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Dreamy Experience
Calea zacatechichi & Tobacco
Citation:   CptFarlow. "Dreamy Experience: An Experience with Calea zacatechichi & Tobacco (exp39680)". Erowid.org. Jan 25, 2005. erowid.org/exp/39680

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2 cups oral Calea zacatechichi (tea)
  T+ 0:59 1 bowl smoked Calea zacatechichi (plant material)
  T+ 0:05   smoked Tobacco (plant material)
It was a normal night, I had come home from work, I ate dinner and was watching some TV when I remembered that I had been wanting to try the Calea Zacatechichi (also known as the 'Dream Herb') that I had purchased online a few weeks earlier. I looked online for the best way to prepare it, which was in a tea form. I was interested in having the vivid dreams that I had heard it induces.

I had two ounces of it, so I grabbed a handful and I simmered it (without letting it boil...) for about 15 minutes. I breathed in a lot of the steam from it while it was simmering. When I felt it was done I took it off the stove and I strained it into a bowl and then into a mug. It smelled fine, but I took a quick sip and found out soon why they said it was so bitter. The taste was so bitter I dashed to get some orange juice to get the taste out of my mouth. After that, I went onto the back porch where I was allowed to smoke. My girlfriend was in the kitchen and was nearby watching me.

I packed a bowl of the Calea and had it ready. I had read that the Indians that used Calea would smoke a bowl of it after drinking the tea to help deal with the bitter taste. I was a bit cold because the porch was an add-on to the house. I sat down and prepared myself for the taste. After counting down from five and realizing I should be on Fear Factor, I started gulping it down. After two gulps I wanted to stop, but I forced myself to keep going. It was a pretty big mug, but I got almost all of it down. As soon as I swallowed the last bit, I grabbed the bowl and lit it up. It really did help with the bitterness, not completely though. I started to feel somewhat sick. My mouth was very watery, like I was going to vomit. I opened the back door and sat on the steps to the snowy outside and kept spitting up the watery saliva. I continued to smoke the bowl and by the time it was done I began feeling a bit light-headed. It was a cannibus-like feeling without the burnt-out effects.

After about five minutes the sick feeling went away. I smoked a honey cigar for about three minutes and went inside the house. I got another drink of orange juice to clear the taste from my mouth. I watched some tv with my girlfriend for about an hour until I retired to my room. I lit some incense and lied down in bed. Another rumor was that you could hear your own heartbeat while the Calea is in effect, but that never happened. I finally went to sleep, and hour and a half after drinking it.

I awoke the next morning after sleeping about 9 hours. I did not have to work that day, so I lit some incense and lay in bed for about 10 minutes and thought about the dreams I had that night. There were a lot, and I remembered them all. Some were about work, family, friends, while others were about odd events or instances. I remember at one point I was in a field by myself. I felt a male presence. I believe that Calea has a male gender, not like Salvia or Cannibus which I have always felt has a female gender to them.

After brooding about my dreams for a little while, I got up and went on with my day, and now I am writing this. I feel that Calea is worth trying at least once. It was a pleasurable experience except for the taste and the sick feeling, but I think the nausea was from the taste. I will try Calea again for sure.

Exp Year: 2005ExpID: 39680
Gender: Male 
Age at time of experience: Not Given
Published: Jan 25, 2005Views: 20,828
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