Citation: Sky Pilot. "One of the More Effective Entheogens: An Experience with Calea zacatechichi (exp86066)". Erowid.org. Mar 13, 2016. erowid.org/exp/86066
I don't quite know how, but last winter I became very interested in psychedelics for analyzing myself. Due to lack of money, connections, and fear of arrest for being so new to the whole thing, I didn't go for LSD or mushrooms or any other illegal substance. I don't take any OTC or prescription drugs. Apart from alcohol, I had never taken any kind of mind-altering substance.
After some research online, I found out about this 'Dream Herb' and became very intrigued. I was not in the market for a face-melting trip or anything like that, I just wanted something to help me with some analysis of myself.
I was not in the market for a face-melting trip or anything like that, I just wanted something to help me with some analysis of myself.
Some more poking around found a vendor that I was comfortable with. When I got my order a few days later, I got right to work and packed two gel capsules (size 00, since I read a lot of reports about the horrible taste of the tea) and made one cigarette out of the leaf material.
That night (January 2nd), I took the capsules at about 11 pm, then had the cigarette at about 11:30. The smoke was somewhat smooth and didn't really bother me, a non-smoker. At about midnight I took one shot of whiskey and went to bed.
I listened to some music while sitting in bed. After a few minutes, I noticed some very slight closed-eye visuals, mainly like I was seeing my own pulse in one eye. This got me really excited - 'It really works!' I said to myself.
My sleep that night was definitely different than usual. I remember two vivid dreams. They weren't lucid, but I can still remember exact details from them (they were both very personal). I don't remember my dreams that often, so this really impressed me. I also remember waking up a few times, feeling like my limbs were made of lead. It wasn't uncomfortable, just weird. I woke up the next morning with no ill effects.
One week later (January 9), I took the same amount in gel capsules, took a shot of whiskey, and added another cigarette. The dreams that night were very short and very vivid, but I remember none of them. No visuals when awake.
I decided to wait a while before I tried again, thinking that I developed a tolerance since the first time. This time (March 5), I took two gel caps again, but I took them with a hot liquid (hot herbal tea) to help them dissolve faster in my stomach. I also smoked both cigarettes very, very slowly. This definitely seemed to help because I had numerous vivid dreams again. One was mildly disturbing and forced me awake for a few minutes. In this dream, a weird, human-like creature was crouching at the end of my bed, staring at me. The other was full of sexual imagery. No waking visuals of any kind.
Two months later (May 7), I did the same thing as the March 5th dose, but nothing special happened this time.
The most recent dose was June 25, I took three capsules of leaf material, and two cigarettes. I drank the same herbal tea and smoked both cigarettes very slowly, holding the smoke as long as possible. This time, I didn't go to bed right away, instead waiting about two hours before finally retiring. There weren't any visuals this time. The dreams that night were incredibly vivid and lifelike, and I woke up remember two. Both of them involved people that I haven't seen in real life for a long time. Later, during the day, I remembered several other dreams when something in real life jogged my memory.
Overall, I greatly enjoy Calea and have had a great degree of success when using it. While none of the dreams were ever lucid, the amount of detail and my ability to remember everything has made a believer out of me.
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