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A Truly Beautiful Time
St. John's Wort
Citation:   Deech. "A Truly Beautiful Time: An Experience with St. John's Wort (exp110130)". Erowid.org. Mar 26, 2017. erowid.org/exp/110130

 
DOSE:
20.7 g oral St. John's Wort (tea)
  2.5 g smoked St. John's Wort (dried)
BODY WEIGHT: 265 lb
I bought 1 pound of cut and sifted St. Johnís Wort online. The night it arrived, a group of friends and I all went out to an isolated picnic table in the middle of a cozy community to consume our respective pleasantries.

I chose to try out the herb, and prepared a 12oz cup of hot tea with it (20.07g steeped for 5 minutes in boiling water), and rolled 2.5g up in an ultra-thin rice paper with a cotton filter on the end and twisted to close. I drank the tea as we took a 10 minute walk to the table. Once we were there I was nearly finished with the cup and lit the rollup.

Smoking St. Johnís Wort yielded a quick onset: for me, its effects include a feeling of peace, a subtle but gooey body high and clarity of mind - and this all came immediately after I had burned through half of the cigarette. Contrarily, ingesting it as a tea yielded a time-release, meaning that the effects Ďsnuck upí on me and settled in very slowly.

The flavors of the herb were not very striking at this time, as a tea I thought it tasted similar to a strong green tea and the smoke held the taste of a calm campfire. Pleasant, but subtle.

It was cool and windy, the kind of night that makes me want to go out and share it with people. Smelling the herb from the bag, I noted a unique scent, similar to that of oregano and parsley. After finishing both the tea and cigarette, I felt light and giggly from the body high, as well as a climb in mood. My mind was very clear and everything I saw and heard made me feel warm and happy. I believe the herb made for a wonderful bonding experience with some friends that night.

In conclusion: Mixing tea and smoke in the same session has repeatedly produced the effects described in me and feels absolutely wonderful. I try not to steep the tea for much more than 5 minutes as the taste will become unpleasantly bitter, and in the same vein I donít let the smoke run too hot, because taste is affected by the heat.

Exp Year: 2017ExpID: 110130
Gender: Male 
Age at time of experience: 19
Published: Mar 26, 2017Views: 8,090
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