[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Flowers have always been a source of pleasure for humans. The vivid colors and the sweet fragrances are nature’s blessing to our senses. We have used them as decoration, as holy symbols of the Gods, to woo love interests and as cosmetic substances for a long time across cultures. Some flowers, however, contain strong psychoactive components in them, a fact which seems odd considering how innocent flowers look. Psychedelic and mind-altering substances are usually illegal in most places, so please keep that in mind as you read ahead. This is purely an educational article and we strongly recommend caution.It seems interesting to learn the 7 Mind altering flowers that you did know about
1) Blue Lotus:
Originally sprouting on the banks of the river Nile and some parts of East Africa, this exquisite flower eventually made its way to the Indian subcontinent and other parts of Asia, the Silk Route being the most probable entry point. Nymphaea caerulea is also known as the Blue Water Lily and Sacred Blue Lily. The Egyptians revered this flower and used it to experience spiritual awakenings, fully aware of its effects. The psychoactive component Atropine makes this flower a strong hallucinogen. Ancient Egyptians used the Blue Lotus in combination with Mandragora (another psychoactive plant) to conduct healing rituals. Shamans used the Blue Lotus in attempts at transferring souls from one body to another and in the healing of unknown maladies of the time. Little is known about their understanding of this flower other than what is written down in their medicinal papyri and depicted on walls of the temple of Karnak. The flower might also have been imagined to be a symbol of the Sun God Ra who came out in the morning and departed in the evening, just like the elusive Blue Lotus.
2) Lion’s Tail:
Would you believe that the lion’s tail, also known as Leonotis Leonurus, is a type of mint? A mint that also is a mild psychoactive hallucinogen. It is also known as “Wild dagga” in South Africa where it is commonly found. Wild Dagga loosely translates to wild cannabis or wild marijuana. This linguistic root of the word can give some idea as to its effects. However, the potency, as well as the family of the plant, is quite different from that of Cannabis. It also has medicinal properties and the main psychoactive component, leonurine, is also an antioxidant and has cardioprotective properties. It is mainly used recreationally as a substitute for marijuana, but its real use is medicinal. It has several healing properties other than the ones mentioned above.
3) Devil’s Trumpet:
Known by many names such as Jimson Weed, Moonflower, Hell’s bells, Thorn-apple and Devil’s weed, its most common name is Datura. The flower of Datura is actually quite a beautiful flower that attracts many an insect to suck on its nectar. But for humans, this is one of the most poisonous substances found in nature while being deceptively innocent looking. Its outer beauty is no indication of the havoc this flower can wreak on your organs if ingested at high quantities. Along with being a poison, it is also a hallucinogen and has been used in small quantities in many spiritual ceremonies in India. It causes severe hallucinations if taken even a little bit above the bearable quantity and there is always the danger of poisoning. There have been many deaths attributed to the accidental consumption of the Devil’s Trumpet by unsuspecting victims.
4) Angel’s Trumpet:
Contrary to what it seems like, the dichotomy between Angel and Devil does not really apply to the “trumpets” (Angel’s Trumpet and Devil’s Trumpet). Alas, it is actually just as poisonous, if not more. Closely related to the Datura, Angel’s trumpet or Brugmansia is also a beautiful flower with a strong fragrant smell. Commonly used as an ornamentation, its poison can kill you quickly after ingestion. Just like the Datura, it is also a strong hallucinogen, the contents of which are mainly of a scary nature. It is definitely not a plant to be trifled with. Unlike the Datura, the Brugmansia is not even used in any spiritual ceremonies, being very poisonous.
5) Passion Flower:
One of the most intricately beautiful flowers on this list, the floral arrangements and the colors of the flower are a tribute to how nature has outdone itself. The purple colored flower is known for the complicated patterns forming at the center as well as the edges of the flower. One of its kind, it is also a mild sedative. Unlike other flowers on this list, it is not a very strong hallucinogen but does cause drowsiness and unconsciousness if taken in large quantities. Native to South America for the most part, it also occurs in some parts of South and East Asia.
6) Morning Glory:
One of the stronger psychedelics mentioned on this list, this flower is not only beautiful but also causes strong hallucinogenic effects in the user. It contains a psychoactive component known as Lysergic Acid Amide which is very closely related to LSD. It produces similar effects and can be dangerous in large quantities. Recreationally, its seeds are ingested anywhere from 25 to 400 at a time to experience the high. Depending on the mental condition with which one goes into the trip, it enhances those moods even more, which is why it is not advisable to use Morning Glory recreationally when in a state of turmoil. It also reacts adversely with MAOIs which are present in certain drugs prescribed for depression and stress, making it potentially fatal when consumed along with certain types of medications.
The most commonly used recreational drug in the world, Marijuana or Cannabis sativa/Cannabis indica contains the psychoactive component “THC” or “Tetrahydrocannabinol”. Every part of the plant, including the flower induces a state of euphoria if taken in small quantities. However, a little known fact about marijuana is the psychoactive compound it forms in our livers if ingested orally instead of smoked. When ingested orally it is broken down by enzymes in our livers and creates 11-hydroxy-THC which is a far stronger psychoactive component than THC. It crosses the blood-brain barrier easily and can cause intense hallucinations. Its effects vary from individual to individual and on the amount ingested. In India it is commonly used as Bhang during festivals and other occasions. It induces a strong euphoria that can be seen in people who have consumed bhang on Holi or any of the other Indian festivals.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]