Psychedelic Plants

On The Nature Of The Ally

There are many dimensions in alliance space, and the pharmacological axis is only one of many. The old doctors had helpers like Maybe the power plant was a conduit, or a call, a sort of whistle. Or the plant was like a delivery service. Not like the plant itself was the ally. or maybe the ally lived in the next world, and the plant was like a bridge . . . That plants have virtues, or vertues, was known by the ancient herbalists. The virtue of a plant was its truth, its strength. Maybe the best...

Hordeum Vulgare

Ale, or beer, when fermented. Related Species Any cereal or starchy tuber. Especially rice, maize, wheat, cassava. Taxonomy Barley typifies an important tribe of the Poaceae, the Hordeae, which includes wheat and rye. The family is of recent evolution, as plants go. Grasses did well in the Miocene. Part Used The seeds roasted, cracked, mashed, and fermented. Effects Refreshing and relaxing, a good catalyst for fun or trouble, for mixing or for mixing it up....

Artemisia Absinthium

Common Names Wormwood, absinthe, la Fee Verte, the Green Muse. that sage of the glaciers, absinthe Arthur Rimbaud (letter to Delahaye) As the term absinthe is used both as a synonym for wormwood and also as the name of the famous liqueur, we will use wormwood to refer to Artemisia absinthium, and absinthe to refer to the alcoholic beverage. RelatedSpecies Artemisia vulgaris mugwort (also called wormwood). Riparian, herbage full of vertue nervine, stimulant, a wash for poison oak, protection...

Cannabis Sativa

AKA bhang, ganja, hashish, mota, weed, grass, et cetera ad infmitum. Cannabis indica, Cannabis ruderalis. Of the great dicotyledonous angiosperms a proud carrier of the distinguished epithet sativa in superorder Dilleniidae. Older taxonomies had placed Cannabis in the mulberry family, the Moraceae, but the genus is now placed in the Cannabaceae, along with hops. The Moraceae have four sepals and four petals, while the Cannabaceae have five sepals and five petals. Limited...

Piper Methysticum

And over a thousand other names. Most kava people have dis-Names tinct names for each of the many varieties of kava that they grow, usually fifty or more. Figure that there are three hundred languages in Indonesian New Guinea alone, and at least that many in the rest of Melanesia, and scores more in Micronesia and Polynesia. Just multiply fifty by five hundred. Related Species Piper betle, the leaf used to wrap betel nut Piper nigrum, black pepper Piper cubeba, cubeb....

Papaver Somniferum

Papaver Somniferum

Related Species Papaver setigerum, Papaver bracteatum, Papaver orientate, Papaverpseudo-orientale, Pa-paver rhoeus, and ninety other species of Papaver. Also Eschscholtzia californica, Ar-gemone glauca, and Argemone mexicana. Part Jsed The alkaloid-rich latex is the source of opium. The nutritious seeds are important as a food crop and as a source of oil. The young leaves can be eaten as potherbs. There are small amounts of morphine throughout the plant, possibly excepting the seeds, but it is...

Phycodelic Plants

Unerkl Rliche Artefakte

Bring Them On, the Power Plants On the Nature of Poison I Plant People Plants As Teachers On the Nature of the Ally The Great Work Sun Medicine Moon Medicine Methodology I Ground State Calibration Methodology II 13 ThTheMac River Plant Prunus emarginata Phenomenological Taxonomy of Psychotropes Yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae Wine Vitis vinifera 65 Beer Hordeum vulgare 70 Aqua Vitae The Alcoholic Muse 78 The Poison Path I 81 83 JEther 89 Fossil Fuel Mead and the Divine Madness 93 103 Absinthe...

Nitrous Oxide

Sir Humphery Discovers Laughing Gas

Related Other nitrogen oxides, NO and NO2 nitrogen itself, N2 ammonia, NH4 oxy-Substances gen, O2 carbon dioxide, CO2. Chemistry N2O two atoms of nitrogen, one atom of oxygen. HowTaken Inhaled. Professionals, such as anesthesiologists or dentists, carefully mix it with oxygen and use pharmaceutical-grade gas. Others get it how they can whippets, said to be fairly clean, or racing tanks, said to be technical-grade and to contain impurities. If you are fortunate enough to have a pharmaceutical...

Calea Zacatechichi

Psychedelic Images

Common Dog grass, Thle-pelakano, leaf of God. Zacatechichi is Nahuatl for bitter grass. Name5 The bitterness is in a class with Artemisia absinthium. delated Species Not all races are psychoactive, even within the genus. Needs study. Taxonomy Sunflower family, Asteraceae, found from central Mexico south to Costa Rica. The plant likes open ground readily colonizes disturbed ground and land that has been burned over. The genus Calea is neotropical and contains a hundred other species besides...

Duboisia Hopwoodii

Common Names Pituri, pedgery, pitchery. Related Species Duboisia myoporoides, Duboisia leickhartii. Taxonomy Family Solanaceae. A shrub, sometimes a small tree. The genus is endemic to Australia. Chemistry Tropane alkaloids scopolomine and hyoscamine are present in Duboisia myop-oroides and D. leickhartii. Most accounts therefore ascribe the same chemistry to Duboisia hopwoodii, but according to Pamela Watson (1983b) Duboisia hopwoodii contains nicotine and d-nornicotine. Moreover, the...

Nicotiana Tabacum And Related Species

Common 'Names Tobacco, petun, picietl. Taxonomy The two cultivated species are Nicotiana tabacum and N. rusticum. Both of these species are tetraploids, the result of a fertile hybrid between two wild species sometime in antiquity, evidently in the Andean region of South America. Almost all American and European commercial tobaccos are Nicotiana tabacum. There are some five dozen wild species of Nicotiana, three-quarters of them native to the Americas. These species include N.glauca, N....

Miscellaneous Plants

THE GREEN MAN AND FRENCH HORN, SIGN ON PUB, LONDON THE GREEN MAN AND FRENCH HORN, SIGN ON PUB, LONDON Go backward. From Amazonia, Curipira, the Master of Animals, a dangerous spirit whom every shaman must meet and be able to charm with words and songs, must be able to bargain with. He wears no clothes, has shaggy hair, has a huge penis, has large green fanglike teeth. His green feet are attached with the heel in front. So track backward. To a tavern in England, green face on the hanging sign,...

Killing Time

And to kill time while awaiting death, I smoke elegant cigarettes, thumbing my nose at the gods. Jules Laforgue, La Cigarette The cigarette is thoughtfulness reflection and contemplation before action. We smoke to contemplate action, until the smoking and the cigarette become the action. And then that is what we do we smoke. wrap his soul in mine and cradle it within a blue and fluctuating thread . . . Charles Baudelaire, The Pipe The cigarette is a prop, the flicking tail of a tree squirrel,...

Mead And The Divine Madness

The greatest blessings come to us through madness, when it is sent as a gift of the gods. Mead is a gift of the bee goddess. Two lionlike figures wearing bee-robes, carved into a Mycenaean gem bee priestesses, something being poured out of vases over a young growing plant. Nectar. Bees like messengers, angels- banqueters bearing amrita, the Elixir. The sexual nature of apian food-gathering would not have been lost on the archaic plant people, either. Their lives were dependent on the vegetal...

Correspondences

Voesis When the plants dry out, collect the seeds. In some races the valves at the top of the capsule open, and it is like a shaker. In some races of poppy, the valves never open, and you have to slit the capsule to get the seeds. Dry the seeds and they will keep well, for sowing the next crop and for food. After harvesting the seeds the plant can be harvested for straw. The leaves make a pleasant tea, but the capsules themselves are rich enough in alkaloids, even after lancing, that they have...

Salvia Divinorum

Common Names Diviner's sage, ska Pastora, hojas de la Pastora, seer's sage, la Maria. The Just This-plant. The Emptinessplant. Related Species Salvia divinorum contains a diterpene, salvinorin. Some Coleus species are rumored to contain similar compounds, but this is still unconfirmed (bioassay reports are mostly negative). Salvia splendens contains salviarin and splendidin, both diterpenes, and we should expect more from other species. No psychotropic activity has been reported for those...

Phenomenological Taxonomy Of Psychotropes

We are not individuals at all, we are all connected. We are individuals the way each blossom on an apple tree is an individual. Any attempt to force a wild system into the confines of a formal system is inescapably arbitrary. Wild systems and formal systems inhabit separate dimensions. And while there is a hazy, fuzzy-edged intersection of the two planes, the linkage remains metaphorical. Logically (it is so hard to escape logic), the two sets are disjoint. Eddington thought so....

Plants As Teachers

But as in every crowd, there are always Along the upper Amazon at the base of the Andes, in the Oriente of Ecuador, there are yachaqs who learn shamanism directly from the doctores, the plant teachers. These yachaqs are also called vegetalistas. There are other kinds of shamans, seers, and healers in that watershed who are not vegetalistas yachaqs who are spirit mediums, or who work with dowsing, or with spells but the vegetalistas are the plant specialists. Vegetalistas differ in their...

Isaac Black Elk Goodkind

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The Poison Path Ii

James Ensor Self Portrait With Demons

With the very poison, a little of which would kill any other being, a man who understands poison would dispel another poison. The Sanskrit for poison is visam. In Buddhism, three poisons form the hub of the Wheel of Life kama-raga, desire, or greed, depicted as a red cock a grasping quality reaching out, to attain meristematic shoots after light, fungal hyphae seeking nourishment or hanging on, grasping backwards, clinging. dvesa, hatred or aversion, a green snake and moha, ignorance, folly,...

Scirpus Atrovirens

Taxonomy Part of the great sedge family, the Cyperaceae, aquatic plants characterized by tri angular stems. Other genera within the family include the sedges, Carex spp., and Cyperus, tough little ditch plants with long graceful bracts subtending the inflorescence. Papyrus is a species of Cyperus, and many other species within the family worldwide are used in mat making and basketry. Scirpus atrovirens is a good example of how much investigation still remains to done. Here is a plant, known to...

Fossil Fuel

Related Hexane, Freon, airplane glue, toluene, gasoline. Spray paint, hair spray, PC Substances cleaner, dry cleaning fluid. Spot remover, nail polish remover, paint remover. Lighter fluid, correction fluid thinner, etc., etc., etc. How Taken Huffed. That means inhaled. Effects Similar to ether and nitrous oxide, either of which are many times safer than any of these poisons. Habitual huffers can distinguish different brands of sprays and fluids, and develop preferences. HufFers probably have...

Plant People

To follow the Way of Poisons, it is essential to learn about plants. As you learn about plants, you will, by the by, meet plant people. Be clear now most of the plant people you meet are not on the Poison Path, but all the plant people are teachers, nonetheless. They are doctors, though the doctoring of some of them is most subtle. Almost every gardener is a plant person, as are botanists and horticulturists. Some existentialists are not plant people. I am afraid of cities. But you mustn't...

Prunus Emarginata

Common Names Bitter cherry, the Mad River plant. Related Species Prunus serotina, wild cherry Prunus virginiana, chokecherry Prunus ilicifolia, holly-leaved cherry. Pharmacognosy The chemistry of Prunus emarginata is not well studied, but probably is similar to Prunus serotina, wild cherry. The presence of cyanide is a likely possibility, so do not ingest the leaves Wild cherry, Prunus serotina, contains a cyanogenic glycoside called prunasin, which is formed by the partial hydrolysis of...

Vitis Vinifera

Related Species Almost any sugary or starchy fruit or berry. f Vart Used The fermented juice of the fruit. How Taken Best drunk with food, but by drunks drunk almost any way. Effects The first glass warms and gladdens, the second inspires poetry and seduction. The third glass evokes boasting, the fourth glass stumbling the fifth glass stupor, and sleep. The Plant We choose wine as the symbol for inebriantia, and the grape as its type plant. In this we mean no slight to Demeter and her grains....

Saccharomyces Cerevisiae

Yeast is a fungus. An ascomycete, to be specific. The excrement. C2H5OH, ethyl hydroxide. AKA ethanol, ethyl alcohol. Through the mouth, as wine, beer, ale, mead, chicha, kvass, cider, koumiss, sake, pulque, and as an unbounded number of mixed drinks from the distilled spirits of same, including brandy, cognac, whiskey, rum, gin, vodka, bourbon, tequila, and mescal. Analgesic, anodyne, stimulant, sedative, anesthetic, inebriant. Specific reactions seem to vary...

On The Seduction Of Angels

Trouble is, sometimes after you've seduced the angel, you find that it is really the angel that has seduced you. Then you find out that the angel has horns. Wonderful hard nubs of goatlike horn beneath her hair. If you are a shaman of our way you don't care. In fact you are delighted. You love the horns. You kiss and fondle them. You weave intimate designs upon them. And are given woven charms in return. Anca zo zan nican tinechnahualan, Have you bewitched...

Foreword By Gary Snyder

Green, sweet, peaceful plants the harmless beings who give us flowers, nuts, fruits, roots, sap, bark, fiber, and shade. But some aren't so great to eat - sour, bitter, or worse. Plants are all chemists, tirelessly assembling the molecules of the world, and in their transactions with insects, birds, animals, and fungi, they find elaborate ways to defend themselves, to seduce pollinators, to confuse. So it's a book about the interplay of plants, insects, animals, and...

Methodology I

Ethnobotany should be considered a proper subset of our Work. Ethnobotanists are generally both botanists and anthropologists, and it is essential for the owl-chemist to have a basic knowledge of these two disciplines if she is to avoid certain terrible pitfalls of the path, such as clownish foppery or early death. No mistake here about the seriousness of our endeavor and its concomitant dangers. I remember once seeing a group of edible Agaricus in a meadow near an old oak tree. And right in...