Best Psychoactive Plants for the Garden

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Re: Best Psychoactive Plants for the Garden

Postby ergot » Sun Jul 10, 2016 7:38 am

Devil's Breath: Scopolamine, AKA Burundanga, Hailed As 'World's Scariest Drug'
Actually Scopolamine can be derived from several plants -- including the locally abundant datura plant (aka, jimson weed). The following claim is pure urban myth, but anything you see on Vice has to be taken with several grains of salt!
What's even scarier may not be just the drug's infernal applications -- but its sheer abundance. Any of three plants in the Solanaceae family can produce it -- and all of them grow freely throughout much of South America. And then there's the simplicity with which it can be administered. In the Vice documentary, a Bogota drug dealer describes how Scopolamine can be blown in someone's face -- and, just minutes later, 'you can guide them wherever you want. It's like they're a child."

LINK: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/09/03/devils-breath-scopolamine_n_3860318.html
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Re: Best Psychoactive Plants for the Garden

Postby sandman » Sat Jul 16, 2016 7:49 am

Three arrested in Paris over 'devil's breath' drug that turns victims into willing 'zombies'
It's an exaggeration to claim that you can just blow the powder into someone's face and transform that person into a "zombie." However, if the person cooperates and inhales the drug fully it does induce a hypnotic state along with hallucinations, at least that's what's claimed in this article.
The Soviets and the CIA reportedly used it as a truth serum during the Cold War, while Joseph Mengeles, the Nazi physician dubbed the Angel of Death, had it imported from Colombia to use in interrogations. However, because of the drug’s chemical make-up, it also induces powerful hallucinations.

LINK: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/11836976/Three-arrested-in-Paris-over-devils-breath-drug-that-turns-victims-into-willing-zombies.html
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Re: Best Psychoactive Plants for the Garden

Postby recluse » Thu Sep 29, 2016 6:56 pm

Kratom could soon be illegal to buy and sell
This probably wouldn't survive the desert climate, but it might do well in a hot house.
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Re: Best Psychoactive Plants for the Garden

Postby ergot » Mon Dec 26, 2016 10:56 am

Tabernanthe Iboga :smart:
This plant won't do well in the desert since it needs a lot of humidity to thrive, but it can deal with the heat. However, cold temperatures in the winter will kill the plant. "Tabernanthe iboga is a tropical shrub from tropical western Africa that is used for its hallucinogenic effects from the roots. Being from a very hot and humid environment, people in cooler and/or dryer climates sometimes have difficulty growing this species." The roots contain ibogaine which is a long-lasting psychedelic. Extracts from the plant have been used in treating opiate addiction.
Following the experience, the iboga is still working on you, it is highly lipophilic so hangs around in body tissues, gradually being released and converted into noribogaine by the liver. Ibogaine causes a long term increase in the expression of a protein called glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) a neuroprotective agent that also induces neuronal sprouting. This aspect of long term effects makes iboga unique. Thus taking other drugs in the months after the experience will interfere with this process.

LINKS:
http://www.kadasgarden.com/ET.iboga-germination.html
https://erowid.org/plants/iboga/iboga.shtml
http://highexistence.com/best-guide-extract-use-iboga/
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Re: Best Psychoactive Plants for the Garden

Postby twister » Sat Feb 11, 2017 8:46 am

Your Brain On Ayahuasca: The Hallucinogenic Drug
This is interesting, but I'm not sure if any of the plants would survive in the desert.
More info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ayahuasca
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Re: Best Psychoactive Plants for the Garden

Postby surfsteve » Sat Feb 11, 2017 9:11 am

I read somewhere that Syrian Rue could be substituted for one of the plants. I believe it grows in the desert. I can't remember which one but that still leaves the other plant of which both grow in the well watered jungle so I guess you are out of luck... unless maybe you can substitute one of them Mexican cacti for the other one.
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Re: Best Psychoactive Plants for the Garden

Postby shadylady » Sat Feb 11, 2017 9:18 am

Syrian Rue
Interesting plant!
Its small, brown seeds contains harmine and other harmala alkaloids. It is one of the plants speculated to be the Soma or Haoma of ancient Persia.

LINK: https://erowid.org/plants/syrian_rue/
Peganum harmala, commonly called esfand, wild rue, Syrian rue, African rue, harmel, or aspand (among other similar pronunciations and spellings), is a plant of the family Nitrariaceae. Its common English-language name came about because of a resemblance to rue (which is not related). The plant's seeds are especially noteworthy because they have seen continual use for thousands of years in the rites of many cultures.

LINK: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peganum_harmala
If it's invasive, then it must be a tough plant and so it MIGHT survive in Trona! :thumb:
Highly invasive and designated "noxious" in the following states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon Problem weed Australia.

LINK: http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/31918/
ALSO SEE: http://www.botanicalspirit.com/syrian-rue-seeds
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Re: Best Psychoactive Plants for the Garden

Postby surfsteve » Sat Feb 11, 2017 10:31 am

This completely escaped my mind but it's also possible to combine rue with magic mushrooms growing in cow pies which could technically grow in Trona, for an ayahuasca like expierance. Though we have no cows maybe they would also be able to grow from horse poop. Of course mushrooms aren't legal so it defeats that purpose and most people don't allow cows and horses to poop in their gardens either. Oh well. It was just a thought...
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Re: Best Psychoactive Plants for the Garden

Postby shadylady » Sun Feb 12, 2017 8:22 am

Peganum harmala (aka, Syrian Rue)
Here are some more info sources on this interesting plant:
https://auntiedogmasgardenspot.wordpress.com/2013/06/25/syrian-rue-peganum-harmala-plant-care-guide/
http://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Peganum+harmala
http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-1516-syrian%20rue.aspx?activeingredientid=1516
https://www.worldseedsupply.com/product/peganum-harmala-syrian-rue-seeds/
From that last link (They specialize in medicinal herbs and ethnobotanicals.):
Syrian rue prefers dry sandy soil with an alkaline PH. A mixture of half sand and half soil is ideal. Adding lime can also help make the PH more alkaline. A cactus potting soil will also work well. Sow the Syrian rue seeds just under the surface of the soil and mist lightly. Syrian rue seedlings are prone to damping off, so make sure to limit your watering.
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Re: Best Psychoactive Plants for the Garden

Postby surfsteve » Sun Feb 12, 2017 9:08 am

It's been a while but I read that Syrian rue is a MAOI inhibitor. It's not supposed to do much on it's own but it makes some types of drugs work better by inhibiting the body from metabolizing them. Grapefruit juice does the same thing but in a different way and I assume to different medications. This was accidentally discovered in an alcohol study when the test subjects that were given grapefruit juice as a mixer experienced different results than the rest of the group. I guess in that sense even grapefruit juice can be considered psychoactive though most people don't consider it to be, nor Syrian rue. You might try googling what grapefruit juice inhibits.
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