WHY THE DEA (NEARLY) SCHEDULED KRATOM

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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KRATOM BAN DELAYED INDEFINITELY

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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Peganum harmala – Syrian Rue

Syrian rue is one of the plants that has been suggested to be the original haoma plant of Persia. It may have also been used as an entheogen by the mystery religion that surrounded the god Mithras. In the Koran, it is stated that “every root, every leaf of harmel, is watched over by an angel who waits for a person to come in search of healing.” Therefore, dervishes in Buchara are said to worship and use harmala for its inebriating effects.

Cytisus canariensis – Genista

Genista (Cytisus canariensis) is employed as an entheogen in the magic practices of Yaqui medicine men in northern Mexico where it was introduced from the Canary Islands. There it may have been used by the indigenous Guancha people in their rituals worshiping the Goddess Tara. It is rare for a non-indigenous plant to find its way into the religious and magic customs of a people. Known also by the scientific name Genista canariensis, this species is the “genista” of florists.

Calliandra anomala – Red Powder Puff

The Aztecs were known to drip the sap of C. anomala in to the nose to induce hypnotic sleep. The root was chewed or peeled, ground and mixed with water and honey in order to treat coughs. In modern Mexican folk medicine, the root is still used to treat fevers, diarrhea and malaria. The plant is also becoming increasingly important in treating diabetes.

Cyperus articulatus – Piri Piri

Many aboriginal tribes that live in the Amazonian tropical rainforests believe that Piri Piri grass has magical qualities and have used it to cure disease, heal wounds, relieve pain, and for many other folk remedies. The Sharanahua Indians, from the Amazon river basin, have used Cyperus articulatus to help pregnant women induce labor, or even force an early term abortion.

Theobroma cacao – Cacao Tree

Over four thousand years ago, the cacao tree was first cultivated in Central America where it was held in high esteem as a food of Divinity. Consumed during rituals, the fruits of the cacao tree were be offered as sacraments to the gods. Its botanical name, Theobroma cacao, refers directly to the cacao tree’s relationship to the divine.

Cymbopogon densiflorus – Lemongrass

Entheogenic and ethnographic research conducted in 1918 by Newbould found that the Tanganyika tribe shaman and witch doctors use this plant to induce vivid dreams and foretell the future. The medicine men in the tribe are known to use this grass to produce elevated states of intoxication, in which they are able to visualize the ailments of patients and prescribe an appropriate remedy.

Coryphantha compacta – Pincushion Cactus

C. compacta is believed to be the Tarahumara híkuri known as “bakánawa.” Bakánawa, like most híkuri, is both respected and feared as a god, and considered to have a soul and human emotions. It has been recorded as both more powerful, and as only second in power, to L. williamsii. To some populations of Tarahumara, particularly those of Guadalupe, it is (was) their primary híkuri, being valued instead of L. williamsii.

Conocybe siligineoides – Cone Caps

The common name for C. siligineoides is Ya’nte, or Ta’a’ya. The Mazatec use the mushroom as an entheogen. Recently, a cult centering around Tamu, or ‘Mushroom of Awareness’, a species of Conocybe, has been discovered in the Ivory Coast region. The Aztecs called sacred mushrooms Teonanacatl, or ‘food of the gods’ and used it ritual and for divination and healing.

Coleus blumei – Painted Nettle

El Ahijado was first studied by Gordon Wasson while he was searching Southern Mexico for the mythical psychoactive plant used by the Aztecs known as Pipiltzintzintli. During Wasson’s expedition through the Sierra Madre Mazateca region, not only did he discover the ritual use of Salvia Divinorum as a hallucinogen, but he also learned of the use of Coleus Blumei as a potent substitute for Salvia. When Salvia Divinorum, La Hembra (the Woman) was unavailable, the native shaman would use the leaves and flowers of El Ahijado (the Godson) in its place.

Claviceps purpurea – Ergot

In 1943 chemist Albert Hofmann was studying ergot fungus in search of alkaloids that might be beneficial to the burgeoning field of modern medicine. While working with the alkaloid ergine, he synthesised LSD-25 (d-lysergic acid diethylamide). The substance was initially considered unremarkable, but several years after the initial synthesis, Hofmann worked with the compound again and absorbed some of it through his fingers. He then became aware of the potent psychoactive nature of the compound, and its fame spread rapidly, first among the medical community, and then among the youth of the hippie movement of the 1960’s and ’70’s.

Lycoperdon mixtecorum – Bovista

Puffballs (Lycoperdon mixtecorum and L. marginotum) are used by the Mixtec Indicins Of Oaxaca, Mexico as auditory hallucinogens. After eating these fungi, the individuals hears voices and echoes. There is apparently no ceremony connected with puffballs, and they do not enjoy the place as divinatory agents that the mushrooms do in Oaxaca. L. mixtecorum is the stronger of the two. It is called gi-i-wa, meaning ”fungus of the first quality.” L. marginatum, which has a strong odor of excrement is known as gi-i-sa-wa, meaning ”fungus of the second quality”.

Lily And Lotus

It is necessary to distinguish clearly the genus Nymphaea from Nelumbo as the term ‘lotus’ has been used in a general sense to denote both genera. The genus Nelumbo was unknown in ancient Egypt and was never found as a part of ancient monuments or of any art. Nelumbo was introduced by the Persians and was present only as a cultivated plant….The large flowers of Nelumbo are borne a meter above the water and at maturity the petals are shed revealing a large funnel-form seed pod. Likewise the leaves are often a meter across and are peltate. They are always held above the surface of the water. These characteristics are not found together in any of the water lilies.

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