Citation: TSV. "Much Writing Accomplished, Many New Ideas Explored: An Experience with Cannabis Edible, Passion Flower & Coleus (exp112270)". Erowid.org. Feb 7, 2019. erowid.org/exp/112270
Coleus: Succesful First Attempt
In a sentence: I treated Coleus like chewing tobacco.
Background: Sleep in the 24 hours prior to experiment was irregular; too little at night resulting in nap the day of the experiment. Medicines taken within 48 hours prior include: THC, aspirin (325 mg daily) an aminoketone (200 mg daily) and a selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) (20 mg daily). No MAOI diet day of experiment. Setting is indoor bedroom.
The notes below are somewhat haphazard, as the experiment was done on a whim, and not much was expected from this experiment. The general wisdom online is that one needs LARGE amounts of Coleus (juiced as whole plant or extracted via cold water method) to obtain any results. Only a SMALL amount was used here; so not much was expected.
6:30 p.m. Large dose of edible THC ingested. The exact amount of THC taken is left out here, as tolerance is very much dependent on the individual. What worked for the purposes of this experiment may be very unadvisable for another person. As of this time, there was no intention to try coleus.
7:00 p.m. On a whim, decision was made to try a very conservative amount of coleus: Picked approximately three leaves (small, medium, large) from two different Coleus varietals (so, six leaves total): one plant source was a green-grey varietal (coleus de saturno) and the other source was the more familiar multi-color ruby red and emerald green varietal (a hybrid that included the famous coleus blumei). Both plants were mature specimens and blooming at the time.
Preparation: None. Leaves simply were washed and then chewed slowly and gently without swallowing any of the plant material. After a few minutes, the leaves were reduced to the size of a very large tobacco “plug.” The plug was then placed in the side of the mouth, whereupon the plant material thereafter was slowly and gently chewed for about 90 minutes, much like chewing tobacco. Taste was like kale or spinach.
8:00 p.m. Second and last large dose of edible THC ingested. Slight nausea noted at this time.
8:15 p.m.: Coleus plug removed. Slight nausea continues. Light meal of vegetables, rice and very small amount of meat consumed. Nausea appears to dissipate after this time.
8:30 p.m. Ingested small dose of passion flower extract (non-dealcoholized type, though this might have actually contributed to the nausea the next day). The dose was that recommended on the bottle (single eye-drop full).
Note: Syrian rue available but not used, as experience to date is that Syrian rue increases heart rate and blood pressure. Coleus seemed to do some of the same, so not advisable to use rue in this context.
9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Lights out (though they were to come on again). Up to this time, no non-THC effects had been observed. The rest of the evening, into early morning: 45 minutes no music; 45 minutes with music. During this time, narrative prose was written when things got too intense (more on this below). Three things to note:
First, no experience of disassociation. Rather, as is typical of THC, there was euphoria or paranoia, as the case may be; but in either case, I was very conscious of the “self” that is experiencing the euphoria / paranoia. For the most part, only euphoria was experienced in this experiment. However, there were exceptions. And this experiment did detour from the usual THC experience.
The first indications that this experience would be different than THC-induced vision quests were the emergence of some intense lightning-like flashes (almost like brain zaps) that proceeded from the sides of the mind’s eye when eyes were first closed. This was never observed before with just THC / passion flower. Soon thereafter, very intense visuals followed, including incredibly complex geometric patterns, but also extremely realistic (almost photographic) images of tents and other things that simply move past the mind’s eye. The images were extremely “real,” though again, there was no loss of self into the image. Colors were often intensely “real,' though somewhat muted (luminescent sky blues, many ochre reds, mustard yellows). Again, despite extensive prior experience with THC and passion flower, this level of intensity was completely new
despite extensive prior experience with THC and passion flower, this level of intensity was completely new
Second, as a consequence, if matters got too intense, merely opening eyes and turning on the room light would stop (mostly) the “negatives” of the experience. Moreover, I could “function” in this setting. Space is slightly reordered, but time not so much. Thus, the experience was subject to control. Indeed, much writing and composing of thoughts was done during the time period in question. It was found that emotions like empathy (which seem to appear more readily in the edible, as opposed to vape/smoke, form of THC) remain as active as they do when using only THC.
Third, while the experience seemed to follow the basic “plot” or experiential time-line I would experience with edible THC, the visuals were much, much more intense. Moreover, they often seemed to move in three dimensional multi-layers or waves, very hard to explain: but it was less like viewing a kaleidoscope than sitting in a chair where “energies' moved around me in a true three dimensional space of waves, shimmers, flashes etc.
Circa 12:30 a.m. Moved in and out of light sleep. Visuals continue. Then, experience largely over. Sleep.
Next day: After effects: slight nausea, tired, drained, similar to the last stage of an LSD-25 or psilocybin experience; very mild depression (it seems very likely serotonin / dopamine levels were lowered); brain stutters or zaps (non-painful, but noticeable—more like a reel-to-reel projector movie “skipping” frames than the more familiar brain zaps). On the whole, I would classify the after affects as rather mild; similar to prescription SSRIs that did not “take” (zaps, stutters). Nausea, however, stuck around a bit longer than that experienced in the past. Partial allergy to alcohol in the passion flower might be the culprit.
All-in-all, an incredible experience. Probably the strongest visuals ever experienced to date from any psychedelic. Much writing accomplished, many new ideas explored. So, very useful. For the future: will need to disentangle the rather significant role that THC played in this.
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