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Calea Zacatechichi

Dream Herb: Calea zacatechichiCalea zacatechichi, also known as the dream herb” or thle-pela-kano, meaning “Leaf of God” is a legal psychoactive plant that has seen centuries of use in central Mexico. Often used in shamanic rituals to divine the future outcome of specific events, calea deepens and enhances the user’s dreams. Today, calea can be used for a number of purposes. In addition to being perhaps the single most popular herb for people wishing to experience lucid dreaming, dried calea zacatechichi leaf is also used to combat insomnia, or simply for the soothing, peaceful, relaxing sensation that it provides.

Methods of use

The dried leaves of calea zacatechichi can be made into a tea or smoked. Traditionally in shamanic rituals both the tea and smoked calea were used for the most powerful effects. It’s also possible to encapsulate and swallow calea for a delayed release.

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Calea tea can be prepared just as normal tea is, with hot water just about to boil used to steep calea leaves for 3 – 5 minutes. Many users prefer to add a bit of lemon juice, as the antioxidant properties of citric acid may prevent oxidization of the active ingredients in calea. Typically the tea takes 20 – 45 minutes to reach its full, soothing effect. The tea will take effect faster and be more intense on an empty stomach.

Calea can be smoked either in a pipe or rolled into a cigarette. Herbs like mullein are often mixed with calea zacatechichi in order to lessen some of the harshness of the smoke. Calea provides dreamy, calming effects so mixing it with a stimulating herb isn’t recommended. When smoking calea the effects are felt nearly instantly.

Infrequently, calea is encapsulated and swallowed to release during sleep. Although the dose required is high, making the amount of capsules required tedious to take, calea ingested in this way often provides for very powerful lucid dreams.

Effects

Calea zacatechichi provides a natural, safe calming sensation and an increase in the vividness of dreams. Typically it’s used by people wishing to experience lucid dreams for either recreation or shamanic purposes. Sleep on calea is deep and refreshing. Lucid dreamers generally recommend that calea be taken within an hour of going to bed.

Users who simply wish to experience the calming effects can drink it at any hour of the day. Nearly immediately calea will go to work reducing stress and anxiety, providing a peaceful, relaxing feeling.

Many users report the increased cumulative effect of calea zacatechichi with daily use. Over time, the sensation of relaxation and increase of the vividness of dreams will increase. Typically a glass of tea is drunk both in the morning and at night. In this way, people experiencing chronic insomnia or anxiety get the greatest amount of relief.

Calea is often combined with other relaxing, dream-enhancing herbs. For lucid dreaming calea zacatechichi mixes well with holy basil seed, wild lettuce, california poppy, valerian root, blue lotus, and/or melatonin. For the relief of stress and anxiety calea can be used in conjunction with St John’s wort, kava, passion flower, and/or GABA supplementation.

Medicinal Benefits

Calea is an excellent natural sleep aid, and can be of great benefit to people who experience insomnia. Calea also promotes relaxation and fights anxiety.

Although many of the active compounds in calea zacatechichi are still being explored by science, calea has a long history of traditional use with positive effects.

Side Effects

Care should be taken when using calea zacatechichi when driving or operating machinery, as it can cause drowsiness.

Aside from causing drowsiness, calea is very safe and well-tolerated. There are no common side-effects and allergies to calea are rare. Allergic reactions to calea are almost uniformly mild, with rashes and itching on the hands and arms being most common. In case of an allergic reaction treat with an antihistamine. Extreme swelling of the mouth and throat, while uncommon, indicate a severe allergic reaction that may require immediate medical attention.

Use extreme caution when mixing calea, or any other supplement, herb, or medication with an MAOI.

Legality

Calea is completely legal for human consumption the world over, with the following exceptions. In the US state of Louisiana calea is illegal for human consumption, but legal to possess and grow for aesthetic purposes. In the country of Poland calea zacatechichi is an illegal narcotic.

Salvia divinorum

Overview

Salvia divinorum is a psychoactive plant which grows in Mexico and Oaxaca. This plant is commonly known as diviner’s sage, seer’s sage, ska maria pastora, shepherdess’s herb, and sally-D. This herb produces dissociative effects and hallucinations when used. It generally grows in marshes and salvia divinorumswamps.

This herb was used by Mazatec shamans for a number of years during spiritual healing. They considered this herb builds a relationship between Virgin Mary and them. The shamans would sit or lie down in a quiet place after ingesting the leaf of this plant. According to them, this herb had divinatory psychedelic properties.

This herb does not have the effects like other illegal drugs like marijuana and cocaine and hence this herb is not considered as illegal in Mexico. Salvia divinorum contains salvinorin A which is a diterpenoid which is less toxic. It lacks addictive potential too due to it being a k-opioid agonist. This natural hallucinogen is very potent but does not produce effects like other drugs such as marijuana, LSD, or cocaine. Salvia divinorum is available in both powder form and liquid form. The extract is obtained from dried leaves which are very potent.

Effects

Salvia_Divinorum_Extract_LeavesThe reaction to this plant varies according to the amount of herb taken. It generally ranges from subtle hallucinating reaction to frightening entheogenic reaction. No deaths have been reported after the intake of this herb even in higher quantities.

This psychoactive herb produces effects like laughter which is uncontrollable, past childhood memories, moving sensation, twisting or pulling sensation, visions of two dimensional surfaces, merging with both living and non-living objects, feeling of living in multiple locations at a time, glossolalia which is a part of few religious traditions, vivid imageries, sensation of traveling to other planets, poetic experience, and time distortion. These hallucinating and visionary effects of this drug usually lasts from five to fifteen minutes. The comedown period for this drug is approximately twenty to forty minutes prior to the return of baseline. The users of this drug have reported no hangover or negative effects. Some people may experience lightheadedness when taken is high doses. Salvia divinorum is usually taken in the form of smoking, quid chewing, and tincture.

Benefits

The Mazatec shamans have been using this drug for medicinal purposes too. Studies are conducted on the medicinal properties of this drug. This drug is used in the treatment of sore throat, headache, common cold, stomach -upset, migraines, psychosis, diarrhea, lamb belly, insomnia, anxiety, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s disease, anemia, rheumatism, and chronic pain.

Since salvinorin A helps in inhibiting excessive intestinal motility it is used in digestive problems. Due to its analgesic properties, it is used in treating various joint pains and aches. It is also used in the treatment of cocaine addiction due to the natural kappa upload agonist present in the herb. Recent studies have suggested that this drug can be used effectively in the treatment of diseases such as cancer, AIDS, and HIV. Since this drug has lot of medicinal properties, it can be used to treat numerous health-related conditions without any side effects.

Legality

Salvia divinorum is now illegal in many states and many countries; visit this web page to know if it is legal to possess where you live.

 Where to buy Salvia Divinorum

Many of the online retailers that used to sell salvia divinorum don’t sell it anymore.Bouncing Bear Botanicals comes to mind, but I’m sure there is many more.

Arena Ethnobotanicals  now sells salvia again, but there is many states restriction, you can’t order if you are from
AUSTRALIA, ALABAMA, ARKANSAS, COLORADO, CONNETICUT, DELAWARE, FLORIDA, GEORGIA, GUAM, HAWAII, INDIANA, ILLINOIS, KANSAS, KENTUCKY, LOUISIANA, MICHIGAN, MINNESOTA, MISSISSIPPI, MISSOURI, NEBRASKA, NORTH CAROLINA, NORTH DAKOTA, OHIO, OKLAHOMA, PENNSYLVANIA, SOUTH DAKOTA, TENNESSEE, TEXAS, VERMONT, VIRGINIA, WISCONSIN OR WYOMING.

Damn, that’s a long list. If you’re lucky enough not to be included, here is the link.

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Mugwort

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Effect: relax you, then, when you sleep, you have colorful and/or weird dreams.

How it is: Kind on the throat and fluffy just like mullein.

Pro:  Awesome when you like to have dreams that you can remember. Many benefits too! Does not smell a lot when it is smoked.

Medical Benefits: remedy for painful menstruation, stimulate the digestion, treat colic, diarrhea, constipation, headaches, great for moxibustion, protect from evil possession

Best with: On its own or with Calea zacatechichi for hardcore dreams.

Overview

A mugwort leaf with the pointed leaves charact...
A mugwort leaf with the pointed leaves characteristic of a mature plant (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mugwort (Artemesia Vulgaris) has quit a history in many countries. Used as a magical herb during Middle Ages,  Mugwort is also used nowadays as an ingredient for many japanese, korean or chinese dishes.

Mugwort is a plant that grows in Europe, Asia, and British isles. Other commonly used names for this herb include felon herb, naughty man, chrysanthemum weed, old uncle henry, and wild wormwood. 

Since it was used by sailors instead of tobacco or cannabis, it was also known as sailor’s tobacco. The edible parts of this herb are its leaves and roots.

History

This plant was used by the Roman soldiers in their sandals to prevent their feet from getting fatigued. Americans relate this herb to witchcraft. The native Americans used to rub the herb on their body to protect themselves from ghosts. They also used to wear necklaces made of the leaves of this herb to avoid dreams about dead people. This herb was used by pagans too for their rituals. Travelers also used this herb to protect them from evil spirits and dangerous animals. Centuries ago, this herb was used in herbal medicine, food, and as a smoking herb.

Benefits

In herbal medicine, this herb has been used to treat cardiovascular problems, feelings of unease, malaise, unwellness, abnormal bleeding, high-grade fever, cold, cough, purging the stomach of impurities, flatulence, bloating, intestinal parasites, indigestion, malabsorption of nutrients, epilepsy, fits, cerebral palsy, burning, chronic pain, itching, wart, rash from poison oak, loss of appetite, chronic stomach complaints, rheumatic disorder, nervous problems, spasms, sterility, asthma, abnormal menstrual bleeding and other menstrual complaints, and brain disease. It also strengthens the digestive system. It also expels pinworms in the intestine.

Mugwort has many medicinal properties such as stimulant, antibacterial, purgative, anthelmintic, nervine, antiinflammatory, hemostatic, antiseptic, expectorant, antispasmodic, emmenagogue, carminative, digestive, diaphoretic, and cholagogue properties. Because of these properties, it is also used to thin blood. Mugwort is used in the treatment called moxibustion where it is attached to acupuncture needles. It works on the affected area by releasing heat. This technique is very effective in treating breech babies to change their cephalic position during delivery.

Even though it has so many medicinal properties, it should not be used by lactating women as this herb can pass through milk to the infant. Since the leaves are bitter in taste, they are used as a bitter flavoring agent in foods to season meat, fish, and fat. It is also used on roasted goose which is done for Christmas. It is used by the Chinese and Japanese in many foods such as juices and rice cakes. It has many essential oils such as thujone, wormwood, and cineole. Mugwort also contains derivates of coumarin, triterpenes, and flavonoids. This herb has found its use as an insect repellent too to eliminate moths from fields and gardens. It is also used as a smudging herb for divination.

Effects

Mugwort also has hallucinogenic properties. This psychoactive herb is used by some people as a dream enhancer by putting it under their pillow. This mild hallucinogen can be brewed or smoked. Many users have reported astral travel and prophetic dreams with the use of this herb. This herb was used in the manufacturing of beers. Since mugwort is a mild hallucinogen, it does not cause any harmful side effects.

Where to buy mugwort

Quantity
1 oz (28g) powder$2.95 (0.10$/g)
-$2.00(0.07$/g)
4 oz (114g) powder $6.50 (0.05$/g)
$5.00 (0.04$/g)$3.30 (0.02$/g)
8 oz (228g) powder $12.50 (0.05$/g)
-$9.75 (0.04$/g)
16 oz (454g) powder$22.75 (0.05$/g)
$12.00 (0.02$/g)$20.00 (0.04$/g)
ExtractsYesNoYes
As you can see in the table, when it comes to large quantity of mugwort, Bouncing Bear Botanicals offers the better price. They also sell live plants.
We suggest amazon or ebay if you wanna try a small quantity or drink it through an extract