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A Fun but Short-Lived Ride
Betel Nut
by Daikon Dan
Citation:   Daikon Dan. "A Fun but Short-Lived Ride: An Experience with Betel Nut (exp2471)". Erowid.org. Jul 16, 2000. erowid.org/exp/2471

 
DOSE:
3 oral Betel Nut (fresh)

BODY WEIGHT: 200 lb


After arriving here in Guam and hearing about 'Pugua' as it's called here, I couldn't wait to try it. After I chose a place to live and began to explore the surroundings I found several Betel Nut trees just a few minutes from my front door. A quick check in the shrubs at the base of the trees revealed several golden nuts the size of small eggs.

I didn't know how to chew them or how much to use so my first experiences were not very fruitful. After learning a bit more about Pugua from the locals and having a handful of Pupulo (piper sp.) leaves given to me I decided to have another go at it. I chopped a few nuts in quarters with a machette and wrapped the bits in the leaves and began to chew them. The Guamanians usually don't use the lime, I opted to chew the nut and leaf only sans lime and tobacco. This style is more of a chewing like gum than a sucking as on hard candy. The mixture becomes a poltice and is swallowed bit by bit along with a beverage of your choice (mine was a dark Beck's beer) in less than 10 minutes my arms and legs felt a tingle and I felt very lightheaded.

Colors seemed a bit brighter and my vision was slightly off, I can best describe it as looking at life like it was a movie you watch on the internet not quite fluid a bit choppy, like a strobe light effect minus the light. Are you following me? I continued to chew more nuts and experienced several peaks on this trip. All in all very pleasing and relaxing. I was as the song goes 'Comfortably Numb'. I would give just one word of caution, don't chew betel nut while driving, I did this last weekend and it was a bit frightening. It's a fun way to spend an evening at home with friends or by yourself.

This morning I went back to 'my trees' and collected 122 nuts! Many more nights of 'Pugua rides' to come!

Exp Year: ExpID: 2471
Gender: Male 
Age at time of experience: Not Given 
Published: Jul 16, 2000Views: 62,421
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