Rivea corymbosa (Ololiuhqui)
IntroductionTurbina corymbosa, syn. Rivea corymbosa, the Christmas vine, is a species of morning glory, native throughout Latin America from Mexico as far south as Peru and widely naturalised elsewhere. Containing ergontine or LSA, an akaloid similar in action to LSD, its seeds and the drug they contain are known as ololiuhqui or ololiuqui.
It is a perennial climbing vine with white flowers, often planted as an ornamental plant. This plant also occurs in Cuba, where it usually blooms from early December to February. Its flowers secrete copious amount of nectar, and the honey the bees make from it is very clear and aromatic. It is considered one of the main honey plants from the island.
The Nahuatl word ololiuhqui means "round thing", and refers to the small, brown, oval seeds of the morning glory, not the plant itself, which is called coaxihuitl, "snake-plant", in Nahuatl, and hiedra, bejuco or quiebraplatos in the Spanish language. The seeds, in Spanish, are sometimes called semilla de la Virgen (seeds of the Virgin Mary). While little of it is known outside of Mexico, its seeds were perhaps the most common psychedelic drug used by the natives.
Effects of Rivea corymbosaReported effects include apathy and increased sensitivity to visual stimulation. After four hours, a phase of relaxation and well-being generally begin. Doses that are too high usually result in vomiting. According to native shamans, the seeds provide very strong visionary effects, but most Western users find the experience to be primarily hypnotic and sedating. There may be genetic or cultural differences which cause these marked discrepancies in reported experiences.
How to use Rivea corymbosaFifteen or more seeds may be ground and allowed to soak in a half cup of water. According to the Zapotec, a shamanic dose consists of thirteen pairs of seeds. Other traditional doses are fourteen or twenty-two seeds. For Western studies, doses from sixty to one hundred seeds were used. Doses as high as five hundred seeds have been tested, but such high doses almost always lead to very unpleasant results, complete with vomiting and diarrhea
DosageLight: 10 - 25 seeds
Common: 25 - 100 seeds
Strong: 60 - 100 seeds
Heavy: 100 + seeds
WarningPersons with a family history of schizophrenia should be very careful, use of these seeds may trigger mental problems.
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