Cacti - T. pachanoi & Cannabis
Citation: Theravada Smile . "Tranquil and in Tune: An Experience with Cacti - T. pachanoi & Cannabis (exp107439)". Erowid.org. Jun 18, 2020. erowid.org/exp/107439
Tranquil and in Tune My Dance With San Pedro
A long time, heavy cannabis smoker I had been pining for a psychedelic experience. I have been around psychedelics for several years now, but I had yet to partake. San Pedro was a good first choice. I smoke both cannabis and tobacco heavily and use adderall on occasion to help with school work. I drink occasionly as well. Other than that I have tried Kava, Codeine, Hydrocodone, and Nitrous.
5 friends an I ordered some cuttings of San Pedro online. We sliced and cubed the cactus, then boiled it down for about three hours with water and lime juice. We boiled the resulting liquid down to exactly 1 liter and split that into five doses. My friends, Luke, Jay, Bobbie, William, and Eli each drank our dose.
The immediate brief description following each time is exactly what I wrote in my notebook during the experience. Following each of those is my expansion and reflecting upon the trip that I am writing now, the next day.
8:45 - Drank the cactus. Vile Tasting.
After ingesting our doses, we grabbed a guitar, a picnic blanket, fresh fruit and trail mix and hiked out to the isolated meadows just beyond our college campus. We sat and passed some bowls of some very heavily indica marijuana which calmed me down a fair amount. The liquid was not quite as bad as I had been warned. But, I drank some alka-seltzer beforehand. The alka-seltzer is what I credit with allowing me to hold the juice in my stomach. Bobbie puked within minutes of drinking it and Luke puked some time later.
10:00 - sitting in a meadow. Beginning to feel something. Slight trails, music bueno, peaceful. [I was feeling very restless here. The music through my earbuds was amazing and I was overcome with a desire to explore. At this point two of the people in our trip group had puked. One stated afterwards that it was a very refreshing and good feeling experience.]
The first effects I noticed was a mild psychedelic stimulation, not dissimilar from when I smoke large amounts of pot on Adderall. But so far, there were no profound shifts in consciousness.
11:00 - exploring the woods, smoked some cannabis, everything is loud and popping. Sparkly. [We were hiking through little deer trails, everything kind of seemed like it was in high definition and I had slight, yet unpronounced closed eye visuals.]
We soon stashed all our belongings deep in the forest and began hiking some trails and smoking more pot. About two hours post dose I began feeling the psychedelic effects of the mescaline. Everything felt peaceful and I felt very in tune with the vibrations of the world. I noticed tracers and the smoke from my cigarettes were forming unfamiliar and brilliant patterns.
12:15 - At the mother tree, the sky freaking me out, and the come up is scaring me a little. [We arrived at an enormous 350 year old poplar tree - big enough for all six of us to hold hands around it. It's size and intensity as I lay on the ground and stared at the sky was the focal point of the time we spent there. The fear passed very quickly when one of my friends took me aside and said calming and happy things. He told me to watch the light in the trees and that really brought me back]
We lay under the sky and watched it from beneath the tree. Peace, peace, peace.
It was then I felt a moment of existential panic. I was worried I was about to be slapped in the face by the reality of the world and began to panic. Eli, who is much more experienced with tripping than I told me to relax and breathe with the forest. I felt a little better.
1:35 - more weed, things are magic and swirling. I'm worried that this might never end. [We arrived at a tree swing in the woods, and everyone got very quiet - one of my friends read a years-old newspaper he found. The intensity had me cycling between tranquility and terror, but something about it I loved. What did it say? I didn't know, but I was worried that he was hiding it's contents from me. So worried.]
2:00 - Everything is clearer in the sunshine. [We hiked back toward the meadow where we started and passed by a lake. The moment we entered the sunshine outside of the woods I felt a tranquil peace like I have never experienced before. I put on my earbuds and cherished every second.]
Light is the source of everything, and I got it. I got it.
2:25 - Fresh fruit feels so good and I think I need to eat more healthy things. Beer and ramen can't satisfy my desire for natures goodness I need to really eat healthier. [We set up a picnic blanket overlooking a creek in a spot that was in woods thick enough to be private, but open enough to have lots of sunshine. We had strawberries, blue berries, grapes, chex mix, and lots of fruit juice. It was really good that we planned for that. I had a lot of insights about how I should eat healthier and put more fresh fruit in my body. It wasn't an anxious revelation, though. It felt perfect and beautiful and happy.]
4:00 - back in the apartment, effects have begun to worn off. Had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich - want to go to sleep [After I ate the sandwich I tried to put on Netflix and watch American Dad in my bed, but it wasn't making a whole lot of sense - the colors and sounds were distracting me. Eventually I fell asleep and slept until morning.]
Though each of us took a 12 inch cutting - one thing I knew beforehand was that San Pedro potency varies wildly. The trip was light and friendly and only got a little intense for a couple of hours or so. I would definitely seek out mescaline again, because I would like to explore effects at higher dosages. From reading other trip reports and seeing a chart on dose vs effect, I'd estimate none of us consumed more than 200mg, but it was enough to trip a bit. There really is no way of telling though, exactly how much we took. It's kind of the mystery.
I was worried I would experience a lot of anxiety, but in retrospect I think cannabis was the catalyst for any and all moments of anxiety during the experience. I think the next time I trip I will try to avoid cannabis.
Since this trip I have become a more experienced psychonaut. I have done LSD multiple times and explored a much more intense side of psychedelics. Mescaline, though, was the perfect drug to enter the world of psychedelics with. My impression of this drug is that it is very forgiving of the unprepared.
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