Hallucinogenic Powers

Geography Of Usage And Botanical Range

Datura Hallucinog Pek

Many more hallucinogenic plants exist than those that man has put to use. Of the probable halfmillion species in the world's flora, only about one thousand are known to be employed for their hallucinogenic properties. Few areas of the globe lack at least one hallucinogen of significance in the culture of the inhabitants. Despite its size and extremely varied vegetation, Africa appears to be poor in hallucinogenic plants. The most famous, of course, is Iboga, a root of the Dogbane family...

Diviners Sage

Sage The Diviners

Closely associated with the Indian mushroom cults is the use of another psychoactive plant Hierba de la Pastora (Salvia divinorum). It is not entirely clear if it was used i i the pre-Spanish times. It is possible that it was the Pipiltzintzintli of the Aztecs. The male or female shamans of the Mazatecs of Oaxaca use Salvia divinorum, which is also known as hoja de la Page 165 top left Painted nettle is used by the Mazatecs as a replacement for Salvia dvinorum Page 165 top right Coleus pumilus...

The Hexing Herbs

God And Goddess Witchcraft

Above left The yellow blossom of the rare variety of Atropa belladonna var lutea. The yellow Deadly Nightshade is regarded as particularly potent for magic and witchcraft. Above right The bell-shaped flowers of the Deadly Nightshade clearly show its membership in the Nightshade family Page 87above left The flowers of the Mandrake Mandragora otficinarum are rarely seen, as they bloom very briefly and then quickly vanish Page 87above right The flowers of the Black Henbane Hyoscyamus niger have a...

Cactus Of The Four Winds

Above left Pieces of San Pedro piled up for sale in the witches' market in Cliiclayo in northern Peru. Above left Pieces of San Pedro piled up for sale in the witches' market in Cliiclayo in northern Peru. Above right The fast-growing San Pedro cactus develops few, if any thorns when cultivated San Pedro has a special symbolism in curaritrismo folk healing for a reason San Pedro is always in tune with the powers of animals, of strong personages or beings, of serious beings, of beings that have...

The Nectar Of Delight

Hemp Seed Scanning Electron Microscopy

Tradition in India maintains that the gods sent man the Hemp plant so that he might attain delight and courage, and have heightened sexual desires. When nectar or Amrita dropped down from heaven, Cannabis sprouted from it. Another story tells how, when the gods, helped by demons, churned the milk ocean to obtain Amiita, one of the resulting nectars was Cannabis. It was consecrated to Shiva and was Indra's favorite drink. After the churning of the seeds, consumed by man for food for its narcotic...

The Magic Drink Of The Amazon

Shipibo Fabric Black

There is a magic intoxicant in northwes ternmost South America that the In dians believe can free the soul from corporeal confinement, allowing it to wander free and return to the body at will. The soul, thus untrammeled, liberates its owner from the realities of everyday life and introduces him to wondrous realms of what he considers reality and permits him to communicate with his ancestors. The Quechua term for this inebriating drink Ayahuasca vine of the soul refers to this free ing of the...

Trumpets Of The Angels

Brugmansia Aurea Guambiano

1 The shamai lie use of the gold yellow flowering Brugmansia occurs primarily in Colombia and northern Peru. 2 The flowers and leaves are used by many Indian shamans for medicinal purpose s 3 1 ne ripe fruit of the Brugmansia ianguinea. This Angel's Trumpet puts out far more fruit than does any other species 4 The flower of Brugmansia sangu nea The Guambiano of southern Colombia y of Brugmansia vulcanicola How pleasant is the perfume of the long, bell-like flowers of the Yas, as one inhales it...

How To Use Shanin Hallucinogenic

Mexico to the Andes Gala-70 pagos and Falkland Islands-New Zealand Temperate zones of Europe, 72 southern Africa, Asia There are suspicions that this round cactus may be valued in Mexico as a false Peycte. It is locally known as Peyote and Peyotillo. A beautiful cactus, P. aselliformis is a solitary, gray-green, tufted cyiindric-conical plant 121 2 in. (2.5-b.5cm), although rarely up to 4in. (10cm) in diameter. The laterally flattened tu bercles are spiraled, not arranged on ribs, and bear very...

Chemical Structure Of Justicia Gendarussa A

Theodor Koch Grunberg

Above The seeds of Virola surinamen sis, called Ucuba, are used ethnome dlcinaily. Above The seeds of Virola surinamen sis, called Ucuba, are used ethnome dlcinaily. Beiow right The most important species of Virola in hallucinogenic preparations is V. theiodora, of the northwestern Amazon. Virola is an American genus related to the Old World genus of the Nutmeg. The tiny flowers of Virola have a highly pungent fragrance. At the be in ig of time, Father Sun practiced incest with his daughter,...

Little Flowers Of The Gods

Psilocybe Wassonii

Above One of the largest fruiting bodies of Psilocybe azurescens ever found. Above One of the largest fruiting bodies of Psilocybe azurescens ever found. There is a world beyond ours, a world that is far away, nearby, and invisible. And there is where God lives, where the dead live, the spirits and the saints, a world where everything has already happened and everything is known. That world talks. It has a language of its own. I report what it says. The sacred mushroom takes me by the hand and...

Beans Of The Hekula Spirit

Chant Relating Drugs

In the beginning, the Sun created various beings to serve as intermediaries between Him and Earth. He created hallucinogenic snuff powder so that man could contact supernatural beings The Sun had kept this powder in His navel, but the Daughter of the Sun found it. Thus it became available to man a vegetal product acquired directly from the gods. center of use of this snuff's and probably always has been the Orinoco. The West Indian tribes are thought to have been, in the main invaders from...

Yaqui Medicine Men Hallucinogenic

M. tortuosum L. - Sceletium tortuosum (L.) Over two centuries ago, Dutch explorers reported that the Hottentots of South Africa employed the root of a plant known as Channa or Kanna. Employed to cause dreams in order to foretell the future. Shamanistic inebriation. Religious significance healing ceremonies. Religious ceremonies. Hallucinogenic intoxication ( ), folk medicine, aphrodisiac Ceremonial use in Native American tribes Employed especially by the medicine men as a hallucinogen in magic...

Indianer Fliegenpilz Ritual

Aaronson, Bernard amp Humphrey Osmond ed. 1970 Psychedelics. New York Anchor Books Adovasio, J. M. amp G. F. Fry 1976 Prehistoric Psychotropic Drug Use In Northeastern Mexico and Trans-Pecos Texas Economic Botany 30 94-96. Agurell S 1369 Cactaceae Alkaloids. I.' Uoydia32 206-216. Alston, Georg 1937 The Aboriginal Narcotic Pltcheri Oceania 7 3 372-377. Aliotta, Glovani.l, Danielle Piomelll, amp Antonio Pollio 1994 Le piante narcotiche e psicotrope In Pllnio e Dloscoride Annali dei Musei Civici...

Gateway To Dreamtime

Above Pituri bushes are represented by the gray dots on this painting by Aborr ginal artist Walangari Karntawarra Ja-kamarra (detail from oil painting, 1994). The psychoactive use of Pituri is probably the longest continuous use of a psychoactive substance in the history of humanity. The Australian Aborigines nave the longest continuous culture of the world. The ancestors of today's Aborigines chewed Pituri 40,000 to 60,000 years ago- Pituri refers in the broadest sense to all plants or plant...

Chemical Structures Of Hallucinogens

Structure And Elements Hemp

Chemical determination of the molecular structure of the hallucinogenic principles in sacred plants has led to remarkable results. Almost all plant hallucinogens contain the element nitrogen and therefore belong to the large class of chemical compounds known as alkaloids. divinorum are the most significant examples that do not contain nitrogen. The main active principle of Cannabis is tetrahydrocannabinol THC , while the main active principle of Salvia divinorum is salvinorin. The principal...

Vines Of The Serpent

Morning Glory Seeds Hallucinogen

Top left The Ololiuqui vine Turbina corymbosa. Top left The Ololiuqui vine Turbina corymbosa. Top right Flying Saucers are a favorite cultivated strain of the enchanting Morning Glory, Ipomoea violacea. Above An early painting of Ololiuqui from Sahag n's Historia de las Cosas fe Nueva Espa a, written in the second half of the sixteenth century, clearly depicts the plant as a Morning Glory Four centuries ago, a Spanish missionary in Merico wrote Ololiuqi li deprives all who use it of their...

Palqui Smoke Leaves

It nas recently been convincingly argued that Ergot played a role in the Eleusinian mysteries of ancient Greece. When accidentally ground up with rye flour during the Middle Ages, Ergot (which grows primarily as a funga, disease on rye) poisoned whole districts with ergotism. These mass poisonings became known as St. Anthony's fire. in Amazonian folk medicine, Brunfeisia plays a major magico-religious role. Used as an additive to the hallucinogenic drink Yaje (see Ayahuasca). The Kof n of...

Rh0ra the tracks of the little deer

Mescaline Drug Ceromonies

Page 145 top ' 'he Peyote crowns take on many different forms depending on age and growing conditions. Page 145 below A group of large Peyote cacti in their native habitat of southern Texas. Ever since the arrival of the first Europeans in the New World, Peyote has provoked controversy, suppression, and persecution. Condemned by the Spanish conquerors for its satanic trickery, and attacked again and again by local governments and religious group ,' the plant has nevertheless continued to play a...

Mainstay Of The Heavens

Amanita Muscaria Soma Dosage Trazodone

(The number refers to the Plant Lexicon the common name refers to the reference chart 'Overview of Plant Use. Siberian shamans use elaborate symbolic costumes and decorated drums in their ceremonies. The left figure is a shaman from Krasnojarsk District at righi, the Kamtchatka District. or no psychoactivity were substituted. Yet the identity of Soma remained one of the enigmas of ethnobotany for two thousand years. Only in 1968 did the interdisciplinary research of Gordon Was-son provide...

Ayahuasca Analogs

Dmt Plants Dried Image

The pharmacological agent that has been identified in Ayahuasca can be imitated ia plants with similar active ingredients (harrrtaline harmine, DMT 5-MeO-DMT). Nontraditional combina- .ons of plants with these ingredients are today known as Ayahuasca analogs or Anahuasca. Combinations made of the 'solated of synthesized ingredients are called pharmahuasca. Jonathan Ott. a chemist specializing in natural substances, writes Psycho-nautic pharmahuasca research is so distant from the scientific...

The Plant Kingdom

Before the eighteenth century, there was really no logical or widely accepted classification or naming of plants. They were known in Europe by the vernacular names current in the various countries and were referred to technically in Latin by cumbersome descriptive phrases, often several words long. The invention of printing and movable type in the middle of the 1400s stimulated the production of herbals that is, botanical' books mainly on medicinal plants. The so-called Age of Herbals, from...

Guide To The Ancestors

Hallucinogenic

Leil The loots of the Iboga bush are ri-tually eaten by the Bwiti cult in order to call forth the ancestors Page 113 middle left Old wooden fetish objects of the Fang, who were once associated with an Iboga cult Page 113 middle right The conspicuous bright yellow fruits of the Iboga Zame ye Mebege the last of the creator gods gave us Eboka. One day he saw . the Pygmy Bitamu, '- gh in an Atanga tree, gathering ' 5 fruit He made him fall. He died, and Zame brought h spirit to him. Zame cut off...

Mucuna Pruriens Hallucinogen

Southeast Asia jTMtand 57 northern Malay Peninsu'a to Borneo New Guinea) In the Pariana region of the Brazilian Amazon, the Indians formerly prepared a potent hallucinogenic snuff that, although nc longer prepared and used, is known as Rap dos Indios (Indian snuff). It is believed to have been made from the fruit of an enormous forest tree Maquira sclerophylla (known also as Olmedioperebea sclerophylla) Maquira sclerophylla attains a height of 75-100ft (23-30 m). The latex is white. Very thick...

Tanaecium Sw

Bignoniaceae (Bignonia Family) Tropical zones of Central 92 Ame-ica and South America. West Indies Tetrapter s methystica R. E. Schult. Caapi-pinima Tropical zones of South 93 America, Mexico, West Indies Trichocereus pachanoi Britt. et Rose San Pedro Cactus Cactaceae (Cactus Family) Temperate and warm zones 94 South America The nomadic Mak Indians of the RioTiki in the northwestern most Amazonas of Brazil pre pare a hallucinogenic drink, a sort of Ayahuasca or Caapi from the bark of Tetrapter...

Method Of Isolation Of Cytisine Alkaloid In Sophora Secundiflora

Hyoscyamine Mexico

Over two centuries ago, Dutch explorers reported that the Hoi ientots of South Africa chewed the root of a plant known as Kanna or Channa as a vision-inducing hallucinogen. This common name is today applied to several species of Sceletium that have alkaloids mesembr ine and mesembrenine with sedative, cocainelike activities capable of inducing torpor. Sceletium expansum is a shrub up to 12 in. (30cm) tall with fleshy, smooth stems and prostrate, spreading branches. The lanceolate-oblong entire,...

Nahera seeds of civilization

Above from left to right The Mataco use a decoction of fresh (still green) Cebil pods as a head wash for headaches. Cebil, the Seeds of Civilization (seeds of the Anadenanthera colubrina). Bufotenine is the main active constituent. Above from left to right The Mataco use a decoction of fresh (still green) Cebil pods as a head wash for headaches. Cebil, the Seeds of Civilization (seeds of the Anadenanthera colubrina). Bufotenine is the main active constituent. The ripe seed pods of the Cebil...

Medicinal Values Of Pancratium Trianthum In India Systems

Drugs Pancratium

A plant of many uses among the Indians, this tall treelike columnar cactus, arising from a 6ft (1.8 m) trunk, attains a height of 35ft (10.5m). The short spines are characteristically gray with black tips. The 2-3 in. (5-8 cm) flowers are publish in the outermost petals, white in the inner parts. The fruit, globose and measuring 1 2-3in. (6-8cm) in diameter, is densely covered with yellow wool and long yellow bristles The Tarahumara, who know the plant as Cawe and Wicho-waka, take a drink made...