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I’ve been trying a few different new entheogens over recent months, so I thought I’d share my experiences with some of them.
Dan Shen 10x
Dan Shen is one of the most important plants in Chinese medicine, and has widespread use in Asian countries. Traditionally, Dan Shen has been used to improve bodily functioning, as well as to treat haemorrhage, dysmenorrhoea, miscarriage, swelling, insomnia, and hepatitis. Dan Shen provides a head/heart calming benzo like effect, without notable muscle relaxation. This makes it generally non-euphoric, but it goes very well with other sedatives, increasing their effects of calmness. It’s also no doubt useful for anxiety. It’s also a liver enzyme inhibitor (CYP450), so be careful it may potentiate things like alcohol or opiates. And Dan Shen also has a tonic healing effect on the liver, which is backed up by a fair bit of science.
Prickly poppy 10x
Prickly poppy is a non-opiate relative of the opium poppy. It was sacred to the Aztecs, who knew it as “Nourishment of the dead”. Which perhaps makes sense considering the nature of it’s effects. It’s a non-euphoric, but quite mentally and physically relaxing feeling similar in some ways to opiates. It was offered to the Gods as a sacrifice, and one god in particular, Tláloc, used this plant, as one of the three psychoactives associated with him. While there is nothing euphoric about this plant, its relaxing effects are uniquely useful, and may be somewhat useful as a stopgap for depression or anxiety (some of the chemical components of prickly poppy, are established as anti-depressant in studies). Nourishment of the dead indeed.
Chocolate extract 25x
I have covered this in a recent article, but thought I’d mention it here again briefly. Chocolate extract is stimulating (more so than caffeine, or an energy drink), and mildly mood boosting. A pleasant pick me up with a number of notable synergies.
Like prickly poppy, this is a non-opiod relative of the well known opium poppy. This is also known as corn poppy, and is the poppy of Anzac day. It’s effect are perhaps comparable to chamomile, a mild effect, but useful for anxiety and relaxation. Both of those (chamomile and red poppy) are often combined with lotus. The best thing about red poppy is that either as a tea, or in a smoking mix, it tastes just delicious..
Baybean, even in 50x extract form, is a plant that’s effects are hard to pin down. It’s best used in a combination, as a potentiator. But on its own, it provides “trippy” effects similar to cannabis, but without actual cannabinoid or euphoric effects. Would be interesting to try other combos, with it. Reputedly synergizes with salvia, and I would not be surprised if it interacts with other psychedelics. Historically it has more use as a medicine, topically for pain. There is also some indication it was used as a cannabis substitute, but judging on the effects, probably more in the sacramental or introspective sense.
Hopefully a grand New Year’s Eve was had by all, and the summer festival season is bringing up the joy levels, even if the sun is a tiny bit inconsistent. It’s certainly been awhile since our last news update, so let’s try and catch up a bit.
She originally supposedly was experiencing exhaustion. However, this article suggests perhaps instead: - Demi Moore overdid the whippets?
It’s from the US, but it’s an interesting article. A US cop derides war on drugs, talks about how he hates that part of his job. I wonder how many cops generally feel this way?
Here’s a poorly reasoned herald article, full of misinformation, such as ludicrous claims that marijuana causes cancer (when in fact it appears to be anti-cancer if anything). It calls for NZ government to legalize pot purely for profit reasons. Which on its own may be sound reasoning, apart from the guff that surrounds it. Overall, not the most enlightened read, but insightful to some peoples misguided POV. Here's the article.
Here's a good article on the cliché’s and illogical arguments for prohibition, using a real argument, this article breaks down all the fallacies inherent in the standard spiel. Read that here.
Nz’ers and Aussies are the biggest stoners. No real surprise there, but my own experience suggests that Aussies might “win” out on that one.
Okay, a little science news now. The first quantum jiggles are detected in a solid object, rather than in a particle. Read that here.
Here’s some fun imagining and details about the moon Titan. Its a pretty trippy place.
A new algorithm for generating trees automatically generates trees that sway in the wind, without individually creating each tree. This should lead to much more realism in their graphics. Read about that here.
Newt 'Light-year' Gingrich promises moon base by 2020. As much as I don’t like right wing politicians, this would be interesting to watch, if he did get in. Find out about that here.
Alcohol, western society’s most popular recreational drug, is one of the most studied, and yet its exact pharmacology remains perhaps even more mysterious than that of MDMA.
Believe me when I say this, there is quite the list of potential central actions, it has an action of some sort at almost every major neurotransmitter system, so bear with me as I attempt to summarize it all!
Some major suspects
The first major suspect is the GABA-A receptors, where benzodiazepines like diazepam act. It doesn’t act here directly, but definitely acts indirectly, and in particular the delta subunit of GABA-A receptors. This contributes to the sense of relaxation and sedation.
Another major player, is the glutamate receptors, particularly the NMDA receptor, where somewhat related drugs Ketamine and PCP act. The action is responsible for disassociative effects, which may be partly responsible for unusual behaviours on large amounts of alcohol, as well as contributing to sedative effects.
Alcohol is also a potentiator of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors, which may contribute to its rewarding effects, as well as the effect of alcohol on memory (same with the NMDA receptor).
As its holiday season, I thought people might like a little article on our old friend chocolate :)
The first people to use the Cacao plant were the Mayans. The word Cacao originated from the Mayan word “Ka’kau”. Theobroma is Greek for “food of the gods”.
According to the mythology, the god Hunahpú gave cacao to the Maya after they were created. The Mayans celebrated an April festival to celebrate the Ka’kau god, Ek Chuah, offering him Cacao and animal sacrifices. They used cacao both everyday, and as a ritual sacrament.
There’s a variety of ancient recipes with chillies, vanilla, peanut butter, honey and flowers. The Mayans made a frothy drink, and perhaps also an alcohol distilled from the white pulp. The Mayans placed a very high trade value on the beans; it was one of the privileges of nobility to drink chocolate. The Aztecs went to place chocolate in similar high regard.
The Spanish took the drink, and added spices for a cold beverage. It was when it spread through the European continent that it became more like the fattier sweetened drink version we know today. The industrial revolution however is what brought the actual chocolate bar.
Chocolate contains a heady mix of psychotropic compounds. Having experienced the 25x extract of Cacao Theobroma at reasonable dose, I can tell you that the most prominent psychoactive effects are the phenylethylamine, and theobromine – giving one a clean -stronger than coffee- stimulant effect if you take the extract (PEA is in bodybuilding products and in modern NZ party pills, and theobromine is related to caffeine. There’s also caffeine in here as well).
There are also other neurotransmitters – Serotonin, dopamine, and anandamide (the brains own THC), as well as FAAH inhibitors that increase its mild cannabinoids effects, and MAO inhibitors that let more of feel good neurotransmitter chemicals into the brain; such that the overall effect of these additional compounds is a pleasant mildly euphoric mood boost along with the stimulation. Bet some of you didn’t know chocolate was a stimulant with a decent kick in its pure form! (Sugar may change the effects of course).
A lot of modern people enjoy the extract form, with coffee for a wake up (beats coffee alone), or with a cannabinoid smoke, or certain opiates for complimentary synergies.
Not many supermarket foods come so dense with mind altering compounds – nor so many brain vital nutrients. Of course cacao also has anti-oxidant properties, and some other nutrients.
I have written a few articles in the past, about conspiracy theories, and I thought this week I’d focus on something I encountered in the CT scene, something more than a little weird, the “Monarch” mind control programming theory.
This is not so much trippy, or lightly entertaining or bemusing, like other CT material, as much downright weird and psychological. A nest of stories and modern mythology, that is noteworthy as a cultural phenomena, if for no other reason.
It’s a big one, but so full of fear and mythos, it makes fringe, x-files, twin peaks, all look rather. And it’s better and more interesting to here the brief, than to read the materials or hear from the adherents, much like its fun to make fun of Christian scientists and learn about them, but who the heck wants to actually talk to one?
And be warned, the books on this topic are vivid in details though, this emotionally/morally charged material.
Conspiracy theory being like Chinese whispers on crack, is constantly turning over new takes on old stories.
This is about Satanism, and the occult. Only this theory, unlike prior incarnations, in its many details, describes a hypnotically puppeted society, enacting occult rituals, and endorsing “evil” ideas, as a secret alien race move us into there complete control. I guess that also makes it a new take on revelations/christianity, as well as the NWO.
So where does this all start? With shape changing lizards from another dimension/planet, who like to sacrifice and eat people! This comes partly from an old new age myth, about an alien race of reptilian robot shape shifters called the “Annunuki”, which presumably is some Babylonian or Sumerian reference?
Oh, and by the way, the royal family is made of them, and so is the US government. Sounds like an overly convoluted version of “v” right?
Well, these lizards need us for there evil spells of course, they need our “energy”, so they stimulate negative "energies" in people in order to feed on us, and use us for spells.
Now we’ve added in a touch of Shamanism, and a dash of Truman show.
And of course, any public death, public event, television broadcast is all tuned to vampire the crap out of us. Suddenly the movie and TV borrowed metaphors are all blurring together ;)
But it gets worse. You see, all the important or useful people then become puppets. They are created via “ritual abuse”, to become multiple personality. A similar vein of research was carried out in MK-ULTRA for espionage purposes, using LSD, sensory deprivation, brain washing etc, but so far as the record goes, nothing about freaky satanic crimes – like abuse, violence and other nasty details described in depth in these CT materials.
These people, including all important celebrities, don’t even know they are being controlled by handlers with key words, phrases, and hand signals – who then in turn fill there acting and music careers with occult meanings, symbols and gestures. Basically a mind controlled media serving an evil occult agenda. Lady Gaga almost make that too easy for these nutbags, with her constant reference to religious ideas.
And what is all this “ritual” about? Why things like the MTV awards and hollywood blockbuster movies. Supposedly, everything is linked by symbolism, like butterflies (for transformation), tigers (for sexuality), pyramids, eyes, checkerboards, and other keys supposed to provoke some sense of inner evil. Next time you watch a Disney movie, be aware it’s designed by demons!! ;) (And here I thought they promoted fairly Christian ideals)
And you thought the bible was imaginative, or the Raellians crazy, or new agers flaky? – you were wrong, these paranoid conspira-christians have them all beat hands down! Just forget that tin-foil hat, and the secret wire tap in your tooth, your MTV show is now a portal to mental enslavement to the ultimate evil to lady Gaga and the Queen, and our reptile masters! :P
I have not been growing my lotus for long, and I only really have one healthy plant (the other two aren’t faring so well) but I thought I’d share my journey so far, with the curious amongst the TripMe website viewers.
It’s a fascinating and difficult plant to grow. The seed only sprouts in a certain temperature, similar to the human body temperature. The plant itself flowers similarly. It is the only plant to do this, lotus tries to maintain its temperature just so. Blue lotus also opens its flower petals at dawn, and closes them at sunset (though ive yet to see this myself) – So it’s quite a remarkable plant.
This first part with growing from seed is getting them to germinate, which is a little work. First you have to nick the seed coating. I did this by filing the hard seed coating against concrete (you can use sandpaper), until I could see a change in colour (the outer coating is black, inside is crème/white).
Then you need to put your seeds into a 2L soft drink bottle, and fill the bottle with warm (not too hot or cold, use your hand to check temperature) water, and shake the bottle every time you walk past it. This is so that the warm water soaks right into the seed, activating its growth. This stage is involves a bit of care to get them sprouting, usually its about a week.
Soon you have some little sprouts that need to be gently placed in your pond. Your pond should have a layer of sand, on dirt, and then visually fairly clear water. This can be done with patience and a hose in a bucket or anything large enough for the leaves to grow in (mine may well be replanted, or cuttings taken due to this). You don’t want to cover the sprouts but then they can also come lose – I used some small pebbles to anchor them down in the pond bed.
Within a few weeks, you’ll have the sprouts reaching up with little leaves, that open up and start growing as you might expect.
Here’s mine as of today (unfornately only one of three good starts made it):
Unfortunately wind and weather has made all but one of my lotus’s do less than favourably. But hopefully my one little buddy will keep growing, and if so, I will clone him, and I plan to get some more seeds in there as well over the summer. You live and learn.
My experience has shown me a few things well worth noting –
1) It’s really easy for the seeds to come lose from the pond bed early on, and rather fatal if u miss it, sadly. You want them sheltered from weather a little, as well as firmly grounded. Those pebbles are good advice.
2) Shallower is better than deep when it comes to initial survival (just a few inches of water is enough).
Hopefully I can update you guys with successful progress along my way to some flowers.
Two police staff - one a prosecutor - and a millionaire businessman are among 19 people arrested after a covert investigation targeting a criminal syndicate allegedly making and selling thousands of Ecstasy pills every week. Confidential police information was also allegedly leaked to members of the group. About $14 million worth of assets were seized yesterday in raids. They included multimillion-dollar homes, expensive cars such as Bentleys, BMWs and Range Rovers, jet skis, a boat and pill presses. The seizures followed a 12-month inquiry into the manufacture, supply and distribution of Class B and C drugs. Detectives say the syndicate was the biggest player in the underground pill market and sold tens of thousands of tablets - which fetch at least $40 each - a week. More than 200 police officers executed search warrants at 45 addresses throughout Auckland. The armed offenders squad was called to two properties. Fourteen of the 19 arrested appeared in the Auckland District Court yesterday afternoon charged with drug-related offences, including the manufacture and sale of MDMA - the Class-B drug known as Ecstasy - and analogues such as 4-MEC and 4-MMC. The other five defendants will appear today. At the centre of the inquiry is the 37-year-old company director who has name suppression to protect the reputation of his business and lucrative overseas contracts. His $3 million property has been seized. A 30-year-old staff member of the company also has name suppression, as do a 30-year-old hairdresser and her husband. A 35-year-old from Meadowbank and a 58-year-old from Remuera had their names and occupations suppressed. The two non-sworn police staff, including a prosecutor, will appear in court today. Court documents reveal the 36-year-old prosecutor, whose name is suppressed, faces charges of conspiring to supply methamphetamine, a Class-A drug, and participation in an organised criminal group. The second police staff member is a 34-year-old man. All but one of the 14 accused was granted bail- Stanley Marshall Alphonsus Leone was recalled to prison. The 30-year-old faces four charges of manufacture, supply and selling Class B and Class C drugs. Others who can be named include Johnny Be Good, 35, Rangimarie Kemp, 27, Grant Oswald Petersen, 25, Kevin Sean Challis, 32, Shalendra Singh, 32, Kelvin Sonny Cress, 33, and Brendan Nguyen, 32. While some of the accused are millionaires, Petersen is a disc jockey, Kemp is a road worker and Challis is a painter. Nguyen faces 28 charges, including attempting to pervert the course of justice by providing police information to two co-accused. He is also charged with conspiring with one of the police staff and Allen Bryan Cho to supply methamphetamine. Cho, 36, is on the run from police. Singh faces 27 charges, including supplying methamphetamine and money laundering more than $100,000 through a bank account connected to Cho. The head of the Auckland metro drug squad, Detective Inspector Bruce Good, said the syndicate was responsible for the bulk of Ecstasy manufacturing and supply in New Zealand, which involved tens of thousands of pills a week. He said Ecstasy sold for at least $40 a pill. "What is also of concern is that many of the pills or tablets seized comprise various mixtures of compounds, the effects of which when consumed could be fatal. Some were being manufactured on premises where rat poison was also made." Police found eight pill presses in Onehunga, Albany and Highbrook, as well as kilos of compound ready to be pressed and tens of thousands of pills.
More in the forum here.
Well tripme neophytes, wizards and troglydytes, its time for a little bit of a long overdue news update. Just some very random bits and bobs.
I’ve often mentioned how I think hacking is a new and emerging war front, that hacks for intelligence, government and supply and industrial complexes are a new way to attack the strength and morale of your enemy. It’s becoming more common, and theres recently been a hack attempt on Israel’s army and intelligence services. Read about that here.
Gamers are always dreaming of new interfaces. Me too. I don’t know if this is that inspiring, but it’s something I hadn’t thought of: Nintendo would seem to be adding a touchpad type interface to its controller, with a traditional pad type interface.
I am not going to explain this one, the title is way too cool. Green tea and red laser attack Alzheimer's plaques.
They have developed a probe that travels into your body to detect clots. Read that here.
“Scientists in the US now claim that products sweetened with sugar are as addictive as cocaine or nicotine.” -Something I knew from previous research, its very well founded in research, that sugar is probably even more addictive than cocaine. Read about the latest in the ongoing "sugar is an addictive drug story" here.
“A modern art installation valued at 800,000 ($1.1 million) was damaged after an overzealous cleaning woman scrubbed away a patina intended to look like a dried rain puddle” – More in the article here.
“According to Captain Harold Thomas, officers knocked on the door of a house and Nicholas Modrich answered the door naked. Thomas said Modrich and Jamie Hughes, both 25, told officers had taken LSD and had given some to their dog Oscar, who was missing. Officers began to search for Oscar, but learned he had been hit by a car on a nearby road.” – Poor dog, interesting story though. Read it here.
Cannabinoids are a neurosystem (a system in the brain), for modulating and regulating various adaptive states that naturally occur. Some of these states are things like noxic reactions, exercise, pain and pregnancy. They, as a class of compounds, naturally occurring, and synthetic, produce effects ranging from anti-nausea, analgesia to more prominent psycho-active features like euphoria, and sedation.
Many very commonly consumed items contain Cannabinoids. A woman’s breast milk contains oleamide, which is a hunger and sleep inducing Cannabinoid.
Eggs and milk, cheese, chocolate, red meat, and a large variety of common seeds, nuts, fruits and plants contain either Cannabinoids, or what are called “Cannabinoid-like”, which means they have slightly different but similar effects.
There are two Cannabinoid receptors known, and in this authors opinion, one or even two more, given the vast array of subjective effects. The CB1 receptor produces a high, the CB2 receptor is more related to medical and body effects. The exact mystery of the synergy and nature of cannabinoids is really unknown.
There is also FAAH inhibitors, which block the breakdown of anandamide (our bodies suspected to be most preferred Cannabinoid neuro-transmitter). Paracetamol and chocolate have these properties, which contribute to the effects of each.
Omega oils, such as fish oil, soy extract, are also Cannabinoid precursors.
Not only are these possessed of remarkable medical qualities like other Cannabinoid related substances, but a good intake helps boost the functions of the system, leading to slightly better pain tolerance and other benefits.
Cannabinoids are remarkable neuro-protective agents, with one of the most potent anti-oxidant effects known to man. This gives them a range of potential benefits above and beyond there normal brain function. (Rats without Cannabinoid receptors in their brain actually age 30% faster, and cancer inducing agents are 95% less cancerous when THC is co-administered)
While there is a lot of mystery still about these substances, and even their role in brain, and science has only really started studying them, there is clearly a lot of importance in this brain system.
In summary, Cannabinoids are vital, medically complex and useful, and very common. Cannabis is no-where near the only plant with Cannabinoid properties, and your supermarket and body is full of them. Now, think about this the next time you’re in the supermarket, buying food!
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I got asked to do a review on the new Tai High Hawaiian haze - no need to ask there, lol! But without being told they’d changed the formulae *chuckles* ....Well, I picked it had changed, which I am quietly chuffed about, and it is indeed quite different feeling from the old formulae. A unique and well put together offering. So here were my impressions:-
Smell/Taste: Has changed since first release. Now it smells just like cooking spices, perhaps tarragon with a hint of nutmeg, subtle. Savoury and enjoyable, and not overpowering either. The new taste is pretty awesome design for the savoury side of things smoke-wise – even in a joint, it’s a mellow flavour.
Appearance: Fine but not too fine, no seeds, no real stalks, 99.9% just easy smoking leaf - very good looking medium, easy to use.
First Hit, One word, Starting with H, Noun: Headspace. (First trial with a little tobacco, to see how it goes in a mull, smoked in pipe)
Trippy in the head, slightly mellow also; in the head. At first little body effect, extremely rapid shift then to body relaxation, and mental mellowness. It’s wavy -energetic fading to calm. Some, euphoria, but other characteristics more prominent. There is a quick initial shift from trippy, to mellow, and then in sort of planes out for a much longer period, with gentle waves.
Very interesting unique qualities. Stronger than earlier release. Been ages since I’ve had any kind of canna smoke, so will need to retest…..seems more “open” to set and setting and initial mind state. Seems could be relaxing for “explorers”, or those with experience with drugs, and a little more revealing/intense for “day-trippers”, i.e. complete novices to drugs – but it’s also not a heavy weight like the old Tai High Bubble Berry, so it’s not going to blow your brain into space either. Nice middle ground really.
I had a full sense of surroundings, no confusion, but the inner emotional feelings internally are very noticeable. Fades over long period, about half an hour to an hour, subtley, to an ease and mellowness. It’s like having a light jog with your mind, that leaves you just right afterwards, fully balanced.
Overall initial reflections, after one smoked legal joint (medium/small, not a phatty): There is a reasonable level of tolerance to the trippy effects on second use as suspected, very relaxing, and yet uplifting, though again, unique. Perhaps like a little an ”uplifting” & trippy indica. No mong, but leaves you both calm and energized.
Not massively euphoric like strong indoor weed, but has more than plenty to offer of other great Cannabinoid qualities, along with a bit of that too. It’s definitely less mongy/stone-over and anxiety inducing compared with illegal weed……some major pluses and
Creativity and juices of the "thought engine" kind generally seem to be through the roof. Ideas and musical inspirations abound. This really is a pretty damn good Muso’s smoke, and philosophers “Stone”. A good one to yak with some mates about Star wars or some shit!
So, Hat’s tipped to the Tai High design team that put this together! :)
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