Before you get all excited about new ways to catch a buzz, it is highly recommended that you conduct full research on the items presented in this article. As with many items that pertain to taking a substance of any type, effects are individual and information shared is from that of another's experience. This article in no way promotes the use of these contents, but does encourage the investigation into each one, their dosage and potential benefits. When in doubt, consult a scientist or medical professional.
Philosopher Terence Mckenna has a video floating around on Youtube describing this first plant. He says if you do it right, you will open yourself up to a new world, but cautioned the amount consumed because it doesn't take much.
SALVIA DIVINORUM is a plant that many may know as “sage", different from the spices you cook with however. This plant is just over three feet tall and has incredibly large leaves, hollow square stems, and occasional white flowers with violet calyxes ( husk or wrapping). Sometimes, you may find white or purple flowers growing on the stems. It is a psychoactive plant which can induce visions and other altered and spiritual experiences.
CATNIP - Not just for Cats! European countries have been using it for treating several health conditions. This plant can be good for digestion; it acts as a sedative, tranquilizer, and promoter of menstruation. It is said to be an effective cure for infant colic as well. When this plant is consumed in the form of tea, its aromatic flavor is considered to be a remedy for coughs and colds. It’s said to give relief in cases of chest congestion and also loosens and relaxes muscles. It can be either smoked or taken in the form of juice, tincture or tea. It produces a sense of calmness and relaxation, while sometimes producing a mild sense of euphoria coupled with giddiness.
WHITE SAGE - The dried leaves are typically used in smoking blends to improve mood. White sage promotes feelings of relaxation and also boosts memory. When smoked alone the flavor can be intense. According to United State Department of Agriculture, it can also be used to treat eczema and skin eruptions.
DAMIANA - is a small shrub with flowers that give off a very aromatic scent. This plant is usually mixed into a tea or sugary beverage. The plant is said to give a “relaxed" feeling almost immediately. Damiana is also used more and more as incense because of its aromatic calming effect. It has long been used as a relaxant and aphrodisiac. Native Indians were known to drink sweetened Damiana tea, and it is said to be believed as one of the original ingredients of margaritas.
BLUE LOTUS - is a plant that is also known as “Sacred Blue Lily". Some refer to this plant as the “spiked plant"; because of its blue and white spiked petals, and because it is said to give the same type of effects as a sedative. It also supposedly increases your conscious awareness. It is said that your senses will be heightened and at the same time you may feel a sense of peace and tranquility. It contains nuciferan (a natural anti-spasmodic) along with aporphine, which will give you feelings of a calming euphoria.
Nature is amazing. From plant life to human life, everyday we learn, grow and experience new thoughts and ideas. If you have any ideas about trying any of the aforementioned plants and spices for a recreational high, make sure to investigate fully and consume responsibly.