Citation: PsychonautIT. "The Green Alternative: An Experience with Damiana (exp14543)". Erowid.org. May 10, 2002. erowid.org/exp/14543
It was just like any other ordinary day and I decided to go to the local Mexican store to purchase something to cook on the BBQ. I had read about many legal alternatives for illegal substances; such as marijuana. I read about an herb called Damiana, which is supposed to produce a high sort of like marijuana. As I was ordering some Arachera(Mexican beef), I spotted the green leaves over my shoulder. The bag consisted of brown stems and a lot of green shaky leaves. So I did what curious george would do in one of his books and I bought a ¼ ounce bag of Damiana. As soon as I got to my friend's house, I brewed one teaspoon worth of the leaves in boiling water for 10 minutes. I then began to sip on it for 15 minutes. I had a cigarette and I felt as if I had smoked a joint.
I then got even more curious about the substance and decided to pack a bowls worth one evening while I was slightly intoxicated on weed and alcohol. So I took 3 big lung full hits and waited for results. I then began to feel extremely energetic and could not sit still. I then went outside and smoked 3 more bowls of Damiana and I climbed up a pole in a matter of seconds (I am a lazy stoner). I then wanted to talk and run forever. I would definitely compare this to the effects of cocaine. I have used this substance once or twice since. I also drank too much of the tea one day and had a nasty headache and stomach ache. Be careful and have fun!
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