Citation: Barbzilla. "Used Grapefruit Juice as My Base: An Experience with Blue Lotus (exp72185)". Erowid.org. Aug 20, 2019. erowid.org/exp/72185
Lotus Without Alcohol
Almost all recipes for Lotus that I've found include alcohol, a substance for which I have little fondness. So I decided to try and find a way to potentiate the lotus without the alcohol. Since lotus doesn't activate well in water I decided to use something a bit more acidic, Grapefruit juice. I used about 50% grapefruit juice and 50% distilled water as my base.
I used about 50% grapefruit juice and 50% distilled water as my base.
I let the petals soak in pure grapefruit juice for a hour before starting the extraction process. I then added water to the mixture and brought to a boil then reduced the heat to medium, letting the concoction reduce to about 1/2 the fluid amount. I first attempted to extract the liquid from the flower material by using a coffee filter, however that was a complete failure as the resulting liquid was too thick to make it through my micro filter. So I took the long strenuous route of manual filtration. First sip, very bitter, very very bitter, I am going to add some artificial sweetener. The resulting liquid is so acidic it dissolves the sweetener as it hits the surface (I will have Rolaids on hand just in case). The taste is much better, almost like a bitter ruby red. I will begin keeping a time journal of the experience.
Time 5:00pm: Drank the extracted liquid, beginning a second preparation in case I missed some of the active material.
Time 5:15pm: I am already noticing some small changes in my perception of things. I found the way that my toothbrush vibrated my face quite amusing and ended in what could quite possibly be the longest I have ever brushed my teeth.
Time 6:00pm: I have some altered sense of mental state as I seem to find things much more amusing than I normally would, however the effect is nowhere near what I have heard other people have experienced so I am going to consume my second preparation.
Time 6:45pm: The second glass was much less acidic, I am not sure if it was a difference in preparation or because it was the second run through on the flowers. If it was because it was the second time the flowers were used it would seem the oils in the flowers are mildly acidic. I am pulling a much stronger feeling from the experience now though. I seem to be pleasantly warm and find myself fascinated with the mundane things in life. I may try meditating for a while later.
Time 8:00pm: Meditation proved fruitful as I now feel quite centered and balanced. I will be using this preparation method again. Now I believe I am going to lay down.
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