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    Khat seed

    This lot of seed freshly harvested from old mother khat, unknown viability, PM if you'd care to try propagating and I will send you some. Second pic. shows established clone, for reference.
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    Urgent Harm minimisation alert

    At an independent Melbourne supermarket yesterday, I could choose from Hoyts, Royal Fields, or (Indian) white poppy seeds. This is the same food distributor responsible for the "Royal Fields" brand.
  3. Anyone else tried using negative prompts? Twisted tech, for sure ... https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-11-26/loab-age-of-artificial-intelligence-future/101678206
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    Intergeneric Breeding with Electricity

    I've heard that bees use electromagnetic polarity to navigate among flowers. Flowers being positively (or is it negatively?) charged prior to a bee visit, then reverse-polarity for a while thereafter. I don't remember the source: Attenborough on TV? In any case ... Shouldn't DC polarity make a difference, or is it merely the flow of electrons through the plant that does the trick -- in which case, you wouldn't need a connection to "ground" per se, just any two points on the plant? Is the technique said to work for potted cactus, substituting potting media for true ground? Or only for in-ground specimens? Would touching terminals to root and branch (on a bare-rooted plant) yield the same result? Sometimes I use a DC source to heat the wires in my beekeeping frames -- if you left the terminals connected long enough, you'd presumably overheat the plant -- granted, cactus not being as conductive as metal? Who knows? (rhetorical question) There is an interesting chapter on pioneering botanical experiments involving electricity, in The Invisible Rainbow -- http://libgen.is/book/index.php?md5=93E30FBB4FC43B490B7EB477C0795C37
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    Urgent Harm minimisation alert

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-11-24/accidentally-growing-opium-poppies-for-wedding-bouquet/101692340
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    What’s new?

    Things have slowed to a snail's pace around here, judging by the gallery images ...
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    new khat variety

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delayed_gratification Got any more details regarding provenance? Horn of Africa is a bit vague ...
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    treating hypertension with herbs

    yarrow, garlic, tea, hibiscus, honeysuckle, valerian, ashwagandha -- all may have potential for treating high blood pressure, the latter being indicated for stress-induced hypertension source: Healing with Plants: The Chelsea Physic Garden Herbal (2021)
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    M.speciosa leaf cutting

    I've also seen the technique demonstrated using just the upper half of a leaf (bisected perpendicular to stem). A leaf laid flat on surface of growing media will sometimes work. As mentioned above, some species (e.g. S. divinorum) will produce roots from a leaf cutting, but nothing further than that. Plenty other species will readily develop into new plants from a single leaf, given *time* and favourable growing conditions. I would love to get my hands on a M. speciosa clone!
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    Urgent Harm minimisation alert

    Isn't food-grade poppy seed typically sourced from Hungarian blue poppies, and medicinal-grade from Papaver bracteatum? Maybe a shortage due to supply chain issues forced distributors to repackage industrial-medicinal seeds as food-grade? Are store-bought (food) seeds viable?
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    MMA on Four Corners tonight

    Last night's episode of 7:30 presented MDMA and even (Peruvian-shamanic) ayahuasca as prospective treatments for PTSD. No psychedelic sensationalism, accusations of sexual misconduct, or financial misappropriation. I think Rick Doblin even featured for a few seconds. But no mention of MMA or the earlier 7:30 report.
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    Aptenia cordifolia (A Zulu traditional medicine)

    Mesembryanthemum = Aptenia? I've got this growing at random, my plant ID app tells me it's M. cordifolia. Don't know where it came from, but it's always reminded me of Sceletium spp. Both seem to be unstoppable ground covers.
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    Catha Edulis (Khat, Qat) Green and Narrow Leaf

    Looking for narrow-leaf khat seeds or plant, please PM if you know of anything for sale/trade.
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    treating hypertension with herbs

    Eat more plants in general: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5466938/
  15. I've had around 50% germination rate for some seed I bought from UK supplier. But it seems the young seedlings are very prone to damping off -- at some point they typically just wilt and fall over. I'm wondering has anyone had success raising S. recognita from seed? Please share any growing tips, experience you might have.
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    roseii 2

    From the album: Sacred snails

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    roseii 2

    I didn't remove this snail, and now - more than 3 weeks later - this plant remains untouched (not even a nibble). But other plants weren't so lucky. (I found a small TBM pup that had been entirely hollowed out, with a circular tunnel right through the middle of it).
  18. https://psychedelicwater.com False advertising?
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    Legality Of Papaver somniferum in Victoria

    ^ What's the legal reference? I noticed a couple of things trying to get my head around the law in WA (at the request of a stickler for paperwork). In one of the legislative instruments, having equipment to manufacture a poison is tantamount to manufacture: no prohibited plant material required. I'm guessing anyone with a saucepan or oven in their kitchen could be at risk of police harassment in WA. The other thing I noticed somewhere, was an exemption for botanical, chemical or other experts -- apparently these are permitted possession of otherwise prohibited plant materials in WA?
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    Advice, comments, please

    If you're happy with the form why not just repot. But you could divide and propagate from any of those arms. Cutting longer arms can make repotting easier. Cut at an angle to allow water runoff -- pups will tend to form at highest remaining aureole (as well as basally, from your pic). But during rainy weather, avoid cutting your cactus due to infection risk. Always allow cut surfaces to dry and callous over, before planting out as new plants. You can trim longer roots as you repot, it won't hurt but may stimulate root growth, and makes repotting easier.
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    Post a random picture thread

    Opuntia violacea, as found on Etsy.
  22. https://greenwichuniversity.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4VAQXvp19I3yiiO?mc_cid=e4a2449c3f&mc_eid=cbbc326c01 This study is investigating difficulties people experienced after using a psychedelic drug, which they believe negatively impacted their functioning for more than a day after the trip, and what they found helpful in dealing with these difficulties. If you have had a psychedelic experience that you believe led to difficulties that lasted for longer than a day, you qualify as a candidate experience. You must be over 18 to participate.
  23. https://hopkinspsychedelic.org/gendersexualidentity-survey?mc_cid=e4a2449c3f&mc_eid=cbbc326c01 ... an internet-based survey research study about psychedelics (e.g., MDMA, Mescaline/Peyote/San Pedro, LSD, Psilocybin, 5-MeO-DMT) among gender and sexual minority adults. This study will permit a better understanding about the study of altered states of consciousness, interpretation, and immediate and long-term effects of psychedelics among this understudied group. Our hope is that, ultimately, we will receive thousands of responses to the survey so that we can better understand gender and sexual minorities’ experiences after taking psychedelics, resulting in better clinical protocols and treatment options in the future.
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    Seeking Salvia recognita

    https://www.specialplants.net/shop/seeds/salvia_recognita/ SAB member Trip put me on to this professional source for the seeds -- fast international delivery (1 week or so). I set some aside from my initial order, but they're all gone now. Some of them, hopefully, to become plants. https://www.ebay.com/itm/255442627858 I'd love to try these as well. Previous attempts were blocked by PayPal but after corresponding with Canadian seller, this link (for 100 seeds) should now work for Australian customers. Seeds are from a German supplier, according to seller, who claims to have grown S. recognita from this source in past years. Seller's other listings include the word "divinorum" and they think that's why PayPal may have refused purchase before. Worth a shot, I reckon, but I can't afford to invest any more at the moment.
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