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  1. ∂an

    Making sense of HBWR

    how many seasons did your plants take until they set seed? I have heard that some plants do not seem to set seed, even after 3 or 4 years of growth.
  2. ∂an

    Found in cow dung after rain

    Pretty sure it is p. antillarum, the "weed panaeolous". When they are young they can sometimes appear similar to p. cyanescens, but at this more mature stage they are quite distinct. The usual antillarum differentiators for me are the silvery convex cap with a distinctive smooth texture, and the slightly thicker stem that turns a very light brown rather than blue when bruised (i.e. squished and left in your pocket for 5 minutes as you moo-ve on through the green fields). It is interesting observing the different "paddock" mushrooms. Usually antillarum will fruit first (even in late winter), as it appears to not have such stringent humidity, moisture and temperature requirements as cyanescens and cubensis. One or the other usually dominates too - i.e. a field will have either mostly antillarium, mostly cyanescens or mostly cubensis. Just as antillarum drops off, one of the others will pop up. I guess they have evolved to fulfil slightly different climatic niches. Here are some pics of some active panaeolous (not sure if cyanescens or cambodginiensis etc) for reference:
  3. ∂an

    Found in cow dung after rain

    If they have dark spores and the white flesh turns blue when bruised, then they are probably panaeolous cyanescens. Lots of them throughout NSW at the moment. Typically they are mostly white with a yellow patch at the crown, but under certain circumstances they can appear yellow/golden all over the cap. But there are other dung mushrooms that are a rusty "golden" colour all over including the gills and spores, so to be sure of an ID post a picture.
  4. I found some pictures of the coleus plant that I used. It actually has more red than green.
  5. ∂an

    Coleus - Parallel Dream World?

    see this post:
  6. ∂an

    Coleus - Parallel Dream World?

    very interesting, I didn't know about those experience reports on erowid where coleus was also found to catalyse other worldly dreams. my experience was with a majority green coleus with red colouration in the centre of the leaves, combined with caapi. I no longer have that coleus plant unfortunately. Christian Rätsch's book Encyclopaedia of Pyschoactive Plants has some interesting info in the entry for coleus blumei. Here is a summary: originally from SE asia, brought to south america post-conquest psychoactive use amongst the Mazatecs was discovered in 1962 in connection with Gordon Wasson's research into salvia divinorum [1] Mazatecs consider coleus to be in the same "family" as salvia, and has been reported to be used as a substitute for salvia (no reference given) however Daniel Seibert reported that he only ever met one person in the area of the Mazatecs who maintained that coleus was psychoactive [2] is used medicinally in Samoa, SE Asia and PNG to treat various maladies including digestive issues and headaches [1,3,4] Rosmarinic acid has been biosynthesised in cell cultures of coleus blumei [5,6] a diterpene (forskolin = coleonol) that is potently bioactive has been found in coleus forskohlii [4,7] salvinorin-like substances have been isolated from coleus blumei (no reference) 1. Ott 1993 2. Schuldes 1995 3. Uhe 1974 4. Valdes et al 1987 5. Häusler 1992 6. Meinhard 1993 7. D McKenna 1995 So it would appear that there are definitely some bio active compounds in some coleus plants, however its use as an effective shamanic intoxicant is inconclusive.
  7. It was a while ago now, but the leaf was probably a bigger one, so about the size of a hand. It was the common green with purple flecks coleus. I'm not sure it was the coleus that induced the dream, as caapi itself would be enough to induce a non-ordinary brain state, and vivid dreams are not uncommon for me. But reading my description again, this was probably one of the more far out dreams I have had!
  8. Havent noticed you around for a while

    1. ∂an

      ∂an

      Hey mate, yeah I'm still here!  been a bit busy with work and stuff, but now I'm finding more time to make the odd post or two. its awesome to see there is still quite a lot of activity on the forum.  

       

      I went to EGA for the first time last year, it was really great.  Have you ever been?

    2. ThunderIdeal

      ThunderIdeal

      Nah.  My interests have changed to be honest.  Still like being around some of the switched on folks in this community but the attachment is kinda sentimental now.

  9. ∂an

    Making sense of HBWR

    HBWR has been an ephemeral medicine for me too. About 10 years ago I took a really large dose (~13 seeds crushed in water with lemon juice). It was one of the most intense psychedelic experiences I have ever had, with very overt hallucinations and profound thoughts - including, interestingly enough and related to this discussion, that this plant must have been utilised by humans in the past. The trip coincident with me getting a bad flu, which all combined to make it a really difficult experience, but one that I always remember. Now I find myself only taking HBWR when other more preferable medicines such as cactus and mushrooms are not available. One very useful quality of HBWR is that it seems to readily allow sleep. Just one or two seeds seems to be sufficient. A beautiful but complex plant. Namaste.
  10. ∂an

    growing Banisteriopsis caapi

    how did your plant go in its first winter? did you provide a micro climate for it? thanks
  11. ∂an

    growing Banisteriopsis caapi

    okay, thanks. this plant is in its first season at its new location, after being purchased as a bare rooted yearling in August. it probably will need to be nursed through its first winter here, lest it not recover after loosing leaves. a mini green house with hessian might do the trick for the caapi and other tropicals. good luck with your vine!
  12. ∂an

    growing Banisteriopsis caapi

    Does anyone know if caapi will tolerate a few weeks of ~2 degree minimum nights in winter?
  13. okay great. Looks like my first flower is days away now. I will collect pollen and get in touch to see if you want to make a trade. The last developed flowers look like they are a good month away so should be a chance to pollinate them with some yowie pollen. thanks!
  14. I have a scopulicola cactus whose first flower looks like it will open in the next few weeks: If anyone has some spare trichocereus pollen, I will do my best to pollinate the flower (never done it before), and provide in return at least half the resulting seeds. Cheers!
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