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  1. Hi Evil Genius,

    My understanding is that teflon is incredibly carcinogenic, and that once the teflon layer is scratched the toxins can start permeating your food.

    I have never trusted the stuff, and refuse to use it in my kitchen.

    The more chemically aware members of this forum will be able to tell us more no doubt.

    I think the fact that your friends birds died in such a way says a lot. I am not sure how sensitive they are to toxins, but yes they use to use them in mines in case of gas leaks. If the bird suddenly died, everyone was ordered out.

    In my opinion, Throw your pans out, yesterday.

    cheers, Obtuse

  2. hi Luke,

    Yeah I'm sorta in the same boat, but fortunately this forum is a great help, and i have already been helped considerably.

    I started a thread recently asking about my sick obtusafolia. The responses i got were very helpful indeed. you may find it interesting as a starting point.


    Some links i found and still find helpful are:



    And of course:


    Make sure you have a good look through www.worldwidewattle.com - there is really good stuff in that site.

    I agree with gerbil that it is important to start growing our own and leave those in the wild alone. Definitely the responsible thing to do.

    Anyway, good luck with your seedlings,

    Cheers, Obtuse

  3. Hi everyone,

    I noticed these on bushwalk last year in July, and thought they looked so lovely that i had to take pics.

    They were growing in a pile of a mixture of what looked like old rotting eucalyptus, wattle, and tea tree branches and stuff.






    Anyway, thought maybe some people would find these interesting, as they have very pronounced "nipples" and they have a lovely light brown colour, and almost look like they are made of plastic.

    I am fairly certian they are a subaeruginosa, but those more in the know might be able to tell me otherwise.

    They are just lovely, and i couldn't help sharing them with you all.

    cheers, Obtuse

  4. Hi nabraxas,

    Interesting question. Do drugs change your life? I don't think so, not the way you mean anyway.

    I got into drugs too when i was 16, but i got into them because i was unhappy with life and i guess looking for an escape. I was fascinated by maths and physics, and Quantum Mechancis was messing with my views on reality, i read Tao of Physics by Fritjof Capra, which led onto Carlos Casteneda and more and I became interested in alternative ways of seeing the world.

    So yeah i got into pot, and it was amazing. And through that experience, and others, i realised why i was unhappy. so yes my life changed but because i was open to other experiences, and in my case it was drugs. In the same way, some peoples lives are changed by Reiki, or Breathwork Therapy or Holographic Repatterning. Because they are open to the experience.

    But of course i kept reading interesting literature and became more and more interested in what was available.

    I have quite a few friends who lives were definitely changed by drugs, and they too were all unhappy, but they did it because they thought it was cool, not because they were interested in what it had to offer them. But their lives were not changed in a positive way, they became schizophreic and now they are either still medicated or quietly recovering.

    I fckd up too, so im not indestructible either.

    Sorry, I'm being negative. But i guess i'm over that "Drugs changed my life" stuff.

    The thing i love about growing plants is that it teaches you respect and appreciation for the produce we harvest, and of course patience.

    cheers, Obtuse.

    (well, to answer your question, it was the Quantum Mechanics that did it for me - heavy stuff man !!!)

  5. Hi everyone,

    Anyone have any photos of peganum harmala seedlings as they break the surface of the soil.

    I have been fooled a few times by other plants growing in the same soil. I grabbed some crappy soil from my back yard, and obviously there were other seeds in the soil.

    I am not having much luck so far and a bit of a beginner, so i am trying different variations of conditions, with no luck so far - i think.

    If i knew what i was looking for it would make life just that little bit easier.

    cheers, Obtuse

  6. Hi Everyone,

    Yeah the Maxx was really interesting. I'm still not quite sure i got it. I should watch it again. I remember it being very psychoananlytical.

    Aeon FLux was fantastic. a simply amazing cartoon.

    I agree with Gomaos. I think good comics are few and far between. And these days its a matter of being in the right place at the right time.

    Of course its like everything, each to their own.

    But i love deep and heavy comics / cartoons that you can come back to years later and still wonder what the hell was going on, but they do seem to be very rare, and growing moreso.

  7. Hi everyone,

    Yeah benzito, that was my understanding. That the original strain is the one that is probably the most active. I read a report, i think on erowid, tho about someone finding an active hybrid. Who can say, but my line of thinking is to get back to the original Coleus Blumei strain.

    The article i had been reading also mentions Coleus Pumila. perhaps this might be an alternative on which to do research.

    Is anyone aware of, or have seeds of pure strains of both these species?

    Any info would be appreciated by interested parties.

    cheers, Obtuse

  8. Hi Everyone,

    Who / what is your favoute:

    Author / Book

    Ethnobotanical author / Ethnobotanical book

    Whacko out there author / Whacko out there book

    Most severe mind Bending book

    I'll start with me

    hard choice between Jack Kerouac, Thomas Hardy and Shakespeare - any by these guys

    Terrence Mckenna - at the moment his "Food of the Gods"

    Carlos Casteneda - his "The Eagles Gift", was when he lost me.

    "The Invisible Landscape" by Terrence Mckenna, or "A Thousand Plateaus" by Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari (I can't decide)

    cheers, Obtuse

  9. Hey Everyone,

    who out there remembers "fabulous furry freak brothers".

    Another fun comic was "Groo". And "Asterix", who could ever forget the old druid getafix.

    Recently i discovered Moebius after having watched Blueberry, and was wondering if anyone knew if there were any english translations of the "Blueberry" comics and of any of his other works.

    cheers, Obtuse

  10. Hi Everyone,

    The bit Ace was talking about I'm sure goes something like the following:

    (from http://www.entheology.org/edoto/anmviewer.asp?a=39&z=5)

    Leander Valdez III has stated informally that the Coleus spp. is inactive and any percieved effects are the result of a placebo effect. He has tested the leaves for the presence of potentially psychoactive diterpenes and found nothing. Speaking of the Mazatec curandero Don Alejandro in his 1983 paper from the Journal of Ethnopharmacology entitled "Ethnopharmacology of Ska María Pastora", Valdez says "The curandero also had several horticultural specimens of Coleus spp. growing near his house. Wasson has noted that the Mazatecs believe Coleus to be a medicinal or hallucinogenic herb related to S. divinorum (Wasson, 1962). However, Don Alejandro said the plants were not medicinal and his daughter had bought them at the market because they were pretty."

    cheers, Obtuse

  11. Hi Everyone,

    It would be good to clear this up once and for all, as its fairly confusing - some people say yes and some no. some say this and that hybrid are active while others say only unhybridised are worth exploring.

    I'm confused on whether this plant is active or not (especially after looking through erowid), As im sure a lot of others are too.

    cheers, Obtuse

  12. Thanks Blue Meanie, your a champ.

    Taking all your info and putting it in a list we have:

    Psilocybe Subaeruginosa - Pretty well everywhere - Tassies main species

    Psilocybe Semilanceata - central highlands

    Psilocybe Alutacea - Mt Field national park

    And then we also have the following:

    Psilocybe Tasmaniana - appears to be very rare

    Psilocybe Brunneoalbescens - inactive (anybody have any ideas on where it may be found?)

    And there may also be:

    Psilocybe Strictipes (which an internet search reveals is a variation on Semilanceata - thus its other name is Psilocybe Semilanceata var. caerulescens - this info via http://www.biolib.cz/en/taxon/id126542)

    Thanks Bluemeanie for confiming my thoughts on Psilocybe Subaeruginosa. I think that answers a lot of questions for a lot of us here in Tasmania.

    While i have never heard of the "white bulb thing" (i will have to do further reading on this) there is the Psilocybe (???) with the Brown cap and particularly twisty stem which is still a mystery.

    Bluemeanie, any ideas on the "brown cap" variety? Or does anybody else have any info?


    Cheers, Obtuse.

  13. Mmm Interesting,

    When i gave up cigerettes last year i went on patches, and for the first two weeks had incredibly vivid dreams. The pharmacist had mentioned that it seemed to be common but there was really no scientific evidence so it was more a point of interest.

    I didn't give it a second thought, as i thought well its only nicotine like its going to affect my dreams. I was quite surprised. My dreams were indeed extremely lucid.

    So is it purely a chemical reaction or is it psychological or a combination. In my case i was giving up a ten year addiction, so it would be quite reasonable to expect that it was my subconscious reacting to the fact that a major part of my daily / evening routine had suddenly ceased.

    But i guess also the changes in chemicals, a change in dopamine and/or serotonin levels most probably.

    Anything to do with the body not having to stimulate acetyl-colene levels as much as normal due to the constant flow of nicotine from the patch?

    Anyway whatever the cause it was certainly very interesting. And i wonder if using patches for a night or two recreates the effect, or whether you have to already be a smoker for it to work.

    Anybody in the know? I'd be interested to know more about what may cause this perculiar effect.

    cheers, Obtuse.

  14. Hi Again,

    I was over at shroomery.org and found this list:

    this is copied from http://www.shroomery.org/9130/Australia so thanks to the people at shroomery who put this list together, and other interesting information as well.

    Psychoactive Mushrooms of Australia

    Australian Capital Territory

    Gymnopilus junonius

    Psilocybe subaeruginosa

    New South Wales

    Gymnopilus junonius

    Panaeolus cyanescens

    Panaeolus subbalteatus

    Psilocybe cubensis

    Psilocybe subaeruginosa

    Psilocybe tasmaniana

    Northern Territory

    Panaeolus cyanescens


    Gymnopilus junonius

    Panaeolus cyanescens

    Psilocybe cubensis

    Psilocybe subaeruginosa

    South Australia

    Gymnopilus junonius

    Gymnopilus purpuratus

    Panaeolus fimicola

    Psilocybe subaeruginosa


    Psilocybe alutacea

    Psilocybe semilanceata

    Psilocybe subaeruginosa

    Psilocybe tasmaniana


    Gymnopilus junonius

    Gymnopilus purpuratus

    Psilocybe subaeruginosa

    Western Australia

    Gymnopilus junonius

    Gymnopilus purpuratus

    Panaeolus fimicola

    Psilocybe subaeruginosa

    Of course it describes other shrooms outside the psilocye species, and looks to me like it misses quite a few considering my recent internet searches.

    Any tasmanians agree with the selection for tasmania, i am very dubious about Psilocybe semilanceata being in tas, maybe up north, but not down south.

    Also, here is another interesting question, are there in fact members of the Psilocybe species that are not psychoactive i.e. do not contain psilocybin.

    I'd love to hear peoples opinions on the list.

    Cheers, Obtuse.

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  15. Hi everyone,

    I've been wondering this for ages, so i'm going to put this out there as I'm sure there are heaps of other tasmanians who have had similar thoughts.

    I'd like to try to put together a list of psilocybe species in Tasmania. I've looked through a fair few other posts that mention tasmania, but there is nothing conclusive about what is and what isn't around.

    I've also done google searches to see what i can find, and again nothing conclusive, althought the pdf at http://www.forestrytas.com.au/forestrytas/...s_16_11_web.pdf is fairly good.

    I would also like to list the liklihood of particular species per region (i.e Huon, Hobart, etc. - lets not mention specific places), so we can get an idea of geographic diversity.

    my searches online so far have found these species to be known in Tas:

    Psilocybe subaeruginosa - my understanding it that it is fairly common species, but im probably wrong

    Psilocybe sp., ‘bruni-islander’ (via http://www.tasfieldnats.org.au/bulletins/bull315.htm) - what is its real name

    Psilocybe Cubensis ??? - I'm very uncertain that these grow in southern Tas

    Psilocybe Australiana

    Psilocybe Tasmaniana

    Psilocybe alutacea (via http://www.forestrytas.com.au/forestrytas/..._16_11_web.pdf)

    Psilocybe eucalypta

    Psilocybe semilanceata

    Psilocybe brunneoalbescens (via http://www.forestrytas.com.au/forestrytas/..._16_11_web.pdf)

    does anyone know for sure what the one with the dark brown cap is?

    if i have missed some, or if one of these does not belong, please post a reply.

    I am hoping this starts an interesting discussion, so here goes.

    cheers, Obtuse.

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  16. Yeah i thought this was a fantastic little documentary. It sums up most of the good teks really well.

    Definitely well worth watching for beginners as it stresses again and again about things like sterile conditions etc.

    but also sets the scene for Stropharia Cubensis (Psilocybe cubensis). so you may need to keep in mind how relevent it may be for you own particular species of interest.

    its worth it too as a visual aid, if you have problems visualising whats going on in the teks.

    anyway, well worth watching,

    cheers, Obtuse.

  17. Hi everyone,

    thanks for the great responses, and sorry for the delay in answering.

    Pala, they were about 6 - 8 weeks old.

    IndigoSunrise and Phloom thanks for your answers.

    I am definotly doing something wrong. I have eight other plant who are all doing ok, although another died recently after a really hot day. I think i planted that one way too late in the season. otherwise they are all slow growing.

    They are all still inside, will it shock them too much if i move them all outside? I think i should move them outside permanently but i am worried about shock. they definotly need more sunlight.

    I'd really like to see photos of how they are meant to look at say 1 month, 2 months, 3 months, 6 months etc. so i can compare what i have with what i am supposed to have.

    any more info would be invaluable.

    cheers. Obtuse.