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    African Pscychoactive Plants

    The last few days I’ve been using my campus access to hit the journals and see if I can turn up any more interesting bits & pieces. Searching for serotonin in Planta Medica led me to the plant Boophone disticha . This plant contains alkaloids which have affinity to the serotonin reuptake transport protein (SERT) (Neergaard et al, 2008). (both cited by Stafford in the article below)Cool. Searching the web for info about this plant led me to these two massive articles The first is “A preliminary inventory of plants used for psychoactive purposes in southern African healing traditions”, Transactions of the Royal Society of South Africa, Sobiecki, 2002. Abstract (The good bits anyway): I won’t post this publically as I’m specifically prohibited from doing so in the terms & conditions of my use of that journal. I might provide a copy you if PM me, but I'd only count on it if you are Torsten or a Moderator/Trusted member. The other is: “Review on plants with CNS-effects used in traditional South African medicine against mental diseases.” Gary I. Stafford, Mikael E. Pedersen, Johannes van Staden, Anna K. Jäger, Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 2008. This article looks at fewer species, but in a bit more depth. The 14 page table of plants, broken down into those used for convulsions & epilepsy, depression, and dementia is fantastic. (See attached pdf) For those too lazy or busy to read them, here are some highlights from both papers: Dioscorea dregeana [wild yam, isidakwdilabatheka (Z)] The Zulu use tubers for hysterical fits and to cure insanity (Gerstner, 1941; Watt & Breyer-Brandwijk, 1962), while cold infusions from the tubers are used as soporifics (Hutchings et al., 1996). Two teaspoonfuls of fresh macerate from the tuber are reputed to make a person drunk (Gerstner, 1939). It is a profound sedative, and is used by unspecified groups in South Africa to treat various other conditions such as epilepsy, hysteria, insomnia, pain and acute psychosis (Van Wyk & Gericke,2000). It is often mixed with Boophane disticha to synergise the visionary (hallucinatory) experience and is a popular psychoactive plant sold on the muti markets in Johannesburg (J.F. Sobiecki, pers. obs.). Lannea schweinfurthii The roots are covered with a dense layer of very fine root hairs, that are reportedly used as a sedative snuff, and the smoke of the burned roots is inhaled as a sedative (vanWyk and Gericke, 2000) Vernonia amygdalina In Malawi women who want their beer to be “strong” rub the insides of the pots with the leaves of this plant to make the brew more intoxicating (Williamson, 1974). Cineraria aspera [moholu-oa-pela (S)]The leaves can be smoked for respiratory problems and is said to be as intoxicating as Cannabis sativa L.* (Phillips, 1917; Jacot Guillarmod, 1971). Plumbago zeylancia Suspected to be used by the San to induce a trance state, and the genus contains substances that have a stimulant and narcotic action on the central nervous system (Winkelman & Dobkin de Rios, 1989). Reported to be used as a narcotic in West Africa (Ayensu, 1978). And much, much more. Enjoy! sdarticle.pdf
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    What’s up, mid north coast?

    Hey all, After 4 lovely years in Melbourne (where I was made to feel truly welcome & loved by @etherealdrifter and @Amazonian), I’ve relocated to the mid north coast of NSW (Forster-Tuncurry). So, once we’ve settled in (and assuming we don’t all end up in lockdown), it would be cool to catch up with any peeps that might be around this neck of the woods.
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    What’s up, mid north coast?

    Quite a few between Forster and Coffs.
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    African Pscychoactive Plants

    Super-bump: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0254629918320027
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    What’s up, mid north coast?

    They say sequels are never as good, and that goes for lockdowns, especially if you’re up to number 6. (I know they’re necessary, but they’ve definitely been financially and mentally tough to live through.) Still, the sun was out today, and I’ve had my shots (5G to brainstem connection is growing in nicely), so I’m doing ok overall.
  6. I suspect the binfire (or bonfire) is going to get hotter in the near future @Darklight. There are some pretty heavy hitters who are unhappy with MMA, and at least one of their paid staff has left recently (with more rumours of mismangment and disaffection, including amongst volunteers).
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    Meet up: Melbourne

    Yeah, that would be nice.
  8. This whole thread makes me deeply happy. Also, unhappy.
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    Online Mushroom Day 2021

    Due to the current restrictions in Victoria the Australian Psychedelic Society and MYCOmmunity have had to move the Melbourne Mushroom Day program to online. The event is now on Saturday June 12 between 1pm and 8pm. It'll l be recorded to available to watch for 6 weeks. There will also be extra opportunities for Q&A with the speakers over the 6 week period (schedule TBA). Tickets here: https://events.humanitix.com/mushroom-day-2021?_ga=2.185152937.1851544095.1622694995-1602649199.1622694995 There'll be talks and workshops on many topics including: ecology and conservation mushroom cultivation mushroom medicines how to use iNaturalist how to use a microscope sequencing fungi and environmental DNA safe foraging of edible mushrooms poisonous look-alikes natural dyeing myco-materials Keynote speakers: Dr Alison Pouliot - an ecologist, environmental photographer and honorary fellow at the Australian National University. Her research spans both northern and southern hemispheres where she is actively involved in fungal conservation andethnomycology, conducting over 400 fungus workshops and forays over the last two decades. Alison’s recent book, The Allure of Fungi (CSIRO Publishing) explores the natural and cultural curiosities of the fungal realm. Her new book (co-authored with mycologist Tom May) is the first field guide to edible fungi in Australia will be published later this year. More information is available at www.alisonpouliot.com Dr Sapphire McMullan-Fisher is an ecologist who has a special interest in conservation of biodiversity, particularly the macrofungi and mosses. She has lived in Australia, New Zealand and Africa and is interested in these and similar landscapes around the world. She most enjoys spending time in bushland and working with community groups to help them understand the importance of fungi in maintaining health. www.funfungiecology.com
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    six years later and i'm back

    Yeah, still some of us old-timers lurking here, our shapely skulls replete with forbidden knowledge.
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    Campervan conversion ideas?

    I was thinking of buying a campervan, or just a van and doing the conversion myself. Figured we’d get a bit of use out of it and then rent it out to help cover costs through camplify, camptoo or similar. Any ideas on what I should look for - best models etc., or where to get info on conversions? Has anyone had any experience renting out their van through any of these companies? I’ve got my eye out for something not too old, and with not too many kms on it, but thanks as far as I’ve gotten in terms of narrowing it down.
  12. I want to make it very clear from the outset that this post isn’t about anyone or anything in particular, either recently or in the deeper past - and this thread isn’t for discussing particular people or events, no exceptions. What this is about is the health and well-being of members of this community (and our many guests), especially those who might be feeling vulnerable. If you are struggling with mental health issues, and/or you are having suicidal thoughts or impulses, there are people and resources that can help. If you know someone in this position, and you need help, both for yourself, and to help them – many of these organisations are specifically set up to provide that too. In many situations, especially when things are acutely bad, my go-to would be the Suicide Call Back Service: https://www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au/ – I know people who’ve made use of them and heard good things. The Suicide Call Back Service is a 24-hour, nationwide service that provides telephone and online counselling to people 15 years and over who fit one of the following categories: People who are suicidal People caring for someone who is suicidal People bereaved by suicide Health professionals supporting people affected by suicide. The Suicide Call Back Service is especially suited to people who are geographically or emotionally isolated. Other organisations that may be helpful include: SANE Australia https://www.sane.org/ (I've also heard really good things about the support they can provide). Lifeline https://www.lifeline.org.au/ Headspace http://headspace.org.au/ Black Dog Institute http://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/ If anyone has any other recommendations, including for outside Australia, please share them.
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    Meet up: Melbourne

    What time are ppl going to be there?
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    Meet up: Melbourne

    See above.
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    Meet up: Melbourne

    They say the way to a man’s heart is though his stomach. I say, aim lower.
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    Meet up: Melbourne

    I should be able to make it - should be a few ppl coming along. Usual location?
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    Meet up: Melbourne

    OMFG, yes! will be great to see you again @Amazonian
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    Meet up: Melbourne

    Fucking epic idea. I'm going out of my tiny little mind.
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    Watch this space

    Yeah @Northerner I saw that too . Well, I remembered to put a short recommendation in to the TGA in favour of getting CBD scheduled as a pharmacy-only medicine. I know it’s not a huge thing, but it would help with public attitudes I think, as well as being really helpful for the conditions CND can help alleviate.
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    Watch this space

    INQUIRY INTO THE USE OF CANNABIS IN VICTORIA Terms of Reference On 30 May 2019, the Legislative Council agreed to the following motion: That this house, requires the Legal and Social Issues Committee to inquire into, consider and report, by no later than 2 March 2020, into the best means to — prevent young people and children from accessing and using cannabis in Victoria; protect public health and public safety in relation to the use of cannabis in Victoria; implement health education campaigns and programs to ensure children and young people are aware of the dangers of drug use, in particular, cannabis use; prevent criminal activity relating to the illegal cannabis trade in Victoria; assess the health, mental health, and social impacts of cannabis use on people who use cannabis, their families and carers; and further requires the Committee to assess models from international jurisdictions that have been successful in achieving these outcomes and consider how they may be adapted for Victoria. https://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/lsic-lc/article/4259
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    Watch this space

    Definitely both disappointments in their own ways. Maybe we’ll have more impact going straight to the TGA. That they’d even consider it is a big deal.
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    Watch this space

    https://www.tga.gov.au/consultation-invitation/consultation-proposed-amendments-poisons-standard-joint-acmsaccs-meetings-june-2020 ping @Responsible Choice! Submissions are open with the TGA for potentially downgrading the schedule for prescription cannabidiol (CBD) from a doctor at Schedule 4 to Pharmacy-only with no prescription needed (after a conversation with the pharmacist). I hope ppl will consider making a submission for this - not the main game, but progress nonetheless.
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    Sub prints wanted, eventually

    Just thought I’d get in early to say that I might be after some sub prints for microscopy once they are available as the weather cools. Ideally, I could acquire them myself, but can’t count on that with the way things are going where I am - hence the contingency. Can pay cash (assuming I’m not broke in the future, lol) or trade seeds (will have to double-check: I’m sure I have some MG and at least one trich cross I did a few years back, plus random other cacti and acacias). Edit: I'm sorted now, thanks (you know who you are)! Still other people on the lookout for prints though, so maybe throw a little love their way.
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    AU wide virtual meet

    Might have to drop in, if that’s OK. Been thinking about using Jitsi, so that will be educational too.
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    Happy COVID Party 2020

    Should we set up a room in Jitsi or something, just to talk shit? Not very discreet, especially if you want to maintain separation between your secret SAB identity and your Clarke Kent normie life. But I’d probably go for it anyway.
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