Legal Highs: Heal Your Body and Get Toasted in Blissful Symbiosis
The sinister machinations of the pharmaceutical industry is so evil in its genius, that it borders on cartoonish villainy. The constant, nagging push to flood the global market with dangerous medication is so masterfully designed in its intent, the prospective patient not only fails to be cured mostly due to a deliberately prolonged dosing program, they also end up hopelessly addicted and in many cases, much sicker. Past history in this meticulously run, highly corrupt industry shows us just the dungeon level of global irresponsibility that Big Pharma comfortably enjoys operating at, with a series of factually proven cases demonstrating one particular company's plans to flood Latin America and Asia with pills containing traces of the AIDS virus. Batches of these pills somehow managed to clear customs and several people were killed. Monty Burns looks like Mother Teresa in comparison.
The damage that most pharmaceutical drugs can do to your long term well-being is immense. Simply because a certain "medication" is legal, does not necessarily render it as automatically safe. Even something as readily available as Nurofen can cause serious stomach issues among a broad range of genetic classifications, and an overdose of Ibuprofen can quite commonly be fatal if not treated within the hour. Cancer, respiratory failure, kidney and lung disease, stomach ulcers and psoriasis of the liver equivalent to that of a veteran alcoholic, are all commonly found symptoms amongst long term users.
The pharmaceutical industry does not have a legitimate place in the world of medicine; perhaps once, they did. But a salivation for the almighty dollar means that now, they don't. Luckily, we live on a planet that is unconditionally generous to all of her inhabitants. It seems a shame that we treat her like a money making, garbage disposal. Earth is a saint, not a slut.
Mother Nature is an oft misunderstood blessing. There is no disguise; she is as open and as vulnerable as a new born child. Most of us fail to utilise her properly, myself included. But the benefits are large, and as we are children of the Earth ourselves, we are designed to reap. How wonderful it is that we can beat cancer cheaply and get high legally with plants from our own backyards? Perfect symbiosis. She's a giver, that one.
Below is a balanced list of nature's miracles; health beneficial and altered state conducive in equal measure. Let's experiment.
Cannabis is amazing, and not just to enhance listening to stoner rock. The wonder plant can assist in quelling symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, migraine headaches, chronic pain, muscle spasms, glaucoma, epileptic seizures and preliminary studies have shown that Cannabis in the form of tea can help to thwart the early onset of cancer. It has even been known to help aid the appetite of AIDS/HIV patients.
Here's the symbiotic part:
The human body actually has membrane receptors called Cannabinoids, that produce positive influences on the body once interacting with Cannabis. The creationist sector of our society, the fundamental religious right, generally believe that using Cannabis in any form goes against God. But if God created all, including Cannabinoid receptors and the plant itself, another form of symbiosis, then shouldn't weed be a holy sacrament rather than, oh I don't know, wine?
The Cannabis plant in all its glory can be found almost anywhere. It's called weed for a reason.
*Please note: Marijuana, like everything, is not to be used in high doses and is most health beneficial when consumed orally in the form of a tea.
Eschscholzia, commonly known as the Californian Poppy, is a natural opioid that contains Mother Nature's home remedy for anxiety, Nervine. The entire plant can also be used as a very effective pain reliever and especially helps with migraine headaches and muscular inflammation of the lower back. Simply brew the leaves, stems, flowers and roots into a medium strength tea.
If you're a Gen X'er like me, kudos! Like me, you'll also remember those old Warner Bros. cartoons from childhood and a defeated Sylvester, swilling catnip after another fruitless day trying to catch that smartarse little Tweety Bird. That's what this stuff is; Catnip.
For so long we've been told that there is no cure for the common cold; it's a lie. Catnip not only cures colds, but also fever, and greatly helps rid stomach pains, bloating, period pain and migraine headaches.
The actual plant is a type of mint and can be brewed in a tea, added to smoothies or juices, or, once the leaves are washed, eaten directly from the plant.
*Nepeta is also an essential oil called Nepetalactone.
Slightly more difficult to obtain but possible nonetheless, Copaifera Officinalis is mostly found in the Bolivian and Peruvian sectors of the Amazon Jungle and Basin.
The plant has been a major part of health care among Amazon tribes for centuries and has many uses. Urinary tract issues, kidney disease, asthma, tuberculosis, rheumatoid arthritis and epileptic seizures. Having spoken to several Amazonian jungle healers about the plant's healing qualities, I am now convinced of its powers and have even been assured on more than one occasion that the natural oils obtained from the leaf has cured individual cases of Diabetes among many local communities.
The Amazon is the world's epicentre of natural medicine, and Bolivia especially has a large concentration of healing plants (more than 2,000) that treat a variety of symptoms.
*For a very small fee, there are a multitude of local Amazonian healers who are willing to educate on the healing powers of many indigenous plants.
andelion grows rampant all over the planet and is often treated as a noxious weed. But it isn't; it's a saviour. Scientific studies have now shown that Dandelion root actually kills off cancer cells in their early stage. This stuff is in your backyard, man! It kills cancer cells! Stop mowing your lawns immediately!
Big Pharma, of course, would like you to think that only chemotherapy kills cancer cells; in three percent of cases it does, but it's an over load of radiation injected into your body. It kills everything!
Like with many natural medicines, tea is the most efficient method of Dandelion root consumption and also the most gentle on the body. Simply dig the entire plant from your lawn, including the roots, with a small garden fork. Wash the roots thoroughly and let them steep in boiling water for approximately ten minutes. Make it strong, it won't kill you. But radiation might.
*Please ensure that the Dandelion is free of herbicide prior to consumption.
The fruit from the Areca palm is to many Asian and African people what the Goji Berry is to rich, bored housewives who play tennis, do yoga and sleep with their gardeners. More commonly known as the Betel Nut, the fruit has been a vital part of many indigenous cultures around the world for many centuries and is used to assist with the prevention of the common cold, lethargy, anaemia and even as an appetite suppressant. Its main use though, is for recreational purposes and provides a nice little buzz, something akin to the Coca Leaf or Pseudoephedrine.
I first became aware of the Betel Nut whilst trekking through the Northern Philippines where I noticed that many of the native Ifugao Indians seemed to be walking around with very red mouths and lips. This was from a lifetime of chewing the super fruit.
Although the Betel Nut is not indigenous to many parts of the world, quantities are available to buy online; but please check your local laws and custom regulations prior to purchase.
*Over-consumption of Betel Nut may cause long term effects on the liver, stomach and kidneys.
Better known as Morning Glory, Ipomoea Purpurea is classified as a noxious weed in South Eastern Australia. As an ex-commercial gardener, I spent many hours pulling this stuff from overloaded back fences all across Melbourne's metropolitan area. However, as with the Dandelion, this stuff is amazing! The seeds from the Morning Glory are nature's version of LSD as they are packed with Lysergic Acid Amide (LSA), which means that they are a naturally occurring psychedelic.
Collecting the seeds is easy; either extract them from the ever-present flowers yourself, or purchase them by the packet from your local garden centre.
For the desired effect, put on your favourite Pink Floyd album and chew the seeds slowly.
*Unless you are particularly tolerant to hallucinogenics, please do not consume more than three milligrams within a 48 hour period.
As a recovering heroin addict, I have found it most beneficial in assisting with keeping the opiate cravings at bay, however, too much Kratom can make you queasy.
For optimum results, a dose between five and eight grams should suffice, giving you a nice, focused edge not dissimilar to coffee, but without the jitters. In fact, the leaf has been used to help alleviate anxiety and many ADHD sufferers prefer its more gentle effects than that of Ritalin.
*Prolonged, consistent use of Kratom can lead to addiction and should be used no more than twice per week at no more than eight grams per dose.
The fabled Peyote; Mother Nature's drug of choice. Since the dawn of time, this spineless desert cactus has guided the spirits of wandering lost souls of Aztec and Navajo alike. Nowadays, hordes of the unwashed and dreadlocked flock to Mexican deserts every year to explore the nether world of mescaline dreaming. Whether an ancient spirit or fad-seeking backpacker, many leave the desert with a much clearer understanding of self; and that's what Peyote does.
It's the mescaline alkaloid in this magical plant that provides the hallucinogenic high, one that is not of the LSD party drug variety, but more an introspective high; one that requires a soul-searching peace. The cactus is both psychoactive and medicinal, and produces an altered state of deep insight with highly exacerbated auditory effects.
Just eat the buttons raw, and chew very slowly to let them roll around in your mouth.
Anywhere between 10-20 grams is optimum for one dose, and my advice is to not fight or attempt to alter any feelings that may come on whilst on the drug. This is not about reducing inhibitions or feeling amazing, this is a spiritual quest. Oh, and you will throw up, it's all part of the cleansing.
*A strict, regimented diet and preparation process is required prior to ingesting Peyote. No meat, salt, fatty foods or carbs for 48-72 hours prior, and guys, sorry, but no ejaculation for at least 72 hours prior.
As alluded to before, the Amazon is planet Earth's drug den. There are literally thousands of species of plants and vines that can heal, stimulate or alter. Of them all, Banisteriopsis, Ayahuasca to you and me, is possibly the most well known.
Found in Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and Colombia, Ayahuasca has long been brewed into a tea as a spiritual medicine by Amazon tribes and the vine has often been compared to Peyote. Like Peyote, the Ayahuasca is designed to induce vomiting, which releases the negative energies and emotions built up over the course of one's life. Don't fight it, the purging process is best served when unrestrained.
I highly advise that consumption of Ayahuasca be undertaken in the presence of an authentic Shaman; they can be found near river towns throughout, such as the Amazonian town of Iquitos, Peru. Mancoluto is his name, and he will sit side by side with you through every stage of the process. Ask around; the locals know and love him.
*As with Peyote, a strict dietary regime is to be followed prior to Ayahuasca ingestion. Hit this link to get the rundown.
Natural medicine is everywhere and provides us with everything we could possibly need to keep us healthy and open. Of course, there are many more naturally occurring medicinal options growing around our planet; Sage, Nettle, Lavender, Yarrow, Chilli, Rose Hip, Ferns, Dogwood and Walnut are but a few common species to help get you started. Remember, be safe, follow the guidelines and above all, be patient. Like everything in nature, the process is slow and will unfold blissfully before your very eyes.