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Simon’s Guide To Natural Sedatives

 

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 Damiana (Turnera Diffusa) Guide

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!

 

 

Buy damiana

 

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.

Check out the shops below, to buy damiana shipped from the US, or from Europe.

Buy damiana – US

 

A picture of the damiana plant. You can buy dried damiana from the us. Its great for smoking, as well as a damiana tea!
Buy damiana from the US

I recommend buying damiana or damiana extract from the US here:

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

 

 

Buy damiana – Europe, Netherlands

 

A picture of dried damiana - great, if you want to try smoking damiana. You can also brew it in a tea!
Buy damiana from the Netherlands

I recommend buying damiana, damiana extract, or damiana containing aphrodisiac and anxiety relieving herbal mixes from the Netherlands from the following place:

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

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Buy damiana – US

 

Buy damiana or damiana extract from the US here:

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

Buy damiana – Europe, Netherlands

 

Buy damiana, damiana extract, or damiana containing aphrodisiac and anxiety relieving mixes from the Netherlands on the link below:

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

 

 

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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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.

 

Damiana is only one of the legal highs included in Simon’s legal high guide, check out the others as well.

If you’re interested in more legal, natural sedatives, check out Simon’s Guide to Natural Sedatives!

 

Last updated: 2015. 12. 14.

Simon’s Nelumbo Nucifera (Sacred Lotus) Guide

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


Buy Nelumbo nucifera

 

Buy Nelumbo nucifera – US

You can buy Nelumbo nucifera at the following link:

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Buy Nelumbo nucifera – Europe, Netherlands

I can’t personally recommend any European vendors right now.

 

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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Buy Nelumbo nucifera – US

You can buy Nelumbo nucifera at the following place:

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Buy Nelumbo nucifera – Europe, Netherlands

I can’t personally recommend any European vendors right now.


 

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.

Simon’s Lagochilus Inebrians (Intoxicating Mint) Guide

Lagochilus inebrians, a.k.a. inebriating mint, intoxicating mint, Turkistan mint or intoxicating hare’s lip, is a member of the mint family Labiatae. It’s official name is derived from the Greek words lagos and cheilos, meaning “hare” and “lip/cheek”. Inebrians means intoxicating, thus “hare’s lips” is actually the literal translation of its taxonomical name.

Lagochilus inebrians is a shrub with numerous stems reaching a height of 20–80 cm. It is woody at the base, with ovate leaves, pubescent on both sides. Its flowers are white or light pink and usually have five petals. Its fruits are brownish nuts.

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 extract. 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.

Lagochilus inebrians can be consumed as a tea or smoked. For both methods, it is possible to mix it with other similar herbs.The high caused by the intoxicating mint is associated with a chemical compound found in all parts of the dried plant, called lagochiline.

 


 

Interesting facts about Lagochilus inebrians:

As many other plants with strong or weak intoxicating properties,  the inebriating mint plant was used in traditional medicine and shamanistic rituals during the centuries.

Lagochilus inebrians, in specific, was reportedly used for its intoxicating and sedative properties by Armenian, Tajik, Tatar, Turkoman and Uzbek tribesman and Shamans for medicinal and ritual purposes.

 


 

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Lagochilus inebrians – legal status

 

Lagochiline is not on the list of controlled substances in any country, (if you have conflicting info, share it in the comment section). However, it is among the endangered species in most Central Asian countries – its natural habitat – therefore harvesting it is reportedly illegal.

There is only one US state that has restrictions in place on the use of Lagochilus inebrians. Luisiana State Act 159 of 2005 made 40 plants illegal for human consumption, amongst them Lagochilus inebrians.

It appears to be legal everywhere else in the US and the world.

Sources:

Erowid.org – Lagochilus inebrians – Legal Status

Louisiana State Act 159 of 2005

 

 

Buy Lagochilus inebrians

 

It is quite hard to come across commercially available Lagochilus inebrians due to its rarity and endangered status. Seeds are generally easier to buy than the dried plant, or extract.

Buy Lagochilus inebrians US

 

A picture of Lagochilus inebrians, inebriating mint, turkestan mint or intoxicating mint.
Buy Lagochilus inebrians from the US!

I recommend buying Lagochilus inebrians from the US here (it is available only in limited quantities, it might be out of stock, check back later in that case):

Buy dried Lagochilus inebrians
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Buy Lagochilus inebrians – Europe

 

Couldn’t find any shops that would sell intoxicating mint in Europe. Please let us know in the comments section if you know any.

 


 

 

Main active ingredient of Lagochilus inebrians

 

The main active ingredient in Lagochilus inebrians is lagochilin. The plants mild psychoactive effects are attributed to this compound, which reportedly has sedative, hypotensive and hemostatic properties.

The structure of the lagochilin compound - the main active ingredient in Lagochilus inebrians.
Lagochilin – the predominant psychoactive ingredient in Lagochilus inebrians

 

The effects of the Lagochilus inebrians

 

The desirable effects, for which the plant is used as a sort of legal marijuana-alternative are the following:

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

Source: Health Service Executive South – Psychoactive Substances Manual (Edition 1.1)

 

Dangers of Lagochilus inebrians

 

Lagochilus inebrians or intoxicating mint is generally considered safe. However, due to its rarity and obscurity, there have been not much research done regarding its excessive use or its side effects. Therefore, in case of risky conditions (pregnancy, diabetes, heart conditions etc.) should be handled with caution and overly large doses should be avoided.

The reported symptoms of an overdose are nausea and vomiting. Nothing more serious than that is reported.

 

Lagochilus inebrians health benefits

 

Lagochilus inebrians, or inebriating mint does more than get you high. In fact, it has proven health benefits.

Lagochilin, its predominant ingredient was officially adopted in the 8th edition of the Russian Pharmacopoeia due to its versatile medicinal applications. It is employed as an infusion or tincture as an antihemorrhagic for its haemostatic effects, to reduce permeability of blood vessels and aid in coagulation of the blood.

It has also been recommended for use in treating certain allergies, glaucoma, hypertonic illness, diathesis, stomach ulcers and skin diseases. Traditionally, to treat such ailments, 10gm of dried plant material are ground up and added to 200ml of boiling water for about 10 minutes. It is then allowed to cool at room temperature and strained. One to two tablespoons of the liquid are drunk 3 to 5 times daily.

It has also been reported to be valuable for nervous disorders as a hypotensive, antispasmodic and sedative. Its properties as a sedative, are due possibly to the same constituents responsible for its narcotic effects.

Source: Herbalpedia – Intoxicating Mint

 

Intoxicating mint – consumption, preparation

 

Lagochilus inebrians was traditionally used internally in the form of tea brewed from the plant. Also, many of the most enthusiastic trip reports out there describe experiences under intoxicating mint teas. Here is a good recipe, if you wish to experiment with the herb.

I found a very promising recipe for a Lagochilus inebrians tea (also very recent, was published last month).

It’s prepared as follows:

  • Pour 0,5l of boiling water on approx. 4g of dried Lagochilus inebrians
  • Let it soak for 30 mins
  • Put the liquid with the dried plant into a blender and mix it for approx. 2 mins
  • Let it cool off for a minute or two
  • Strain the liquid of the fibrous parts
  • Drink it slowly (it’s the best to drink these teas slowly, as it is uncertain, whether the active ingredients are absorbed better sublingually)

The effects described include a pronounced and cannabis like body high – but without any drowsiness or anxiety. There is also a sense of euphoria involved.

To sum it up in one sentence: “a relaxed body with exhilaration of the mind”.

Source: Erowid Experience Vault – Lagochilus inebrians – Bozulbang

 

Buy Lagochilus inebrians

 

It is quite hard to come across commercially available Lagochilus inebrians due to its rarity and endangered status. Seeds are generally easier to buy than the dried plant, or extract.

 

Buy Lagochilus inebrians – US

 

Buy dried Lagochilus inebrians /Shipped from the US, credit cards are accepted, only available from time to time in very limited quantities/

Buy Lagochilus inebrians – Europe

At the time of the writing there is only one legal high shop in the US (see above) that sell inebriating mint. But let us know in the comments section below if you find any European vendors.

 

Intoxicating mint experiences

 

There are very few Lagochilus inebrians (intoxicating mint) experiences online, largely due to the obscurity and rarity of the plant. However, the ones available are largely positive. Only some users report no effects, and in their cases, it is probably due low dosage or low quality product.

You can check out these trip reports for yourself here:

 

Lagochilus inebrians tea and some cannabis, smoked:

“The effects were very nice. I felt sedated, but it was not the main feeling. the effects get stronger as time passed and I was feeling on a flying carpet. It was nearly stronger than Kratom, without the stomach discomfort that Kratom often brings and without the ‘opioid dimension’ of the mytraginine experience. My thoughts were a bit foggy and slowed down, but I was quietly flying. I didn’t experience any hallucinations, the pot effects were greatly modified by the Lagochilus tea. The flying feeling was from time to time nearly overwhelming, stronger in the minutes following pot smoking. I spent time watching the walls as if I’ve never seen them before. It was not like the fascination for visual textures that hallucinogens give (like, for example, a moderate dose of Salvia, Iboga or Mescaline cacti, the only entheogens I’ve tried), it was a more distant feeling, I didn’t think anything special, no ‘connection’ with the things. I was a bit stuporous, but not deeply. The lazy feeling of pot was somehow enhanced, but I was able to move. My motor coordination was a little impaired, but not heavily, I was just moving a bit slower and more carefully. My perception of time was’t modified, compared to baseline.”

Source: Erowid Experience Vault – Lagochilus Inebrians – Magic Carpet Ride

 

“I didn’t feel like on drugs, less inebriated but totally calm. That night, I had reasons to be upset, or a little bitter (troubles with work that day), but was just calm and happy. My mental processes weren’t slowed down, and I was less lazy than with a 5g tea. I smoked pot with cool results. It doesn’t seem to be a synergy between pot and L. inebrians.

Problems were totally unimportant and I was more relaxed than with blue lotus or with the blue lotus/alcohol mix. The opioid dimension and ‘stoned’ effect were lacking, but I felt more emotionally stable and more deeply relaxed.”

Source: Erowid Experience Vault – Lagochilus Inebrians – Less Is Better

 


 

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Last updated: 2015. 11. 26.

Simon’s Skullcap (Scutellaria Lateriflora) Guide

When talking about skullcap, it is important to address the issue of definition first. Skullcaps, in plural, refer to the genus Scutellaria in the mint family, Lamiaceae that contains around 300-400 species (there is no consensus).

However, when used in everyday language, skullcap or skullcap herb usually refers to the most popular and most extensively used species from the family Scutellaria lateriflora (American skullcap, blue skullcap, mad dog skullcap, or side-flowering skullcap). This is not to be confused with Scutellaria baicalensis (Chinese skullcap or Baikal skullcap), a herb used in traditional Chinese medicine, which is also sometimes referred to as skullcap. The latter has some potential health benefits (although not scientifically proven, only anecdotal evidence), but it does not produce any kind of “high”, and as this is a legal highs blog, I will not discuss it in this article.

Scutellaria lateriflora (referred to as “skullcap” or “skullcap herb” in this article), is a perennial herb growing 60 to 80 centimeters in maximum height. It has blue flowers, most of which do not appear at the top of the main stem, but are produced along the length of its branches. The skullcap herb is native to North America. The skullcap plant generally thrives in moist woodlands in the US and Canada, mainly.

Scutellaria lateriflora is used in herbal medicine as a mild sedative and sleeping aid. It, in fact has scientifically validated anti-anxiety effects, which were proven in two double blind, placebo-controlled studies of healthy subjects. Unofficial sources seem to confirm these findings. Many boast skullcap for its relaxing effects and claim, that a skullcap tea is the secret recipe for a good night’s sleep.

Skullcap also blends well with other herbs in a smoking potpourri as well as teas, and is reported to catalyse the effects of other plants in such mixes.

 


 

Interesting facts about skullcap:

 

The latin name of the genus, Scutellaria stems from the Latin word scutella meaning “a small dish, tray or platter”. It refers to the sepals which appear this way during the fruiting period.

The plant’s common name, skullcap describes the shape of the calyx at the base of the flowers, which resemble miniature medieval helmets.

 


 

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Skullcap – legal status

 

I didn’t find any traces online that suggested any existing restrictions on any species in the skullcaps genus anywhere in the world.

It is legal and available worldwide.

If you have any info suggesting that this might be not true, please share it in the comments section below!

 

 

Buy skullcap

 

You can order skullcap online freely from any country in the world. I recommend the following places.

 

Buy skullcap – US

 

A picture of the skullcap plant. You can order the dried herb from the US.
Buy Skullcap shipped from the US

I recommend buying skullcap herb at the following place (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

 

A picture of dried skullcap. You can order it from the Netherlands.
Buy dried skullcap from the Netherlands!

I recommend buying skullcap herb in Europe from here:

Buy skullcap here /shipped from the Netherlands/

Perfect for a skullcap tea or for smoking.


 

 

Main active ingredients in Scutellaria lateriflora

 

The Scutellaria lateriflora plant contains plenty of flavones, such as  baicalin, baicalein, wogonin, and oroxylin A. Some of these compounds have proven analgesic and anxiolytic effects.

The general molecular structure of the flavone backbone - the backbone of all flavone compounds, amongst them the ones associated with the anxiolytic effects of skullcap, namely baicalin, baicalein, wogonin, and oroxylin A.
Flavones – the main active ingredients in skullcap

It is also reported, that flavonoids easily extract from the plant in hot water.

 

The effects of the skullcap herb

 

The skullcap herb has scientifically proven anxiety reducing and mood enhancing effects.

In a small-scale double blind, placebo-controlled study skullcap has produced measurable anti anxiety effects on healthy subjects. 

Another study concluded, that on top of reducing anxiety, skullcap also significantly enhanced the global mood of subjects, without reducing their energy levels or impairing their cognitive abilities – in other words, not making them tired or drowsy, only relaxed and happy.

Skullcap tea reportedly induces the same effects. See the “trip reports” section for individual experiences with skullcap.

Sources:

An investigation into the efficacy of Scutellaria lateriflora in healthy volunteers.

American Skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora): A Randomised, Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Crossover Study of its Effects on Mood in Healthy Volunteers

 

Skullcap – interactions

 

Skullcap reportedly blends well with other herbs when smoked, and in teas or concoctions. It is said to enhance the relaxing, sedative and anxiety reducing effects of other plants. Here are some herbs, that I came across in recipes while doing my research, that were reportedly enhanced by mixing them with skullcap:

  • Damiana
  • Nelumbo Nucifera (sacred lotus)
  • Nymphaea nouchali (blue lotus)
  • Leonotis Leonoru (wild dagga)
  • Catnip
  • Passion Flower
  • Lemon Balm
  • St. John’s Wort

 

 

Dangers of skullcap

 

Skullcap is generally considered safe. However, partly due to the lack of research, partly because that’s what common sense suggests, overly large doses and excessive use should be avoided (this is true to basically any herb under the sun). Skullcap overdose can cause symptoms such as giddiness, a feeling of confusion and extreme tiredness, stupor and also muscle twitches. On very rare occasions, seizures can occur for users who are susceptible to them.

As mentioned before, skullcap blends well with other mild sedative herbs. However, it can also amplify the effects of stronger sedative medications, producing undesirable effects. Using skullcap while on barbiturates and antidepressants such as Valium or Xanax is not advised.

You should also avoid skullcap if you’re pregnant (it is best to be safe). 

Note: this is a short summary of some of the dangers of Scutellaria lateriflora. The dangers of other species in the genus, like Scutellaria baicalensis are not mentioned here!

Sources:

Possible Interactions with: Skullcap

American skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora L): a study of its
effects on mood in healthy volunteers

 

 

Skullcap health benefits

 

Skullcap also has many reported health benefits. Mainly, it is cultivated for its soothing effects on the nerves. It also alleviates the symptoms of occasional stress. Skullcap has recognised sedative and mild analgesic properties as well.

Some other species in the Scutellaria genus have further reported medical uses. In Ayurvedic medicine, for instance, a certain skullcap plant is used in concoctions that are used to treat hypertension.

Another study concluded, that a certain skullcap-containing decoction is effective in treating patients with type 2 diabetes.

 

Sources:

Natural remedies for heart diseases

Clinical observation of using Ginger Skullcap Coptis Ginseng Decoction in treating 80 patients with type 2 diabetes

 

 

Skullcap tea – consumption, preparation

 

Skullcap is usually consumed as a tea or smoked. Smoking doesn’t need much explanation, therefore I will provide you with a recipe for preparing a skullcap tea.

The following is a simple and effective skullcap tea recipe.

The tea mixture used consists of valerian (1.5g), hops (1g) and, of course, skullcap (1g).

You put the ingredients in a bigger cup of hot (not boiling) water for 15-30 mins, then drink it when it cooled off somewhat.

The person who posted the recipe also mentioned using peppermint leaves, a small amount of chamomile, honey, rosehips, and lemon rind for the taste. These are optional.

Here are the described effects of the tea:

“After drinking the mixture, I began to feel very at peace, and very happy – an overall sense of well being. There were minor visuals, i.e. seeing lights out of the corner of the eye, auras around certain objects, etc. A few minutes later, I had the ability to lose awareness of everything around me, except what I was doing – no distractions whatsoever, be they mental or physical. Although my ability to concentrate and think clearly was impaired, I found that I could completely engulf myself in a book of pictures, or in a magazine, and not be distracted by anything at all.

I wouldn’t say that this was a ‘buzz’ or that I was ‘stoned’ at all, but it was a pleasing experience, and I may try it more often as a means to relax before bed after a hard day.”

 

A picture of a cup of skullcap tea.
Skullcap tea

Source: Erowid Experience Vault – Relaxing, Happy Buzz

 

Buy skullcap – US

 

You can buy skullcap from here:

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

Perfect for smoking or as a tea!

 

Buy skullcap – Europe, Netherlands

 

You can buy dried skullcap from here:

Buy skullcap here /shipped from the Netherlands/

You can use the dried skullcap herb for smoking, or you can prepare a tea from it.

 

 

 

Skullcap tea “trip reports”

 

The following are experiences of ordinary people who tired skullcap and wrote about their experience with the plant.

 

1 skullcap joint smoked (mixed with plain tobacco):

“Anywise, I lit the skullcap joint, it was a very pleasent first drag, a sweet, woody smoke, a little harsh perhaps. The effects became apparent immediately. I felt very relaxed, lightheaded, a little giddy, but it was very different from a marajuana high. I got an instintive feel that this was a plant that is best smoked outside, in a quite spot, woodland or the like. It was like the plant was telling me that is where it was meant to be smoked.

This initial sensation of relaxation soon turned into sedation. I had difficulty lifting the joint to my mouth. I managed to smoke about two thirds of the joint. I was still able to talk, or mutter to my wife (or I think I was still able to talk) but I have no recollection of what I was saying. I went to bed and fell into a very deep sleep for about twelve hours during which I had many dreams. The dreams themselves were not unusual as dreams go, it was simply the profusion of them. Towards the end of the sleep I kept waking, feeling grumpy, then falling straight back asleep. I needed to go to for a piss but everytime I woke up to go I fell straight back asleep. When I finally got up, I felt deeply rested and relaxed and happy.”

Source: Erowid Experience Vault: Skullcap – Surprisingly Effective

 

Tea made from skullcap and damiana:

“After drawing for about an hour the effects of the tea began to fade. I quickly chugged the last two cups of tea. I continued to draw and within a half hour the second dose of tea kicked in STRONG! My eyes became heavy and I felt curiously dreamy. I began to zone out and stare. While I was staring at the white paper I was drawing on, my eyes began to play tricks on me. I have never tripped before but this was the closest I have ever come to it. Colors and shapes seemed to appear out of the texture of the paper. Curiously I saw a red circle everywhere I looked, similiar to what happens after glancing directly into the sun. In fact, at first I thought I had accidentally looked into the sun or a bright light but after examining my environment I could find no light source bright enough to cause this.

The effects peaked while I could see the translucent red circle and remained for about fifteen minutes. During the peak I became very drowsy and felt like I was about to fall asleep. I forced myself to stay awake and draw. Suddenly the tea wore off. The drowsiness and visual effects disappeared at the drop of a hat. However, the relaxed sensations remain with me as I type this and my thoughts turn to brewing some more tea!”

Source: Erowid Experience Vault: Skullcap – Mellow and Relaxing 

 


 

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Last updated: 2015. 12. 07.

Simon’s Opium Poppy Seeds and Pods Guide

Poppy seeds and opium are both derived from the opium poppy plant (Papaver somniferum). All parts of the plant exude white latex when wounded – opium is that latex. It contains alkaloids, such as thebaine, codeine, papaverine, noscapine and morphine.

Papaver somniferum is an annual herb that sometimes grows as high as 100 cm. Its stems and  leaves are sparsely covered with coarse hairs. The flowers are up to 120mm diameter, normally with four white, or reddish petals. Sometimes you can also see dark markings at the base. The fruit of the plant is a hairless, rounded capsule topped with 12–18 radiating stigmatic rays – this is the part of the plant, that is usually dried and used for ornamental purposes.

The three alkaloids in opium that are used the most extensively to create medicinal products and illicit drugs are codeine, thebaine and morphine. Heroin, arguably one of the most vicious drugs out there is synthesised from morphine.

The overwhelming majority of the alkaloid content of the opium poppy is accumulated in the latex obtained from the plant. However, the pods and seeds also contain some residual thebaine, codeine and morphine. Seeds are available in every country, although their alkaloid content is inferior, compared to that of pods.

Nevertheless, because it’s readily available in grocery stores around the world, many use the poppy seed tea as a recreational legal high. The tea has to be prepared from relatively large amounts of seeds, as their morphine and codeine content is very low.

Caution: the alkaloid content of the seeds is low indeed, but it also varies greatly. This makes drinking poppy seed tea a risky business,  as one batch can be substantially stronger than the other. Several cases were reported, when poppy seed tea caused a fatal morphine overdose.

Make sure you start small if you want to experiment with poppy seeds or pods!

 


 

Interesting facts about poppy seeds:

Poppy seeds do not contain enough alkaloids to produce psychoactive effects when eaten in amounts used for culinary purposes. However, the crew of Myth Busters, the popular science programme on Discovery channel had proven, that eating as few as two poppy seed bagels can result in a false positive drug test.

Until 1998, the US National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) marked urine samples with over 300 ng / ml opiate content as positive in its Federal Workplace Drug Testing Program. However, this method seemed to produce an enormous number of false positives, as it was proven, that eating a poppy seed bagel can produce an opiate level of approximately 250 ng/ml three hours later. Moreover, ingesting three teaspoons of poppy seeds can result in a level of 1,200 ng/ml six hours later.

Currently, the cut-off level for a positive urine test for opiates is set to 2000 ng / ml in the NIDA guidelines. US Military drug tests are marked positive above 3000 ng / ml, to avoid false positives completely.

The Myth Busters test would probably not work in the US anymore, but in other countries, the threshold might be set lower! 

Source: True or False: Eating Poppy Seed Pastries Can Lead To a Positive Drug Test for Heroin 

 


 

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Opium poppy – legal status

 

The poppy seeds are legal and availabel in grocery stores in almost every country (with the exception of the United Arab Emirates, apparently, see below).

The legal status of opium poppy is controversial in many countries. Many authorities allow growing poppies for ornamental purposes, but punishments are imposed when the plants are grown for the purpose of extracting narcotics from them. However, such a law is extremely hard to enforce consistently.

Other countries only allow growing opium poppies under a special licence.

Countries with available information on the legal status of opium poppy sre:

 

Country legal status of opium poppy
USOpium is a Schedule II drug under the Controlled Substances Act. Most opioids are Schedule II, III, IV, or V drugs. Growing opium poppies is not prohibited expressly, but one would surely get prosecuted if the DEA found out, that he’s growing the plant to extract opiates from it.
CanadaAll substances derived from, and all parts of the Papaver somniferum are Schedule I drugs.
UKIn the UK, poppies are legal to grow, but it is illegal to use them for medicinal purposes without a licence – that is, extracting morphine, thebaine, codeine and other opiates from them.
AustraliaIt is only legal to grow in Tasmania and Victoria, in possession of a licence. The former is one of the largest legal opium growing regions in the world.
New ZealandLegal to cultivate for ornamental purposes, but illegal to extract the psychoactive alkaloids
NetherlandsAll parts of Papaver somniferum are illegal after harvesting (except for the seeds), as they contain substances that are List I drugs under the Opium Law. However, unofficial sources claim, that the small scale cultivation of opium poppy plants for ornamental purposes is not actively prosecuted.
FinlandIt is prohibited to cultivate opium poppy.
United Arab Emirates Illegal to grow or cultivate. Even poppy seeds are illegal. Last year, a 16 year old Indian boy was detained, for “smuggling” half a kilo of poppy seeds into the country.

Although, growing opium poppies is namely illegal in Afghanistan, the country is by far the largest source of illegal opium, globally.
In 2007, the proportion of Afghanistan in the global opium production was reported to have been 93%.

Small-scale illicit opium production is limited to countries in North Africa, notably Egypt, which regularly reports the largest eradication of opium poppy among all countries in Africa. (I was in fact in Egypt, in a small town Dahab near the red sea last year and the local bedouin people there were selling their home-grown opium to tourists on the streets – seemingly unharassed).

 

 

 

Buy poppy seeds and pods

 

Opium poppy seeds are available worldwide in nearly all grocery stores. However, pods are problematic. Commercially available poppy pods are downright impossible to come by (few art and craft supply store have dried opium poppy pods available from time to time and ebay, craigslist, but that’s it).

The residual morphine and codeine content of the seeds is dependent on many factors, like how they’re produced, are they washed etc. For this reason, regular seeds you buy at the shops don’t always work.

You can find two legal high shops below, where you can get seeds, which you can grow at home for ornamental purposes.

Buy poppy seeds and pods US

 

A picture of Papaver somniferum, or opium poppy. You can buy poppy seeds from the US here!
Buy Papaver somniferum – opium poppy seeds from the US!

Buy poppy seeds from the US on the link below:

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

 

 

 

Buy poppy seeds and pods – Europe, Netherlands

 

A picture of poppy seeds - you can order them from the Netherlands here.
Buy poppy seeds – shipped from the Netherlands

Buy poppy seeds on this link:

Buy opium poppy seeds /shipped from the Netherlands/


 

 

 

Main active ingredients in opium poppy

 

The predominant active ingredient in the opium poppy plant is morphine. However, many other alkaloids are present in certain parts of the plant – mainly in opium, the latex obtained by “wounding” the pods.

The structure of morphine - the predominant alkaloid found in poppy seeds and other part of the opium poppy plant.
Morphine – the predominant alkaloid in the opium poppy plant

Apart from morphine, opium poppy plants also contain considerable amount of codeine and thebaine. Seeds contain varying amounts of the above substances, so consumed in relatively large amounts, they can trigger psychoactive effects.

Opium poppy seeds contain only trace amounts of morphine, and it is said that the effects of opium poppy seed tea mostly come from codeine. However, I could not unearth any scientific study supporting or refuting this.

The molecular structure of thebaine - an active ingredient in opium poppy seeds and pods.
Thebaine – an active ingredient in opium and opium poppy pods and seeds.

The molecular structure of codeine - an active ingredient found in poppy seeds and pods - and of course, in opium itself.
Codeine – an active ingredient found in poppy seeds and pods

 

The effects of opium poppy

 

The opium poppy is the source plant of all natural opiates. Many of these substances are extensively used in medicine, mainly as painkillers and sedatives. The effects of opium, poppy seed tea and poppy pod tea are similar, as they are induced by the same chemicals.

Opiates are described as “euphoric depressants” on Erowid. While this is probably not a classical clinical definition, it describes the effects of these substances quite well.

While opiates bear some traits of classic depressants, that is, they lowers neurotransmission levels in the brain (this explains the feeling of relaxation), they also induce an euphoric state.

The desirable effects of opiates are generally the following: 

  • Decreased sensation of pain
  • Decreased sensation of anxiety
  • Extreme relaxation
  • Strong euphoria
  • Sedation, at higher doses

Undesirable effect usually include stomach pains, nausea and vomiting.

 

Dangers of opium poppy and poppy seeds

 

Opiates are very dangerous if misused, and therefore should always be handled with caution.

Opiates are amongst the most addictive substances out there. Tolerance develops rapidly, and you will need more and more to achieve the same high, which leads to addiction very rapidly.

It is also reported, that many patients on prescription drugs with opiate content for a long period, will become more sensitive to pain in general, after discontinuation.

Excessive opiate use also has ill effects on the heart and lungs, because they cause sedation and lessen the brain’s ability to control breathing. This can slow your breathing and over time, damage your heart and lungs, as they’re not getting enough oxygen.

On top of the dangers of excessive use, opiates can be deadly, if overdosed. Of course, everyone heard about fatal heroin overdoses. However, drinking poppy seed tea resulted in deadly morphine overdoses in some reported cases too. One of the most recent examples was the death of Paul Dalling, a 27 year old English DJ. Dalling died of morphine and codeine overdose after drinking a pint of poppy seed tea prepared according to a recipe found online.

In Tasmania, Australia, the region that produces 90% of the worlds thebaine, there were 3 deaths between 2011 and 2014 caused by drinking poppy tea. Although, these concoctions were probably made from pods, which are a lot stronger and also harder to come by.

In short, be extremely cautious, even with opium poppy seeds, and if you want to experiment, always use the ladder method!

 

 

Opium poppy health benefits

 

Opiates are extensively used in medicine, as painkillers and sedativesthey are in fact the basis of almost every analgesic medication.

They induce an unnaturally strong state of relaxation, which is said to be beneficial for people who are suffering from a variety of stressful psychological and mental illness. However, due to their high addiction potential opium poppy derivatives are not used in mainstream psychiatry anymore.

Poppy seeds are also reported to have a high nutritional value. They are reportedly good sources of dietary fibre, thiamin, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, copper, calcium and manganese and are full of healthy fats.

Source: Nutrition Data – Spices, poppy seed

Due to the high levels of bioactive calcium, consumption of poppy seeds helps to prevent or alleviate osteoporosis in middle aged women according to the following scientific study.

Source: International Osteoporosis Foundation – Recommendations on the diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis. Reducing the incidence of fractures through effective prevention and treatment

 

Poppy seed tea – consumption, preparation

 

Poppy seed tea is one of the most readily available and easy-to-make legal highs out there. However, it can also be one of the most dangerous!

Drinking poppy seeds tea can be a very pleasant experience, but can also kill you, or cause nasty nausea if not done the right way. Check out my suggestions in the “Dosage and precautions” section below, on how to prepare the tea safely.

According to a study, poppy seeds from different origins contain a wide variation of morphine (2–251 µg/g) and codeine (0.4–57.1 µg/g) content. These are huge differences, that make drinking poppy tea a risky business. If you want to experiment with poppy tea, you can do the following, to minimise the dangers:

  • Pick a certain brand of poppy seeds.
  • Check the production date and origin on the package.
  • Use only seeds produced at the same time and same place for the ladder method. This way, you minimise the risks caused by the greatly varying alkaloid content.

The parents of a 17 year old boy, who died from a morphine overdose cause by drinking poppy tea created an educational website to warn people about the risks associated with these poppy concoctions. On the site, the parents state that their son always used 3.5 lbs (1.59 kg) for his teas – also for the batch that was proven to be deadly.

Now that’s a lot, you should start with doses substantially smaller (around 300 g should be ok, and you can expect substantial effects at 500 mg). 

Source: Poppy Seeds: Differences in Morphine and Codeine Content and Variation in Inter- and Intra-Individual Excretion

The preparation method is fairly straightforward:

  • Boil some water
  • Turn of the heat and add poppy seeds
  • Let it sit for around 30 mins (mixing it occasionally)
  • Use a strainer or a towel to pour the liquid into your cup, to prevent seeds from getting into your drink

If you done it right, you should feel an extreme sense of relaxation and euphoria – the usual opiate high. See the “trip report” section below for more elaborate descriptions of the high cause by poppy seed tea.

 

Buy poppy seeds for growing – US

 

Buy poppy seeds for growing in US on the link below:

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

Buy poppy seeds for growing – Europe, Netherlands

Buy poppy seeds for growing on this link:

Buy opium poppy seeds /shipped from the Netherlands/

 

Poppy seed tea and poppy pod tea trip reports

 

Some claim, that the poppy seed tea doesn’t work at all. However, the truth is that it works.The experience below is from poppy seed tea drinker.

“During the thirty minute soak, I began to feel a release from my worries and a loosening of the joints in my body. Wow I thought, this hot tub is working wonders for me today. It was not until I got half way out of the water to cool off for a minute, and the night air hit me, that I knew I was under the influence of a divine plant. The wind felt like little electric sparks against my wet skin as my altered senses tried to comprehend the transition between the hot water and cold air. When I got out of the water, my legs felt heavy and my gait was a bit unrefined. I could feel the lovely flower essence pulsing in me. There was definitely a very pronounced body high. As I made my way into the house, I stopped by our good old friend the mirror to take a little look see. My pupils were quite small. I felt as if I had taken 15-20 mg of hydrocodone. The feelings of pleasure and relaxation continued to increase for another half-hour, finally reaching a high point about two hours after ingesting the tea. Effects could be felt through the entire evening and for about half of the next day.”

(This person used 300 g of poppy seeds for a tea)

Source: Erowid Experience Vault – Seeds Do Work

 

Here’s one about a poppy pod tea experience:

“I went up to the computer to check out how long its supposed to take, decided we probably had to wait 45 minutes, and let it kick in.

It did. Hard. I felt warm waves all over me, coupled with some unpleasant nausea and a strange gas that had me belching every few minutes. Every muscle in my body felt relaxed. My friend, R, who was experienced in many, many drugs, fell in love with the stuff. He was quite chatty and full of energy. The other, M, complained of feeling nothing except sick and hot. Within two hours of drinking the tea, however, it hit us all like a ton of bricks. M became near-catatonic, then quietly blissfull, a big relaxed smile on his face. R, with his rather larger tolerance for drugs, was asking me to make more tea. I wanted to lay down on the soft couch. No, I wanted to go outside and lay back and relax and watch the full moon. No, I wanted to talk about anything and everything under the sun. I wanted to prolong the glow.”

Source: Erowid Experience Vault – An Overall Good Experience


 

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Last updated: 2015. 11. 23.

Simon’s Wild Lettuce (Lactuca Virosa) Guide

Lactuca virosa, commonly called wild lettuce or opium lettuce, is a plant with psychoactive effects. Wild lettuce can be found growing freely in various regions of the world including Australia, America, Southern Europe and India.

Lactuca virosa has yellow flowers and can grow to be 2 meters tall. The name of the plant stems from its “milk-juice” (lactuca) and from the word poisonous (virosa). The milky sap is bitter, and has a narcotic smell.

This sap, lactucarium is present in all species of lettuce (hence the name lactuca), but wild lettuce has the most of this juice while garden lettuce (Lactuca sative) contains the least.

Wild lettuce has been used in medicine for hundreds of years for its various healing properties. As the name opium lettuce suggests, the plant has opium-like qualities, and has been used as a substituent for opium.

 

Lactuca virosa growing in the wild
Wild lettuce

Effects of the wild lettuce:

Though the effects of wild lettuce are similar to those of opium, they are decidedly milder. Opium lettuce is a sedative, said to induce  a “hypnotic state marked by strange dreams”.*

The leaves of Lactuca virosa may be boiled in water to make a tea that has slightly sedative effects. However, it is the plant’s “milk-juice” that contains the largest concentration of active compounds.

Wild lettuce may be prepared and consumed in several ways.

/See the preparation guide for details./

Consumption of the substance causes the user to feel more relaxed, often euphoric and, at higher amounts, highly intoxicated.

Lactuca virosa provides a milder version of the effects opium does without many of its side effects such as nausea. Still, opium lettuce can have negative effects, and overdose can result in death, so caution should always be exercised.

 

*Source: Drugs-forum

 

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 Wild lettuce – legal status

 

Wild lettuce is not a controlled plant in most countries. This means it is legal to buy, possess, cultivate and trade the plant and all parts of it. The substances present in Lactuca virosa are also not controlled, which means extracts made from the plant are also legal.

While opium lettuce does not seem to be specifically controlled or illegal in any countries, it may still be banned categorically. Islamic countries, to be specific, may adopt Sharia law into their legal system. This law prohibits the use of all intoxicants and considers them an abomination.

Also, laws are subject to change, so please make sure to check the appropriate legislation in your country before making the decision to buy or try wild lettuce.

 


Buy wild lettuce

 

Wild lettuce is available at several online vendors and shops. I can personally vouch for and recommend two online shops selling wild lettuce. They are based in the US and the Netherlands, respectively, and ship globally.

 

Buy wild lettuce – US

You can buy Wild lettuce at the following link:

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

 

Buy wild lettuce – Netherlands

You can buy Wild lettuce at the following link:

Buy Wild lettuce /Shipped from the Netherlands./

 

Wild lettuce effects

 

The effects of wild or opium lettuce are, as the name indicates rather similar to those of opium. Both act as a sedative, though the effects of wild lettuce are much milder.

The leaves of Lactuca viruso may be used to achieve the desired effects, but the plant’s milky juice is the most effective. After extraction, the white sap changes to brown and hardens.

The main active ingredients in lactucarium are lactucin and lactucopicrin. It is thought that these compounds are responsible for the effects of the wild lettuce, though a research conducted in 1944 concluded that lactucarium has no actual effects. However, no studies since confirmed or refuted these claims.

Nevertheless, wild lettuce enjoys moderate popularity as an opium substitute and as a substance to induce intoxication, as well as to help getting to sleep.

 

Cognitive effects

Wild lettuce consumed in the form of a tea or smoked has been reported to have mild euphoric effects. Users may feel intoxicated and the experience is, in general, considered to be pleasant.

Lactuca virosa is a sedative and users may feel their anxiety lessen, reaching a calmer state. The most generally experienced cognitive effect is sleepiness.

 

Physical effects

Wild lettuce has been reported to act as a painkiller. Lactuca virosa relaxes both mind and body, which is generally considered a positive effect. However, in larger amounts, breathing may slow excessively, and cardiac arrest can occur (similar to opiates).

 

After effects

Opium lettuce has no after effects in the sense of a hangover. When used in moderation, no toxicity or addiction has been reported. Wild lettuce has several health benefits that persists after the primary effects have passed, see below.

 

Sources: Drugs-forumErowidWebMD


 

Dangers of wild lettuce

 

Wild lettuce is considered to be safer than its “big brother”, opium. However, it still has some side effects and dangers that need to be considered, especially when consuming larger amounts.

Lactuca virosa is considered to be a poisonous plant by the FDA. In larger quantities, it can lead to toxicity with symptoms such as anxiety, nausea and loss of consciousness. Extreme amounts may even be lethal, as overdose can cause cardiac arrest.

Another side effect of wild lettuce is urinary retention, which is why it should not be used by anyone with an enlarged prostate (BPH). Wild lettuce may also cause an allergic response in users sensitive to the he Asteraceae/Compositae family.

 

Sources: FDAWebMDNCBI

 

Interactions with wild lettuce

 

Wild lettuce is a sedative, and taking several forms of sedative poses a serious health risk. If you are using any kind of sedative, consult your doctor before trying wild lettuce.

However, not all combinations are dangerous. Wild lettuce is often used in combination with valerian to create a tea to help with getting to sleep.

 


 

Wild lettuce health benefits

 

Lactuca virosa was used extensively in medicine in the 19th century, mainly as an opium substituent. With the advent of modern medicine, medicinal use of the plant has diminished in most countries. However, it still enjoys widespread use in Iran, in accordance with the effects recorded by Avicenna over a thousand years ago.

Wild lettuce is generally used for its sedative properties. Tea made from the leaves can help those battling insomnia, anxiety or neurosis. Wild lettuce also serves as a painkiller, especially for rheumatic and menstrual pain.

Lactuca virosa is also reported to help with asthma and coughing in general. There are also accounts of wild lettuce helping with urinary tract problems and atherosclerosis, though evidence of these effects is somewhat lacking.

 

Sources: WebMDrxlist, Drugs-forum


 

Wild lettuce preparation and consumption

 

Wild lettuce may be bought and consumed in various forms. The effects of each plant may vary greatly, so dosages are just an approximation. Opium lettuce is also a relatively little-known substance.

The dried leaves of wild lettuce may be used both for smoking and for making a tea. The threshold amount seems to be around 10 grams, though more may be necessary to achieve the desired effects. Still, with the aforementioned dangers, make sure to be cautious when increasing the dosage.

 

To make a wild lettuce tea, place 1-2 spoonfuls of the dried leaves in a cup of hot water. Let it steep for about 10-15 minutes, then filter out the leaves.

The tea is reported to have a markedly bitter taste, so using honey and/or lemon is recommended. This brew is often used as a sort of sleep-well tea.

The leaves may be rolled up into a joint and then smoked. The cigarette has a relaxing effect, with mild euphoria experienced by some users. The smoke is, like the tea, reported to taste rather bitter.

The third way to use opium lettuce is to make an extract from it. The leaves are soaked in water for several hours. The water should be heated, but not boil.

After about 8 hours, filter the brew and press the remaining liquid from the leaves as well (the leaves may now be discarded). Let the water evaporate until a gum-like substance remains. This may be smoked from an opium pipe or similar paraphernalia.

The extract may also be consumed sublingually. The effects are reported to be as strong as with smoking, but the duration is longer; up to an hour from 20 minutes.

 

Buy wild lettuce

Wild lettuce is available at several online vendors and shops. I can personally vouch for and recommend two online shops selling wild lettuce. They are based in the US and the Netherlands, respectively, and ship globally.

Buy wild lettuce – US

You can buy wild lettuce at the following link:

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

Buy wild lettuce – Netherlands

You can buy wild lettuce at the following link:

Buy wild lettuce /Shipped from the Netherlands./

 


 

Wild lettuce trip reports

 

“My first successful time with “wild lettuce opium” I took 8 large hits, and held them in for a good thirty seconds, then lay down on my couch. Nothing happened for about 3- 5 minutes and I wasn’t really expecting much anyway. Then a very comfortable, tingling warmth settled over my body and I was deliciously relaxed for about 2 hours.

Also, my mind seemed to move in a gentle flow rather than racing in circles. After the two hours I went to bed. I slept well and had vivid dreams. They weren’t particularly meaningful dreams, but they were satisfying.

– Excerpt from Sprout’s wild lettuce trip report

“Later, when I was sure I was feeling completely normal, I smoked it in a homemade pipe. I had not used any other drugs or medications for several weeks. I really didnt expect anything to happen with such a small dose. I was wrong, however, and soon after taking the few hits available, I felt an unmistakeable opium like high. Mild, but definately there.

Euphoria, well being, comfort with myself, enhanced colours. I enjoyed it thoroughly. It even had a sweet taste, somewhat similar to opium. I will begin collecting more of the substance soon. A good method of collecting the resin would be useful, as it’s a bit sticky and hard to work with. It’s not as good as real opium or marijuana, but it’s free and legal, and the stuff grows everywhere. ”

– Excerpt from Daytrippr’s wild lettuce trip report

 

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Last updated: 2015. 11. 23.

 

Simon’s Marihuanilla (Leonurus sibiricus) Guide

Leonurus sibiricus is a herbaceous plant native to China, Mongolia and Siberia, though today it can be found throughout America as well. The plant goes by many names, including siberian motherwort and marihuanilla, “little marijuana”.

Marihuanilla can grow to be about 80 centimetres tall. The plant has long, toothed leaves and its flowers have a white to purplish hue. It generally blooms in the summer, though it may last longer if the climate permits. After the flowering, small nuts are produced.

In traditional medicine, practically all parts of the Leonurus sibiricus – roots, seeds, fruit and leaves – are used for various purposes. The flowers have also been used in rituals in Mexico.

It is the leaves of marihuanilla that are used for entheogenic purposes. The leaves are smoked either rolled into a cigarette or in a pipe, often mixed with other herbs. Another way to consume marihuanilla is in the form of a tea.

Close-up of the flower of Leonurus sibiricus
Leonurus sibiricus flower

Effects of the marihuanilla:

Consumption of marihuanilla smoked or in the form of a tea has relaxing effects. Unlike brews made from most other herbs causing some sort of high, marihuanilla tea is said to taste pleasant.

Leonurus sibiricus has intoxicating effects as well, though the exact reason for this is not known. The plant contains several alkaloids, but exactly which of these accounts for the slight narcotic effects and how is yet unclear.

Marihuanilla is often consumed with other herbs of various effects. Wild dagga and Banisteriopsis caapi are popular choices, and marihuanilla is also said to mix well with its “big brother”, cannabis.

 

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 Marihuanilla – legal status

 

Marihuanilla is not a controlled plant, and is legal in practically all countries. The only known exception to this is the prohibition of Islam. The Quran states that all intoxicants are abominations, and should be avoided.

Marihuanilla is not specifically regulated in Islamic countries either. However, those countries where sharia law forms part of the legal system, consumption of marihuanilla would be illegal.

To summarise, Leonurus sibiricus is legal pretty much all over the world, but consult the related laws of your country before making the decision to buy or try marihuanilla.

 


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Traditional use of Leonurus sibiricus

 

The marihuanilla has been used traditionally both in China and in Mexico. The first mention of the plant is in the Chinese Book of Songs, around 1000-500 BC.

Chinese medicine uses mainly the leaves of Leonorus sibiricus. The herb is used to prevent loss of potency in men and to help with painful menstruation in women. Marihuanilla was also used to help circulation and prevent clotting.

Siberian motherwort was also used for treating menstrual pain and other female issues, though in that region the tea was made from the root of the plant. The flowers were not consumed, by used in ritual offerings by Hindus.

 


 

Leonurus sibericus effects

 

Marihuanilla is called “little marijuana” for a reason. It has effects rather similar to those of cannabis, though decidedly milder. Taking Siberian motherwort is considered to be a generally positive experience.

Structure of leonurine, 4-(Diaminomethylideneamino)butyl 4-hydroxy-3,5-dimethoxybenzoate
Structure of leonurine

Leonurus sibiricus contains several alkaloids such as cyclo leonurine, leoheterin, leonurine, stachydrine and prehispanolone. Of these, leonurine – also found in wild dagga – is considered the main active compound.

Both plants have similar effects, but they are under-researched and relatively unknown. As a result, it is not clear how exactly the compounds present in marihuanilla cause the effects experienced by users.

 

Cognitive effects

Marihuanilla is a mild narcotic, causing the user to enter a pleasant, relaxed state. Consumption of the plant also induces feelings of intoxication.

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.

Marihuanilla causes similar, though milder feelings of euphoria as cannabis does. Users have reported excessive giggling, but the hunger and anxiety common with marijuana was not present.

 

Physical effects

There are very few physical effects associated with Leonurus sibiricus. The most common experience is that marihuanilla inhibits the control of motor skills.

 

After effects

The primary effects, the “buzz” of marihuanilla lasts for about two hours, though this is dependent on the amount consumed. Some users have reported feeling lethargic after the effects have passed, though others actually felt refreshed.

 

Sources: drugs-forumErowid


 

Dangers of marihuanilla

 

There are few dangers to the consumption of marihuanilla. The substance does not cause physical addiction, though psychological addiction is always possible.

Marihuanilla is somewhat similar to cannabis in its effects, but without many of the side effects of the latter. There are no bloodshot eyes nor paranoia, though lethargy may occur after the euphoric feelings have passed.


 

Interactions with marihuanilla

 

The effects of marihuanilla are rather mild. As a result, the herb is often consumed in combination with other substances. The most popular ways to complement marihuanilla’s effects are wild dagga and marijuana.

It should be noted that while Leonurus sibiricus is legal in most countries, the same is not true for other substances. Make sure to consult the appropriate laws before buying or trying any new substances.

 


 

Marihuanilla health benefits

 

Marihuanilla has been used for its healing properties for hundreds of years both in China and in America. However, little research has been done on the plant in modern times, which means we can’t be sure how effective Siberian motherwort actually is.

Brews made from various parts of the plant are used to treat menstrual pain and are used as a diuretic. Leonurus sibiricus is also believed to help circulation and prevent excessive clotting.

Marihuanilla may also be applied topically. Leaves of the plant are steeped in alcohol, after which the concoction is used to treat rheumatism and arthritis.

 


 

Marihuanilla preparation and consumption

 

The threshold amount for marijuanilla is about 10 grams of the dried leaves. Fresh leaves should be left to wilt for a while. As the exact way Leonurus sibiricus exerts its effects is not known, effects of even the same amount of leaves may vary.

According to several reports, a dosage higher than 10 grams may be necessary to experience any effects. There have been no reports of any form of overdose occurring from marijuanilla. However, one should always be cautious with higher amounts, especially as a first time user.

The traditional way to consume Leonurus sibiricus is by making a tea from the leaves. The herbs should be soaked in hot water for about 10-15 minutes, then filtered out.

Consuming marihuanilla in the form of a tea is reported to have a relaxing, possibly even numbing effect. However, it does not seem to be as intoxicating as smoking it is. The tea is considered by many to be pleasant-tasting.

The most popular way to consume Siberian motherwort is by smoking it. The herbs may be rolled into a cigarette or smoked from a pipe. Marijuanilla may also be consumed in vaporized form, though that is not a common use.

Other herbs are often used in combination with Leonurus sibiricus, the most common being wild dagga. Smoking marijuanilla has a mildly narcotic effect and causes slight intoxication.

 

 


 

 

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Marihuanilla trip reports

The following are experiences of various people, who used marihuanilla from different websites. This will give you an idea of what to expect.

 

“I put a big pinch of marijuanilla into my woooden pipe and took a big hit. I held it in as long as I could. Then I exhaled, rested and took another. I smoked the bowl in 4 big hits. My mind began to feel light and slightly dizzy. I could feel my nerves and muscles relaxing. It felt like a light buzz off of cannabis. I loaded up a second bowl and smoked what as well. I now felt like a medium to heavy buzz, quite similar to what a plant of this name would be expected to deliver.

I sat cross legged and looked out across the water. The sun gradually began to set, and the sky became a dazzling oil painting of orange, red, yellow and purple. I had a wonderfully enhanced perception of the beauty that God created. It was wonderful and dreamy.

The buzz lasted about 2 hours, and after that, I felt relaxed and calm. I enjoyed the afterglow of the marijuanilla until I went to sleep that night. I dreamed sweetly, and awoke refreshed the next morning. I now make sure to always keep some of this wonderful herb on hand.

– Excerpts from Wolf Shaman’s marihuanilla trip report

“Since I did not want to throw away the entire bag, I decided to try making a tea of the substance. I used about 1/4 ounce (roughly 7 grams) of material in a perculator with about 6 cups of water. I let the tea brew for about 15 minutes, then let it cool for a while.

The tea was surprisingly pleasant to drink, and tasted similar to regular store bought tea. The effects were also a bit more pronounced than when smoking the material. The buzz was still mild, but was accompanied by a feeling of well-being and very subtle visuals. “

– Excerpts from Crucible’s marihuanilla trip report

 

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Last updated: 2015. 12. 07.

Simon’s Sinicuichi Guide

Sinicuichi, this perennial shrub native to Mexico and Central America, goes by several names. Officially called Heimia salicifolia, it is also known as yerba de animas (herb of the spirits) and sun opener.

The plant itself is rather common looking, with few distinguishing features. Sinicuichi can grow to be 3 meters tall and 6 meters wide. The plant has many thin branches and yellow flowers of about 2 centimetres in diameter.

Sinicuichi has been used by the indigenous tribes of what is Mexico today for several hundred years. As one of its names suggests, it is thought to be strongly connected to the sun.

Sinicuichi was likely first used in rituals in connection with Xochipilli, the Aztec god of spring and flowers. Since then, sinicuichi has been used by many indigenous tribes for its medical and spiritual properties.

The tea made from sinicuichi is thought to convey the sun’s wisdom to the drinkers. Its most common name, sinicuichi refers to the Mexican magical drink which causes oblivion.

 

Source: Heimia salicifolia – Sinicuichi (entheology.com)

 

Flowering Heimia salicifolia
Sinicuichi (Heimia salicifolia)

 

Effects of sinicuichi

Relatively little research has been done on the effects of sinicuichi and their cause. The sun opener contains several alkaloids, of which vertine (a.k.a cryogenine) is considered the main psychoactive compound.

There are various effects associated with the consumption of sinicuichi. However, these are not all present at every occasion and for all users.

The effects that seem to be the most common are auditory hallucinations and a yellow tinge to the vision. The latter is said to persist even after primary effects have faded. The effects have been likened to those caused by wild dagga.

 

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 Sun opener – legal status

 

Sinicuichi is not a controlled plant in most countries, which means it may be bought, cultivated, possessed and traded freely and legally. There are also no laws specifically regulating the consumption of sun opener, though it must conform to the respective laws when sold as a supplement.

A notable exception from this is Louisiana, where possession and sale of plants with hallucinogenic content – including sinicuichi – is prohibited by the Louisiana State Act No 159. Plants may still be used for aesthetic, landscaping or decorative purposes, but not for human consumption.

To summarise, sun opener is legal in practically all other countries and states. However, make sure to consult the appropriate laws before making the decision to buy or try sinicuichi.

 


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Traditional use of sinicuichi

 

Sinicuichi has been used by tribes native to Central America for over a thousand years for its healing properties. The reason the plant has so many names is because it was used and named by dozens of different tribes.

The traditional medical uses overlap with the properties also discovered by modern medicine (see Health benefits of sinicuichi). The plant was used to treat high fever and parasites as well as open wounds.

Sun opener was also believed to bring fertility. Infertile women took baths prepared with sinicuichi leaves and other herbs. Sinicuichi was used both to promote conception and after giving birth (or a miscarriage) in the form of a tea.

Apart from its supposed health benefits, sun opener was also used for spiritual purposes. A traditional way of preparation included leaving the brew made from the plant in the sun for a day to allow it to ferment. During this time, the wisdom of the sun was said to be embedded in the elixir.

 


 

Sun opener effects

 

Structure of cryogenine
Structure of cryogenine

Sinicuichi contains several alkaloids including vertine, lyfoline, lythrine, heimidine and lythridine. Vertine, also called cryogenine is considered to be the main psychoactive compound in the plant.

 

Cognitive effects

The most common cognitive effect of the sun opener is, as mentioned before, auditory hallucination. While this manifests as standalone auditory effects, that is not always the case. For some, these effects are merely reverberations and a sort of enhanced sense of sounds and music.

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.

 

Physical effects

Sun opener is a vasodilator; widening blood vessels which causes a lowering of blood pressure. This also causes the user’s body to cool slightly.

The other common physical effect of sinicuichi can also be considered a side-effect, as it is generally considered unpleasant. Consumption of the substance causes sore, aching muscles and a decrease in the control of motor functions.

 

After effects

There are very few hangover-type after effects associated with sun opener, though some few users have reported headaches. Feelings of tiredness, sore muscles and the golden tint of one’s vision may persist to the next day.

Though sinicuichi is said to improve memory through short-term use, on the long run heavy use may cause memory problems. However, this affects a very small percentage of users.

 

Sources: ErowidEntheology.com

 


 

Sinicuichi health benefits

 

Sinicuichi has been used traditionally for many medical purposes, though only some of these have been proven to be effective by modern medicine.

Sinicuichi has long since been used by indigenous tribes in Mexico for treating high fever and parasitic worms. Open wounds were covered with the plant to prevent further bleeding. Sun opener was also used to treat infertility.

The different alkaloids present in sinicuichi have been discovered to have various health effects. Lythrine is a diuretic while heimidine has been found to have anti-inflammatory properties and sinicuichine acts as a tranquiliser.

Cryogene and nesodine are anti-inflammatories as well, with cryogene also acting as a sedative and anti-spasmodic. These two compunds were, in fact, found to have stronger effects than aspirin.


 

 

Sinicuichi preparation and consumption

 

The part of sinicuichi used for its effects are the leaves. Fresh leaves should be left to wilt. The threshold amount when using dry leaves is about 10 grams. The third form of the plant is sinicuichi extract, which is much more potent than the leaves.

Higher doses produce somewhat stronger effects. There have been no reports of anyone overdosing on sinicuichi. However, sun opener is a relatively little known legal high, so users should always be cautious with higher doses.

 

Sinicuichi is generally consumed in the form of a tea. The tea is generally made from dried leaves, though extract may be used as well.

The leaves should be crushed and dropped into either hot or cold water. The “tea” is then left to sit in the sun for at least an hour, but preferably for a whole day, like in the traditional recipe. The mix is then filtered and drunk.

 

Though the traditional way to consume sun opener is by making a tea from the leaves, it is also possible to smoke the leaves. According to user reports, a larger amount of leaves is necessary this way, though the exact dosage is not known.

The preparation is simple: the crushed leaves are rolled into a cigarette. The taste and smell are reported to be sweeter than tobacco. Sinicuichi may be combined with other substances such as wild dagga to achieve a more pronounced effect, but the health effects of this method are yet unknown.

 

 

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Sinicuichi trip reports

 

The following are experiences of ordinary people, who took sinicuichi.

 

“I was woken in the middle of the night by the sound of the train going by far off blowing its horn (as it normally does and occasionally I awaken to it). But the train horn sound had digital delay on it, a musical effect where the sound echoes over and over.

I was in a pleasant slightly dazed state, but that I accredit mostly to being half awake and half asleep at 3:30am. I stayed in this half-and-half state for a half an hour. I did feel good emotionally though, very comfortable, but maybe I can attest this to simply warm covers on a cold night and laying down when sleepy.

– Excerpt from Malawi’s sinicuichi trip report

“My patience was well rewarded. In half an hour I realized that this sinicuichi session would be very different from my previous ones. The first hint was provided by a peculiar altered perception of colors, as if empty space were darker than usual and objects were emitting some faint radiance. Then it happened: for the first time, the ‘sun opened’ on me! [Sinicuichi is often called the ‘sun opener’ although reports of yellow vision are rare.]

Everything was bathed in a soft, wondrous sunshine. I went into a dark room, and put the headphones on with some favorite music. Eyes closed, I experienced a euphoria that can only be described as overwhelming–certainly as strong, if not stronger than anything I’ve felt with kratom or even the Plant of Joy. There was a definite bodily sensation of flowing into the music, almost like morphing into a musical note. Incredible! A truly entheogenic experience if there ever was one! “

– Excerpts from Demarksman’s sinicuichi trip report

 

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Last updated: 2015. 12. 07

 

Simon’s Blue Lotus (Nymphaea Caerulea) Guide

Blue lotus (Nymphaea caerulea), a.k.a. blue Egyptian lotus, blue water lily (or blue Egyptian water lily), and sacred blue lily (or sacred narcotic lily of the Nile), is a water-lily in the genus Nymphaea.

Originally, it might have been native to areas along the Nile and other parts of East Africa. However, it spread to other locations in ancient times already, like the Indian Subcontinent and Thailand.

The leaves are broadly rounded, 25–40 cm across, with a notch at the leaf stem. The flowers are purplish-blue and 10–15 cm in diameter.

Nymphaea caerulea is often confused with the Nelumbo nucifera, also known as Indian lotus, which is the national flower of India. They are not completely unrelated, but nevertheless are not in the same family. However, both contain nuciferine and aporphin – to which the mild psychoactive properties of the blue lotus are attributed.

It is traditionally consumed as a tea or soaked in alcohol – usually wine or martini.

 


 

Interesting facts about the blue lotus:

 

The blue lotus held extreme importance in Egyptian mythology. It was also widely used for both its mild psychoactive properties and as a pleasant incense by people of dynastic Egypt.

The sacredness of lotus plants in pharaonic Egypt was possibly also due to their cultivation as drugs by priests and shamans who used the plant as an intoxicant for trances and to make contact with the other world.

An Egyptian painting of woman smelling blue lotus flowers.
Blue lotus – a prominent symbol in Egyptian mythology

Moreover, the ancient Egyptian symbol of life, the Ankh was composed of three plant stems or petioles knotted together – reportedly, very likely from blue lotus.

Howard Carter, the famous archeologist who discovered the grave of Tut-ankh Amun reportedly found wreaths of dry blue lotus flowers (Nymphaea caerulea) in the second and the innermost coffin in the legendary pharaoh’s tomb. The innermost coffin contained a large flower collar with rows of lotus petals, a symbol of revival and reanimation.

Source: Symbolism of plants: examples from European Mediterranean culture presented with biology and history of art

 


 

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Blue lotus – legal status

 

Blue lotus, or Nymphaea caerulea is legal almost everywhere in the world, although in some countries restrictions exist on using and selling it for human consumption.

The only country I found where blue lotus is illegal is Russia, where it was banned along with the herbal mix called “Spice” in 2009.

There are no federal laws currently in force in the US that would restrict the possession or cultivation of blue lotus.

However, in Louisiana, State Act No. 565 of 2010 made several plants illegal, to produce, manufacture, distribute or possess, including Nymphaea caerulea.

In Australia, blue lotus (also referred to as blue water lily) is not controlled as an illegal drug, and it also doesn’t seem to be scheduled under the Standard for the Uniform Scheduling of Medicines and Poisons Act.

Sources:

Light drugs available in free sale in Russia (Pravda online, English)

Louisiana State Act 2010, No. 565

Legal Framework Affecting Plants in Australia

 

 

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A picture of the blue lotus flower - Blue lotus - Nymphaea caerulea.
Blue lotus flower – Nymphaea caerulea

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A picture of a bag of mix containing blue lotus extract - among other herbs.
A mix containing blue lotus extract – among other herbs

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Main active ingredients of Nymphaea caerulea

 

The main active ingredients in blue lotus are reportedly nuciferine and aporphine.

They both possess mild psychedelic properties.

The structure of the aporphine compound - one of the active ingredients in blue lotus
Apoprhine – an active ingredient in blue lotus

The structure of the nuciferine compound - one of the active ingredients in blue lotus (Nymphaea caerulea).
Nuciferine – an active ingredient in blue lotus

 

 

Blue lotus – effects

 

The effects of blue lotus are reportedly mild and pleasant. The following effects often reoccur in trip reports:

  • improved general mood
  • pleasant, warm feeling
  • a feeling of calmness
  • mild sedative effect or mild stimulation (probably dependent on the person, the situation and the amount consumed)
  • a pleasant bodily “buzz”

Blue lotus is also reportedly a mild aphrodisiac.

Blue lotus blends well with other herbs, smoked and brewed alike. There are recipes out there, that mix it with plants like wild dagga (Leonotis leonoru), damiana (Turnera diffusa), or skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora).

 

 

Dangers of blue lotus

 

Blue lotus is generally regarded as safe. There is no indication online anywhere of side effects of blue lotus that are worth considering.

You should do your own research nevertheless, if you’re pregnant or have allergies, diabetes, or some other medical condition, that makes it reasonable for you to be extra cautious trying anything new.

Generally, the best approach is to thoroughly research any herb before you decide to try it.

 

 

Nymphaea caerulea health benefits

 

Although anthropology studies suggest that blue lotus was used for medical purposes in ancient Egypt, modern medicine doesn’t attribute much value to the plant.

However, blue lotus is reported to have antispasmodic and relaxing effects, that make it a possible remedy for headaches, anxiety and certain muscle cramps. Still, it is likely not the first thing your general practitioner will prescribe for these conditions.

 

 

Blue lotus – consumption, preparation

 

Traditional ways for consuming blue lotus or blue water lily include brewing a tea of the flowers of the plant and drinking it, or smoking the petals either by themselves or mixed with other herbs.

However, a reportedly more potent and more interesting method is to soak the petals of the blue lotus flower in wine or martini for up to 2-3 days (or weeks) and than drink it.

Here I’ll describe a possible method for preparing blue lotus wine (or lily-wine) – a drink the ancient Egyptians reportedly fancied.

It is not rocket science, you basically need to soak the dried blue lotus flowers in the wine for a few days (2-3 days should do – but you can leave them soak for up to 3 weeks).

Than filter the wine, and it’s done.

Serve chilled and enjoy!

Note that it is the best if you buy dry red wine, around 14% alcohol (it needs to be a strong 13-14% red wine for it work). You can, however, use rosé as well. In that case, the colour of the wine turns a darker shade of red after you let the dried plant soak for a few days.

You can expect a nice, warm, calming, relaxing effect on top of alcohol intoxication. No “trip” in the traditional sense of the word, only a general sense of well-being.

My research indicates that 2-3 grams of dried flowers and 1 gram 20x extract/bottle should do the trick. However, if you only have the dried plant, 20-25 gram should be ok, for the same effect.

(Note, that concentration of the active ingredients can vary from plant to plant – what I described here is by no means an exact, scientific method that you should follow to the letter).

 

 

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Blue lotus trip reports

 

Blue lotus trips are not trips in the classic sense of the word. Nymphaea caerulea doesn’t induce hallucinations, visual distortions, or anything that could be considered “trippy”. Instead, its effects include a pleasant buzz, dreamy feeling and and a mild euphoria. But let the trip reports speak for themselves:

“Within 10 minutes the effect of the mixture was already hitting. My brother and I were talking about religion and spirituality in an almost seamless conversation, that is, where I would leave off he would pick up. At one point, we both stopped talking to comment on the effect of the “drug.” We both agreed that there was no mistaking the “high,” which seemed to us very similar to the affects of a good absinthe. We continued to talk for some time, say, an hour, but time—although there was no time-loss like there is on LSD—hardly seemed to matter. The peak came after about 30 minutes. At this point, my vision became “clearer” or “wider,” but this only made it more difficult to focus on any one thing. The body high, for me, was limited to my face. This is not to say I could not function on Blue Lotus. I could function splendidly, but I wouldn’t try driving.

After about an hour and a half we were near baseline and becoming quite sleepy. We chatted for a little longer before we went to our separate rooms and took a nap. I woke up two hours later with a heavy headache, which I sometimes get from too much sweet wine, and my brother woke up shortly after me with no side-affects to speak of. Overall, we had a pleasant mindful inebriation and will certainly try Blue Lotus again.”

Source: Erowid Report On The Effects of Blue Lotus Wine: Mindful Inebriation

 

“Most of the reports and information I have read on Blue Lotus refers to making a tea or steeping the substance in wine. I decided to try the tea option. I put approximately 9 grams in a perculator and let it boil for about 15 minutes. I then removed the boiled plant material and set it aside. I drank the tea over the course of about a half an hour, surfing the internet in the meantime. After about 15-20 minutes, I began to feel a distinctive buzz. I could not really relate it to anything I have tried…maybe the closest thing would be opium. I began to feel very happy and relaxed. Sounds seemed distant and there was a slight ringing in my ears (not unpleasant). Problems seemed unimportant, and I even felt a bit horny. There was a strong ‘hypnotic’ effect as well. The effects seemed to increase for about 1/2 hour, then stabalize. At this point, I decided to eat the boiled plant material to sustain the buzz. I washed it down with a couple of beers. This did seem to help sustain my buzz. After about 2 hours, the effects began to taper off, but I still felt relaxed and serene the entire night.

In conclusion, I really enjoyed my experience with Blue Lotus. I think it is a plant that is well worth experimenting with. The effects from 9 grams were somewhat mild, so perhaps a larger dose or a different preparation is in order. I do intend to try further experiments with this substance, and I would recommend it to others.”

Source: Erowid Report On The Effects of Blue Lotus Tea: Problems Seemed Unimportant

 


 

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Last updated: 2015. 11. 18.