While the state is busy trying to stamp out cannabis, poppy, mushroom and coca plants, perhaps they aren’t aware of the many other food products that generate psychoactive effects. The obvious big ones are sugarcane, coffee beans and tobacco leafs, but here’s a few other plants that will blow your mind.
Number one on the list is Nutmeg. A few teaspoons worth of Nutmeg has the same psychoactive effects as eating a pot brownie, with longer lasting effects (up to 30 hours). Nutmeg contains Myristicin, a known psychoactive compound, and a member of the benzodioxole chemical group. Myristicin is also an MAO inhibitor. Nutmeg contains several other psychoactive compounds. Nutmeg takes up to 4-8 hours before the effects are felt.
Malcolm X described his experiences with nutmeg in his autobiography, published in 1965:
“I first got high in Charlestown on nutmeg. My cellmate was among at least a hundred nutmeg men who, for money or cigarettes, bought from kitchen worker inmates penny matchboxes full of stolen nutmeg. I grabbed a box as though it were a pound of heavy drugs. Stirred into a glass of cold water, a penny matchbox full of nutmeg had the kick of three or four reefers.”
Number two on the list is Morning Glory. Many species of morning glory have seeds that contain ergoline alkaloids such as the psychedelic ergonovine and ergine (LSA). The effect of Morning Glory is similar to LSD. Care should be taken with Morning Glory seeds, as poisons are often added to store purchased planting seeds. The concentration of LSA per seed can also vary by plant species. Ergine is a schedule III drug in the United States, but growing the Morning Glory plant is not illegal. American psychonaut Terence McKenna describes his experience with Morning Glory here.
Number three on the list is Betel Nut (Areca Nut). This pepper plant can produce a stimulating high when chewed with agricultural lime like a chewing tobacco. Agricultural lime can cause chemical burns, so care should be taken when using this concoction. Frequent use will destroy your gums. You can watch Survivor Man host Les Stroud describe his experience with the nut here.
Number four, and the most potent of the bunch, is Acacia Maidenii (Maiden’s Wattle). The bark of the Acacia tree can be soaked in methanol, distilled down to a thick syrup, and then dried into a powder. This powder contains N,N-Dimethyltryptamine (DMT), which can be smoked, or taken orally with an MAO inhibitor, to produce a dramatic hallucinogenic experience. One user describes his experience smoking the dried Acacia extract:
“Preliminary attempts at smoking small amounts of the alkaloids gave varying mild effects, and a friend and I decided to try a larger dose. He took a cone [dried crystal] in one toke, and was immediately on the ground, making strange sounds and looking odd. He hugged me and told me to meet him in that place, and said it was very strong. I managed to finish a large cone in 3 tokes, and was instantly blown apart as if by a large brick through the head. I think I was temporarily blinded, and found myself on the ground grasping my friend, and coughing for air, as I watched all of my surroundings fragment into small pieces divided by lightning bolts, and feeling all the air in the universe escape through the holes. We were both totally astounded and scared shitless.”
What I’m really trying to highlight with this article is the fact that plants are organic chemical factories. Every food product produces chemical changes in the human body, but the state seems to concern itself with only those plants that effect conscious perception.
The state’s war on drugs is really a war over the control of consciousness. Apparently the state feels you are simply too stupid to be trusted with control over your own consciousness, so it needs to protect you from yourself by holding a gun to your head and throwing you into a cage if you dare to alter your conscious perception with a drug it doesn’t approve of.