Cacti - Trichocereus spp. & Syrian Rue
Citation: scintilla. "Last Hurrah: An Experience with Cacti - Trichocereus spp. & Syrian Rue (exp92478)". Erowid.org. May 11, 2018. erowid.org/exp/92478
I am a healthy 27 yr old male living in Australia. I have considerable experience with psychedelics, with mushrooms being my weapon of choice.
Set and setting:
Home alone one evening. It was the middle of winter, and my mushroom supply from the summer had run out. I was about to go overseas, and wanted to try out the many trichocereus cacti I had been growing in the backyard for the past few years.
On my handful of previous cacti trips I had taken the time to boil the green xylem layer in water and make a tea. I had reasonable success with this method, but not approaching the 'true hallucination' mushroom space. I had read that it is possible some cacti alkaloids are destroyed or altered by prolonged boiling, so wanted to try eating some fresh. Small sections of three cacti were harvested fresh from the plants after a day of bike riding and fasting. Total harvested weight was 1kg (180g T. pachanoi, 500g T. peruvianus, 320g T. bridgesii). The sections were despined, skinned and cored, leaving 650g of dark to light green xylem layer where the alkaloids supposedly reside. While this was going on 2g of syrian rue was boiled in 200mL of water and the juice of one lime. After 30 minutes of boiling, the syrian rue seeds were removed and the tea and cacti xylem blended in a food processor with half a grapefruit, making approximately a litre of slimy cactus slushy.
Also, earlier in the afternoon 15g of blue lily was added to 200mL of red wine to soak (more time to soak is ideal, but the 5 hours it got seemed to work adequately).
T + 0.00: Cactus slushy imbibed over a period of half an hour. Method of ingestion consisted of placing cactus slushy in a bucket, and drinking a shot glass worth at a time chased with water. The slushy was of such a gooey and slimy texture it was hard to get into the shot glass, hinting to me this might not be the best way to proceed. Onwards I went, regardless.
T + 0.5hr: Finished slushy, reasonably palatable compared to previous teas, no nausea yet. Caught up on world wide chaos by watching the evening news.
T + 1.5hr: Had experience definite threshold effects building over the past hour. Not feeling to good in the tummy though. Got up to go to the toilet, could not help vomiting upon arrival. Cactus mixture looks just as it did before I ate it - not the best from of ingestion, but hopefully the 1hr in my stomach and presence of MAOI helped some mescaline be absorbed.
T + 2hr: Effects building slowly - slightly disoriented, enhanced mental clarity, euphoria. Turned up some progressive psy-trance and settled down with a beer.
T + 2.5hr: Drank a glass of the blue lily wine. Immediate synergy with the mescaline, living room is transformed into an arabian palace, patterns crawling over the timber ceiling. Did not get such a synergy with the beer, so felt this must have been the blue lily working. Turned up stereo even louder and did some dancing in this new state of euphoria.
T + 3hr: Rolled a couple of joints with bush bud, tobacco from a Cigarillo, few syrian rue seeds, dried coleus foliage from the backyard and small amount of brugmansia flower. Walked in the dark into the backyard to watching the rising full moon and smoke. Not many visuals, but entered a serene state of mental awareness and introspection. I use this smoking mix a lot (1g cannabis, 1g tobacco, 1g coleus, 0.5g brugmansia flower) - coleus is a good synergizer for whatever other substance being taken, and a small amount of brug makes the smoke pleasant on the lungs.
T + 4hr: Drank more blue lily wine and watched an italian movie on TV. In my intoxicated state I found watching a movie in a foreign language very entertaining and interesting, and I began to recall the Italian I had learnt from travelling a few years ago. Thoroughly enjoyed the movie, was quite inebriated on the blue lily wine by the end.
T + 8 hr: Vaporized some weed in an Iolite before turning in. Was very skattered towards the end (typical post-psychedelic trip headspace for me) and managed to stay up quite late (4am). This and the euphoria I felt throughout the night confirmed to me I had absorbed at least some of the mescaline, although definitely not as strong as I had hoped - very pleasant, nonetheless.
Although I did seem to get some effect out of the cacti, I was hoping for more, but in the end I think my slushy method was not ideal. Although it was relatively easy to get the 1 litre of goo into my stomach, it was difficult to hold down for more than an hour. Perhaps next time I will make tea as usual but also eat about 200g of fresh xylem, for the best of both worlds.
The most interesting observation to make from this trip was the synergy of the blue lily wine with the mescaline and syrian rue mix. Within a few minutes of drinking the wine the trip seemed to shift up a gear and brought the only noteworthy visuals of the trip. This combination definitely warrants further investigation - I could not find any other experiences of blue lily or lotus combined with a `traditional' psychedelic such as cacti, mushrooms or aya.
Cacti T. pachanoi T. peruvianus T. bridgesii Syrian rue Nymphaea caerulea Red wine Cannabis Tobacco Coleus sp. Brugmansia
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