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It's Not Quite a Stimulant, or a Sedative
Galangal Root
by Martial
Citation:   Martial. "It's Not Quite a Stimulant, or a Sedative: An Experience with Galangal Root (exp115002)". Erowid.org. Dec 12, 2020. erowid.org/exp/115002

 
DOSE:
  transdermal Galangal (extract)

BODY WEIGHT: 180 lb


Preparation: A tea was made by submerging .4 ounce galangal root into a solution of vodka and a few drops of dragon's blood essential oil was added. According to occultists, dragon's blood intensifies the effects of many subtle herbs. After the tea was good and cloudy (and smelling of galangal), I poured it into a flask with a funnel and strainer. I distilled the solution. Then I took the distillate and put it into an evaporation dish that was heated to about 150F to evaporate for somewhere around 2 hours. What was left was a bit of a reddish powder.

Experience: Spooned out some of the powder with my finger and smeared it on the inside my nose. Felt something right away. The scent of it is kind of spicy and floral. Gives a decent euphoria. It doesn't feel energizing, more like a mild trance. What I don't like is that I'm feeling a little bit clumbsy, bumping into things, and there isn't a lot of clarity that one might expect from a stimulant (we think galangal is a stimulant, right? I'm not sure tbh). It's more like a weird trance with a mild euphoria. There is a nice little body high, that might be my favorite part, and tingling in the extremities. Oh, a bit of a heaviness in the heart, like one would expect from a stimulant. The body effects are definitely stimulating but the head effects are not. As far as visuals go, the locals say it gives visuals. They are not wrong, things look mildly interesting, more vibrant colors, some trails. A little bit of warping going on as well. I think that concludes my report. Overall, not bad, but definitely not an A grade feeling.

Exp Year: 2020ExpID: 115002
Gender: Male 
Age at time of experience: 29 
Published: Dec 12, 2020Views: 514
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