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    Fantastic - thanks for the photos! Building a simple top bar hive is the next project for me - planning on starting early next year. Never beekeeped before, but also plan to look into gaining some local Tasmanian training. I'm a strong believer in "no bee no me" theory.
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    Post your track of the day

    Intro to Witchcult Today, Electric Wizard in Hobart 22 June 2018. FYI: Might not be SFW!
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    Psychedelic library for sale

    Sorry you're having to sell, but I'll take The Mystic Mandrake if still availbale.
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    Galangal, refinding the Healthy Masculine

    Thank you for this post.
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    Donating for SAB costs

    $20 donation for 2018 made thanks to the genorosity of mysubtleascention
  6. Thanks Cubism - appreciate the link to the full article. I like to think that we are the microcosm and all that is without us is within us, but their conclusion is a little disillusioning: "There is no evidence to suggest that DMT can accumulate within the brain or within neurons at physiologically relevant concentrations; such inferences are either not supported by direct experimental evidence or are based on flawed experiments." Still, further studies may prove otherwise!
  7. Fantastic offer - thanks, I'll go with 17.
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    What did you do in your mycological space today ?

    Me too Yeti - although I read it as an ebook a while back - rereading and feeling massively inspired as well! Just read The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben, and the two combined give me faith that nature can save us from ourselves. Sticking to the thread topic, I've been placing mycelium spawn in suitable spots around around my garden.
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    Acacia alkaloid levels

    I've read that wasp burls in acacia contain elevated amounts of alkaloids (believe it was in one of Trout's works, but will try and fine a definitive reference in the next day or so).
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    Mandrake - Mandragora autumnalis seeds

    Thanks waterboy 2.0. I'm also a great believer in setting aside your pots if no growth has appeared. Coincidently, last weekend I found that some Darlingtonia california seedlings have appeared after being seeded over 18 months ago (a first for me)!
  11. Hi, I have a couple of packs of 5 seeds each of this mandrake - even writing the name excites me! Seeds were harvested this year (not by me, but soon I'll have plenty). According to Hudson Grubber. “Growing the Hallucinogens: How to Cultivate and Harvest Legal Psychoactive Plants.” “It likes a light, deep soil, as the roots run far down. They will do poorly in a soil that is chalky or excessively gravelly. If the soil is too wet in winter, the roots will rot. It is propagated from seeds which should be sown in deep flats or, better, singly in pots. These should be kept well-watered and when they reach a good size they should be carefully set out at least 2 feet apart.” I’d love to give them away (I am always trying to be a better person) and will do so, unless some kind individual has a spore print they would like to swap for my microscopy hobby (p.cube or sub would be great). Stay cool.
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    Mandrake - Mandragora autumnalis seeds

    Still have a few seeds left - pm'd.
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    Mandrake - Mandragora autumnalis seeds

    Not as yet mate - I believe some people sow them in peat, then cold stratify for several weeks until they sprout.
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    Amanita muscaria collected in Georgia Nov-Dec

    Thanks for the post and pics Inyan. I have a special place where I go to be at peace: the tree I sit under is a a gnarly old pine deformed by sea storms and each year it shades a couple of amanitas - imo the most spectacular of fungi. Thanks also for the great idea of spore spreading - I think I'll do the same!
  15. Very nice work - love fine ink. Lucky you to be partnered to such a creative individual - best wishes for your future married life.
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    wild lettuce ID help please

    I'm growing with a view to making a tincture. I found this recipe when I was searching: Wild Lettuce; Lactuca Virosa Preparation Here is a recipe for making a strong Lactuca, Wild Lettuce, tincture. It is prepared differently than a more traditional way to increase the effects of it’s sedative anodyne qualities. This plant is also known as Lettuce Opium or Wild Opium. With preparing this form of Lactuca; Wild Lettuce tincture, it is important to have all aspects and equipment prepared beforehand such as knowing where there is a stand of Lactuca growing, having your equipment ready, and knowing that you have enough time during the days it takes to make it, which aren’t much, less than 2 hours per day for about 5 days. Read on. Basically, I use this form of preparation to condense the latex in the plant which I assume contains most of its nervine qualities. Otherwise one ends up with a weak medicine due to all the ‘roughage’ that is a part of these stately plants. The goal is to maximize the concentration of latex. This is a bit of a challenge with Wild Lettuce, Lactuca, as there is a lot of plant matter to work around to get the latex without the mainly inert cellulose and other plant matter. Always you make sure you identify the plant correctly before picking. Picture shows a botanical of Wild Lettuce Tools needed for making Wild Lettuce Tincture 1.Pruners-to cut plants 2.Tincture press 3.Ethanol-95% 4.Blender- a good sturdy one 5.Stove 6.Stainless steel pot with a lid Preparation of Wild Lettuce Tincture 1.Find a stand of Wild Lettuce plants. I have used a number of species and they all seem useful, though some more careful observations of species may help figure this out. I have not used any close relatives that also yield latex, such as Sonchus. 2.The best time to make this tincture is when the plant is at its maximum latex yield, which seems to be around when it is just going to flower. It is easy to see the amount of latex, remove a leaf and the white milky latex should flow freely. 3.While all parts of Wild Lettuce contain this latex, I just make the medicine from the above ground parts, as it is just easier to not have to wash and cut up the roots, though I may be missing something here, as the roots do exude a fair bit of the latex. 4.Cut a few Wild Lettuce stalks 5.Bring them right away to where you will be processing them into tincture. 6.Cut them up into blender-size pieces Picture shows the latex from the Wild Lettuce plant 7.Put them in the blender, and cover with ethanol 8.Blend 9.Add as much ethanol and material as you can to get a big wad of blenderized Wild Lettuce stem, saturated in ethanol 10.Let sit overnight (or longer) 11.Press tincture in tincture press 12.Cut more Wild Lettuce 13.Cut into blender-size pieces 14.Put in blender, add the menstruum that you recently pressed 15.Add this into the blender, along with enough 95% ethanol to cover and blend. 16.Let sit overnight. 17.Follow this process for a few days, cut, add menstruum from previously pressed tincture, blend, and add enough ethanol to get the juice out. And then press this for the next batch. 18.After a few days of this you should have a fair bit of fluid (menstruum) 19.Put this in a stainless steel pot with a lid on it 20.Bring to a high simmer 21.Evaporate and reduce the fluid so it gets more black and ‘tar-like’ 22.This is your medicine 23.Be aware, that as you simmer, ethanol evaporates at a lower temperature than water, so make sure there is enough ethanol in your final product to keep it stable 24.Enjoy and let me know the results.
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    Wild lettuce- Hyoscyamine

    I hope your friend uses wild lettuce and gains some relief/improvement of symptoms. I found your post a sad indication of our society, but also uplifting that people such as yourself are willing to offer support to others. I have sown a hell of lot of Lactuca virosa this year and am hoping to make a tincture from the latex with a view to relieving pain and just making life a little more relaxing. Hope things go well for your friend and her child.
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    Please watch and share your opinions / thoughts

    My 'two cents'. I'm stuck deep into "society', but I'm an actor in it - I use it to my own ends. Whilst I'm not an adherent of any belief system, but I have learnt a bit in my 50 years. One source of 'guidance' I obtained was from Terence McKenna: "Culture is not [our] friend" Culture "is for other people’s convenience and the convenience of various institutions, churches, companies, tax collection schemes, what have you. It is not your friend. It insults you. It disempowers you. It uses and abuses you. None of us are well-treated by culture.” Leave it all behind - become actors - don't get involved in these events. Protect yourself and loved ones, but leave all this behind. Stay cool.
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    Mandrake - Mandragora autumnalis seeds

    Hi All, got a few more seeds to share. 4 lots of 5 (I reckon 5 seeds gives you the best chance of at least germinating one). I'm always keen to swap for spore prints and preferably p.cube or sub for my microscopy hobby. As before, I’ll cover postage. I’m experimenting with pre-germination, stratification and direct sow. Be keen to see how others go. Haven’t read all of this thread yet, but it looks interesting: Stay cool.
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    I wanted to send a birthday card to an 80 year old bloke I've known a long time. He lives about 20 kms away. When I went to the Post Office to buy a stamp, I was told that it would take up to 5 days to get to him: first it would go to Hobart (350km away) then back up to the NW for delivery! I drove over to his house and hand delivered it to him. Got some interesting seeds from his daughter. So, Auspost's loss was my gain (and some members here, as the seeds were the mandrake I have shared).
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    Mandrake - Mandragora autumnalis seeds

    All out of seeds for now - happy growing! Might be able to get a few more soon from my 'witchy' friend - will keep Macca and Matagordamudskipper in mind. Stay cool.
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    Heavenly blue morning glory

    I can help - pm me.
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    Post a random picture thread

  24. Thanks drpotato - just signed up - appreciate the invite link.
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    Post a random picture thread

    Another of my hobbies - on of this year's dionaea- photo by a friend.