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A Busy First Night
Calea zacetechichi
Citation:   Mimiteh A. "A Busy First Night: An Experience with Calea zacetechichi (exp104722)". Erowid.org. May 15, 2019. erowid.org/exp/104722

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10 g oral Calea zacatechichi (tea)
  T+ 1:30   oral Lavandula spp. (tea)
  T+ 1:30   oral Valerian (tea)
I brewed a strong cup of Calea tea and drank it around 00.30 hrs in the evening. Deciding on stories about the taste, I let it steep long (at least 30 mins) and cool down so I could instantly chug it down. I felt the strength of the bitterness. It made my head tingle, and lingered strong and nasty until I took a chewing gum.

I also felt a hot flush, my cheeks colored quite red, and I felt my heartbeat. I chose to stay awake for quite a time. I wasnīt expecting too much of the herb I just ingested.

I went for a walk with my dog at about 2 at night and felt slightly spooked, but I have no idea if this has something to do with the herb. On coming home, I went to bed but couldn't sleep for a significant amount of time. My dog, bless her, having a stomach fever definately added to some unrest in the night because I had to go for another two walks with her.

I brew a cup of valerian and lavender tea to aid my sleep.

I was awake in bed hearing my heartbeat until my cat crawled beside me. At that very moment I dreamt I was awake still. But I was asleep. I was watching at one of my old drawings, of a big white bird with wings. I was able to take the wings off and turn them around. I dream that I wake up and hear loud music next to me (normally my speakers are there). This happens twice. I also dream I wake up hearing somebody next to me snore. It feels similar to sleep paralysis.
It feels similar to sleep paralysis.

Then I find myself on the bird itself wrestling him. Halfway through I kiss him and get slightly aroused as well. I sit on him. He dissapears. Then I feel my consciousness float away from my sleeping body and travel to my house, looking at the door to my hallway. There is something behind it and it demands to be opened but I donīt dare to. Then I am aware of dreaming on Calea and I try to ask for the appereance of an advisor since I went to sleep bearing a question in mind. The advisor didnīt appear but a guy I dated sat on a chair with a very spooky and cold expression on his face, head turned around. Then I panicked slightly and went back to my bed, where I tried to turn on a lamp but it didnīt work. I had to change the lightbulb, turned it around and over only to realise I was still dreaming.

A vigourous shaking of my legs truly woke me up. I turned on the light. It is seven in the morning and I feel tired, and confused and a bit too spooked to return back to sleep so I decide to sit it out for a while.

The sleep I get into after that is calm and gentle.

I wake up at noon feeling absolutely fit, awake and refreshed compared to a normal morning where I need a lot more time to adjust to waking life. During the afternoon I experience a mild euphoria, probably from realising the herb has worked so efficiently. In the evening I feel quite weird and decide for a nice stroll outside and cook some soul food. Since all of the dream was in my house and felt quite busy and uncomfortable.

For most of the time, I vacuumed, lit candles, and burned some sage. Falling halfway asleep the night after the Calea tea, a name of the white bird came to me I shall keep to myself. It thought this was very unique and special.

All in all I was definatly not having a gentle and relaxed experience but this might have a lot to do with drinking a strong cup at once, unrest caused by a sick pet, and maybe the combination of the valerian tea
this might have a lot to do with drinking a strong cup at once, unrest caused by a sick pet, and maybe the combination of the valerian tea
I had as well. I would definatly do it again though, approaching the herb with more respect and but having lighter cups. It gave me a rich amount to think about. After two days I came to think of the big white bird as being my advisor already, I just couldn't believe it, had to fight him first and then love him. In a good way this has also gently made me aware of what energy is in my house.

When I feel up for it, I will definatly ingest more Calea. I would've never thought a herb to provide these strong experiences. It has sparked my interest to many more of these sacred plants.

Exp Year: 2014ExpID: 104722
Gender: Female 
Age at time of experience: 27
Published: May 15, 2019Views: 939
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