What I think really happened, is that the DEA had no idea how large the Kratom industry was. They vastly underestimated the pro-Kratom movement, the number of Kratom users, as well as the size of the Kratom industry. After reading through the extraordinarily cherry-picked, and very biased notice they entered into the Federal Register, the truth becomes difficult to deny. In fact, in a discussion with an industry insider who had an attorney in daily contact with the DEA, an agent was quoted as saying; “If we had any idea what the public reaction was going to be, we never would have move to schedule Kratom in the first place.”

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It turns out that the government isn't as broken as we thought, that democracy still works, and we, as a people, do have the power to have our individual voices heard! From the horse's mouth, a spokesperson for the DEA formally announced that they do not yet have a...
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Kava Kava Dosage Guide

What is a usual and safe Kava Kava dosage? We answer that question in detail here at Entheology.com to help give you a safe path to Kava consumption.

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Combining Kava & Cannabis

Now that Cannabis is legal for recreational use in three states as of the writing of this article, it feels important to address what will undoubtedly be a continuing flood of questions regarding combining kava and cannabis (marijuana).  Customers from both Washington...
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Drugs: More Than Chemical Reactions

The growing body of evidence (albeit circumstantial) that points to what I feel is the most profound aspect of how science itself is revealing an inescapable fact: Mystical experiences, whether naturally or chemically induced, have tangible effects that reach far beyond temporary chemical reactions acting on our neural pathways through the bombardment or deprivation of normal channels of communication within the brain and central nervous system.

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Scientifically-Proven Religious Experiences?

Practically blasphemy to mainstream religions, world governments, and the mainstream population is the idea that psychedelics could have the undeniably and scientifically-measurable effect of inducing religious experiences.

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Datura discolor – Sacred Datura

Datura discolor was one of the first plants ever created, according to the Seri tribe. Therefore, it is said that humans should avoid contact with the plant as it is extremely sacred. Only shamans use the plant, as inappropriate use can be very dangerous. Datura discolor is used in similar ways to Datura innoxia in the American Southwest, for purposes of divination, magical rituals and as an aphrodisiac. However, D. discolor is used more rarely, as it is significantly more potent and therefore more difficult to work with.

Coffea arabica – Coffee Bush

The berries of the coffee bush were chewed in Africa for their stimulating effects long before coffee as a beverage was ever developed. It is said that a goatherd in Ethiopia observed his goats getting very excited after eating some beans from a coffee bush. He gave some of the beans to a village priest, who experimented with them and experienced their stimulating power. The priest then began to use them so that he could pray for extended periods of time.

Ipomoea violacea – Morning Glory

The morning glory has a rich historical tradition in psychedelic and visionary practices across multiple cultures, including those of the Chontal Indians of Oaxaca, Mexico, the highly evolved Aztecs, and the Zapotec. These seeds, without question, have been utilized throughout time as a means of communicating with the gods. Interestingly, in some areas of Mexico where the seeds are still used, I. violacea seeds are used by men, and Turbina corymbosa seeds, which contain similar alkaloids, are used by women. I. violacea is said to be somewhat more potent, but both plants are used in rituals to assist in divination and healing disease.

Celastrus paniculatus – Celastrus Seeds

Celastrus paniculatus is a deciduous climbing shrub that can grow to a very large size. The base stem of this shrub will grow up to 10 inches (25 cm) in diameter and produce many woody branches that will cling to surrounding flora for support. The inner bark is light and cork like, with yellow sapwood.

Rhynchosia pyramidalis – Piule

In a Mexican Tepantitla fresco dating back to 300-400 AD, what appear to be the seeds of Rhynchosia phaseoloides are depicted falling from the hands of the Aztec rain god, Tlaloc. This has caused some individuals to suggest that these seeds may have entheogenic properties. The seeds are called ‘piule’, a word which is also used for Psilocybin containing mushrooms and certain species of morning glory. The seeds are also used as good luck charms and regarded as auspicious gifts.

Psychotria viridis – Chacruna

The classical principle admixtures of Ayahuasca and Yagè commonly employed throughout Amazonia in Peru, Ecuador and Brazil. Related to the coffee plant in a large genus of over 700 species, Psychotria viridis is a small glabrous tree or shrub reaching 14 foot. Its use has been documented by the Sharanahua and Culina Indian tribes of the southwestern Amazon basin.

Cocos nucifera – Coconut Palm

Coconut palms have been used in India for over three thousand years. It was considered to be the most useful of all trees, because it can be used as a source of food, fibers, inebriating beverages, and other raw materials. The coconut palm is one of the most important plants economically and culturally in the tropics, and provides 8% of the world’s oil and fat.

Cannabis sativa – Fiber Hemp

Today, the United Nations Council on Drugs and Crime lists Cannabis sativa as the most widely used illicit drug in the world. The popularity of Cannabis sativa may partly reflect its relative accessibility, versatility and ease of use, but is probably equally related to its long history of use as a food (seeds and oils), recreational and ritual herb, and as a medicine that has attained the status of cure-all in India and south Central Asia.

Verbena officinalis – Vervain

Verbena is much esteemed by European herbalist traditions. Priests in ancient Rome used bundles of vervain to sweep and purify altars to Jupiter. They also used it in rituals for purposes of promoting love and peace. Pliny writes that French druids used verbena for divination, and that the Zoroastrian Magi rubbed the plant all over the body to obtain their desires and to cure all ills.

Calea zacatechichi – Dream Herb

The Chontal Indians of the Oaxaca region in Mexico have used C. zacatechichi, which they call Thle-pelakano (meaning Leaf of God) for centuries as a medicine that clarifies the senses and allows the medicine man to receive divinatory messages while dreaming and to see visions through their dreams. The plant has been tentatively identified adorning Aztec statues of Xochipilli.

Psilocybe semilanceata – Liberty Cap

Ritual use of psychedelic mushrooms in general can be dated back to the Neolithic age (9500 BCE) where cave art from northern Italy depicts mushrooms being used for shamanic purposes and sacred ceremonies. There is also anecdotal evidence of Alpine nomads revering the mushroom and calling it the ‘dream mushroom.’ Women in Spain who were accused of witchcraft near the end of the Middle Ages also apparently used this species of mushroom as a visionary aid.

Caesalpinia sepiaria – Yun Shih

For centuries this plant has been rumored to possess magical properties. In China, Yun-Shih has been used as a medicine to treat many different ailments. It was also written about in ancient Chinese herbal medicine books that claimed that the flowers “contain occult powers” and that they allowed “one to see spirits but make one idiotic if consumed in excess.” The medicinal books also claimed that the flowers “produce levitation of the body and promote communication with the spirits.”

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