June Review: Whole Coca Tea Leaf

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Coca is a rare (and somewhat taboo) treat in North America, so I was stoked to find whole coca tea leaves for such a reasonable price.  I’m no stranger to a good cuppa coca, but have never tried the whole leaf before.

In the Andes, coca is chewed, eaten and brewed as a tea for its medicinal effects.  Unlike coffee, it doesn’t leave the user feeling jittery or moody.  It provides a smooth, clear-headed stimulation while improving circulation at high altitudes where it grows naturally.  Coca contains trace amounts of cocaine (gasp!) along with many other healthy alkaloids, minerals and phytochemicals that give it a unique kick.

During a particularly busy work week, I decided to replace my morning espresso with a mouthful of coca leaves to put its powers to the test.  I grabbed a handful of leaves, crushed them with a mortar and pestle and shoved them between my gums and lower lip.  A pinch of baking soda and we’re off!

The flavor is what you’d expect from a leafy green plant:  bitter with a hint of chlorophyll.  After about 10 minutes, a distinct numbness had crept across the right side of my face.  Along with this sensation came a laser-like mental focus and visual acuity I haven’t experienced since getting LASIK.  The world looked shiny and new, with a little more sparkle.  No physical stimulation was noted, which was a stark contrast to my usual espresso-induced jitters.  But my motivation to work and ability to organize my thoughts was noticeably enhanced.

Overall, I was very satisfied with my coca leaf experience.  It’s a benign plant with a lot to offer, but I think I’ll stick with good ol’ black coffee for my physically demanding job.  Coca is better suited for studying, office work or other forms of mental labor.  I plan to try a larger dose next time to see how far I can push it.  For all the hype, coca is one of the mildest “drugs” around.

Overall Rating:  4.3 out of 5 stars

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A Stimulating Summer

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Summer is heating up!  Now it’s time to shift gears and focus on a new class of legal highs:  stimulants.

Stimulants boost energy levels and motivation while increasing focus and alertness.  Drugs in this class include khat, coffee, coca and guarana.

In large doses, stimulants can lead to serious physical and psychological side effects like heart palpitations and anxiety.  When used in moderation, they serve as a functional supplement that puts the pep in your step and pride in your stride.

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May Review: LUCID Smoking Blend

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In the past few months, some major legal changes have made herbal incense hard to come by.  I stumbled upon LUCID brand smoking blend while surfing the interwebz and figured I’d give it a shot.  It’s made by SweetSmoke herbs, who claim to be the next big thing in legal bud.

After a few hits of this harsh smoke, I started to get a head change.  And by “head change” I mean headache.  The smell was equally harsh and not at all discreet.   A few more hits from the bong and still no high.  Maybe a joint would do the trick?  Bad idea.  I now had a sore throat to match my headache.

If you’re looking for a tobacco replacement or something to curb your oral fixation, LUCID might be worth it.  If you’re looking for a Spice or K2 replacement, this ain’t it.

Overall Rating:  2 out of 5 stars

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November Review: Kiwi-Flavored Whip Its

Nitrous oxide is a funny drug.  Literally.

Also known as “laughing gas”, nitrous is used in dentistry as an anesthetic and in whip cream canisters as a propellant. My first experience with n20 happened when I was 6. After having my first filling placed, I asked the dentist if I could have some gas “to take home and use as a sleep aid”. Hearty laughter ensued. My mother cringed. Ah, sweet innocence…

For my adult trials w/ nitrous, I chose Kiwi-Flavored Whip It Chargers.  After reading up on how to actually deploy one of these bad boys, I sat back and let loose with a friend who was there to make sure I didn’t hurt/slobber on myself.  I couldn’t help but wonder why a propellant should to be kiwi-flavored unless it was meant to be ingested. Hmmm…

I sat firmly on the ground to avoid falling and took my first hit. The effects were very similar to dentist nitrous but with a much faster onset. I slipped into a world of whirling shapes as my clothes were stripped off by little alien-like creatures. There was a strong pull on my physical body, not unlike being sucked down a shower drain. The visuals were dull and drab–mostly shades of gray, white and burgundy. My limbs were leaden and I felt completely at peace. Just as I started to get into it, the trip was over.

My friend’s account of the experience was hilariously different than mine. He could only see the whites of my eyes and said I was mumbling incoherently before snapping to in a “sudden clarity” moment. What felt like an eternity only lasted about 7 minutes real time.

Overall Rating: 4.3 of 5 stars

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October Review: Robitussin Cough Gels

In the spirit of Halloween, I decided to try a drug with bizarre, surreal effects for my October review.  I chose DXM.

For those who don’t know, DXM (dextromethorphan) is an ingredient in OTC cough medicines like Robitussin. In high doses, it acts as a dissociative similar to ketamine or PCP, causing ethereal feelings of separation of mind and body.  Bizarre enough?

You have to be careful when choosing a DXM source. Not any cough syrup will do, as many brands contain additional ingredients that can be fatal in high doses. I chose Robitussin Cough gels because they contain pure DXM and the price is right. Here’s how it went down:

Tuesday, October 2nd (4:00 P.M.)

*Popped 10 gel caps on a semi-full stomach. Waited 30 minutes and popped 5 more.

*First effects are felt, and they aren’t pleasant. Feels like I’m going to hurl. Room is spinning. I lay down on the couch and pray for the feeling to pass.

*After about 15 minutes, the spinning has decreased significantly so I pop the last 5 gel caps. (Go big or go home, right?)

*True effects are setting in now. Slight pressure behind the eyes along with a strange “thumping” sensation in my gut. The upper half of my body feels light, like it wants to fly away, while the lower half is weighed down by imaginary anchors that burrow through my feet and into the ground. Nausea is gone but there’s a gnawing feeling in my stomach as it breaks down the gel caps.

*Peak effects set in about 30 minutes after taking the last 5 caps. Super intense visuals similar to a video game, with objects appearing shrunken in the distance.  My cat looks microscopic on the dresser!  I feel strangely energized but my thoughts are scrambled.  Can’t tell which way is up or down and feel like gravity has said “fuck it” and gave up its pull on me. I become convinced I’m a helium balloon and laugh out loud at the thought.

*Closed-eye visuals are intense but different from psychedelic CEVs. Wings, digital static and pixelated scenery are common themes. Strangely, I feel more awake with my eyes closed than open. I’m completely lost in my inner mindscape and start to move my arms like limbs swaying in the breeze.

*My body feels drunk but my mind is in overdrive. I’ve gone from thinking in language to thinking in pictures. I imagine myself as Aladdin on the magic carpet, going higher and higher into the indigo sky.  The euphoria is overwhelming but hard to explain.

*As the effects start to wane, I attempt to put on some Flying Lotus but ended up putting the CD in upside down. D’oh! Eventually I settle for opening the window and listening to the wind whistle past the barn.   I get an eerie feeling as the shutters bang up against the window, like being in a haunted house sort of.  This causes some anxiety but nothing I can’t handle.

Overall I enjoyed my first run with DXM.  Next time I might try extracting the liquid from the gel caps to see if it decreases nausea.  I could’ve probably handled another 3-5 caps without ralphing.

Overall Rating:  4.6 of 5 stars

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September Review: Peruvian Torch Powdered Incense

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Peruvian Torch cactus contains mescaline, the psychedelic found in peyote.  It generally contains higher amounts of mescaline than its San Pedro cousin and produces a high that’s all its own due to its unique blend of alkaloids.  The main problem with these lovely legal cacti is the preparation, which can take literally days when you count the time needed to peel, de-spine, dry and crush the gooey plant material.  It’s rare to find powdered P. Torch for this reason.

I took the stinky green powder (which reeks of cactus goo) and placed it into gel caps to avoid the disgusting taste and texture.  (It can also be mixed into Jell-O or ice cubes, but I have no problem downing multiple capsules so I chose this method).  I consumed the cactal material over the course of an hour to minimize nausea…and failed miserably.  Within 30 minutes, I was drowning in the turbulent sea of mescaline nausea that its users accept as “part of the journey, ma’an”.  Ugh.  I managed to avoid vomiting despite copious amounts of saliva production and fell headlong into that familiar feeling of trippy goodness within an hour.

If you haven’t tried mescaline, I’d describe the experience as more energetic and “sparkly” than the melting skies and breathing walls of a shroom trip.  The high is very controllable and laced with majestic closed-eye visuals that blow tryptamine CEVs out of the water.  These visuals are most intense during the first 2-3 hours and are followed by the peak—which consists of tons of energy/tactile stimulation and lasts about an hour.  The next 6-8 hours are filled with the same euphoric sensations of gradually decreasing intensity.

Since potency varies greatly from plant to plant, it can be difficult to get “the right dose” with one cactus of unknown potency.  This is another area where the powdered form outshines whole cactus, as it’s made from the inner green flesh of several cacti rather than just one.  The result is a homogenized—if not standardized—dose of somewhat-predictable potency.

Here’s more info on psychedelic cacti for those seeking it:

http://www.erowid.org/plants/cacti/cacti.shtml

OVERALL RATING:  4.8 of 5 stars

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Falling Into Psychedelics

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As summer fades into fall, it’s time to leave behind the stimulants and move onto a groovy new class of drugs: psychedelics.

Also known as hallucinogens, psychedelics produce auditory and visual hallucinations, altered sensory perception, euphoria and emotional introspection. Drugs in this class include LSD, psilocybin mushrooms, DMT and ibogaine to name a few.

While psychedelics are not addictive or especially toxic, they can cause emotional trauma in the form of “bad trips” that may last long after the experience is over. Used responsibly, psychedelics can produce spiritual enlightenment, emotional growth and a greater appreciation for the world around you.

Sincerely,

Eve’s Leaves (Forbidden Fruit Staff)

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