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Hello to all, Just new here so greetings to everyone. I have just moved to Alice and I'm hoping to stay for a few years working in birthing and Aboriginal health. I have a big interest in consciousness states particularly, unusual ones which may include out of body experiences. I read some posts that were written a few years ago about psychoactive plants that may have been used in normal day life or in ceremonies that perhaps could lead to altered awareness. I know this probably sounds like a weird interest but I just trying to build a bit of understanding that might help me to do some research or write a paper that could help me with my studies. I was recently at King's Canyon and the guide said that there was a bush, called Heath Bush (I think) that when dried, was put in the embers of fires. The smoke that then arose was inhaled and could lead to altered states of awareness. If anyone has any ideas or thoughts, I'd love to hear them. Thanks a lot. Brian.
carlturney posted a question in Plant Identification (non-cactus)Hi All, (1) About a year or 2 ago, I bought a packet of "Ipomoea violacea var Milky Way" from our most excellent benefactors here at SAB. It sure seemed different than the I. violaceas I've grown in the past: A more hairy plant, and the number, size, & shape of the seeds were slightly different. Now I see a Wikipedia entry that says Milky Way are I. purpurea, not I. violacea/tricolor. Anyone point me to a reference that would clear this identification up? (2) Any info anywhere on whether Milky Way seeds are more, less, or similar (in psychoactive effects) to Heavenly Blues or Pearly Gates? (3) Finally, if it =is= I.purpurea, I read a post about that being a more invasive and weedy species. So not likely to die in a typical Melbourne-type winter? By the way: Whatever species it is, I had lots of empty seed pods and no signs of seed on the ground. So the local mice (or ?) probably like it a lot. Thanks very much, Carl Melbourne