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  2. Well if nothing else, I'm sure the X-ray guy will have something to tell his family when they're having dinner...."honey, you'll never guess what I saw in someone's luggage scan today..."
  3. Halcyon Daze

    A few Trich cuts

    Is the the same Big Red as before? The mad cnut from Bris who brewed a lot and went sailing. What a dude...
  4. Well if those are the odds that's fine by me. I am used to dicks taking my stuff (from my ciggies to guitar pedals) I just want to keep my slate clean and avoid any sort of charges really.
  5. Big Red

    A few Trich cuts

    Haha, no worries, I probably should have paid more attention to the date of your original post. Cheers.
  6. Mate leaving Oz is rarely a problem, I recon worst case, ya get a dick at the airport that confiscates 'just in case'.
  7. Glaukus

    Medicinal Weeds

    I like peppery
  8. Alchemica

    Medicinal Weeds

    Depends if you like the pungency - the name does mean nose-twist for a good reason. I like the good bite of peppery goodness, had a big bowl of leaves for breakfast. Nibble a bit and see what you think
  9. Thanks for the reply Glaukus. That is what I worried about, the container aspect. Although I know my family members took hilariously oversized cuttings of other plants (like a 60 cm tall branchy fangipani) I dont know if the border patrol will recognize and react to trich species. I could not find anything against it in official sources so far. The plant is non native and not in the CITES list either. I am sure they wont bother where I am going. And in that place a measly cutting of a TBM is around 150-200 aud which is a total rip off. *I found prohibited exports section in Federal Register of Legislation website and it states that export of "cacti and parts of cacti of the species Lophophora williamsii" is prohibited. Not sure if this covers Trichocereus/echionopsis spp. In section regarding lysergamide for example their list was more exhaustive and covered multiple ipomoea spp. and argyreia nervosa etc. which suggests that they tend to specify what they dont want exported.
  10. Macca

    A few Trich cuts

    No worries @waterboy 2.0 let us know how ya go, cheers mate.
  11. I think the issue might be more dependant on where you're headed, but who knows whether this might cause you problems on your departure. NSW is a full blown police state these days. Even though it's a legal plant to grow, possessing a cutting in such a situation might raise questions and you could technically be subject to the "container" aspect of the law if they decided to make an example. Long way of saying I don't know...
  12. Glaukus

    Medicinal Weeds

    I know nasturtium flowers are edible, are the leaves also good? I have an abundance of them, they self sow every year.
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  14. Alchemica

    Medicinal Weeds

    Checked with the foraging professionals, it's a common weed here Sisymbrium has many uses in folk medicine with high nutritional value Taste is a pleasant good strength mustard flavour - the plant is rich in glucosinolates/isothiocyanates and polyphenols I'm just personally cautious not to have too much (or flowering tops) as there have been concerns but the literature says the cardiac glycosides are at too low a level to pose issues https://www.healthbenefitstimes.com/sisymbrium/ https://www.thewildfoodhuntress.com.au/brassicas I've eaten Nasturtiums but never really thought of them as plants for mental health. I count them as weeds around here Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus L.) is "believed to act in the ascension of emotional energy expressed in different forms as manifestations of anguish, frustration, anxiety and depression; and, in recent years, this plant has been popularly used as antidepressant agent". In animal models, it has anxiolytic effects [1] It is widely used due its anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-hypertensive and anti-depressive properties. It contains high concentrations of benzylglucosinolate (1000 mg/100 g fresh matter). The hydrolysis products isothiocyanates (ITCs), are potent inducers of phase II detoxifying enzymes and subsequently confer protection against oxidative stress and chronic inflammation It has outstanding antioxidant activity due to its rich phenolic content and a good source of carotenoids
  15. Hi all, Has anyone any previous experience with taking pedro cuttings out of Australia? Kingsford would be the relevant airport in question. Honestly, border laws and customs of this country creep me out and I would rather not go through any fuss. I saw eaelier posts (from 2009) suggesting that taking cuttings with you or maybe sending them is fine but the law or its interpretation concerning these matters are prone to change and I would rather be safe than sorry. It's just that I have very pretty cultivars/strains I would love to take small cuttings of with me and the variety in where I am going is saddeningly low. Any advise is appreciated. I am new in forums and this is my second post. Lest it is an eyesore, here are some of the pretty specimen from my small collection. Cheers!
  16. motherfirefly

    caapi care

    They drop leaf during the really cold months. you can give it a light prune now while it's dormant which will cause no harm. You can prune later in spring if needed.
  17. Glaukus

    caapi care

    If I was you, I'd let them be until closer to spring. When you cut them back, they'll want to shoot again. If it's still cold and miserable, the tender young shoots will suffer a lot. Dieback is ok if the main sections are thick enough.. Wait until Spring has really hit then cut back to the woody sections. I wouldn't cut right back to ground level, just back to a decent woody knuckle.
  18. Humbolt

    Roadside find in Tas

    Certainly has been a funny ole winter down here too WB.
  19. For sure Darklight a bag of feed (game bird layer) is about $18 will last 4-6 months. They wont over eat. No other real expenses. I sometimes give them budgie seed, corn, recently discovered they dont mind a Brussels' sprout. Time wise they dont need much care. Once or twice a week i put a dust bath in for them from the fine matter on the floor of the wood shed. I never tire of watching them throwing dust over themselves and each other. Otherwise i just visit to keep the water shit free. During the last summers bush fires they did about a month with me only visiting them 3 times after id laid out 1/2 a bag of food. The kids use the quail shed as a place to go when theyre upset, they have a lovely way about them that the kids pick up on. The youngest is always pestering me to incubate more but i will wait till spring if indeed i do. Unfortunately if you have more than 1 male, the boys will pick on a girl. They can be very nasty indeed, going the eyes and face. I understand that a hatched egg is more likely to be a male too. So if i do incubate more they will be off to the pet shop prior to sexing. Some have a consistent patterning for females so id be keen to breed from those so i could sex them asap. Normally you can tell by squeezing their delicatates at about 6 weeks i think. Gave some to friends for there poly tunnel but they didnt last long before they got a terminal case of cat. Fort knox for sure DL.
  20. waterboy 2.0

    Roadside find in Tas

    Been barely consistently cold enough for fruiting up north...When it should be. Only have stumbled across a few when hunting saffron caps, and they've been sparse. Maybe the boom is to come...
  21. waterboy 2.0

    A few Trich cuts

    Been away over the wild west while the lads been on holidays. Catching up. Fuck snow @Macca Lol.. I think so, have to check.. Woulda edited it... Maybe. Been off my game but. @Big Red Sorry mate a year back and claimed.
  22. bardo

    Medicinal Weeds

    That's an awesome post Also apparently the dandelion root can be roasted and used as a coffee substitute, never tried it tho. An amazing plant indeed I am not an expert on foraging just an enthusiast, but with the brassica it looks different to what I encounter around here but there is multiple species and large variability in appearance , one of the easiest ways to help identify is they all have yellow 4 lobed flowers, in the first pic are they seed pods ? if so that should get a positive id if it is or not, I am overly cautious with new wild plants and like to make certain before trying. If we can know for sure its a brassica specie then its safe, all brassicas are edible and non toxic and all parts are considered edible
  23. bardo

    Brugmansia microdosing

    I would like to experiment with smoking other tropes someday, they all have a real presence to em and im very attracted to em for there looks as well as presence. I highly doubt I will ever drink any again, its a lot of time out and a fair amount of physical discomfort. its like a big risky gamble with no assuredness of outcome at all. Seems silly to venture that way especially willy nilly, I trusted in the plants callings and believe once done it is meant to be. Thankfully I never did shit or piss myself and never damaged the house or anything, there is a fair amount of missing time from the experiences and have no idea what I might have been doing but I never left the house so that's good, defo don't want to be out and about. When I was in high school as a fairly rebellious and self destructive type, years prier to trope experiments, I had some pipes, then had taken a fair amount of dxm, the highest amount I have ever done, i am amazed to have made it through the day, it was so very similar to the tropes, when it started to kick I had the whole not understanding meaning of word thing first and general confusion, felt a weird dreamy feeling, I just told people I wasn't feeling well and tried to keep in the background, toward the end of the day during music class the teacher didn't show so the class had a free period out in the yard, we sat on a nice grassy slope and I noticed a fella I never saw before, I thought he must have been new, he began to talk to me and we were getting along really good, talking about guitars and music, I thought this guy is cool. Crazy thing is I never saw him after that day either, seems he didn't exist, still to this day I wonder how I didn't raise any alarms. I remember the day, walking home then nothing, I woke up the next morning and mum said when she got home she saw me laying on the floor and was not responding to her, she said she felt panicked by it, a little later apparently I got straight up and mumbled gibberish, some hardly audible and said I was fine and went to bed, I have no memory of that afternoon or night at all, zero, defo don't do deliriants in public For someone feeling the need to feel or get a sense of tropes and must know. maybe sea sickness tablets could be a safer alternative, being measured amounts and all, they don't for me have the same extreme effects atleast the amount I have tried, and could be like a gentler and kinder intro, when I went deep see fishing I ate a few to many with some rums, I got mild confusion, more like slightly cloudy, was mostly functioning pretty normal or normal enough for the occasion, on the way back I was having heaps of these little micro type naps and a feeling of being somewhere else and had a small feeling of shock each time I snapped back and saw the water. very mild in comparison to brew. I have only smoked brug and Datura and initially I can see the stimulant type thing, an excitation of sorts , would defo be interesting to compare em to other tropes. Yeh once again, just to help push the cautions for those who haven't but feel they must try despite the many warnings, start small see how you react, always stop smoking as soon as mouth starts to dry, the dryness its self can make ya feel insane, have a strong sober person equipped to be a sitter especially for brews in particular, but really the safest thing is to not do it at all, as sagi said it could trigger mental issues. you don't want to be forever more thinking your a robot JAC172835 sent to earth to collect data or some shit, or even worse die either directly or indirectly from this. the thought of someone vacating for ever while still alive is scary and sad to think about, think hard why you want to do it and if the very real potential risks are worth the chance/risk.
  24. sagiXsagi

    Acacia acuminata seedlings * tips+suggestions inquiery

    to be honest I hard grew these as fuck. as a rule you dont really expose seedlings in extreme heat but I am reinventing the wheel it seems . I suppose I was lucky many plants and cacti suffer in extreme heat and would rather be in shade in the most hot parts of the day I pushed acacias a lot, now I have broght them to part shade.. I am sure the big pots played a role. to their survival definately in the photo two acuminatas reaching pubescens - the smaller one is right next to the bigger one... any ideas on how to tranplant the smaller one out of this pot without stressing any of them too much??? maybe sipping them in water first??
  25. Alchemica

    Medicinal Weeds

    Went urban foraging today and was surprised how much seemingly Brassica there was Am I right assuming this is a weedy (hopefully edible) Brassicaceae? @bardo Sisymbrium something? Been finding it a nicely spiritual activity The art of foraging for food/medicine is a spiritual practice: Connecting with the plants and their medicine is what draws you closer to nature and Spirit itself. Urban foraging helped people establish connections to place/belonging [1] and foraging embodies spiritual aspects like cultivating stillness and cultivating focus. It is a meditation, a communing with the plants, a way of seeing and self-education "To touch them, to give an exchange, to commune with them. This is really valuable–and the plants love giving of themselves to those who revere them. And we take that bounty within and it sustains us; it allows us to further build our connection to them. The power and importance of this act of communion cannot be understated." [2] It is a way of developing a sacred relationship with food/medicine and it brings one closer to the seasons, aligning with the energies of the land and the foods/medicine that grow here "When you interact on this level, when it becomes part of your pantry, when it’s part of what you eat, now you have a relationship. You’re not an outsider observer. It’s not this ‘other’ thing. It’s part of you and you are part of it." "Foragers developed individual relationships with specific plants; they described listening to these beings in order to learn how best to receive their gifts. The relational acts of giving, receiving, and interacting between foragers and more-than-human others produced a sense of belonging in place" We are extensions of nature, so it makes sense that eating seasonally imbues the body with the energy of what nature’s actually doing in its cycle. As the food we eat thrives and grows at this time, so then will we. [1] https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14649365.2014.908232 [2] https://druidgarden.wordpress.com/2015/05/28/building-sacred-relationships-with-food-seasonal-food-rituals-agricultural-blessings-prayers-and-honoring-our-food/ Dandelions are "one of the healthiest foods on the planet" The dandelion greens are nicely medicinal Dandelion is an entirely edible plant and its leaves, roots, and flowers are incorporated into different food products. The whole plant is recognized as safe and well tolerated by humans, with no reported adverse effects. It is used in herbal medicine to treat various disorders such as hepatitis, cirrhosis, gallbladder disorders, digestive complaints, and rheumatic diseases and exhibits several biological activities, including anti-cancer, hepatoprotective effect, anti-inflammatory effects, anti-obesity, neuroprotective and antidepressant effects. It is of interest in metabolic conditions [1] Aerial parts and root have been found to be rich sources of polyphenols, including cinnamic acid derivatives, flavonoids, sesquiterpene lactones and triterpenoids [2] "The most biologically relevant components of dandelion are the sesquiterpene lactones (suggested to exert anti-inflammatory and anticancer effects), the plant also contains several phenylpropanoids (shown to exert inflammation-modulating effects), terpenoids, polysaccharides (shown to play a role in immune regulation and to exert platelet antiaggregation activity, hepatoprotective effects, and antitumoral activity), and inulin (currently under investigation for its immunostimulatory functions). It contains high amounts of minerals, proteins, fiber, and vitamins and a balanced combination of trace elements and compared to spinach, dandelion has a higher content of dietary fiber and proteins and a greater variety of amino acids and of most vitamins and minerals and one of the richest green-vegetable sources of β-carotene" Young leaves are habitually consumed fresh as salads, either alone or in combination with other plants such as lettuce, shallot tops, or chives They may also be boiled and drained, sprinkled with pepper and salt, and moistened with soup or butter. [1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5553762/ [2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22946853
  26. bogfrog

    NZ members?

    pm'd you cobvlog
  27. bogfrog

    caapi care

    Hi folks, I have some large caapi vines which have lost their leaves over winter. I was thinking about cutting them back, hoping this may promote them to re-sprout once spring arrives. How close to the soil level should I be cutting? The vines are 1.5-2m above the soil. The main stems seem healthy but wither further up.
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