Citation: Rememdium Vir . "Extraction and Tea: An Experience with Blue Lotus (exp89329)". Erowid.org. Jun 19, 2020. erowid.org/exp/89329
Nymphaea caerulea Extraction and Tea
25 grams – Extracted Flower Petals and Tops
250ml – oral – Extract Tea
It was early afternoon in my house, with a frigid cold day outside, and so I decided to do some rooting around and cleaning up. I was in a generally relaxed, neutral mood. I happened to have a bag containing 25 grams of Nymphaea that I had purchased from a vendor, with the intention of smoking. After trying a small amount in the past, I found the smoke pleasant, but not quite effective to my liking. I thus have devised and performed the following extraction method:
- 25grams flower material
- coffee filter (1)
- metal teaspoon
- sufficient high proof alcohol (95%) to double the amount of material placed in bottle
- shallow open saucepan
- small knife with curved blade
- small sieve
- water, tap, 250ml
- wax paper
The 25 grams were poured into a bottle, after having been lightly chopped into minute pieces with the knife. Alcohol was poured over top of the material, until it was covered, then double that amount added. The bottle was then shaken and swirled for approximately 5 minutes. It was then placed in a dark area for 24 hours. Removed, the water had turned a sunny-green yellow. The bottle was gently swirled, to agitate the material lightly, before being poured into the saucepan. 250ml of water was then added. The stove was turned on to medium, the solution brought to a simmering boil. A fume hood was turned on to vent the alcoholic fumes. The solution was boiled down to near the bottom, intermittently stirring with the metal spoon (approx.45min) A coffee filter was then placed into the neck of the bottle, and the liquid strained through the sieve into the filter’s “mouth”. The material inside the filter left after draining (a small amount of squeezing was needed to get the liquid to flow through near the end) was scraped up with the knife and put into 3 small piles about the size of a dime each on some wax paper. The water in the bottle was then added again to the saucepan, with an additional 50ml of water and this boiled down further. Note by this point, all alcohol had evaporated out of the mixes. This material was placed through the coffee filter via the previously mentioned method. This liquid left over in the bottle was placed in a teacup, the material from the coffee filter scraped and added to the three piles. These piles were left to dry slightly, and are ready to be smoked or added to a tea.
Second experiment: Tea
About 4 teaspoons of honey were added to the left over water in the teacup (being EXTREMELY bitter, on the order of absinthia wormwood!) as well as boiled water from a kettle to make a tea. This tea was consumed over a period of 30 minutes.
Noticed Effects from First Person Perspective:
I began to feel a warmth flow through my entire body, and a general source of calm. Following this, proceeded a profound sense of amusement and relaxation of body and mind, and a slight incoherency similar to a few strong beers. This continued into a state of non-drowsy excitement and pleasant enjoyment of reggae, ska and classical music. The effects tapered off into a mild sensation of relaxed awareness. The passage of time became mildly distorted and is approximated to be 1 to 1.5 hours after the tea was finished. Effects began approximately 5 minutes after the first sip.
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