An Experiment in Ethnobotany
Mandrake, Galangal, Damiana, Skullcap, Cannabis, & Wormwood
by Curt
Citation:   Curt. "An Experiment in Ethnobotany: An Experience with Mandrake, Galangal, Damiana, Skullcap, Cannabis, & Wormwood (exp8122)". Dec 16, 2001.

0.33 oz   Mandrake (roots)
  0.5 oz   Galangal (roots)
  0.5 oz   Damiana (dried)
  0.5 oz   Skullcap (dried)
    smoked Cannabis (dried)
      Wormwood (dried)
I mixed like 1/3 of an ounce of mandrake root in a blender with about 1/2 of an ounce of galangal root and an equal amount in mass of damiana and scullcap. I blended it up and wound up with a large amount of the mix. I was waiting for the water to boil when I smoked a bowl of the mixture. It had some minor effects. Nothing exciting though.

I returned and wrapped some of the mix in a coffee filter and put it in a tea ball. I had one teapot full of a light green-brownish liquid. I boiled the rest of the mix in a pot and ended up with a very dark liquid, I added lemon juice to a small amount and boiled some of the mix in another pan. I strained the liquid and had a good amount of some dark stuff. I mixed a large glass with half of the light tea and half of the dark tea. I had a few of these and began smoking a bowl of cannabis. I mixed some wormwood in because I previously had experienced a weird buzz from smoking it with cannabis. I have smoked it on its own before and gotten somewhat high off it. I read about its smokable psychoactivity in Pendell's Pharmo/kopeia. It is odd, and I have smoked fresher wormwood and the effect was stronger.

I began to get stoned, I think I packed another bowl. I got more tea and when I ran out of the light stuff I still had lots of the dark stuff left. I drank that quickly in several large glassfuls mixed with lots of sugar and downed fast. I was experiencing odd hallucinations and a weirdness to my weed high. Nothing notable but at times I was filled with energy and shook and felt things running through me. It was somewhat spiritual or magickal.

I turned off all the lights and could feel spirits. If one has seen 'Two Evil Eyes' by Romero/Argento the first tale has a scene with amazing spirit effects. I remembered this and it kind of made me feel funny, like dark and scared sort of. I think it was the Mandrake. I had some odd visuals, and relaxed for a while playing the new Game Boy. I smoked another bowl of cannabis and was all out of tea.

I then fell asleep. The next day I woke up with diarrhea and stomach pains. I attribute this to the Mandrake, based on what I've read. It lasted for an hour or so and then I smoked some cannabis and it eased it away. As have never done Galangal or Mandrake before I don't know how much of what was what. I think it was mostly Mandrake, and at first it was the Damiana and Scullcap. I was pleasantly relaxed.

Exp Year: 2001ExpID: 8122
Gender: Male 
Age at time of experience: Not Given
Published: Dec 16, 2001Views: 41,355
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Wormwood (50), Mandrake (33), Galangal (24), Damiana (107), Skullcap (232), Cannabis (1) : Unknown Context (20), Preparation / Recipes (30)

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