Mexico another species which he named LOPHOPHORA DIFFUSA. This plant is
yellow-green, soft, ribless and contains a somewhat different alkaloid mixture
with far less mescaline that L. williamsi.
About half an hour after ingesting the buttons the first effects are felt. There is a
feeling of strange intoxication and shifting consciousness with minor perceptual
changes. There may also be strong physical effects, including respiratory
pressure, muscle tension (especially face and neck muscles), and queasiness or
possible nausea. Any unpleasant sensations should disappear within an hour.
After this the state of altered consciousness begins to manifest itself. The
experience may vary with the individual, but among the possible occurences are
feelings of inner tranquillity, oneness with life, heightened awareness, and rapid
thought flow. During the next several hours these effects will deepen and
become more visual. Colors may become more intense. Halos and auras may
appear about things. Objects may seem larger, smaller , closer or more distant
than they actually are. Often persons will notice little or no changes in visual
perception while beholding the world about them, but upon closing their eyes
they will see on their mind-screen wildly colorful and constant changing patterns.
After several more hours the intensity of the experience gradually relaxes.
Thought becomes less rapid and diffuse and more ordered. In the Navajo peyote
ritual this change of thought flow is used wisely. During the first part of the
ceremony the participants submit to the feeling and let the peyote teach them.
During the latter part of the ritual the mind turns to thoughtful contemplation and
understanding with the conscious intellect what the peyote has taught the
The entire experience may last from 6 to 12 hours depending upon the individual
and the amount of the plant consumed. After all the peyote effects have passed
there is no comedown. One is likely to feel pleasantly relaxed and much a peace
with the world. Although there is usually no desire for food during the experience
one would probably have a wholesome appetite afterwards.
METHODS OF USE
The most common method of use is simply to chew up and swallow the fresh or
dried buttons after removing the tufts and sand. This is the way it is almost
always done at Indian ceremonies. Most people find the taste of this cactus
unbearably bitter. The Indians, however, feel if ones heart is pure, the bitterness
will not be tasted. Many have found that by not cringing from the taste, but rather
letting ones senses plunge directly to the center of the bitterness, a sort of
seperation from the offensive flavor is experienced. One is aware of the
bitterness, but it no longer disturbs him. This is similar to the practice of bringing
ones consciousness to the center of pain so that detachment may occur. It is not
a difficult trick, but it takes som Intoxication can last from a few hours to many days
s obtained in pure form from the oil by fractional
distillation under a vacuum. Asarone boils at about 170° C under good
aspirator vacuum of 15-20 torr. The asarone fraction should be
collected over a 20-degree range centered on 170° C. I found the yield of
asarone from American plants to be about 15% of the oil, giving 30 ml
from 15 pounds of root.
Asarone is a light-sensitive material, and as such, should be stored in
the fridge or freezer. Upon standing in the fridge, it will crystallize,
allowing further purification by filtering. The m.p. of the pure
substance is 67° C. Asarone is listed as a cancer-suspect chemical,
along with half the other substances in the world. In reality it is not
particularly harmful. See Chem. Abstracts 1931, page 169. It also
doesn't have any pronounced drug effect at reasonable oral dosage.
See Dr. Shulgin's comments on the substance in Pikhal.
With the double bond in the propenyl position, we come to the
next major advance over the disappointing procedure cited in the
beginning of this chapter. See European Patent 0,247,526 titled "A
Process for 3,4-dimethoxyphenylacetone Preparation." This process
uses a simple electrochemical cell to convert the propenyl-benzene to
the corresponding phenylacetone in very high yield. The procedure
given also works with 2,4,5-trimethoxypropenylbenzene (asarone),
and probably also with iso-safrole. It is my opinion that it will work
with all propenylbenzenes.
There are great advantages to the use of an electrochemical cell in
clandestine synthesis. The solvents and the salts can be reused over
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and over again, making for a very low profile. The reagent doing the
transformation is electricity, available at the nearest wall socket. The
transformer, multimeter and alligator-clip wiring can all be obtained at
Radio Shack with zero suspicion attached. This method comes with
my highest recommendation.
To do the reaction, a 1000 ml beaker must be rigged up as shown in
Figures 6 and 7.
A central piece of
stainless steel having a
surface area of about 100 cm2
actually in contact with the
solution is securely clamped
into place down the center of the beaker.
On each side of this stainless steel piece,
securely clamp into place two pieces of
graphite, roughly equal in size, having a
total surface area in contact with the
solution of about 70 cm2. All three of
these electrodes should run
straight down into the flask, and a
constant distance of 1 cm should
separate the surface of
the anodes from the
cathode. This is very
important, as the anodeto-
cathode distance determines the voltage at which this cell runs. It is
also very important that shorts between the anode and cathode be
prevented. The current must flow anode-to-cathode through the
solution, not through a short!
Then into the beaker place a magnetic stirring bar, 25 grams of
NaBr dissolved in 100 ml of water, 500 ml of acetonitrile, and 20
grams of asar ROCKET FUEL Pills will give In fact, our brain has receptors designed for certain plant molecules, for our benefit