Psychedelic herbsUnlike herbs that induce familiar states of consciousness, like cheerful or relaxed, psychedelic herbs affect the mind in ways that result in experiences significantly different from those of ordinary consciousness. A psychedelic experience can come in many gradations ranging from a slightly different perception of reality, to a complete life-changing experience. Psychedelics can supplement many diverse practices including meditation, psychedelic and visionary art, psychonautics, and psychedelic therapy.
EntheogensPsychedelics have a long history of traditional use in medicine and religion, where they are prized for their perceived ability to promote physical and mental healing. In this context, they are often known as entheogens, which means 'generating the divine within'.
General effectsThe general effects of a psychedelic experience include brighter colors and sounds, visuals (i.e. things start to move and breathe), a distorted perception of space and time, hallucinations, sudden insights, and a significant change in the way you think and feel. Although most of these herbs only produce mild effects, it's always advised to use any type of drug in a safe environment with an experienced person around. If you are looking for a more intense experience, we recommend you to try magic mushrooms, mescaline cacti, or ayahuasca.
Acorus calamus (sweet flag)
Acorus calamus has a very long history of traditional use in Chinese and Indian herbal traditions. Small doses have a euphoric, stimulating effect, while higher doses can cause mild visual hallucinations.
Artemisia absinthium (wormwood)
50 grams shredded leaves
Artemisia absinthium, also knows as wormwood or green ginger, is a silvery-green perennial herb growing up to 1.5 meters tall which contains thujone. It is added to distilled ethanol to create absinthe. In absinthe, thujone is thought to be the secret behind the unusual mind-changing effects of the drink.
Canavalia maritima (bay bean)
50 grams dried leaves
Dried leaves of Canavalia maritima (bay bean) have been used as an entheogen in ancient Mexican rituals. Mazatecs and other tribal groups considered bay bean a sacred plant. Allthough it has very little effect on its own, it is well known to be an extremely strong potentiator of many herbs, like kanna and salvia.
Heimia salicifolia (sinicuichi)
50 grams dried leaves
Heimia salicifolia (sinicuichi, sun opener, or elixir of the sun) is best known for it's auditory hallucigenic properties. Other effects include euphoria, general relaxation and improved memory. Sinicuichi is native to the Americas, ranging from Texas and New Mexico through Mexico and Central America to Argentina.
The principal compounds of salvia divinorum are salvinorin A en salvinorin B. The main compound salvinorin A is currently the strongest isolated hallucinogenic substance known. Depending on dosage, the effects can vary from a subtle to a full-blown psychedelic experience.
Tagetes lucida (Mexican tarragon)
25 grams shredded leaves
Tagetes lucida, or Mexican tarragon, is a species of marigold that helps relax the nerves and calm the stomach. Up to 2 grams of the dried plant matter taken orally has been found to cause alertness, a feeling of well-being and a warming of the body. Dream enhancement is also commonly experienced.
Voacanga africana is a small tropical tree with yellow or white flowers. The bark and seeds of the tree contain iboga alkaloids and are used in Ghana as a stimulant, aphrodisiac, and ceremonial psychedelic.