There are in fact loads of psychedelics in nature. Unfortunately, some of these plants are illegal to own, and some illegal to process.
So in this week’s addition about psychedelic plant drugs in New Zealand, I’ll be dividing the plants up into “Legal to own, but not process” and “Legal in general”. It’s important to note that some plants like San Pedro are common, legal to possess but processing them, such as making a tea from one, or extracting the Mescaline, as Mescaline is a Class A drug, is a felony – so please I advise you not to do this.
Remember also, that if you wish to explore the self, meditation, floatation and hypnosis are effective routes!
The plants that are fully legal are often pretty mild in effect, but effective all the same.
On the less LSD like side, we have ‘Sun Opener’ which I have not personally tried, but it apparently produces a cannabis like psychedelia and colored vision. It’s well enough rated by others to be worthy of a mention, certainly not euphoric like cannabis, but relaxing and mind expanding. Kawa Kawa, a Maori medicinal commonly used is an odd one. Similar in some ways to nutmeg, but preferable – a strange stone and twilight subtle psychedelia, but overall more interesting and short lived than nutmeg. Not exactly recreational, but a possibly useful plant and some people enjoy the tea to relax.
On the more LSD like side, there is Calamus, or Sweet Flag. It’s used in herbal medicine for a variety of ailments, and was used by the American Indians as a hiking or travelling herb – chewed in low doses it produces a sort of cheerful, floaty, uplifted space. I used this one many times, and at this dose, it does create an enjoyable lifting of mood. In higher doses still it creates a deeper psychedelic state – deeply introspective, dreamy with brighter colors, and some melting and breathing visuals. This might sound weird, but it is somehow dreamy like a rainy day, trance-like.
And Galangal is another interesting stop. It’s a root and spice used in cooking; it’s supposed to be pretty zesty. Brewed as a tea in sufficient doses it produces mild LSD like effects, visuals, and associated introspective mild space. But only a little bit, it’s mild. And the spice is very full on, so that’s also worth considering if you want to try it.
Great to Collect
Basically almost any plant is legal to cultivate – in New Zealand, even the famous Opium Poppy can be legally grown, as can the almost as famous Peyote – if you have a membership with the cactus society. But that doesn’t mean you can bleed your poppy pods, or manufacture mescaline. A lot of these plants have interesting cultural significance so I think worth collecting for that reason alone. And these next ones have strikingly beautiful flowers.
A common plant that grows wild all around New Zealand – Morning Glory, and it’s less common, stronger cousin, Hawaiian Baby Wood rose. The seeds of these plants contain the psychoactive d-lysergic acid amide; related to LSD. This is actually a very interesting set of plant relatives. Morning Glory was used in Aztec culture as a sacred ritual plant. The ticitl would use morning glory to determine the cause of illnesses, for healing and it was also used as a local anesthetic. Its effects are very reminiscent of a, less visual, more mental LSD.
“It makes one besotted; it deranges one, troubles one, maddens one, makes one possessed. He who eats it, who drinks it, sees many things which greatly terrify him. He is really frightened [by the] poisonous serpent which he sees for that reason.” – The Florentine Codex
Next up is a relative of the aforementioned Peyote – San Pedro. Also know as “El Remedio”: The Remedy amongst Andean healers. It’s a common as garden ornamental, and it has a long history of use as a healing plant by Andean cultures, and with at least one American Indian tribe. This cactus, like Peyote, contains Mescaline. It creates a long lasting psychedelic experience that is breathy, mentally calm compared to LSD, and yet powerfully psychedelic, emotionally changing and profoundly visual.
It’s longer lasting than LSD, with a main effect of 8 or so hours, but a tail off effect of mild effects that lasts just as long. Of course eating cactus or cactus tea is not only illegal but it makes one nauseous and tastes like cucumber juice and dishwasher detergent! The traditional users of this plant regarded the ingestion as a test of purity and fortitude.
“First, a dreamy state… then great visions, a clearing of all the faculties… and then detachment, a type of visual force inclusive of the sixth sense, the telepathic state of transmitting oneself across time and matter, like a removal of thoughts to a distant dimension”.
Last one is an odd one. Salvia divinorum. You probably won’t find this at your local plant store. It’s unique effects at the kappa opioid site create some of the strangest psychedelic effects I have ever experienced. The Mazatec Indians used this plant traditionally for healing, and medicine and it is often believed that perhaps the Aztecs also did. It’s not uncommon for the Mazatec to wash the chewed leaves down with tequila:
“It lights up the mouth like a rainbow, it’s like a pastel sunrise breaking in the east.”
An experience this drug can result in strange experiences such as; completely forgetting you ingested a drug immediately after you have done so, feeling like the world is tilting, or that you are being drawn somewhere without being able to resist like a magnet. You may experience being an actual table leg for thirty minutes (I’m serious), or travel to other places in your mind with eyes closed. It’s honestly quite an overwhelming and strange experience, almost like travelling fully to another dimension. It may not be illegal to consume (so far as I am aware), but the obscurities of the psychoactive substances act, however, like suggest it is illegal to trade/sell in extracted or processed form.
It’s like cat paws, soft cat paws pressing, or like a bunch of bird tongues lapping the mind. Or like tiny fingers, the way ivy fingers reach out to climb a wall”