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Simon’s Nelumbo Nucifera (Sacred Lotus) Guide

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

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

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

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


Effects of the Nelumbo nucifera:

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

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

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


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 Nelumbo nucifera – legal status


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

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

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

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

Revision of the Louisiana State Act 159 of 2005

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Cultural significance of the sacred lotus


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

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



Sacred lotus effects


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

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

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






Cognitive effects

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

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

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


Physical effects

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


Sources: NeuroSoupErowid


Dangers of Nelumbo nucifera


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

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

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


Interactions with Nelumbo nucifera


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

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



Nelumbo nucifera uses and health benefits


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

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

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

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

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


Nelumbo nucifera preparation and consumption


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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Nelumbo nucifera trip reports


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

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

– Excerpt from Sepulfreak’s Nelumbo nucifera trip report

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

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

– Excerpts from Juggerbot’s Nelumbo nucifera trip report


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Last updated: 2015. 12. 14.

Simon's Nelumbo nucifera (Sacred Lotus) Guide
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Simon's Nelumbo nucifera (Sacred Lotus) Guide
A guide detailing the properties, effects and the legal status of Nelumbo nucifera, including experience reports.

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