – Soul-herbs.com

 

However, the worst part is that they only accept Western Union. Scam alert! Avoid Soul Herbs!

 

LegalHerbalBud.com review

 

A scam report from one of my visitors (thank you!):

“Hello, I have found another site to add to the list. LegalHerbalBud.com ripped me off big time. I made a $95.00 purchase from this site and after a week of waiting, I received this email from them:

“This email is a notification that your order has been cancelled. PLEASE NOTE THIS IS NOT YOUR FAULT. The order has been cancelled because we switched to a new payment processor. The old payment processor never released funds to us. Please contact us if you have any questions about your order. You will see a full refund within 3 to 5 business days for your purchase coming from BOOKING2MARKETING. Once you receive the refund please make a new purchase just like you did with this order. It will go through the same way but you will see a charge coming from AP DIGITAL MARKET instead of BOOKING2MARKETING. Again this is not your fault, it is only because we had to make internal changes and upgrade our payment system.”

I waited one week and received no refund. Within the next two weeks I tried to call 3 times, sent 6 emails, and 5 messages through the website with no response. I was able to get someone one the phone almost a month after I made the purchase and it was just some kid who told me to wait another week for the refund and if I still didn’t receive a refund, I should call my bank and ask them for a refund then he hung up.
I have been trying to get the word out on LegalHerbalBud.com ever since. With your help, hopefully we can save a few people from getting ripped off, like me. Thank you so much.”

Please feel free to alert me of any unethical behaviour, sub par customer service and scam sites you found online in the comments section below.

 

Gold of Sunshine review

Infamous, scam site. Avoid at all cost. Packages arriving late or not at all. Basically no customer service. It’s a scam, pure and simple.

You can ready my Gold of Sunshine review here.

UPDATE: The owner of Gold of Sunshine actually threatened me with a lawsuit and tried to silence me and get me to remove this negative review. Please spread the world and make sure no one else falls victim to this scam or the unethical, immoral person behind the company.

Gold of Sunshine went out of business.

 

 

Legalbuds.com review

My detailed review of them can be found here: Legal buds review

Reason why they are a scam:

  • overpriced
  • ineffective products (they won’t get you high)
  • non-existent customer service
  • misleading ads
  • extremely low quality products (not looking like the picture at all)
  • fake reviews online, trying to hide the truth
  • engaging in spamming

 

Herbalsmokeshop.com

It’s the same website with the same products as Legalbuds.com.
It’s a so called “mirror” website.

It’s owned and operated by the same people, they just re-branded it. It is included for the same reasons as well (check Legalbuds.com’s review above to get a complete picture)

Internationaloddities.com review

It is exactly the same as Legalbuds.com. Their “fake highs” are not working (won’t get you high) and they are just as overpriced.

 

The Sell Salvia network review

The following websites make up the Sell Salvia network. They are operated by the same people (if you can call this “operating” ….) and they largely sell the same products.

  • FreshSalvia.com
  • PotentSalvia.com
  • CrazySalvia.com
  • KratomLounge.com (apparently Kratom Lounge was sold and it has new owners, I removed them from the list as per their request)

 

UPDATE: It seems like the Sell Salvia network has gone bankrupt and the websites are no longer online. I say good riddance. I keep this here, in case they might return.

 

Salviasupply.com review

UPDATE: It was a scam site. However, the website now redirects to some off topic Chinese site. Luckily it seems they went bankrupt and they no longer try to steal people’s money.

 

There are a lot of scammers out there. I’m only including safe and reliable stores on my website and constantly monitor, review and research the stores I’m linking to.

 

I would like to ask you to:

Please do let me know of scams or questionable online headshops you have come across in the comments section below.

As a last warning: Stores selling research chemicals and pre-packaged legal highs and bath salts only are scams 90% of the time. Be very careful when dealing with those shops!

Check out the best legal high discounts at Simon’s legal high discount wall, where I collect all the best legal high discounts from reputable online headshops.

 

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Last updated: 2016-08-13

Simon’s Legal Marijuana and Marijuana Seeds Guide

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Cannabis, also known as marijuana and several other names is a preparation of the Cannabis plant that is used as a recreational psychoactive drug and for medicinal purposes. The main psychoactive component in marijuana is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

Cannabis itself is three species of flowering plants: Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, and Cannabis ruderalis. The plant is indigenous to Central Asia and the Indian Subcontinent, but it is cultivated all around the globe.

Marijuana is arguably the most popular light drug on the planet. The number of regular, or occasional marijuana users worldwide is astronomically large. Moreover, its use as a light psychedelic is deeply ingrained in popular culture. Still, it is (as probably everyone knows) illegal in the overwhelming majority of countries and states worldwide.

However, in recent years countries like Spain and Uruguay basically legalised marijuana, and many others decriminalised its use. Moreover, to date, 4 US states (Alaska, Oregon, Washington and Colorado) and the district of Columbia have legal marijuana for recreational use. There are also 19 more states where it is legal to buy and smoke marijuana in the US for medical purposes, on prescription.

There are also many US states and countries around the world that are reportedly considering the introduction of legal marijuana. In short, it doesn’t take a visionary to see, that in the years to come, we’re gonna see a serious shift in marijuana laws globally – towards decriminalisation and legalisation.

The main, general reasons for this are as follows:

  • more and more of medical marijuana’s health benefits are being proven,
  • stereotypes and misconceptions about marijuana and marijuana users present in most societies are dissolving,
  • a global shift towards liberalism in the developed world.

Of course marijuana is not without its dangers, marijuana smoke is nearly as unhealthy as tobacco smoke and there have been numerous studies linking marijuana to a variety of ailments. As with any recreational drug, use common sense, don’t overindulge.

In this guide I will give you an overview of the legal status of marijuana worldwide, as well as its effects, health benefits and medicinal uses, dangers and more!


 

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Marijuana guide

 

 

 

Legal marijuana by country – an overview

 

Marijuana is illegal in most countries. However, there are more and more countries in the world that have some form of legal marijuana.

A list of countries with decriminalised, or some form of legal marijuana:

Legal status of marijuana by country

Countrypossessionsaletransportcultivation
Argentina: The supreme court of Argentina has ruled that it is unconstitutional to punish people for using marijuana. The court ruled, that “adults should be free to make lifestyle decisions without the intervention of the state”. They also state that private behaviour was legal, “as long as it doesn’t constitute clear danger”.Illegal, but decriminalised for personal consumption in small amounts.illegalillegalillegal
Australia: In Australian Capital territory, small amounts are decriminalised. Tasmania, Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia decriminalised small amounts as well. Queensland and Victoria offers diversion programs for offenders on the first few offences. Victoria and New South Wales have the toughest cannabis laws.Illegal, but personal use of small amounts is decriminalised in certain states.differs by statediffers by statediffers by state
Belgium: Last year, the new right wing Prime Minister Charles Michel announced an end to the policy of tolerance. However, Joep Oomen, coordinator for the European Coalition for Just and Effective Drug Policies (ENCOD) has stated that in practice, the framework of the law has not changed and that last year’s declaration merely referred to zero tolerance for consumption of cannabis in public places, rather than a blanket criminalisation of possession.illegal, possession of up to 3 grams was decriminalised in 2005illegalillegalup to one plant was decriminalised in 2003
Canada: On June 24th, 2015, Vancouver’s city council voted to license approximately 100 medical marijuana retailers – the first city in Canada to do so.illegal, unless for medical purposesillegal, unless by licensed medical vendorsillegalillegal, unless for medical purposes
Colombia:Since 1994, possession of small amounts of marijuana is decriminalised – up to 22 grams for personal consumption.illegalillegalGrowing up to 20 plants for personal use is legal.
Costa Rica: Costa Rica is recently considering legalising medical marijuana as well.It’s a bit of a grey area. Cannabis is illegal but there’s widespread smoking throughout the country. Police officers do not arrest people carrying enough for personal consumption.illegalillegalSame as possession.
Czech Republic: The Czech legislative system is that criminal law does not consider drug use to be a criminal offence. The legislation prior to 2010 only stated that possession of drug in amounts “greater than small” is decriminalised. In 2010, the government specified the amounts in a directive. However, in 2013 the Czech Constitutional Court abolished this ruling and set new amounts. Currently, the possession of 1.5 grams of heroin, 1 gram of cocaine, 10 grams of cannabis dry matter, 5 units of ecstasy and 5 grams of hashish is not considered a criminal offence.Decriminalised, -for up to 10 grams of cannabis dry matter and 5 g of hash, only minor fines are imposed.illegalillegalGrowing marijuana is decriminalised, up to 5 plants for personal consumption.
Ecuador: Ecuador’s Congress approved tougher penalties for small-time drug traffickers. The new law also lowered the decriminalised amounts for possession. Previously, the possession of as much as 300g of marijuana was not considered a crime.Up to 20 grams is decriminalised for personal useillegalillegalillegal
France: Marijuana laws in France are generally amongst the strictest in Europe. Still, in 2010, 13.4 million French people between the ages of 11 and 75 admitted to trying marijuana at least once. Around 1.2 million are estimated to be daily users of the drug, according to the French observatory of drugs and addictions (OFDT) – as reported by Euronews.Only medical products containing cannabis derivates are legalIllegal, except for medical products containing cannabis derivates.Illegal, except for medical products containing cannabis derivates.illegal
India: India’s Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act from 1985 clearly lists cannabis as a narcotic drug.

It, however, exempts of some parts of the cannabis plant

The law allows for the consumption of the leaves of the plant, the exact element used in bhang.

Growing marijuana is illegal and punishable by up to 10 years in prison, but harvesting the leaves that grow by themselves in the wild is allowed – again, only the leaves are used in bhang.

Only Bhang, a traditional cannabis-containing drink is legal.Bhang is sold legally, selling cannabis is illegal, though.illegalIllegal – however, it is not illegal to harvest wild plants’ leaves – Cannabis indica grows abundantly in certain parts of India.
Iran: Although possession and use of marijuana and other substances is widely tolerated, Iran imposes severely harsh penalties for trafficking and selling cannabis and other illicit drugs. Dealing and trafficking in amounts larger than five kilograms is subject to the death penalty, and even quantities of fifty grams or less are punishable by up to fifty lashes. Trafficking or dealing in as little as thirty grams of hash oil can result in the death penalty.Reportedly, possession of 1g marijuana for personal use is decriminalised.illegalillegalillegal
Mexico: Earlier this year, in response to a legal petition filed by members of the Mexican Society for Responsible and Tolerant Consumption (or SMART, in Spanish) Mexico’s Supreme Court concluded that national laws making it illegal to personally produce, possess, and consume marijuana violated the rights of Mexicans. This decision, however, does not result in an instant legalisation of marijuana. Funnily, it only applies to the four plaintiffs, who filed the petition and who are, quite oddly, the only four people in a country of 125 million who can legally get high off pot. Four similar decisions need to be made in four similar cases in order for the legalisation to become general – just as in the case of same sex marriage, that was legalised this year in Mexico.

This means, that Mexico is likely to legalize marijuana entirely in the near future.

Possession of up to 5 grams of marijuana for personal consumption is decriminalised.illegalillegalillegal
The Netherlands: The Netherlands, mainly Amsterdam is considered the smokers’ nirvana. However, not many know, that the possession, sale, transportation and cultivation of marijuana are criminal offences in the Netherlands by law. What exists is a policy of tolerance (gedoogbeleid)   – authorities “officially look the other way” in the case of small amounts possessed by individuals and coffee shops selling cannabis.Namely illegal, however, possessing up to 5 grams in public and 30 grams in private is tolerated.Illegal, however, selling marijuana in coffee shops is overlooked, if they comply with a certain set of rules.illegalNamely illegal, but growing up to 5 plants for personal use is tolerated.
North Korea: Both the Huffington Post and Vice.com published articles in 2013 about marijuana being basically legal in North Korea. As funny as it may sound and as much as we are tempted to believe it, according to The Guardian, “experts agree that cannabis is rare and most definitely illegal in North Korea.”

They also write, that the origin of the myth is a green, potpourri-like mixture of herbs and uncured tobacco leaves called “ipdambae”. It is reportedly sold as a cheap tobacco alternative for the lower classes.

most likely illegal (despite the rumours)most likely illegal (despite the rumours)most likely illegal (despite the rumours)most likely illegal (despite the rumours)
Switzerland: As of September 2012 (implemented October 2013), possession of ten grams or less is decriminalised, and will not lead to a criminal record. Also, some cannabis derivative containing medical products, such as the sublingual spray Sativex and dronabinol (a synthetic form of THC) are allowed to be prescribed. However, only very few patients reportedly receive these drugs on prescription.Possession of up to 10 grams is decriminalised.illegalillegalIllegal, but small amounts for personal use are reportedly overlooked.
United States: Four US states and the district of Columbia recently introduced legal marijuana for both medical and recreational use. There is another 19 states, where medical cannabis has been legalised over the course of the last few years.

You can find more information on the legal status of marijuana in the US in the table below!

legal in certain states (see details below)legal in certain states (see details below)legal in certain states (see details below)legal in certain states (see details below)
Spain: The new “Citizen Safety Law” that took effect in Spain on July 1 this year introduced harsh penalties on, for instance protesters, who assemble in public without a permit. In the light of this, many were surprised, when news sites and marijuana-related blogs started to contemplate, that it had unwittingly also legalised the cultivation of cannabis. The reports said that language was added to the section of the law dealing with cultivation, saying that growing marijuana will only be punishable when it is “visible from public places”. They further argued, that this basically means, growing marijuana behind closed doors is okay in the eyes of the authorities. However, these claims were later proven to be unfounded.Possession and use is legal for adults, as long as they smoke it in the privacy of their homes or “private clubs” (500 such venues can be found in Spain).illegalillegalTechnically illegal, however, growing marijuana for your own personal use is overlooked. If the plants are not visible from the street or other public spaces, it is only an administrative offence and it’s often overlooked.
Uruguay: Smoking weed has been decriminalised in Uruguay since 1974. The current proposal was signed into law in August, 2014. However, the implementation of the plans seem to be go slower than planned. So far, there are only around 3000 people who registered and only 1 growers’ club of the over twenty applicants have been approved, due to the authority responsible for overseeing such clubs being largely underfunded and understaffed. The law is also being heavily criticised, mostly on grounds related to cannabis users having to register. Critics say, that such a system stigmatises cannabis users and if the law is once repealed by another government with a more conservative stance on the drug, these lists can easily mean trouble for people on them.Legal to possess small amounts for personal use.After the law is fully implemented, pharmacies will sell marijuana, grown by companies licensed by the government (however, each smoker must register and can only buy 40grams/month),illegalLegal to up to six plants/person. People can also form growers’ clubs. This enables them to grow 99 plants/club.


 

Places to buy legal marijuana in countries where it’s legal

 

These are the lists of pot shops in countries where you can legally purchase marijuana for recreational use.

  • Pot shops in the Netherlands (coming soon).
  • Pharmacies selling marijuana in Uruguay (coming soon).
  • Private marijuana clubs in Spain (coming soon, buying or selling marijuana in Spanish private clubs is not actually legal, only using marijuana is legal, members grow marijuana collectively and share it with each other, it’s like not like a dutch coffee shop, invitation only).
  • The biggest bhang shops in India (coming soon).

 

See below for a list of places to buy marijuana for recreational use in the USA.

 

 

 

Legal marijuana in the US – by state

 

See the table below for a list of US states with legal medical or recreational marijuana or laws decriminalising the possession of small amounts by individuals:

Legal status of marijuana in the US by state

StatepossessionSaletransportcultivation
Alaska: Marijuana was legalised on November 4, 2014.legalLegal for medical and recreational use as well – from licensed dispensaries.Legal to carry up to 1 oz.Legal to grow up to 24 plants for an individual, or commercially, with a license.
Arizona: The measure was approved by voters in 2010. The vote was only won by the proponents by around 0.2-0.3%. (49.8% “no”, 50.1 “yes” votes).only for medical use, with prescriptiononly for medical useonly for medical useonly for medical use
California: California was the first US state to legalise marijuana for medical purposes in 1996. On September 30, 2010, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed Senate Bill 1449 which further decriminalised the possession of 1 ounce or less. The maximum fine is 100$ for possessing that kind of small amounts.decriminalised – up to 1 oz.medical use onlymedical use onlymedical use only
Colorado: Amendment 64 that took effect on 10 December, 2012. It legalised marijuana for recreational use.legalLegal under a license, for both medical and recreational use,Legal to carry up to 1 oz.,Legal to grow up to six plants for an individual, or commercially with a license,
Connecticut: Under 1/2 oz, only a 150$ fine is imposed for possession. Second and third times cost 200$ and 500$. After that, the offender must partake in an educational program at his own expense.Possession of less than half an ounce is decriminalised, only a minor fine is imposed. Marijuana for medical use is legal.felony (legal only for medical use)felony (legal only for medical use)felony (legal only for medical use)
Delaware: The Delaware Medical Marijuana Oversight Committee had its first meeting this October – implementation of the medical marijuana project and a dispensary system is gonna come in the next 1-2 years.

Gov. Markell signed the bill that makes the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis a civil offence in June, this year.

Possessing up to one ounce is not a criminal offence – a maximum $100 fine can be imposed.medical onlymedical onlymedical only
Georgia: Since last month, it is legal for people who suffer from cancer, sickle cell disease and other illnesses to possess up to 20 ounces of cannabis oil if a physician signs off.only medical useonly medical useonly medical useonly medical use
Hawaii: On June 14, 2000, Governor Ben Cayetano signed Senate Bill 862, which established the Hawaii Medical Marijuana Act to remove state-level criminal penalties on the use, possession and cultivation of medical marijuana .

A dispensary network will also be set up in the state over the course of the next year.

medical use onlymedical use onlymedical use onlymedical use only
Illinois: The bill legalising medical marijuana in Illinois went into effect on January 1, 2014. A statewide dispensary system was established, although Illinois laws are amongst the most strict. Home growing marijuana is not allowed and all growing places are under 24 hour surveillance.medical use onlymedical use onlymedical use onlyillegal, only in licensed growing facilities
Louisiana: On June 29, 2015, Gov. Bobby Jindal signed two marijuana-related bills. The first allowed for the establishment of a statewide dispensary system and the second significantly reduced penalties for marijuana possession, making second possession offence a misdemeanor, rather than a criminal offence. First offenders can also erase their records, if they don’t get caught again in two years.medical marijuana onlymedical marijuana onlymedical marijuana onlyillegal, only under a license, for medical purposes
Maine: A City of South Portland Recreational Marijuana Legalization Measure ballot question was on the November 4, 2014 election ballot for voters in the city of South Portland, Maine. It was approved by voters.

This measure made it legal for adults to possess 2.5 oz. of marijuana within the city’s borders.

Possession of small amounts (under 2.5 oz.) of cannabis is a civil infraction only in the rest of the state also. However, the fines are quite harsh. For possessing 1.25-2.5 oz. of marijuana, a $1000 fine is imposed.

decriminalised (recreational marijuana is legal in the city of South Portland)medical marijuana onlymedical marijuana onlymedical marijuana only
Maryland: On April 14, 2014 two pieces of cannabis legislations were enacted in the state. The first one (SB 364) decriminalise the possession of up to 10g marijuana.

The second (HB 881.) protects patients with severe pain, nausea, wasting syndrome, seizures, and severe muscle spasms from arrest and prosecution. Under the law, patients can get cannabis from licensed medical marijuana dispensaries on prescription. Both laws went into force on October 1, 2014.

decriminalised (10g or less)medical marijuana onlymedical marijuana onlymedical marijuana only
Massachusetts: On November 4, 2008 Massachusetts voters approved a bill, that makes possessing less than 1 oz. of marijuana a civil infraction punishable by a fine of $100.

4 years later, on November 6, 2012 another bill was approved, legalising medical marijuana in the state. The law went into effect on 1 January, 2013.

decriminalised (civil infraction)medical use onlymedical use onlymedical use only
Michigan: Currently, only medical marijuana is legal in the state. However, many cities in the state, most recently Keego Harbor held ballot votes on the legalisation of small amounts of marijuana for personal consumption. In Keego Harbor, the majority of the population was in favour of the measure. However, it doesn’t mean marijuana is legal in the city yet though, as state level legislation has to be enacted.medical marijuana onlymedical marijuana onlymedical marijuana onlymedical marijuana only (12 plants/patient)
Minnesota: A bill (Chapter 311, SF 2470) enacted on 29 May, 2014 authorises the use of medical cannabis in limited forms for certain qualifying medical conditions and regulates the distribution and manufacture of medical cannabis.Possession of 42.5 grams or less is only considered a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum fine of $200.medical onlymedical onlyillegal
Mississippi: “First offence possession of 30 grams (a little more than an ounce) is punishable by a $250 fine instead of jail time and a civil summons as opposed to arrest, as long as the offender provides proof of identity and a written promise to appear in court.”First offence, and up to 30 grams is decriminalised.illegalillegalillegal
Montana: Montana Medical Marijuana Act, Mont. Code Ann. §§ 50-46-1 to 50-46-2 (2007) legalised marijuana for medical purposes.medical use only (up to 1 oz.)medical use onlymedical use onlymedical use only (up to 12 plants)
Nebraska: The Nebraska Legislature has adjourned for 2015, but this year much progress was made towards legalisation of marijuana for medical use, further decriminalising possession and personal use by adults.Decriminalised (first offence only, up to 1 oz.).illegalillegalillegal
Nevada: Possession of even the smallest amount of marijuana is considered a misdemeanour in Nevada. Medical marijuana is legal in the state since as early as 2001.medical use only (up to two and one-half ounces and/or a maximum allowable quantity of edible marijuana products)medical use onlymedical use onlymedical use only (up to 12 plants/patient)
New Hampshire: Governor Maggie Hassan signed House Bill 573 into law on July 23, 2013, which made medical marijuana legal within state borders.only medical marijuana (2 oz. or less)medical marijuana onlymedical marijuana onlyHome cultivation is illegal, even for patients.
New Jersey: The legislation legalising medical marijuana in NJ and creating a legal framework for a statewide system of cannabis dispensaries was enacted in January, 2010.medical use only (2 oz/month)medical use onlymedical use onlyHome cultivation is illegal, even for patients.
New Mexico: Senate Bill 523, enacted in April 2007 ordered the establishment of a statewide medicinal cannabis distribution program.medical use only (6 oz. or more, if authorised by a physician)medical use onlymedical use onlymedical use only (16 plants, 4 mature, 12 immature)
New York: Non-smokable medical Cannabis products and Cannabis edibles are also legal for medical uses since September last year.Decriminalised up to 2.5 oz. for personal use. (Displaying or using marijuana in public view is a Class B misdemeanor, though, and is punishable by a fine of up to $250 and incarceration of maximum 90 days.)illegal (only misdemeanor up to 25g)illegalillegal
Ohio:Less than 100g is a minor misdemeanour, which doesn’t create a criminal record in Ohio. It is only punishable by a fine of $150.illegalillegalillegal
Oregon: Retail sales of cannabis by state-licensed entities to those over the age of 21 are regulated in this state beginning in 2016. Medical marijuana is also legal in the state.Legal to possess up to 1 oz. – however, the use of any marijuana in public is a class B misdemeanour. There is also no fine or penalty for possession of 8 ounces or less of “ homegrown” marijuana, if it’s grown in one’s own private home.Only in state licensed stores. These are only allowed to sell 1/4 oz./person/day.Delivery of 1 ounce or less of “homegrown” marijuana without compensation carries no fine or penalty.Growing marijuana is legal up to 4 plants.
Rhode Island: The law decriminalising less than an ounce of marijuana came into effect on on April 1, 2013 in Rhode Island.Decriminalised, up to 1 oz. for personal consumption. The possession of 2.5 oz. of medical marijuana is also legal.medical marijuana onlymedical marijuana onlymedical marijuana only (Up to 12 plants and 12 seedlings- must be stored in an indoor facility.)
Texas: “Starting next year in Harris County, anyone caught with marijuana for the first time can almost count on catching a major break with the expansion and development of the First Chance Intervention Program, aimed at decriminalising marijuana, by offering the chance to avoid a criminal conviction after the completion of a 60-90 day program.”Possession of less than 2 oz. on first offence is decriminalised from January 1, 2014 in Harris County only.illegalillegalillegal
Vermont: A bill that would introduce legal recreational marijuana in the state will be on the agenda on the legislative session of 2016, starting in January. Experts have high hopes for the bill. Vermont has a good chance of being the next US state to legalise recreational marijuana.decriminalised (1 oz. or less)medical marijuana onlymedical marijuana onlymedical marijuana only (9 plants, only 2 mature)
Washington: Washington State’s Initiative 502 (I-502), which decriminalises recreational marijuana was voted into law in November 2012. The new law allows the establishment of a licensed and regulated system of marijuana production and distribution, similar to the state’s liquor controls. Smoking marijuana is only allowed on private properties, outside the view of the general public.legal up to 1 oz.Medical and recreational use, by licensed stores and dispensaries.legal, up to 1 oz.Only under a license and with restrictions.
District of Columbia (Washington DC): On November 4, 2014, Washington, D.C. voters overwhelmingly approved Initiative 71, the piece of legislation legalising marijuana. On February 26, 2015, the measure took effect.legal up to 1 oz. for adults (over 21)Only medical use – commercial sale for recreational use is not yet allowed.legal (up to 1 oz. between adults)legal, up to six plants (only 2 of which are mature)

Sources

Alaska: Alaska Becomes Fourth State To Legalize Recreational Marijuana

Arizona: Arizona voters approve medical marijuana measure

California:  California Reduces Its Penalty for Marijuana (NYT)California passes first statewide medical marijuana industry regulations

Colorado: Colorado Legalization

Connecticut: Marijuana Penalties

Delaware: Medical Marijuana ProgramMarkell signs Delaware marijuana decriminalization bill

Georgia: Medical marijuana is now legal in Georgia

Hawaii: Legality – Medical Marijuana of HawaiiHawaii Medical Marijuana Law (NORML)

Illinois: Gov. Quinn Signs Illinois Medical Marijuana Bill

Louisiana: Bobby Jindal signs marijuana bills that reform criminal penalties, medical marijuana access

Maine: City of South Portland Recreational Marijuana Legalization Measure (November 2014), nrml.org: Maine Laws & Penalties

Maryland: Md. governor signs marijuana bills into law

Massachusetts: Voters approve marijuana law changeReturn of Votes For Massachusetts State Election November 6, 2012

Michigan: Keego Harbor votes yes to legalize small amounts of potMichigan Medical Marijuana Law

Minnesota: Governor Dayton Signs Medical Marijuana Bill into Law

Mississippi: Marijuana Policy Project: Hope on the horizon for Mississippi

Montana: Montana Medical Marijuana Law

Nebraska: Medical marijuana bill tabled until 2016

Nevada: Nevada Medical Marijuana LawNevada’s medical marijuana regulations bear fruit, with legalization on the horizon for voters

New Hampshire: Governor Hassan’s Statement on Signing House Bill 573

New Jersey: New Jersey Medical Marijuana LawMedical marijuana use legalized in N.J. (Bizjournals)

New Mexico: New Mexico Becomes Twelfth State To Authorize Medical Cannabis UseNew Mexico Medical Marijuana Law

New York: New York legalizes medical marijuana (CNN)

Ohio: Norml.org – Ohio Laws & Penalties

Oregon: Norml.org – Oregon Laws & Penalties

Rhode Island: Rhode Island Marijuana Decriminalization Law Going Into EffectRhode Island Medical Marijuana Law

Texas: Is Marijuana Decriminalization a Good Thing for Harris County?

Vermont: Vermont Medical Marijuana LawVermont Laws & PenaltiesVermont Marijuana Legalization 2015: Recreational Use Bill Planned For Next Year, Advocates Say

Washington: Washington Laws & PenaltiesRecreational Marijuana in Washington State – A Guide for Visitors

District of Columbia (Washington DC): Legalization of Possession of Minimal Amounts of Marijuana for Personal Use Act of 2014


 

Places to buy marijuana in the US for recreational use

 

These are the lists of pot shops in the US where you can legally purchase marijuana for recreational use.

  • Pot shops in Alaska (coming soon).
  • Pot shops in Colorado (coming soon).
  • Pot shops in Washington (coming soon).
  • Pot shops in Oregon (coming soon).

 

 

Buy marijuana paraphernalia

 

Although marijuana itself is yet to be legalised or decriminalised in the overwhelming majority of countries, marijuana enthusiasts and aficionados can choose from a great variety of marijuana paraphernalia (bongs, grinders, pipes etc.) in so-called head shops all over the world. However, you can also buy all kinds of marijuana paraphernalia online and sometimes you can even choose from a greater variety this way (and it’s generally less expensive). If you’re interested in buying bongs, grinders, pipes and more, check out the links below!

I do not encourage anyone to use any illicit drugs. All the paraphernalia below can be used to smoking perfectly legal, herbal highs as well.

Or you can try out the so called herbal incense mixtures, I have a few recipes, which only use natural, herbal legal highs.

 

I recommend buying marijuana paraphernalia  from the following head shop in Netherlands (the unofficial capital of cannabis).

Buy bongs

A picture of a bong - the most crucial marijuana paraphernalia.
Buy stylish bongs from the Netherlands

Choose from a great variety of bong accessories and bongs of all styles, colours and sizes. They are not merely marijuana paraphernalia. They can enhance the experience of smoking any legal herbal high!

Buy bongs online /shipped from the Netherlands/

 

 


Buy Grinders

A picture of grinders - a popular item of marijuana paraphernalia. However, it is also very useful for any other herb.
Buy grinders from the Netherlands

 

Grinders are for easily shredding your herbs into smaller parts. They come in all colours, sizes and fabrics.

Buy grinders online /shipped from the Netherlands/

 


Buy Scales

A picture of a pocket-size electronic scales. It is strongly recommended to precisely know the weight of one dose no matter which legal high you use.
Buy sensitive, electronic scales from the Netherlands

Scales are not just marijuana paraphernalia indeed. They can come handy for all herbs with some sort of psychoactive effects. It is strongly recommended to precisely measure your exact dosage before consumption.

Buy scales online /shipped from the Netherlands/

 


Buy Water pipes

A picture of a water pipe - an excellent tool to smoke flavoured tobacco, legal highs, herbal incense and marijuana. Also a nice-to-have piece of marijuana paraphernalia, which is a great ice breaker at parties.
Buy water pipes from the Netherlands

Smoking any herb or flavoured tobacco from a water pipe can be a lot less hard on the lungs and throat. Not to mention, it’s great for parties.

Buy water pipes online /shipped from the Netherlands/

 

 


Buy Pipes

A picture of led pipes. Cool looking and handy pieces of marijuana paraphernalia.
Buy pipes from the Netherlands

Pipes in all sizes and fabrics. They can be used for any smokable herb.

Buy pipes online /shipped from the Netherlands/

 


Buy Vaporisers

A picture of a manual vaporiser - a practical piece of weed paraphernalia - also makes the smoke less harmful for your lungs and throat.
Buy electronic and manual vaporisers from the Netherlands

Vaporisers filter the smoke of any herb, so tar won’t get into your lungs, which makes smoking much more healthier. They also don’t produce almost any smoke – nice for home-smokers. They have electronic and manual ones as well. It’s not just for marijuana.

Buy vaporisers online /shipped from the Netherlands/

 

Please note, that owning marijuana paraphernalia is illegal in many countries and US states and. Although, all of the equipment I mention above can be used to smoke perfectly legal herbs or flavoured tobacco, and not necessarily marijuana and prosecution is very unlikely, please ask the shop before you make your purchase, just to be safe.

 

 

Growing marijuana

 

Cultivating marijuana plants is illegal in the overwhelming majority of countries and US states. However, obtaining the seeds is a different story.

One of the two reason for this, is that hemp, an industrial plant of great importance and many uses in various separate fields – (it’s used in food, paper production, for certain building, plastic and composite materials etc.) – is the same exact plant, as marijuana, Cannabis sativa.

Basically, hemp and marijuana are two varieties of the same plant, which are the result of hundreds of years of selective breeding. The hemp plants are varieties with lower THC content. And marijuana was cultivated for recreational purposes. This makes enforcing prohibitions on seeds somewhat problematic to enforce. 

The other reason is, that the seeds themselves do not contain THC. This means, that unless they are specifically outlawed, they do not contain any illicit substance, therefore are legal. It’s a legal loophole.

The legal status of marijuana seeds and also the priority of seed related offences differ greatly from country to country. I will list some countries and their respective laws on marijuana seeds here, to clarify things a bit. If you don’t find your country on the list, do your own research before ordering anything. I do not advise ordering marijuana seeds in countries, where they’re illegal. 

 

 

Marijuana seeds – legal status by country

 

Marijuana seeds - legal status by country

 Country legal status of marijuana seeds
UKReportedly, a loophole in UK law makes it legal to possess, sell and buy marijuana seeds. It is also legal to import seeds from abroad. However, it is obviously illegal to germinate the seeds or to grow marijuana. Such an act is considered a felony and is punishable by harsh fines and a jail time.
USOn a federal level, it is illegal to possess, sell or buy seeds. However, seeds are reportedly low priority and small amounts very rarely get intercepted at customs.

You cannot legally order seeds from abroad neither in the states that legalized recreational marijuana, nor if you’re growing marijuana for medical use, with a license or doctor’s prescription. Importing seeds to the US is a felony on a federal level. That being said, chances of the package being seized at customs are very low with small amounts, according to internet testimonials.

CanadaPossessing, selling or importing marijuana seeds is a criminal offence in Canada. However, several unofficial sources suggest that seed related offences are very low priority.
New ZealandPossessing, selling or importing marijuana seeds is a criminal offence in New Zealand. However, several unofficial sources suggest that seed related offences are very low priority. Moreover, the chances of seeds ordered online getting confiscated at customs are minuscule.
 AustraliaIt is reportedly illegal to possess, buy, sell, or import marijuana seeds in Australia. However, as is the case with most other countries, small amounts of seeds are very low priority and are not likely to result in criminal prosecution, even if confiscated at the customs. Different states have different laws, though. Australian Capital Territory, South Australia, Tasmania and Northern Territory has more relaxed laws, than the rest of the states. They are the ones that decriminalised the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
South AfricaAs the Drugs And Drug Trafficking Act No. 140 Of 1992 outlaws possession of any part or derivative of the cannabis plant, marijuana seeds are also illegal in South Africa. That means, ordering them from abroad is not legal. However, small amounts very rarely get seized at customs.
IndiaThe Indian drug legislation expressly exempts the leaves and seeds of the cannabis plants. Therefore, on a federal level, possession of marijuana seeds is legal in India. Each state, however, can have its own laws pertaining to marijuana seeds, which can be more restrictive. You will most likely need to do further research about whats the situation exactly in your state.
IrelandIt is not illegal to possess or sell cannabis seeds in Ireland, although it is illegal to germinate and grow them.
HungarySeeds cannot be distributed, because police will accuse you of “preparation of crime”. However, they would need to prove you were intending to commit a crime. And that depends on the circumstance, and ultimately the judge. Prosecution is rare but possible, whether you will be fined or something worse (only in case of very large amounts) depends on the amount, the circumstances and the judge.

However, Cannabis paraphernalia can be freely distributed.

GermanySeeds are forbidden, if they seem to be sold or possessed for illegal cultivation. However, it is reported, that head shops in the country sell seeds as bird food. Although, ordering from the internet is technically illegal, German authorities do not prioritise such cases. Generally, German police tends to turn a blind eye to small marijuana offences, like possession of small amounts. They way authorities treat such offences differ from region to region – Bavaria is considered the strictest in this respect.
RussiaSeeds are not illegal to buy, sell or possess in Russia.

 

 

Buy marijuana seeds online

 

A picture of marijuana seeds.
Order marijuana seeds online from the Netherlands

You can order marijuana seeds online from a highly reputable vendor in the Netherlands on the link below. You can choose from a wide variety of strains of both Cannabis sativa and Cannabis indica.

 

Buy marijuana seeds online /shipped from the Netherlands/


 

 

Marijuana alternatives and synergists

Some sites and blogs who write about these herbs mention them as both marijuana alternatives and synergists. This is true, in the sense, that all of the herbs listed here can be smoked in themselves and produce sedative and mild euphoric effects, not unlike weed. However, they can also be mixed with marijuana for a stronger, enhanced and somewhat altered experience.

In this article I made a distinction between marijuana alternatives and synergists based on how strong these herbs are and the nature of their effects. The ones with stronger effects when consumed in themselves, or effects significantly different in their nature from those of cannabis, I listed under marijuana alternatives. I categorised herbs with somewhat lighter effects, which are not very pronounced when the plant is consumed in itself, as marijuana synergists.

 

 

Marijuana synergists

 

There are plenty of legal, smokable herbs, that are said to enhance the marijuana high. I did a thorough research to find out, which legal, herbal highs go well with pot. I listed the ones below with the most positive reported experiences from users.

 

Damiana (Turnera diffusa, Turnera aphrodisiaca)

A picture of damiana - an anxiolytic smokable herb and ingredient of calming tea mixes. It is a great natural sedative, marijuana synergists and a mild marijuana alternative!
Damiana, Turnera diffusa – marijuana synergist

Damiana (a. k. a. Turnera diffusa, or Turnera aphrodisiaca) is a shrub native to southwestern Texas, Central America, Mexico, South America, and certain parts of the Caribbean.

Damiana is reported to enhance the marijuana high.

 


 

Blue lotus (Nymphaea caerulea)

A picture of blue lotus - a recognised aphrodisiac and one of the better natural remedies for anxiety.
Blue lotus – an effective marijuana synergist

Blue lotus (Nymphaea caerulea) is a herb with mild sedative and psychoactive properties. The ancient Egyptians reportedly soaked it into wine or other alcoholic beverages to further enhance its effects.

Blue lotus can be mixed with weed in smoking mixtures and the reported effects are great!


 

Sacred lotus (Nelumbo nucifera)

A picture of a Nelumbo nucifera flower - a known anxiolytic herbs which goes well with weed also.
Sacred lotus, Nelumbo nucifera, marijuana synergist

Nelumbo nucifera – also called Indian lotus or sacred lotus – is a perennial aquatic plant native to South Asia and Australia.

It contains the same active ingredients as blue lotus – again, said to go well with cannabis!

 


 

White lotus (Nymphaea alba)

A picture of white lotus - a mild marijuana alternative and marijuana synergist.
White lotus, Nymphaea alba – marijuana synergist

Nymphaea alba, also called European white water-lily or white lotus is an aquatic flowering plant native to Europe.

Goes well with weed, just like the other two lotuses!

 


 

Skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora)

A picture of skullcap - a herb boasted by many for its relaxing properties. It is said to be one of the best natural sleep aids and natural sedatives. It is also a reported marijuana synergist and alternative.
Skullcap, Scutellaria lateriflora – marijuana alternative and synergist

When used in everyday language skullcap or skullcap herb usually refers to the most popular and most extensively used species from the  Scutellaria genus, Scutellaria lateriflora (American skullcap, blue skullcap, mad dog skullcap, or side-flowering skullcap).

It is a staple ingredient in herbal smoking mixtures and also mixes well with marijuana!


 

Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)

A picture of valerian - one of the best natural sleep aids and marijuana synergist herbs.
Valerian, Valeriana officinalis – a marijuana synergist

Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) is a perennial plant native to Europe, Asia and North America.

Valerian is widely used as a herbal sleep aid and anxiolytic. However, mixed with weed it reportedly makes for an interesting, pleasant experience.

 


 

 

Marijuana alternatives

 

These plants are considered legit marijuana alternatives. However, it is important to point out, that marijuana alternatives are not marijuana substitutes. The effects produced by these plants are similar, but not by any means identical to those of marijuana. If you expect a cannabis high, they will probably disappoint you. But if you’re ready to enjoy them as they are, you might as well be pleasantly surprised!

 

Marihuanilla (Leonurus sibiricus)

A picture of marihuanilla - a plant that is listed amongst the best legal marijuana alternatives.
Marihuanilla – a known marijuana alternative

Marihuanilla, or Leonurus sibiricus is a herbaceous plant native to China, Mongolia and Siberia, though today it can be found throughout America as well. Marihuanilla is a mild narcotic with effects not that different from that of cannabis.

 

 


 

Intoxicating mint (Lagochilus inebrians)

A picture of Lagochilus inebrians, or intoxicating mint. One of the rarest and most interesting marijuana alternatives.
Lagochilus inebrians, or intoxicating mint

Lagochilus inebrians, or intoxicating mint is a shrub with numerous stems reaching a height of 20–80 cm.

As it as a rather rare and obscure plant (and therefore sot of expensive), if you get you’re hands on some, its best to experience its effects on their own. They’re similar to those of marijuana, only milder.


 

Sinicuichi (Heimia salicifolia)

A picture of Sinicuichi - a recognised marijuana alternative. It is said to produce pleasant, mild auditory hallucinations.
Sinicuichi – a marijuana alternative with peculiar psychoactive effects

Sinicuichi (a.k.a.Heimia salicifolia and sun opener), is a perennial shrub native to Mexico and Central America.

Sinicuichi use is generally described as a positive, relaxing, or even euphoric experience. Consumption may be followed by slight giddiness and a feeling of intoxication; not unlike marijuana but milder.


 

Wild dagga (Leonotis leonurus)

A picture of the wild dagga (Leonotis leonurus) plant. It ranks amongst the best legal marijuana alternatives.
Wild dagga (Leonotis leonurus), one of the best marijuana alternatives.

Wild dagga (Leonotis leonurus) is native to South Africa and southern Africa, where it is very common. It is known for its medicinal and mild psychoactive properties. It’s a recognised marijuana alternative.

 

 


Wild lettuce (Lactuca virosa)

A picture of wild lettuce - one of the best marijuana alternatives out there.
Wild lettuce – a known marijuana alternative

Wild lettuce (Lactuca virosa or opium lettuce) can be found growing freely in various regions of the world including Australia, America, Southern Europe and India. It reportedly produces effects not unlike cannabis, with a slight opiate edge.

 

 

Main active ingredients of marijuana, hash and hash oil

 

The main active ingredient in Cannabis and its derivatives is THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). Indeed, The amount of THC present in a cannabis sample is generally used as a measure of cannabis potency.

THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) - the main active ingredient in marijuana, hash, hash oil and all other cannabis products.
THC (tetrahydrocannabinol)

There are the three main forms in which cannabis is used for recreational purposes and their THC content varies greatly.

 

A picture of ready to smoke marijuana in someone's hand. Marijuana consists of dried flowers and subtending leaves and stems of the female cannabis plant.
Marijuana

Marijuana consists of the dried flowers and subtending leaves and stems of the female cannabis plant. It’s reported average THC content is 5% but many varieties can produce marijuana buds  with as much as 20% THC content.

 


 

A picture of hash or hashish - a psychoactive cannabis resin product.
Hash or hashish

 

Hash is the concentrated cannabis resin. It reportedly contains on average 20% THC.

 

 


 

A picture hash oil, the strongest of the standard cannabis products.
Hash oil or hashish oil

Hash oil is a resinous matrix of cannabinoids obtained from the Cannabis plant by solvent extraction. It is reportedly the most potent cannabis derivative. It can contain up to 60% THC.

 

 

The effects of marijuana

 

As, according to a recent study, 43 percent of U.S. adults aged 18 or older have tried marijuana at least once. Therefore, I would not be surprised, if anyone who stumbled upon this article would be somewhat familiar with the effects of marijuana.

However, Erowid.org has a very extensive list of marijuana effects, which I will include here, to completely clear things up (the list is quite long, so I put it in this drop-down box, not to disrupt reading):

The effects of marijuana intoxication

POSITIVE
  • mood lift, euphoria
  • increased giggling and laughing
  • relaxation, stress reduction
  • creative, philosophical, abstract, or deep thinking : ideas flow more easily
  • increased appreciation or awareness of music; deeper connection to music; increased emotional impact of music
  • increased awareness of senses (taste, smell, touch, hearing, vision)
  • change in experience of muscle fatigue; pleasant body feel; increase in body/mind connection
  • pain relief (headaches, cramps)
  • reduced nausea, increased appetite (used medically for this)
  • boring tasks or entertainment can become more interesting or funny
  • reduced neuropathic pain and spacicity due to multiple sclerosis
NEUTRAL
  • general change in consciousness
  • increased appetite, snackyness
  • slowness (slow driving, talking)
  • change in vision, such as sharpened colours or lights
  • closed-eye visuals (somewhat uncommon)
  • tiredness, sleepiness, lethargy
  • stimulation, inability to sleep (less common)
  • blood-shot eyes (more common with certain varieties of cannabis and inexperienced users)
  • mouth dryness, sticky-mouth (varies with strain)
  • interruption of linear memory; difficulty following a train of thought
  • cheek, jaw, facial tension / numbness (less commonly reported)
  • racing thoughts (especially at high doses)
  • time sense altered (for example, cars seem like they are moving too fast); time dilation and compression are common at higher doses
NEGATIVE
  • coughing, asthma, upper respiratory problems
  • difficulty with short-term memory during effects and during periods of frequent use (Ranganathan M, D’Souza DC, Psychopharmacology, 2006)
  • racing heart, agitation, feeling tense
  • mild to severe anxiety
  • panic attacks in sensitive users or with very high doses (oral use increases risk of getting too much)
  • headaches
  • dizziness, confusion
  • lightheadedness or fainting (in cases of lowered blood pressure)
  • paranoid & anxious thoughts more frequent
  • possible psychological dependence on cannabis
  • clumsiness, loss of coordination at high doses
  • nausea, especially in combination with alcohol, some pharmaceuticals, or other psychoactive substances
  • can precipitate or exacerbate latent or existing mental disorders
HANGOVER / DAY(S) AFTER
  • dry mouth
  • tired, red, dry, or itchy eyes
  • joint stiffness
  • fatigue, drowsiness, foggy or slow thinking
  • reduced memory skills, slower speed of recall
WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS (after stopping heavy use)
  • mild to moderate, non-life-threatening withdrawal symptoms occur after daily use in some users.
  • Withdrawal symptoms normally last 2-4 days, up to six weeks with long term use. Severity of symptoms is related to frequency and duration of use and individual sensitivity.
  • anhedonia (reduced experience of pleasure)
  • headaches, general unease/discomfort
  • difficulty sleeping
  • desire to smoke cannabis
  • slight loss of appetite
  • finding non-stoned life a bit dull, increased boredom
  • fatigue, lethargy
  • slow thinking, talking
  • stoned-like abstract thinking, impatience with or annoyance at linear thinking

Source: Erowid.org – Marijuana Vault

 

 

Dangers of marijuana

 

Cannabis or marijuana is seen by many experts as a relatively harmless substance. There are no reported deaths in scientific literature that can be conclusively linked to marijuana abuse. It is estimated by researchers that an average adult theoretically has to consume nearly 1,500 pounds of marijuana within about fifteen minutes to ingest a lethal dose.

However, this does not mean the plant is harmless. On top of possible unpleasant effects, such as anxiety and paranoia, marijuana also has some more serious potential dangers, which are not to be taken lightly.
These problems usually occur as a result of extensive use or when marijuana is regularly used in early adolescence, or if the user has a predisposition for certain conditions.

Mental disorders – Marijuana use can reportedly activate latent mental disorders, such as schizophrenia and bipolar syndrome.  A study published in the British Medical Journal in 2002 concluded, that those who regularly smoked marijuana between the age of 15 and 18 were 4 times more likely to be diagnosed with schizophrenia as adults.

Dependence – While many proponents of marijuana claim, that there’s no such thing as cannabis addiction or dependence, some diagnostic, epidemiological, laboratory, and clinical studies clearly indicate that the condition exists and causes harm.

A study, published in the Addiction Science & Clinical Practice in 2007 states, that

“Adults seeking treatment for marijuana abuse or dependence average more than 10 years of near-daily use and more than six serious attempts at quitting. They continue to smoke the drug despite social, psychological, and physical impairments, commonly citing consequences such as relationship and family problems, guilt associated with use of the drug, financial difficulties, low energy and self-esteem, dissatisfaction with productivity levels, sleep and memory problems, and low life satisfaction. Most perceive themselves as unable to stop, and most experience a withdrawal syndrome upon cessation”.

Authors of a recent study also claim, that regular cannabis consumption significantly damages white matter in the brain (white matter are cells, that connect parts of the brain to each other).

On top of this, marijuana smoke is nearly as bad for you as tobacco smoke. And second hand marijuana smoke is also reportedly nearly as bad as second hand tobacco smoke.

Abusing any kind of recreational drug is bad for your health, marijuana is no exception. Most of these negative health effects only are the result of excessive use.

Sources:

What is the lethal dose of marijuana?

Cannabis use in adolescence and risk for adult psychosis: longitudinal prospective study

Marijuana Dependence and Its Treatment

Study Reveals What Cannabis Does To Your Brain

American Lung Association – Cannabis and lung health

Center for Tobacco Control Research Education – Marijuana second hand smoke

 

 

Cannabis health benefits

 

Cannabis is a plant with recognized medical value. It is reportedly effective in treating or alleviating the following conditions:

  • Medical cannabis is somewhat effective in alleviating chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV).
  • A cannabis-derivative containing medical product, dronabinol is reportedly used to treat AIDS-associated anorexia and improve the general mood and therefore the quality of life of HIV patients. However, current studies seem to suffer from effects of bias, small sample size, and lack of long-term data.
  • Cannabis appears to be somewhat effective for the treatment of some forms of chronic pain, such as pain caused by neuropathy, fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Experts claim, that Cannabinoids have the potential of becoming useful for treating glaucoma.

Medical marijuana is somewhat accepted in the medical community and doctors can prescribe medical marijuana in many countries for various ailments. In many countries medical marijuana is even fully financed by the state.

Marijuana is also used to safely relive chronic pain, neuropathic pain and spasticity due to multiple sclerosis on the long term.

Marijuana seems to treat epilepsy as well according to a few a studies.

Uses of Cannabis or Cannabinoids as treatments for several other medical conditions are still being researched.

Sources:

The pharmacologic and clinical effects of medical cannabis.

The medical use of cannabis for reducing morbidity and mortality in patients with HIV/AIDS

Cannabinoids and glaucoma

American Journal of Medicine – Medical Marijuana for Treatment of Chronic Pain and Other Medical and Psychiatric Problems
A Clinical Review

 American Epilepsy Society – Efficacy and Safety of Epidiolex (Cannabidiol) in Children and Young Adults with Treatment-Resistant Epilepsy


 

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Marijuana is legal in very few countries for now. If you’re interested in 100% legal alternatives, check out the legal highs included in Simon’s legal high guide.

If you’re interested in legal psychedelics – some of them stronger, some of them lighter than marijuana, but all of them are legal – check out Simon’s Legal Psychedelics Guide!

 

Last updated: 2015. 12. 14.

Simon’s Legal Deliriant Guide

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What is a deliriant?

 

Legal, natural deliriants are plants, or other naturally occurring substances that have very strong psychoactive effects – they cause delirium. In fact, they are the very plants that confute the popular belief that holds “what’s natural is always safe”. The plants in this category cannot be considered safe by any possible standards – in fact, most of them are poisonous and potentially deadly.

Deliriants, induce hallucinations – however, they constitute a different category from psychedelic and hallucinogenic plants as their effects differ greatly from the effects of herbs in the latter two categories.

Deliriant intoxications usually bear the following traits that distinguish them from the effects of other psychoactive substances:

  • extremely vivid, realistic and in most cases, dreadful hallucinations
  • the user does not know that he is hallucinating, instead perceives the hallucinations as perfectly normal reality
  • a state of total delirium – the user completely loses touch with reality and control over his own actions
  • a complete loss of memories from the period spent intoxicated
  • 24+ hour long trips and unpleasant after effects felt for several additional days (in the case of toxic nightshades, for instance, severely impaired vision)
  • the psychoactive effects of deliriants are often accompanied by rather unpleasant bodily symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, loss of balance, inability to perspire and more

 

As you could probably figure out by now, these are not your everyday recreational herbal highs. Their use as recreational drugs is limited to a very narrow niche of die-hard psychonauts and unsuspecting, experimentally minded teens who often end up in a hospital after experiences with deliriants.

Be careful because, most of the plants that contain these extremely toxic compounds are widely cultivated for ornamental purposes. Moreover, nutmeg, which is also in this category, but is arguably much less potent than the nightshades, is a staple food item in most countries.

It probably won’t come as a surprise that I don’t advise anyone to try any of the plants that I will present in this article.

They are not fun, they are not recreational and some of them are potentially deadly. Be careful.

Summary:

 

The nightshades

 

The nightshades is the common name of the botanical family Solanaceae. The family contains over 98 genera of plants and over 2700 species. However, in this article I will only mention a few of the nightshades, the ones that contain the toxic tropane alkaloids that are responsible for their deliriant effects – scopolamine, hyoscyamine and atropine. Scopolamine is said to be the strongest of these compounds and also the one that’s found in the toxic nightshades in the highest concentration.

Nightshades with tropane alkaloid concentration include:

  • All plants in the Datura genus (Datura stramonium, Datura inoxia, Datura metel etc.)
  • All plants in the Brugmansia genus (Brugmansia suaveolens, Brugmansia sanguinea, Brugmansia arborea etc.)
  • All plants in the Mandragora genus (like Mandragora officinarum or mandrake) (more info coming soon)
  • The henbane (Hyoscyamus niger) plant (more info coming soon)
  • The belladonna, or deadly nightshade (Atropa belladonna) plant

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Interesting fact about the nightshades: the so-called flying ointments of medieval witches reportedly contained a combination of Datura, Brugmansia and belladonna. The witches reportedly did not drink the potion but rubbed it on their skin (a portion of the tropane alkaloids are absorbed through the skin). These witches then disappeared for days (trip lasting for days is not unheard of using deliriants) and when they returned they talked about dancing with the devil, unholy rituals, flying brooms and speaking black cats. Our modern myth of the witches probably has roots in medieval deliriant trip reports.

A picture of a witch riding a broom. Scopolamine plant cocktails, so called witches' brew used by medieval witches reportedly contained a combination of toxic nightshades.
Datura, belladonna, and other nightshades were reportedly important ingredients of medieval witches’ potions.

 

 

Advices, precautions

 

An exclamation mark. It's meant to mark the importance of this section about precautions and dosage of potentially deadly, deliriant nightshades.
Be careful with the nightshades!

My first advice is very simple: avoid deliriants, especially the nightshades.

However, if you feel really devoted to the idea of trying datura, or some other similar “scopolamine plant”, here are some precautions that you must take:

Concerning the dosage:

Two very big problems come up, when calculating the requisite dosage of any nightshade:

  • they are almost only sold for ornamental purposes – there are no available extracts, or products meant for human consumption with pre-measured alkaloid content,
  • the effective dose is not much bigger, than the lethal dose.

These two factors make experimenting with nightshades potentially a game of Russian roulette. If you really want to try any of these herbs, always make sure to use the ladder method – carefully administer and gradually increase the dosage until you start feeling the effects.

The importance of having a trusted sober sitter:

Having a sober sitter is an absolute must, when taking nightshades. It has to be someone, who:

  • does not get scared easily, as you’ll probably do  and say some scary stuff,
  • possibly has some experience with altered states of consciousness herself,
  • whom you completely trust and tell before head what you’re gonna take and what can he expect,
  • the person needs to be able to stay up with you for 24+ hours, because at times, the trip can be quite long.

These precautions do not guarantee that you’ll be safe, only significantly decrease the chances of something horrible happening.

You should also check out my separate, detailed guides about Datura, Brugmansia and belladonna for more info on the dosage and precautions, as well as the legal status, effects and danger of these plants.

 

 

Deliriant plants in the Solanaceae family

 

Datura

A picture of Datura inoxia - a powerful deliriant plant in the nightshades family.
Datura inoxia – a powerful deliriant plant in the nightshades family

Datura is usually mentioned in singular form. However, it actually refers to a genus of several species of poisonous vespertine flowering plants belonging to the family Solanaceae, nightshades.

There is much confusion circling the Datura family of plants. There are many different species in the Datura genus. Probably the two most well-known are:

  • Datura inoxia (devil’s weed)
  • Datura stramonium (jimson weed or thorn apple)

One thing is for certain, though: all members of the Datura genus contain the highly toxic tropane alkaloids scopolamine, hyoscyamine, and atropine.


Datura is banned for human consumption in many countries around the world as well as some US states.

For more info on the legal status, effects and dangers of Datura, and some more tips on dosage and precautions, click here!

 

Datura trip report video

The following is a Youtube datura trip report video. This will show you what to expect from datura.


 

Belladonna

A picture of belladonna - a known scopolamine containing deliriant plant in the nightshades family.
Belladonna – a known deliriant

Belladonna is a perennial herb native to Europe, North Africa, Western Asia, some parts of Canada and the United States. It is also known as Atropa belladonna and deadly nightshade.

The plant’s less popular, somewhat folkloristic names are: devil’s berries, naughty man’s cherries, death cherries, beautiful death, and devil’s herb.

As you could probably guess from it’s denominations, it is a quite dangerous plant. In fact, Atropa belladonna is one of the most toxic plants of the Eastern Hemisphere and a deliriant. While it was widely embraced as a medicine in small amounts (nowadays only used in homeopathy), it is very dangerous and should always, no matter the intent of use, handled with extreme caution.

Like other nightshades, I do not recommend Atropa belladonna for recreational purposes.

 


Buy belladonna from the US here:

Buy live belladonna plants /only shipped inside the US, credit cards accepted – might be out of stock/


For more info on the legal status, effects, health benefits and dangers of belladonna, and some more tips on dosage and precautions, click here.

 


Brugmansia (angel’s trumpet)

A picture of Brugmansia sanguinea - a known deliriant "scopolamine plant".
Brugmansia sanguinea – a known deliriant “scopolamine plant”

Brugmansia is a genus of seven species of flowering plants in the family Solanaceae,  or nightshades. Their large, fragrant flowers gave them their common name: angel’s trumpet.

As many other species in the Solanaceae family, Brugmansia plants contain extremely toxic tropane alkaloids, such as scopolamine, hyoscyamine and atropine.

One of the most horrid of drug stories I’ve heard in my life is connected to Brugmansia abuse. A 2006 article published in the European Archives of Psychiatry and Neuroscience gave an account of an 18 year old German boy, who amputated his own penis and tongue under the influence of merely one cup of tea prepared from two angel’s trumpet blossoms.

Consumption of brugmansia is not advised.


Brugmansia is banned for human consumption in several countries and US states. 

For more info on the legal status, effects and dangers of Brugmansia pants, as well as tips dosage and precautions, check out my Brugmansia guide.


 


 

Nutmeg, Myristica fragrans

 

A picture of nutmeg - one of the most readily available "household deliriants".
Nutmeg – one of the most readily available “household deliriants”

In large doses, raw nutmeg has psychoactive effects, which are associated with one of its chemical components, myristicin – a recognised deliriant. This causes the so-called nutmeg high.

Even though it is one of the most readily available household highs in the world, it’s not widely used for recreational purposes. This is because to most people, the effects of nutmeg resemble poisoning more than an actual high.

On some occasions, nutmeg highs were said to have been at least partly positive experiences. However, in the vast majority of reported cases its effects are rather disturbing and very few people give nutmeg a second try.

Reported nutmeg poisonings are not great in numbers, but in some rare cases it can lead to hospitalisation, and in even more rare cases (one or two reported, in total) to death.


A picture of nutmeg seeds and powder - you need to powder the seeds yourself in order to maximise the deliriant effects.
Nutmeg seeds and powder

Still, if you want to try it, this is safer than the nightshades.

You can buy organic nutmeg ready for consumption from the US on this link

/credit cards accepted/

If you’re crazy enough to want to experience its unpleasant psychoactive effects, you need to obtain whole, organic (not ground) nutmeg (like what you can buy on the link above) and ground it yourself – as opposed to buying pre-packaged, ground nutmeg (very little to no effects).


For more info on the legal status, preparation, consumption, effects, danger and health benefits of nutmeg, check out my nutmeg high guide here!

 

 


 

Legal disclaimer:

do not advocate consumption of legal highs. They can have adverse side effects and if you are allergic, or if you overdose you might even die.

Some of them are poisonous plants – e.g.: nightshades- causing a dangerous state of delirium and should not be consumed under any circumstances.

If you are planning to consume any of the substances mentioned here consult your physician first and make sure you read about potential health effects and safe dosing.

Some of the information presented here might be outdated or incorrect (check “last updated” below). Make sure, that if you are planning to try out any of the substances to research them yourself as well.

I’m 100% committed to safe and responsible legal high consumption. If you have a few minutes to spare please read my blog post about responsible and safe legal drugs use

Back to Simon’s legal high guide.

 

Last updated: 2015.12.16.

Simon’s Guide To Legal Psychedelics

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Psychedelic drugs are substances “causing effects on the mind, such as feelings of deep understanding or unusually strong experiences of colour, sound, taste, and touch” – as defined by the Cambridge dictionary.

The word psychedelic stems from ancient Greek, as a combination of psychē (soul, mind) and dēloun (to make visible, to reveal). Together, they are most often translated as mind-revealing.

This name refers to the deep understanding, the increased sense of consciousness caused by such substances. It is a widespread belief that psychedelic substances enable the user to discover more about their mind, seeing it figuratively and, in a way, quite literally.

Psychedelic, when applied to art, clothing or similar items, also means resembling the experience caused by psychedelic substances. This includes both bright colours and curious patterns.

There are many substances that have a psychedelic effect on the user. The most well-known are LSD, psilocybin mushrooms, mescaline and DMT. There are both synthetic and natural, as well as legal and illegal psychedelics. This guide introduces natural psychedelics that are legal in some countries or all over the world.

 

Summary:

 

Effects of psychedelics

 

There are several different chemical compounds which cause psychedelic effects. Most of these act by influencing the serotonin levels of the users; either by releasing serotonin (empathogens) or by acting as an agonist to serotonin receptors (serotonergics).

The effects caused by different psychedelic substances are basically similar, though there are marked differences in the strength of the various effects.

The main reason for the consumption of psychedelic substances is the visual hallucination. Visual effects can range from geometric patterns to whole scenarios. The experience is characterised by bright colours and swirling forms, sometimes accompanied by auditory effects and synesthesia.

Other cognitive effects of psychedelic drugs include euphoria and an altered state of consciousness. Conceptual thinking is enhanced, and users feel disassociated from themselves, sometimes to the point of “ego death”. This enables them to view their own thoughts and mind as an outsider would, hence the “mind-revealing” .

Physical effects caused by psychedelic substances include pupil dilation and increased heart rate. The latter is connected to the stimulating effects of these substances, which makes users feel more energetic. Consumption of certain psychedelic drugs also causes nausea and vomiting, though this purging is often considered a positive effect.

Natural psychedelics and tradition

 

There are several synthetic and natural psychedelic substances. The latter are generally considered safer, with fewer negative side-effects. They are also legally available in several countries.

Natural psychedelics have been used for spiritual, ritualistic purposes for several centuries. Psychedelic drugs used in a mystical context are often referred to as entheogens.

Entheogens have traditionally been used by shamans of indigenous tribes to commune with spirits and discover maladies of both body and soul. Even today, there are certain religions such as the Native American Church that use psychedelic substances for such purposes. These organisations are often exempt from bans on substances otherwise illegal in the country.


Magic mushroom and magic truffle

Image of several magic mushrooms.
Magic mushroom

 

Magic mushrooms, also known as psilocybin mushrooms are among the most well-known plants with psychedelic effects.

Magic mushrooms and magic truffles – the “underground version” of the former – are rather potent ethnobotanicals.

Psilocybin and psilocin are considered the main active ingredients of the mushrooms, though other compounds contribute to the effects as well.

The legal status of magic mushrooms is rather complicated. They are illegal in several countries, though truffles and grow kits are legally available. Check the legal status of magic mushrooms broken down by type and country in my magic mushroom guide.


Buy magic mushroom – US

Magic mushrooms and magic truffles are illegal in the US. Grow kits and spores are illegal as well.

Buy magic mushroom – Europe

You can buy magic truffles and grow kits and spores legally in many European countries. I recommend the following place:

Buy magic mushroom /shipped from the Netherlands/


Click here to check out my guide about the dosage, legal status, effects, dangers and health benefits of magic mushrooms and magic truffles.



Fly agaric (Amanita muscaria)

Amanita muscaria mushrooms
Fly agaric

 

Amanita muscaria or fly agaric is also a mushroom with psychedelic effects. It is often used as a substitute for magic mushrooms.

The main active ingredient in fly agaric is muscimol. The mushroom has a sacred significance in Siberia; where it was reportedly fed to reindeer after which their urine was drank (the method was used to negate the side-effects).

Amanita muscaria is legal in most countries, except for the Netherlands, Romania and Louisiana. The state of Louisiana only bans Amanita muscaria, not Amanita pantherina, a variation with different colours but similar effects.

 


Buy Amanita muscaria – US

If you’re interested, you can buy fly agaric and fly agaric extract from this US online shop:

Buy fly agaric  /shipped from the US/
Buy Fly agaric extract/shipped from the US/

 

Buy Amanita muscaria – Europe 

Currently, I can not recommend any European vendors.

 


Click here to check out my guide about the dosage, legal status, effects, dangers and health benefits of Amanita muscaria.

 



Ayahuasca

 

A pot of ayahuasca brew, made from Psychotria viridis
Ayahuasca (psychotria viridis)

Ayahuasca is possibly the most widely used entheogen in shamanistic rituals. It is not a single plant, but a brew consisting of multiple substances.

The traditional ingredients used to create Ayahuasca are Psychotria viridis and Banisteriopsis caapi. The former contains DMT, which is the main active ingredient in ayahuasca.

However, DMT is quickly metabolised by monoamine oxidases in the human gut. To experience its effects, a MAO inhibitor such as Banisteriopsis caapi is necessary.

The plants used to make ayahuasca are legal in most countries, though the extraction and possession of DMT is often prohibited.

Click here to find out more about the dosage, legal status, effects, dangers and health benefits of ayahuasca.


Buy ayahuasca – Europe

In Europe you can buy ayahuasca kits containing all the necessary ingredients, I recommend the following place:

Buy ayahuasca /shipped from the Netherlands/

Buy ayahuasca – US

In the US, due to government raids, you can no longer buy Ayahuasca kits. But you can still buy the plants separately. I recommend the following places.



Hawaiian baby woodrose

Close-up of the Hawaiian baby woodrose plant.
Hawaiian baby woodrose

 

Hawaiian baby woodrose (Argyreia nervosa) is a climbing vine native to India.

The main active ingredient in the Hawaiian baby woodrose is believed to be LSA. LSA is a precursor to LSD, which makes its extraction and possession illegal in most countries. However, the plant itself is generally legal.

Though structurally similar, the effects of LSA differ from those of LSD. The cognitive state induced by LSA is more clear-headed, and the effects are generally milder.

Click here to find out more about the dosage, legal status, effects, dangers and health benefits of the Hawaiian baby woodrose. 


Buy Hawaiian baby woodrose US

LSA containing plants are no longer sold by US vendors.

Buy Hawaiian baby woodrose Europe, Netherlands

If you’re interested, you can buy Hawaiian baby woodrose here:

Buy Hawaiian baby woodrose /shipped from the Netherlands/

 



Mimosa hostilis

Mimosa hostilis plant
Mimosa hostilis

 

Mimosa hostilis, also called jurema is a tree native to Brazil. Leaves, bark and roots of Mimosa hostilis have traditionally been used for various medical purposes.

The main active ingredient in Mimosa hostilis is, similarly to Psychotria viridis, DMT. DMT is not active orally by itself, only when taken in combination with a MAO inhibitor such as Banisteriopsis caapi.

Though Mimosa hostilis is not traditionally used to create ayahuasca, it has practically the same effects. Concoctions made from Mimosa hostilis and a MAOI are called ayahuasca analogues, or “anahuasca”.

Click here to find out more about the dosage, legal status, effects, dangers and health benefits of the Mimosa hostilis. 


Buy Mimosa hostilis US

Currently, I can not recommend any US vendors.

Buy Mimosa hostilis Europe, Netherlands

I recommend the following Dutch vendor if you are planning to order Mimosa hostilis from a European vendor.

Buy Mimosa hostilis /shipped from the Netherlands/

 



Chacruna

 

Close-up of the Psychotria viridis plant
Psychotria viridis

Chacruna (Psychotria viridis) is one of the traditional ingredients used for preparing ayahuasca.

The main active ingredient in Psychotria viridis is DMT. DMT is not active orally by itself, only when taken in combination with a MAO inhibitor. The MAOI traditionally used with Chacruna is Banisteriopsis caapi, also called ayahuasca vine.

Psychotria viridis is not a controlled plant in most countries. However, extraction of its DMT content of the plant are generally illegal.

Click here to find out more about the dosage, legal status, effects, dangers and health benefits of chacruna. 


Buy chacruna US

If you’re interested,I recommend  buying Psychotria viridis here:

Buy chacruna /shipped from the US/

Buy chacruna Europe, Netherlands

Recommended vendor to buy chacruna online in Europe:

Buy chacruna /shipped from the Netherlands/

 

 



Chaliponga

Chaliponga branch and leaves
Diplopterys cabrerana

 

Chaliponga (Diplopterys cabrerana) is one of the traditional ingredients used for preparing ayahuasca. It is used as a substitute for chacruna.

The main active ingredient in chaliponga is DMT. DMT is not active orally by itself, only when taken in combination with a MAO inhibitor (except for very large DMT doses). The MAOI traditionally used with chaliponga is Banisteriopsis caapi, also called ayahuasca vine.

Diplopterys cabrerana is not a controlled plant in most countries. However, extraction of its DMT content is generally illegal.

Click here to find out more about the dosage, legal status, effects, dangers and health benefits of chaliponga. 


Buy chaliponga US

I currently can not recommend any US shops, that would sell it.

Buy chaliponga Europe, Netherlands

If you’re interested, you can buy Diplopterys cabrerana here:

Buy chaliponga /shipped from the Netherlands/

 



San Pedro cactus

San Pedro cactus in bloom
San Pedro cacti in bloom

 

The San Pedro cactus (Echinopsis pachanoi) is one of several cacti with mescaline content. Others include peyote and the Bolivian torch.

Mescaline is a controlled substance in most countries, illegal to possess or to sell.
The plant itself is not illegal, however, and it is often kept for ornamental, decorational purposes.

The cactus may be consumed by simply chewing, pulverising it, or in the form of a tea. The taste of San Pedro cactus is reported to be rather unpleasant no matter the method, but the effects are worth it.

Click here to find out more about the dosage, legal status, effects, dangers and health benefits of San Pedro cactus. 


Buy San Pedro cactus – US

Currently I can not recommend any legal high shop that would sell San pedro in the USA.

Buy San Pedro cactus – Europe, Netherlands

Not many places sell this plant in Europe. However, there is one shop in the Netherlands, which I an recommend:

Buy San Pedro cactus /shipped from the Netherlands/

 



Peyote

 

Flowering peyote cactus
Peyote cactus

Peyote (Lophophora williamsii) is one of several cacti with mescaline content. Others include the San Pedro cactus and the Bolivian torch.

Mescaline is a controlled substance in most countries. However, mescaline containing cacti are not illegal, though the legal status of its prepared forms is unclear.

The peyote cactus has been used extensively in shamanistic rituals for thousands of years. It is still considered sacred by members of the Native American Church, who are exempt from the ban on consuming the mescaline.

Click here to find out more about the dosage, legal status, effects, dangers and health benefits of peyote.


Buy peyote US

Only legal for religious use by the Native American Church.

Buy peyote Europe, Netherlands

I recommend the following place to buy peyote cactus:

Buy peyote /shipped from the Netherlands/



Trichocereus bridgesii

Trichocereus bridgesii in a pot
Trichocereus bridgesii

 

Trichocereus bridgesii, also called achuma or Bolivian torch is one of several cacti with mescaline content. Others include the San Pedro cactus and peyote.

Mescaline is a controlled substance in most countries.

However, achuma is not illegal, though the legal status of cactus parts prepared for human consumption is unclear.

Trichocereus bridgesii is mainly used for ornamental purposes. Like the San Pedro cactus, it may be consumed by itself or in the form of a tea.

Click here to find out more about the dosage, legal status, effects, dangers and health benefits of achuma.


Buy achuma US

No US vendors at the time of the writing.

Buy achuma Europe, Netherlands

I recommend ordering Trichocereus bridgesii from the following Europe online shop:

Buy achuma /shipped from the Netherlands/



Yopo

 

Anadenanthera peregrina or yopo with seed pods
Anadenanthera peregrina or yopo

Yopo (Anadenanthera peregrina) is a tree native to South America. The beans of yopo are used to create the snuff of the same name.

The beans contain DMT, which, while not active orally, has mild psychoactive effects when insufflated. Yopo also contains the alkaloid bufotenin.

Consumption of the snuff is rather unpleasant, causing strong pain to the nostrils. Because of this, it is traditionally not consumed alone, but blown into another’s nose with a pipe.

Anadenanthera peregrina is not a controlled plant in most countries. Bufotenin and DMT are, however, controlled substances, making them illegal to extract and possess.

Click here to find out more about the dosage, legal status, effects, dangers and health benefits of yopo.


Buy yopo US

No US legal high shop sells yopo.

Buy yopo Europe, Netherlands

I have only found one European legal high shop where you can buy yopo:

Buy yopo /shipped from the Netherlands/



Vilca

 

Anadenanthera colubrina tree
Anadenanthera colubrina

Vilca (Anadenanthera colubrina) is a tree native to South America. The beans of vilca are used to create the snuff of the same name.

The beans contain DMT, which, while not active orally, has mild psychoactive effects when insufflated. Vilca also contains the alkaloid bufotenin.

Consumption of the snuff is rather unpleasant, causing strong pain to the nostrils. Because of this, it is traditionally not consumed alone, but blown into another’s nose with a pipe.

Anadenanthera colubrina is not a controlled plant in most countries. Bufotenin and DMT are, however, controlled substances, making them illegal to extract and possess.

Click here to find out more about the dosage, legal status, effects, dangers and health benefits of vilca.


Buy vilca US

At the time of the writing there are no US legal high vendors that would sell vilca.

Buy vilca Europe, Netherlands

Vilca is very hard to come by. In Europe I have found only one legal high shop which has vilca:

Buy vilca /shipped from the Netherlands/

 



Morning glory

 

The Heavenly Blue variant of morning glory (Ipomoea tricolor)
“Heavenly Blue” morning glory

Morning glory is not the name of a single species, but over 1000 ones belonging to the Convolvulaceae  family.

There are two species generally used for recreational or entheogenic purposes, Turbina corymbosa and Ipomoea tricolor. The latter has several variants nicknamed Heavenly Blue, Pearly Gates and Flying Saucer.

The main psychoactive ingredient in morning glory is believed to be LSA. Morning glories are legal and often cultivated for ornamental purposes. However, LSA is a controlled substance, illegal to extract or possess.

Click here to find out more about the dosage, legal status, effects, dangers and health benefits of morning glory.


Buy morning glory US

Plants containing LSA are no longer sold by US vendors.

Buy morning glory Europe, Netherlands

I recommend buying morning glory from the following European vendor:

Buy morning glory /shipped from the Netherlands/

 



Salvia divinorum

 

Potted Salvia divinorum plants.
Salvia divinorum

Salvia divinorum, also known as seer’s sage is one of the strongest natural psychedelics.

Salvia is native to Mexico, where Mazatec priests had used it for several centuries to induce visions. The main active ingredient in Salvia divinorum is salvinorin.

Salvia is illegal in several countries, including most US states. It is, however, legal in the Netherlands, Portugal, France and, at least for now, the UK.

The leaves of Salvia divinorum contain the highest concentration of active ingredients. These may be smoked or prepared as a tea.
There are also salvia extracts available for buying, some of which are very potent.

Click here to find out more about the dosage, legal status, effects, dangers and health benefits of Salvia divinorum.


Buy salvia US

Due to government raids most US vendors don’t sell salvia anymore. I can not recommend any right now. In fact many US vendors who still sell kratom and salvia are on the legal high shop blacklist.

 

Buy salvia Europe, Netherlands

If you’re interested, you can buy Salvia divinorum here:

Buy salvia leaves /shipped from the Netherlands/

Buy salvia extract /shipped from the Netherlands/

Please note that salvia extracts can be extremely potent; always exercise caution.



Bufo alvarius

 

A picture of Bufo avarius - an illustration to Simon's Bufo Alvarius (Sonoran desert toad) Guide
Bufo alvarius

Bufo alvarius, also known as Colorado river toad or Sonoran desert toad is, as the names suggest, a toad with psychoactive properties.

To be precise, it is the poison produced by the toad’s glands that causes psychedelic effects. The poison contains bufotenin and 5-MeO-DMT, which may be smoked (ingestion of the substance is poisonous). Contrary to popular belief, the toad is not licked but “milked”.

The toad was first made popular by a pamphlet in the 1980s. Today it is considered sacred by some, including the informal “Church of the Toad of Light”.

Bufo alvarius can only be found live in Arizona, New Mexico, California and parts of Mexico. It is a threatened species in some of these areas, making it illegal to catch. Extraction of the DMT and bufotenin is also mostly illegal, though the toad is such an obscure legal high that prosecution is very rare.

Click here to find out more about the dosage, legal status, effects, dangers and health benefits of Bufo alvarius.


Buy Bufo alvarius

It is likely that you can only get your hands on a wild specimen legally if you live in Arizona. Captive-bred toads can be purchased through the internet from pet and reptile shops. However, I do not know any of those kinds of retailers personally, therefore I can recommend none.

 

 

I’m 100% committed to safe and responsible legal high consumption. If you have a few minutes to spare please read my blog post about responsible and safe legal drugs use

Back to Simon’s legal high guide.

 Last updated: 2015.12.07.

Simon’s Guide To Natural Sedatives

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What are natural sedatives?

 

As the prevalence of anxiety and stress in modern societies rises higher and higher every year, many people use prescription sedatives, such as barbiturates and benzodiazepines to alleviate such conditions. However, these have many reported adverse effects, including:

  • A dependence can develop easily.
  • An overdose can cause drowsiness, confusion, and slowed respiration.
  • Stopping a drug after using it for a long time causes anxiety, irritability, and sleep problems.*

Sedatives are, by definition substances that have:

  • calming, soothing, tranquilizing effects,
  • and are able to relieve or reduce anxiety, irritability, stress and excitement.

Natural sedatives are plants, or other naturally-occurring substances that produce these same effects. Although, the popular belief that says what’s natural is always safe doesn’t necessarily hold true in each and every case, if used prudently, natural sedatives and natural remedies for anxiety can be just as potent and generally much healthier alternatives to prescription drugs.

Many plants are considered natural sedatives with effects ranging from mildly relaxing to total sedation (of course, the potency and nature of the effects vary greatly with the dosage and from person to person also).

However, it is also important to note that if you’re not a stressful or anxious person, experimenting with these herbs can still be fun, many of them cause varying degrees of euphoria. They are recreational drugs for a reason.

Natural sedatives occur in many forms, including smokable herbs or herbal smoking blends, herbal calming tea mixes etc., and most of them have more than one method of consumption.

Most of these herbs have mild, relaxant effects and can be mixed in calming teas or herbal smoking blends. However, Kava and Kratom are much more potent than the rest of them.

Below I will provide you with an overview of the nature of the effects of these herbs and also a list of the most popular natural sedatives, sleep aids, calming tea ingredients, smokable herbs and more!
Summary:

 

 

Smokable herbs and herbal smoking blends with sedative effects

 

Almost all of the natural sedatives below are smokable herbs. They can all be smoked in themselves, as well as mixed with other similar plants in herbal smoking blends.

Pre-made herbal incense mixtures are also widely available online and in brick and mortar herbal high shops. However, branded herbal smoking blends (a.k.a. potpourri, or herbal incense mixtures) should be avoided, as the vast majority of these are made from low quality plants and own their unpredictable, dangerous effects to untested research chemicals.

Read my article on why you should avoid herbal incense and why is it much more pleasant, safer and cheaper to make your own herbal smoking blends from smokable herbs!

 

 

Calming tea mixes

 

Some of these herbs, however, are said to be quite hard on the throat and lungs when smoked. The good news is that all of these natural sedatives can be be brewed into a calming tea, or be used in calming tea mixes. If you’re not a smoker, or dislike harsh smoke, you can still sample the effects of these plants.

You can buy pre-made tea blends, but it’s definitely cheaper and also more fun, if you mix your own.

Most of the herbs mentioned below blend well with other herbs in tea mixes. However, be sure to obtain valid and sufficient information on the interactions of the herbs, or substances in the herbs that you’re planning to mix!

 

 

The strongest natural sedatives – kava and kratom

 

Kava and kratom are reportedly the strongest herbal, natural sedatives on the market. They too possess anxiolytic properties and therefore list amongst the natural remedies for anxiety. However, the high they produce goes well beyond just relaxing the muscles and the nerves.

In higher doses, they induce very strong euphoria and sometimes even visual distortions are possible. They also serve as a general mood enhancer.

 


Kava (Piper methysticum)

A picture of the Kava plant - one of the strongest natural sedatives
Kava – one of the strongest natural sedatives

Kava (Piper methysticum) is a crop native to the Western Pacific, but its long shelf life and pleasant effects made it popular amongst herbal legal high enthusiasts around the world.

A group of compounds called kavalactones are reportedly responsible for its sedative and psychoactive effects.

Note, that the legal status of kava is complicated in many countries. You might want to check my kava guide for more information, whether restrictions on kava exist in your country.


Buy kava – US

If you’re interested, I recommend buying kava and kava extract in the US here:

Buy kava and kava extract /shipped from the US, credit cards accepted/


Or click here to check out my guide about the dosage, legal status, effects, dangers and health benefits of Kava (Piper methysticum).

 


Kratom, Mitragyna speciosa

A picture of the kratom plant - one of the best natural sedatives.
Kratom – one of the best natural sedatives

Kratom, Mitragyna speciosa (also known as ketum or kratum) is an evergreen tree from the same family as the coffee plant. It is reportedly the second most popular legal high worldwide (after salvia divinorum).

Users report effects not unlike opiates. In smaller doses, kratom functions as a stimulant. However, as the dose increases, its strong sedative and anxiolytic effects become more pronounced. It is, in fact, one of the strongest natural sedatives, along with kava.

 

Kratom is usually available in the form of:

  • dried leaves
  • standardised extract (more expensive, but also stronger than the dried leaves)
  • resin extract (usually very strong, 30-50x extracts – NOT RECOMMENDED FOR FIRST TIMERS).

 

A picture of dried kratom leaves - good natural remedies for anxiety and natural sedatives.
Dried kratom leaves

A picture of Kratom standardised extract - a nice natural remedy for anxiety and natural sedative
Kratom standardised extract

A picture of kratom resin extract - a good natural remedy for anxiety and natural sedative.
Kratom resin extract

 

If you’re interested in trying kratom for yourself, check out these two shops below:

 


Buy kratom from the US

I currently can not personally recommend any place to buy kratom in the US.

 


Buy Kratom from Europe, Netherlands

I recommend the following place in the Netherlands to buy kratom from Europe:

Buy kratom online/shipped from the Netherlands/


Or for more information, check out my guide on the effects, legal status, dosage, health benefits and dangers of kratom (Mitragyna speciosa).


Natural remedies for anxiety and natural sleep aids

 

Many natural sedatives are proven natural remedies for anxiety. They help alleviate symptoms of anxiety and relieve occasional stress. Usually the psychoactive effects of these herbs are mild. However, they produce some kind of high – some of them are even considered marijuana alternatives (not substitutes).

Even though, I’ll list sleep aids and anti-anxiety herbs separately here, they can be used pretty much interchangeably. The fact that some of them is listed under sleep aids and some under anxiety remedies only represent, that my research of the herb indicated that it is whether primarily a sleep aid or an anxiety remedy.

 

 

Natural remedies for anxiety

 


Poppy seeds and pods (Papaver somniferum)

A picture of poppy seeds and pods - tea brewed from the pods or the seeds is a popular natural remedy for anxiety.
Poppy seeds and pods

Poppy seeds and opium are both derived from the opium poppy plant (Papaver somniferum).

The overwhelming majority of the alkaloid content of the opium poppy is cumulated in the latex obtained from the plant. However, the pods and seeds also contain some residual thebaine, codeine and morphine. Pods are reportedly much more potent, but they’re illegal for human consumption in most countries. The seeds are freely available in almost every country (the only exception I know of is the United Arab Emirates, it’s banned there).

Poppy seed tea reportedly triggers opium-like effects. They can range from hardly noticeable to very strong – it depends on the amount consumed and the seeds’ residual morphine content.


Buy poppy seeds – US

I recommend buying poppy seeds which you can grow at home:

Buy opium poppy seeds /shipped from the US, credit cards accepted/


Buy poppy seeds – Europe, Netherlands

I recommend buying poppy seeds for cultivation from Europe here:

Buy opium poppy seeds /shipped from the Netherlands/


Click here for more info on the consumption, preparation, legal status, effects, health benefits and dangers of opium poppy.

 


Blue lotus (Nymphaea caerulea)

A picture of blue lotus - a recognised aphrodisiac and one of the better natural remedies for anxiety.
Blue lotus – a pleasant natural anxiolytic

Blue lotus (Nymphaea caerulea) is a herb with mild sedative and psychoactive properties. The ancient Egyptians reportedly soaked it into wine or other alcoholic beverages to further enhance its effects.

Today it is used as an anxiolytic herb, as well as a recreational herbal legal high and an aphrodisiac. It is also one of the better natural sleep aids out there.


Buy blue lotus – US

I recommend buying blue lotus and blue lotus extract from from the following place in the US:

Buy blue lotus and blue lotus extract /shipped from the US,
credit cards are accepted/


Buy blue lotus – Netherlands

I recommend buying blue lotus extract in Europe at the following place:

Buy blue lotus extract /shipped from Europe, Netherlands/
only available as part of a herbal incense mixture, if you would like to buy only blue lotus, check out a US vendor (see above).


For more info on the preparation, consumption, dosage, effects, benefits and dangers of blue lotus, click here.

 


Sacred lotus (Nelumbo nucifera)

A picture of a Nelumbo nucifera flower - one of the better natural remedies for anxiety and natural sleep aids
Sacred lotus, Nelumbo nucifera

Nelumbo nucifera – also called Indian lotus or sacred lotus – is a perennial aquatic plant native to South Asia and Australia.

Nelumbo nucifera can be prepared and consumed in various ways. The traditional method is brewing it into a tea, but the dried petals and leaves may be smoked as well.

Consumption of the sacred lotus causes a rather mild, opium-like buzz. Users generally feel relaxed and mildly euphoric. It can also act as a sleep promoter. It is one of the moderately popular, but nevertheless great natural sedatives!


Buy sacred lotus (Nelumbo nucifera) – US

I recommend buying Nelumbo nucifera at the following place:

Buy Nelumbo nucifera /Shipped from the US./

 

Buy sacred lotus (Nelumbo nucifera) – Europe

Couldn’t find any place selling it in Europe at the time of writing. Let me know in the comments section below if you know any.


For more info on the preparation, consumption, effects, dangers and benefits of sacred lotus, click here!

 


White lotus (Nymphaea alba)

A picture of white lotus - one of the best mild natural remedies for anxiety.
White lotus, Nymphaea alba

Nymphaea alba, also called European white water-lily or white lotus is an aquatic flowering plant native to Europe.

Nymphaea alba has been consumed for hundreds of years for medicinal and ritualistic purposes. Today, it still enjoys popularity as a recreational substance.

The active ingredients in the European white water-lily are the alkaloids nupharine and nymphaeine. Consumption of the white lotus causes sedation and mild euphoria.


Buy Nymphaea alba – US

I recommend ordering Nymphaea from the following US shop:

Buy white lotus  /Shipped from the US./

Buy Nymphaea alba – Europe

Couldn’t find any place selling it in Europe at the time of writing. Let me know in the comments section below if you know any.


For more information on the consumption, preparation, effects, health benefits and dangers of white lotus, click here!

 


Wild dagga (Leonotis leonurus)

A picture of wild dagga - one of the most popular natural remedies for anxiety.
Wild dagga, Leonotis leonurus

Wild dagga (Leonotis leonurus) is native to South Africa and southern Africa, where it is very common. It is known for its medicinal and mild psychoactive properties.

Wild dagga induces a cannabis-like a high, although it is reportedly much lighter. It also has mild relaxant, anxiolytic and sedative properties.


Buy wild dagga – US

I recommend ordering wild dagga from the following  US legal high shop:

Buy wild dagga and wild dagga extract/shipped from the US, credit cards are accepted/


Buy wild dagga – Europe, Netherlands

I recommend buying wild dagga from the following European legal high shop:

Buy wild dagga/shipped from Europe, Netherlands/


For more information on the consumption, preparation, effects, health benefits and dangers of wild dagga (Leonotis leonurus), clikc here!

 


Damiana (Turnera diffusa, Turnera aphrodisiaca)

A picture of damiana - an anxiolytic smokable herb and ingredient of calming tea mixes. It is a great natural sedative!
Damiana, Turnera diffusa,

Damiana (a. k. a. Turnera diffusa, or Turnera aphrodisiaca) is a shrub native to southwestern Texas, Central America, Mexico, South America, and certain parts of the Caribbean.

Damiana is a mild natural remedy for anxiety. It can also act as an aphrodisiac.


Buy damiana – US

I recommend ordering damiana and damiana extract from the US, from the following place:

Buy damiana or damiana extract /shipped from the US, credit cards accepted/


Buy damiana – Europe, Netherlands

I recommend ordering damiana, damiana extract, or damiana containing aphrodisiac from Europe, from the following Dutch ethnobotanical shop:

Buy damiana, damiana extract and more /shipped from the Netherlands/


Click here for more info on the consumption, preparation, effects, health benefits and dangers of damiana.

 


Marihuanilla (Leonurus sibiricus)

A picture of marihuanilla - a smokable herb with anxiolytic effects.
Marihuanilla – Leonurus sibiricus

Marihuanilla, or Leonurus sibiricus is a herbaceous plant native to China, Mongolia and Siberia, though today it can be found throughout America as well.

Marihuanilla is a mild narcotic, causing the user to enter a pleasant, relaxed state. Leonurus sibiricus may be consumed either as a tea or by smoking. The intoxicating effects seem to be stronger when the leaves are smoked, whereas drinking the tea has more of a relaxing, numbing effect.


Buy marihuanilla – US

I recommend buying Marihuanilla at the following link:

Buy Marihuanilla /Shipped from the US/

Buy marihuanilla – Europe

I can not personally recommend any European vendors right now.

 


For more information on the preparation, consumption, effects, health benefits and dangers of marihuanilla (Leonurus sibiricus), click here.

 

 

Natural sleep aids

 


Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)

A picture of valerian - one of the best natural sleep aids.
Valerian, Valeriana officinalis

Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) is a perennial plant native to Europe, Asia and North America.

Valerian is usually used to treat insomnia, as well as alleviate symptoms of depression or anxiety disorders. It is a recognised natural sedative.

 


Buy Valerian – US

Buy valerian /Shipped from the US./


Buy Valerian – Netherlands

Buy Valerian /Shipped from the Netherlands. Currently valerian root is unavailable, but supplements containing valerian root extract, such as Lounge E are available./


For more info on the consumption, preparation, dosage, effects, benefits and dangers of valerian, click here.

 


Skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora)

A picture of skullcap - a herb boasted by many for its relaxing properties. It is said to be one of the best natural sleep aids and natural sedatives.
Skullcap, Scutellaria lateriflora

When used in everyday language skullcap or skullcap herb usually refers to the most popular and most extensively used species from the  Scutellaria genus, Scutellaria lateriflora (American skullcap, blue skullcap, mad dog skullcap, or side-flowering skullcap).

Scutellaria lateriflora is used extensively in herbal medicine. It is one of the best natural sleep aids and mild natural sedatives. Many boast skullcap for its relaxant effects and claim, that a skullcap tea is the perfect recipe for a good night’s sleep.


Buy skullcap – US

You can buy skullcap on the link below (perfect for a skullcap tea, as well as for smoking):

Buy dried skullcap herb /shipped from the US, credit cards are accepted/


Buy skullcap – Europe, Netherlands

You can buy skullcap from the Netherlands here:

Buy skullcap here /shipped from the Netherlands/

Perfect for a skullcap tea or for smoking.


For more information on the consumption, preparation, effects, dangers and benefits of skullcap, click here!

 


Wild lettuce (Lactuca virosa)

Wild lettuce - one of the best natural sleep aids. A calming tea can also be prepared from the plant.
Opium lettuce or wild lettuce

Wild lettuce (Lactuca virosa or opium lettuce) can be found growing freely in various regions of the world including Australia, America, Southern Europe and India.

Consumed in larger amounts, it is said to produce effects not unlike opium and opiates. However, in lower amounts it relieves anxiety. It is also one of the best natural sleep aids available!


Buy wild lettuce – US

I recommend buying wild lettuce and wild lettuce extract from the following US online shop:

Buy wild lettuce and wild lettuce extract /Shipped from the US./


Buy wild lettuce – Europe, Netherlands

I recommend buying wild lettuce and extract from the following European legal high shop:

Buy Wild lettuce /Shipped from the Netherlands./


For more information on the consumption, preparation, effects, health benefits and dangers of opium lettuce or wild lettuce, click here!


Intoxicating natural sedatives

 

The mere two plants in this category also induce some relaxing and calming effects. However, they also have reported intoxicating properties, therefore they cannot be considered merely anxiety remedies or natural sleep aids.

Sinicuichi (Heimia salicifolia)

A picture of Sinicuichi - a recognised legal, natural sedative
Sinicuichi – a natural sedative

Sinicuichi (a.k.a.Heimia salicifolia and sun opener), is a perennial shrub native to Mexico and Central America.

The most common cognitive effect of the sun opener is mild auditory hallucination. The acoustic effects are generally accompanied by mild visual changes as well. This generally appears in the form of a yellow tint to the user’s vision, especially the peripheral vision.

Sinicuichi use is generally described as a positive, relaxing, or even euphoric experience. Consumption may be followed by slight giddiness and a feeling of intoxication; not unlike marijuana but milder.


Buy Sinicuichi – US

Buy Sun opener and Sun opener extract /shipped from the US/

Buy Sinicuichi – Europe

I could not find any European legal high vendor that would sell Sinicuichi. Let me know in the comments section below if you know of any.


Sinicuichi is reportedly illegal for human consumption in the US state, Louisiana. It appears to be legal everywhere else.

For more info on the effects, health benefits, dangers of Sinicuichi and some tips on its preparation and consumption, check out my Sinicuichi guide!



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Intoxicating mint (Lagochilus inebrians)

A picture of Lagochilus inebrians, or intoxicating mint.
Lagochilus inebrians, or intoxicating mint

Lagochilus inebrians, or intoxicating mint is a shrub with numerous stems reaching a height of 20–80 cm. It only grows naturally in the  Samarkand and Bukhara provinces of Uzbekistan, some areas of Turkmenistan and Tajikistan and a few other regions in Central Asia. It is, therefore quite hard to come across commercially available dried Lagochilus inebrians or its extrac. It can also be relatively expensive.

Its effects, as an intoxicant are reportedly mild. It’s mostly a bodily high – a pleasant, warm, glowing feeling.

These can be:

  • Intoxication
  • mild euphoria
  • relaxing effects on the nervous system
  • strong excitation
  • a general state of well being
  • subtle perceptual changes

Buy intoxicating mint – US

You can buy Lagochilus inebrians from this US legal high shop (it is available only in limited quantities, it might be out of stock, check back later in that case):

Buy dried Lagochilus inebrians /Shipped from the US, credit cards accepted/

Buy intoxicating mint – Europe

I could not find any European legal high shops, which would sell intoxicating mint. Let me know in the comments section below if you know any.

 


For more information on the dosage, consumption, preparation, effects, health benefits and dangers of Lagochilus inebrians, or intoxicating mint, click here!

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Last updated: 2015.12.08.

Simon’s Kola Nut Guide

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The kola nut is the fruit of the kola tree. The tree itself is native to the tropical rainforests of Africa. It’s important to note, that the Cola genus, which is part of the Sterculiaceae family, contains over 120 species of trees. The two most widely used and cultivated species in the genus are Cola acuminata and Cola nitida. This is because their fruits are easily edible and taste good – unlike many other trees in the genus, the fruits of which are hard and inedible. These are also the two species with by far the most economic importance. 

Kola nuts contain considerable amounts of caffeine and theobromine –  both recognised stimulants. They are therefore widely embraced in their native lands as a legal, natural stimulants.

In the western world, kola nut is mostly known as the flavouring ingredient in beverages, mainly the legendary drink Coca Cola, which in fact got its name after it. However, kola nut hasn’t gained much popularity in this part of the world as a stimulant.

If you come across commercially available kola nut on the internet, there’s a good chance, that its gonna be either Cola nitida or Cola acuminata. These are also the species with the highest caffeine and theobromine content, and therefore they have the most potent, natural stimulating effects.

 


 

Interesting facts about kola nut:

 

Kola nut plays a very important role in Nigerian culture. Even though the country has a population of over 180 million and over 500 ethnic groups present between its borders, the veneration of kola nut is shared by the vast majority of its inhabitants, regardless of ethnicity or status.

The kola nut is a central element in different rituals – both traditional and christian – even in contemporary Nigerian culture. Ceremonies of birth and death, marriage and divorce, all include some form of ritual cola nut consumption. It is even presented on events of political rallies and also used in sanctifying the ground for ordination of priests and in the invocation of the gods.

Amongst peoples of Nigeria, kola nut plays the most important role in the lives of the Igbos – an ethnic group in the country which represent 18% of its total population. They use kola nuts in, for instance, social rituals of hospitality as welcome offerings to guests.

A picture of an Igbo kola nut welcoming ceremony.
An igbo kola nut welcoming ceremony.

 


 

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Kola nut – legal status

 

Kola nut doesn’t contain any illegal substances. There is also no indication of any country or state, where any restrictions exist on its use or cultivation.

It appears to be legal everywhere. If you have conflicting information, feel free to share it in the comments section below!

 

 

Buy kola nuts

 

It is a relatively easy-to-obtain, potent and not terribly expensive legal stimulant. You can buy it at many stores online. However, for maximum effects, it’s best if you buy kola nut extract.

Buy kola nut – US

I cannot currently recommend any shops to buy kola nut extract from the US.

Buy kola nut – Europe, Netherlands

 

A picture of kola nut extract. You can order it from the Netherlands.
Buy kola nut extract from the Netherlands

I recommend buying kola nut extract (Cola nitida) from the following place:

Buy kola nut (Cola nitida) extract /shipped from the Netherlands/


 

 

Main active ingredients of kola nut

 

The main active ingredients in kola nut are caffeine and theobromine. Both are recognised stimulants and can be also found in cocoa beans and powder (also chocolate and other foods prepared from cocoa).

The structure of theobromine - one of the main active ingredients in kola nuts (studies on their chemical content were conducted mainly on Cola acuminata and Cola nitida).
Theobromine – an active ingredient in kola nut

The structure of caffeine - the main active ingredient in kola nuts (studies on their chemical content were conducted mainly on Cola nitida and Cola acuminata)
Caffeine – the main ingredient in kola nut

Herbal medicinal preparations of kola nut extract are typically standardised for a caffeine and theobromine content of approx. 1,5-2,5%. However, depending on the variety of nut characterised, as
well as the treatment of the kola nut, caffeine content can reportedly vary between 1,5% and 3,8%.

Source: Safety assessment of kola nut extract as a food ingredient

 

 

The effects of kola nut

 

As the main active ingredient in kola nuts is caffeine, its effects are almost identical to that of caffeine. All of us (at least, coffee drinkers) are familiar with these effects, that include:

  • stimulation of the central nervous system (can alleviate symptoms of depression)
  • improved mental alertness
  • restored vitality – kola nuts are instant energisers
  • generally improved mood
  • in some cases, they reportedly boost libido

Kola nut contains more caffeine than coffee – approx. 3 times more and its effects are slightly different. In one reported experience, a user talked about a “mild bodily buzz”, unlike anything caused by coffee.

Source: The Miracle of Nuts Seeds and Grains – The Scientific Facts About the Nutritional Properties and Medicinal Values of Nuts, Seeds and Grains

 

 

Dangers of kola nut

 

Kola nut is generally considered safe. All the possible adverse effects of kola nuts are associated with their high caffeine content. Consumed in normal amounts, neither kola nut nor coffee, or any other stimulants do any harm. However, excessive caffeine intake can result in unpleasant symptoms, such as (according to the FDA):

  • Make you jittery and shaky
  • Make it hard to fall asleep, stay asleep, or get a good night’s sleep
  • Make your heart beat faster
  • Cause an uneven heart rhythm
  • Raise your blood pressure
  • Cause headaches, nervousness, and/or dizziness
  • Make you dehydrated (dried out) especially after a workout
  • Make you dependent on it so you need to take more of it

Caffeine also induces an increased gastric acid secretion, which may cause unpleasant symptoms for people suffering from stomach ulcers.

Caffeine overdose can lead to vomiting blood and cardiac arrest.

Any caffeine or stimulant should be avoided in the case of high blood pressure, or other cardiovascular conditions and pregnancy.

Source: FDA – Medicines in my Home: Caffeine and Your Body  

 

 

Kola nut health benefits

 

Kola nut has many reported health benefits. The more obvious ones of these are associated with its caffeine content and its properties as a stimulant. Cola nut’s benefits include:

  • alleviates symptoms of depression
  • induces weight loss by decreasing appetite
  • relieves migraine headaches
  • corrects diarrhoea caused by nervousness
  • aids digestion by increasing gastric acid secretion
  • expands the airway passages, thus relieving asthma attacks
  • has diuretic effects

Source: The Miracle of Nuts Seeds and Grains – The Scientific Facts About the Nutritional Properties and Medicinal Values of Nuts, Seeds and Grains

 

 

Kola nut – consumption, preparation

 

While the most easy and straightforward way to consume cola nuts is to eat them as they are, a more pleasant way of consumption is to brew a kind of tea from ground kola nuts or kola nut extract.

To prepare this beverage, you only have to put the ground nuts or extract in hot water and let it soak for around 15 mins. Than drink it without straining the liquid.

A shop I know that sells kola nut (Cola nitida) extract recommends 1 tablespoon of extract for light, 2 tablespoons for medium and 3 for strong effects. The extract is around 10x, so if you have plain, ground nuts, you’ll have to use significantly more.

These are, of course the average doses. If you weigh significantly more or less than the average person, you might need to adjust the dose.

You will experience effects similar to those after drinking a nice, big cup of hot coffee. However, kola nut – especially the extract – is reportedly much stronger. If you like the effects of caffeine in general, you will definitely enjoy this!

 

Buy kola nut – US

 

I cannot currently recommend any shop to buy kola nut extract from the US.

 

Buy kola nut – Europe, Netherlands

 

You can buy kola nut extract (Cola nitida) in Europe from the following place:

Buy kola nut (Cola nitida) extract /shipped from the Netherlands/

 

 

Kola nut experiences

 

I only found one experience report of kola nut online that appeared to be valid. I’ll included an excerpt from it below:

“Attempting to put them in a coffee maker resulted in disaster, but putting one part cola and 4 parts water in a sauce pan turned out a fragrant, pleasant tasting decoction which provided effects not unlike caffeine.

The major difference from tablet caffeine and caffeinated beverages is a distinct ‘body buzz’. I know the Kola Nut has kicked in when my back muscles start tensing up. Not mentally stimulating at all. I can understand why kola nuts have been chewed by labourers for hundreds of years. Also dubbed and aphrodisiac, which doesn’t surprise me at all.

Kola nut turns the brain off and the body on.”

Source: Erowid Experience Vault – Kola Nut – Brain Off, Body On

 


 

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Last updated: 2015. 12. 14.

Simon’s Nymphaea Alba (White Lotus) Guide

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Nymphaea alba (also called European white water-lily or white lotus) is an aquatic flowering plant native to Europe. It should not be confused with Nymphaea lotus, the Egyptian white water-lily, which is also colloquially referred to as white lotus.

The flowers of Nymphaea alba are, as their name suggests, white, though there is also a red variety . Unlike those of the sacred lotus, its flowers float on the water. The flowers of 10-15 cm in diameter have a slight fragrance and only bloom for a few days.

European white water-lily is mostly used today as an ornamental plant, especially the red variety (Nymphaea alba f. rosea). Roots, stalks and flowers of the plant have all been used in traditional medicine. For entheogenic purposes it is the flower that is most potent.

The red variant of white lotus, Nymphaea alba f. rosea
Nymphaea alba f. rosea – the red variety of the white European water lily

Effects of the Nymphaea alba:

Nymphaea alba has been consumed for hundreds of years for medicinal and ritualistic purposes. Today, it still enjoys popularity as a recreational substance.

The ingredients in the European white water-lily that enable this are the alkaloids nupharine and nymphaeine. Consumption of the white lotus causes mild sedation and mild euphoria.

Nymphaea alba has been reported to have both aphrodisiac and anaphrodisiac effects, depending on the source. Therefore, it is yet unclear how and which way European white water lily affects the libido.

The flowers of the European white water-lily can be consumed the same way as other similar plants. The petals may be consumed as a tea, smoked or soaked in wine, while resins and extracts can be ingested as is.

 

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 Nymphaea alba – legal status

 

Nymphaea alba is not a controlled plant in most countries. As a result, it is legal to buy, trade, possess and cultivate practically all over the world.

Neither the Egyptian white water-lily nor its active ingredients, nupharine and nymphaeine are on the list of controlled substances in the US. Several similar species, including the blue lotus and the sacred lotus are banned in Louisiana for human consumption, but Nymphaea alba is not (yet) regulated.

It should also be noted that Islamic law prohibits all forms of intoxicating substances and calls them an abomination. In countries where Sharia law is incorporated into the legal system, consumption of the white lotus to get high is likely also illegal.

Apart from this, the European white water-lily appears to be legal in every country. If you have conflicting information, please let us know in the comments.

 


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Nymphaea alba effects

 

All parts of the European white water-lily, including its roots, stem, leaves and flowers have been used at some point for various medicinal purposes (folk medicine.

However, for entheogenic purposes, it is the flower that is most effective, as it contains the largest concentration of active ingredients.

Nupharin A, most likely one of the active compund in Nymphaea alba
Nupharine A

The main psychoactive ingredients in Nymphaea alba are believed to be nupharine and nymphaein. However, very little research has been done regarding how these compounds exert the effects experienced when consuming the European white waterlily.

Cognitive effects

The cognitive effects of Nymphaea alba are very similar to those of Nympaea caerulea. Thes effects are generally considered to be positive, though not very strong. Most users have reported feelings of relaxation and mild euphoria.

Though historically the European white water-lily has been used as an anaphrodisiac, according to more recent experiences it actually increases sexual arousal.

Nymphaea has been reported to have both sedative and stimulating effects. This depends on both the user and the environment. If sacred lotus is consumed in a calm setting, it can relax the user even further. On the other hand, if used during physical or social activities, it can prove energising.

 

Physical effects

There are rather few and mild physical effects associated with Nymphaea alba. Consumption of the plant in any form causes a “buzz”, a slight tingling in the user’s body. Larger doses can also lead to the inhibition of motor functions and the loss of coordination.

 


 

Dangers of Nymphaea alba

 

The European white water-lily is considered relatively safe in comparison with other entheogenic substances. There have been no reports of lethal cases or overdoses resulting from the consumption of Nymphaea alba.

The white lotus has been used for hundreds of years for medical and ritualistic purposes. Early medical textbooks also endorsed its use, though warned against the consumption of large and frequent doses.

The European white water-lily is one of the lesser-researched herbal entheogens. There are very few studies regarding the effects of use, especially prolonged use on the users’ health.

As a result, users – especially those trying sacred lotus for the first time – should be cautious when using larger doses. Pregnant women and those with any health problems would do best to ask their general practitioner for advice first.


 

Interactions with Nymphaea alba

 

There have been no reports of adverse effects caused by an interaction between Nymphaea alba and other substances. However, as mentioned earlier, the sacred lotus is somewhat under-researched, and caution should be taken when taking it in combination with any medication.

The European white water-lily enjoys widespread use as part of various herbal blends. It is said to combine well with wild dagga (Leonotis leonurus)skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora) or its close relative, the blue lotus (Nymphaea caerulea).


 

Nymphaea alba health benefits

 

Practically all parts of the European white water-lily have been used for their supposed healing properties, though this plant does not have the tradition that blue lotus and sacred lotus do.

Still, it has been used as a diaphoretic, as well as both an aphrodisiac and an anaphrodisiac. In ayurvedic medicine all water lilies and loti are used against bleeding disorders and gastrointestinal unrest.

Most of the health effects attributed to Nymphaea alba have not been proven by modern medicine. However, the plant was used for its anaesthetic properties in WW I, when German troops in Africa could get no substitutes.

 


 

Nymphaea alba preparation and consumption

 

The concentration of the active ingredients in Nymphaea alba varies from plant to plant. As a result, any recommended dosage is only an approximation.

There is also very little research regarding the effects of various doses of white lotus. In most recipes and user experiences, 5 grams of the dried plant are enough to achieve the desired effects.

Lotus wine is the traditional way to consume blue lotus. While this method does not have the same tradition with Nymphaea alba, it is still an effective way of consumption.

The petals of the European white water-lily should be soaked in either martini or wine. This preparation takes a rather long time – the petals should be soaked for at least a few hours, but days or even a week would provide results.

Make sure not to exceed the recommended amount, as using too much of the petals can turn the wine bitter. The wine needs to be rather strong, red or rosé wine with about 14% alcohol content is preferable.

Once you deem the concoction to be ready, filter out the petals, serve it chilled and enjoy!

There are other effective methods to consume the European white water-lily, though they may not be considered as elegant as the lotus wine.

The petals can be used to prepare a tea. The dried petals are placed in a cup and steeped in hot water. After 25-30 minutes the petals may be filtered out and the tea is ready for drinking. The tea is reported to taste somewhat pleasant.

The leaves or petals of the white lotus can also be smoked in a water pipe or rolled into a cigarette. However, Nymphaea alba is not reported to smoke as well as Nelumbo nucifera does.

There are also resins and oils made from Nymphaea alba available for buying. The oil is said to taste exceptionally good, and the resin extract is not too unpleasant either. They can be consumed orally by themselves or with a chaser of milk or juice.

 

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Nymphaea alba experience reports

 

The following are reports by ordinary people who consumed European white waterlilly and shared their experiences online.

These experience reports are often called trip reports in the legal high community, though I reserve that designation to psychedelics, hallucinogens or deliriants.

 

“About 15 minutes after I finished I started to feel zoned out. I felt relaxed and warm. But these effects were not strong and nothing from a buzz came to me. I felt tired so laid in bed for 15 minutes and called my friend. Then feeling really mellow I played some video games and blasted Bob Dylan. This was great I spent about a hour singing to Dylan and just enjoying music. I still felt relaxed and mellow but then went to the beach nontheless …

– Excerpt from Fujiman’s Nymphaea alba experience report

“The first glass went down easily and its taste was pleasant but strong.After the first glass at about 20 minutes I started getting a bit dizzy.

+20 My hands started shaking a little. I feel them very light. It’s difficult to control them. A change of perception was noticed and everything felt soft.

+30 I am starting to relax. I already drank the second glass and I feel waves of nausea.

+40 With difficulty I drank the last glass because from the taste I felt like vomiting. My movement is normal and I can control it. Nausea has passed and now I feel calm and happy.

I felt lethargic and I went to sleep. From the time I slept the first auditory hallucinations appeared. They were short and from some of them I woke up. The first one that I remember was something like someone was knocking on my door and then fell down to the ground. The second was similar to whispers. “

– Excerpts from Tinkal’s Nymphaea alba experience report

 

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Last updated: 2015. 12. 14.

Simon’s Damiana (Turnera Diffusa) Guide

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Damiana (a. k. a. Turnera diffusa, or Turnera aphrodisiaca) is a shrub native to southwestern Texas, Central America, Mexico, South America, and certain parts of the Caribbean.

Damiana is a relatively small shrub that produces small, yellow, aromatic flowers. It blossoms in early to late summer and grows edible fruits that taste similar to figs.

In modern medicine, it is used mainly to treat respiratory disorders, depression, headaches and menorrhalgia. Damiana is also a recognised aphrodisiac. It is widely available in the form of capsules, tablets, tea blends, tinctures, and extracts.

Source: Exploring scientifically proven herbal aphrodisiacs

Damiana is also cultivated for its reported mild psychoactive properties. It is popular amongst herbal legal high enthusiasts and, because it blends well with other similar herbs, it is often used in relaxing and anxiety relieving tea and smoking mixtures.

 


 

Interesting facts about damiana:

 

Damiana use has a long history in indigenous American cultures. Damiana leaves had been used to prepare “love potions” that boost sexual potency by the native peoples of Mexico, including the Mayan Indians. The plant was also embraced for its mild psychoactive properties in certain rituals.

 


 

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Turnera diffusa – legal status

 

There is one US state where restrictions on the use of damiana (Turnera diffusa) exist. Louisiana State Act No. 159 of 2005 reportedly outlawed over 40 plants for human consumption, amongst them damiana (Turnera diffusa).

It appears to be legal in every other state and country around the world. If you have conflicting information, let me know in the comments section below!

 

 

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Damiana is a relatively easy-to-obtain herb. You can buy it as an ingredient in relaxing or aphrodisiac herbal mixes, as well as a standalone product. It is also available in the form of extracts or pills.

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Main active ingredients of damiana

 

The structure of apigenin - the component reportedly responsible for damiana's (Turnera diffusa) mild psychoactive properties.
Apigenin – the component reportedly responsible for damiana’s mild psychoactive properties

The relaxing and mild psychoactive effects of damiana are attributed to a compound called apigenin, which has scientifically proven anxiolytic effects at smaller doses, and functions as a sedative, if consumed in larger amounts.

As for the properties of Turnera diffusa as an aphrodisiac, phosphodiesterase-5 (PDE-5) inhibitors like Sildenafil, Tadalafil or Vardenafil, some of which are found in damiana, are reportedly used to cure erectile dysfunction. However, they are not aphrodisiacs in the traditional sense, as they don’t affect the libido directly, they merely help the user to obtain an erection.

 

 

Damiana – effects

 

Historically, damiana had been used for its anxiolytic effects and its ability to boost sexual potency. Recently, it also became popular as a recreational herbal legal high due to some of its desirable, mild, psychoactive effects.

Damiana – both smoked or brewed in a tea – has the following effects:

  • A feeling of relaxation (sedation, with higher doses)
  • Mild euphoria
  • Relieved anxiety
  • Increased sexual potency and desire for both male and female users

 

 

Dangers of damiana

 

Damiana is generally considered safe. There are no reported serious side effects consumed in normal amounts. However, there are some cases, when damiana consumption is contradicted:

It may increase your risk of becoming hypoglycemic – meaning, your blood sugar drops too low – if taken with medications for controlling blood sugar levels, like insulin.

Pregnant or nursing mothers should avoid damiana, as it contains cyanogenic glycosides, which can cause cyanide toxicity in overly large doses. These compounds are present in some regular foods we safely eat, like lima beans and almonds, apple and some more exotic ones, like stone fruits, bamboo shoots and cassava. Only very large doses pose any danger.

As with basically any herb, avoid large doses and excessive use and in case of risky conditions, (diabetes, pregnancy etc.) consult an expert!

Sources:

The Side Effects of Damiana Leaves

Cyanogenic Glycosides- Information Sheet

 

 

Damiana – benefits

 

In traditional and modern medicine, damiana is used:

  • as a male and female sexual stimulant used to treat erectile dysfunction and anorgasmia
  • to tone, balance, and strengthen the central nervous system
  • to treat emotional stress, depression, and anxiety
  • as a general hormonal balancing aid
  • for nervous stomach, colic, and dyspepsia
  • for mood disorders (hypochondria, obsessive compulsive disorder, neurosis, paranoia, etc).

Most of damiana’s health benefits are attributed to its properties as an aphrodisiac and anxiolytic. In fact, it was proven to be effective in trials in both relieving anxiety and boosting sexual potency.

A study, published in 2006 concluded that the compound apigenin is responsible for the anxiety reducing effects of the plant. The authors used the Elevated plus maze anxiety model to measure the plants anxiolytic effects on mice.

The aphrodisiac effects of damiana were proven in a small double-blind, placebo controlled study of 34 women. In the paper describing the experiment, the researchers concluded, that members of the test group showed a significant increase in sexual desire, sexual intercourses, orgasms and a reduction in vagina dryness.

Sources:

Tropical Plant Database: Damiana

Apigenin: The Anxiolytic Constituent of Turnera aphrodisiaca

Phytopharmacy: An Evidence-Based Guide to Herbal Medicinal Products

 

 

Smoking damiana

 

One method to consume damiana is to smoke the dried leaves in a cigarette in themselves, or mixed with tobacco or other smokable herbs. 

Many damiana smokers reported that the smoke produced by the plant has a pleasant, flowery taste. However, some say it’s not quite enjoyable and harsh on the lungs and throat. We all like different things, I guess but it seems to me that users who smoked only the petals had better experiences compared to other who used a smoking mixture containing other parts as well.

There is no exact dosage, but experience reports on the internet suggest that 1-2 medium sized joints already produce noticeable effects!

Many smokers report effect similar to, only milder than, that of cannabis. A general sense of well being, tranquility, relaxation, mild euphoria and in some cases, increased sexual desire.

Damiana blends well in smoke mixes with, for instance, skullcap, wild dagga, catnip, passionflower and more. You can experiment, but don’t forget to do proper research and consult an expert if possible, before you proceed.


 

 

Damiana tea

 

Many herbal high enthusiast claim, that damiana is best when brewed into a tea. Some report more potent effects, compared to smoking the herb. Also, if you’re not a smoker, this method of consumption might suit you better!

Again, there is no exact dosage, but most experience reports suggest 1-2 tablespoons of damiana in a cup of boiling water should trigger some of the effects.

Very similar to those of smoking the plant. A mild buzz, improved general mood, relieved anxiety, slight euphoria and in many cases, increased sexual desire. Some say the effects are more pronounced in a tea. However, some claim the contrary. Feel free to experiment with what suits you better and let us know in the comments section below.

Damiana blends well with other similar plants in herbal tea mixes. Skullcap, wild dagga, catnip, passionflower etc. are reported to be synergistic when mixed.

You can experiment, but don’t forget to do proper research and consult an expert if possible, before you proceed.

 

 

 

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Damiana effects, experiences, “trip reports”

 

Here are some excerpts from reports about the effects of damiana:

Smoking damiana:

“They first few lung fulls I drew in were harsh and burned slightly but they were definitely not unbearable. The herb itself had a flowery taste and actually tasted pretty good.

After a couple long draws, to my surprise, it almost felt like the come on of some low grade cannabis. My heart beat increased significantly and I did feel a slight head change. My mood improved significantly as well. I proceeded to smoke the rest of the bowl and felt great. I was very relaxed for a couple of hours. Also I want to make note that I got very sexually aroused and I wasn’t thinking about sex in any way shape or form. All in all I learned that damiana is a definite success and I will most definitely smoke more. I heard that brewing tea out of it is more effective then smoking it so I think next time I will try that next.”

Source: Erowid Experience Vault – Damiana – A Deffinate Success

 

Tea (damiana & catnip):

“After about 15 minutes I stood up and I knew it had hit me. I was feeling slightly numb all over, my legs and arms were feeling heavier and I just felt generally relaxed. I went downstairs and tried listening to some tunes on the computer but it was the wrong setting so I went outside and sat on my deck. It was a beautiful, clear evening out, birds singing, all the good stuff. I was just completely relaxed.

Let me just clarify this is not an identical high to weed, it’s not a psychedelic, you won’t be inquisitive of shit and you won’t be all giddy or anything. This is like just being calm and forgetting about all your stresses. I love it, I tend to stress easily at times (like exam time right now).[…]

This is where the second part of the drink stands out.(I believe it’s the Damiana in particular). This drink is a powerful dream enhancer. All night, I had vivid dreams, like little bits of big dreams. It was like flipping through the channels on TV and it was VERY entertaining. I woke up, and 30 minutes after waking up and typing this I can still remember a few of the dreams.”

Source: Erowid Experience Vault – Damiana – An Excellent Relaxation and Dreamscape

 


 

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Last updated: 2015. 12. 14.

Simon’s Nelumbo Nucifera (Sacred Lotus) Guide

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Nelumbo nucifera – also called Indian lotus or sacred lotus – is a perennial aquatic plant belonging to the family Nelumbonaceae. It is native to South Asia and Australia. The sacred lotus is often confused with water lilies. However, the two species are practically unrelated.

Nelumbo nucifera has large pink flowers of about 35 cm in diameter that are held above the water.Their colour ranges from pink to white and has a strong fragrance. The leaves are large and floating or held above the water.

The sacred lotus has traditionally had a religious significance in India. The lotus appears both in Buddhist and Hindu symbolism. Modern uses of Nelumbo nucifera include decorational and nutritional purposes.

Lakshmi sitting on a sacred lotus and holding two of them in her hands
Lakshmi sitting on sacred lotus

 

Effects of the Nelumbo nucifera:

Nelumbo nucifera is often confused with Nymphaea caerulea, or blue lotus as well. Both plants contain the same psychoactive ingredients, nuciferine and aporphine.

Nelumbo nucifera can be prepared and consumed in various ways. The traditional method is brewing it into a tea, but the dried petals and leaves may be smoked as well. There are also extracts made from the sacred lotus, which are more potent than simply using the plant.

Consumption of the sacred lotus causes a rather mild, opium-like buzz. Users generally feel relaxed and mildly euphoric. There are also reports of slight visual effects, though these are not very common.

 

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 Nelumbo nucifera – legal status

 

Nelumbo nucifera is not a controlled plant in most countries, which means that, with some notable exceptions, it is perfectly legal to buy, possess and cultivate. The sacred lotus also enjoys widespread use as a supplement and for decorational purposes.

The main active ingredients in Nelumbo nucifera – nuciferine and aporphine – are also not controlled substances in the US and in most other countries.

However, the 2010 revision of the Louisiana, State Act No 159 of 2005 has outlawed several herbal entheogens including Nelumbo nucifera. In accordance with this act, the plants may only be kept for ornamental purposes and not for human consumption.

The legal status of Nelumbo nucifera is also somewhat controversial in Russia. Several plants with similar effects, including blue lotus are banned, though the sacred lotus is not mentioned by name.

Revision of the Louisiana State Act 159 of 2005


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Cultural significance of the sacred lotus

 

Nelumbo nucifera is considered sacred both in Hinduism and Buddhism. Vishnu and Lakshmi are often portrayed standing on a sacred lotus, holding one in their hand or adorned by a lotus crown.

The sacred lotus is also used as a symbol in both religions. The flower of the lotus is held above the water, which represents that it is untouched by sin. The lotus is therefore a symbol of purity, elegance and beauty.

 


 

Sacred lotus effects

 

The main active ingredients in Nelumbo nucifera are assumed to be nuciferine and aporphine. Both act in relation with dopamine receptors, causing sedation and inhibiting motor functions.

However, according to mass spectroscopic research, neither the sacred nor the blue lotus appeared to contain either alkaloid. Either the study was erroneous, or the ingredients exerting the effects in these species are still unknown.

The structure of the nuciferine compound ((6aR)-1,2-dimethoxy-6-methyl-5,6,6a,7-tetrahydro-4H-dibenzo[de,g]quinoline) - one of the active ingredients in blue lotus (Nymphaea caerulea).
Nuciferine
The molecular structure of aporphine, 6-Methyl-5,6,6a,7-tetrahydro-4H-dibenzo(de,g)quinoline.
Aporphine

 

 

 

 

 

Cognitive effects

The cognitive effects of Nelumbo nucifera are considered to be decidedly positive, if somewhat mild. Most users have reported feelings of relaxation and euphoria. Nelumbo nucifera also acts as an aphrodisiac.

Source: Mehta NR, Patel EP, Patani PV, Shah B. Nelumbo nucifera (Lotus): A Review on Ethanobotany, Phytochemistry and Pharmacology. Indian J Pharm Biol Res 2013; 1(4):152-167

Nelumbo nucifera has been reported to have both sedative and stimulating effects. This depends on both the user and the environment. If sacred lotus is consumed in a calm setting, it can relax the user even further. On the other hand, if used during physical or social activities, it can prove energising.

 

Physical effects

There are rather few and mild physical effects associated with Nelumbo nucifera. Consumption of the plant in any form causes a “buzz”, a slight tingling. Larger doses can also lead to the inhibition of motor functions and the loss of coordination.

 

Sources: NeuroSoupErowid


 

Dangers of Nelumbo nucifera

 

Nelumbo nucifera is generally regarded as one of the safest herbal entheogens. The sacred lotus has been used and consumed for several hundred years, and parts of it are still used in soups and teas.

There have been no reports of any overdose or lethal effect caused by Nelumbo nucifera. It should be noted, however, that the psychoactive effects of the sacred lotus have not been thoroughly researched.

As a result, users – especially those trying sacred lotus for the first time – should be cautious when using larger doses. Pregnant women and those with any health problems would do best to ask their general practitioner for advice first.


 

Interactions with Nelumbo nucifera

 

There have been no reports of adverse effect caused by an interaction between Nelumbo nucifera and other substances. However, as mentioned previously, the sacred lotus is somewhat under-researched, and caution should be taken when combining it with any medication.

The sacred lotus enjoys widespread use as part of various herbal blends. It is said to combine well with wild dagga (Leonoris leonutus)skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora) or its close relative, the blue lotus (Nymphaea caerulea).

 


 

Nelumbo nucifera uses and health benefits

 

The roots, leaves and petals of Nelumbo nucifera have all been used for the healing properties attributed to them. There has not been ample research, however, to prove or disprove the actual health benefits of the sacred lotus.

The roots, often pickled, are believed to be rich in vitamin C and B6, while low in saturated fat.

Seeds are believed to alleviate gastrointestinal unrest and relieve inflammation. Adding lotus to one’s tea is thought to help acne. However, none of these claims are supported  or discredited by studies yet.

If that wasn’t enough  pharmacological studies on lotus have proven its antidiarrheal, anti-inflammatory, antipyretic, hypoglycemic,
immunomodulatory, psychopharmacological, antioxidant,
aphrodisiac, lipolytic (fat loss), antiviral, anticancer and
hepatoprotective activities

Source: Plantsjournal – Ethno-medicinal uses and pharmacological
activities of lotus (Nelumbo nucifera)


 

Nelumbo nucifera preparation and consumption

 

The concentration of the active ingredients in Nelumbo nucifera varies from plant to plant. As a result, any recommended dosage is only an approximation.

There is also very little research regarding the effects of various doses of sacred lotus. However, most recipes and user experiences mention 5 grams of the dried plant as a good amount to start with.

Lotus wine is the traditional way to consume blue lotus. While this method does not have the same tradition with Nelumbo nucifera, it can still be used to similar effects.

The petals of the sacred lotus are soaked in either martini or wine. This preparation takes a rather long time – the petals should be soaked for at least a few hours, but days or even a week is preferable.

Make sure not to use too much of the petals, as it can turn the wine bitter. The wine needs to be rather strong, red wine with about 14% alcohol content is preferred. Rosé wine may also be used; in this case the petals turn the liquid a darker shade.

Once you deem the concoction to be ready, filter out the petals, serve it chilled and enjoy!

There are other effective methods to consume the sacred lotus, though they may not be considered as elegant as the lotus wine.

The petals may be used to prepare a tea. The dried petals are placed in a cup and soaked in boiling hot water. After 25-30 minutes the petals may be filtered out and the tea is ready for drinking. The tea is reported to taste somewhat pleasant.

Though other types of lotuses are said not to smoke well, Nelumbo nucifera does. The leaves or petals of the sacred lotus can be smoked in a water pipe or rolled into a cigarette.

There are also resins and oils made from Nelumbo nucifera available for buying. The oil is said to taste exceptionally good, and the resin extract is not too unpleasant either. They can be consumed orally by themselves or with a chaser of milk or juice.

 

 

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Nelumbo nucifera trip reports

 

The following are collected experiences of people, who had consumed nucifera.

“With most Nelumbo nucifera products, I have found the effects to start after about 15-20 min., and are immensely pleasurable. The euphoria isn’t unlike that produced from opiates, but it isn’t quite like it either. It reminds me more of the state of mind produced from MDMA with a sedative effect similar to that of the benzodiazepines. There are wonderful effects in the area of sensuality and the erotic.

– Excerpt from Sepulfreak’s Nelumbo nucifera trip report

“Within 20 minutes a feeling of calm washed over me. I remember sitting in the passenger seat very loosely, and everything seemed kind of quiet, like driving around downtown at 4 AM – the surroundings are associated with activity and general ‘noise’, but there is an eerie calm because no-one’s around. We weren’t driving downtown but that’s the feeling I got – no bother from external stimulus. This is despite the fact that my notoriously longwinded friend was STILL talking. That didn’t bother me either.

The other thing I noticed was that I ‘was on’. When we arrived at the poker game we meet a large group of card players (co-workers) I didn’t feel as aloof as usual. I felt good about the impression I was making. In a genuine sense – I was relaxed enough to start a conversation with anyone, or cajole the entire group and managed to hold my own. I know now, this was a result of having my mood lifted, which I attribute to the Lotus. “

– Excerpts from Juggerbot’s Nelumbo nucifera trip report

 

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Last updated: 2015. 12. 14.