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Shepherd's Herb

And, here's another one that is still legal and it acts just like Cannabis.  I actually bought some last night with my last 5 bucks thinking it was Silvia but it is something called Strawberry Mamba and the Website below that produces it says it is Damiana.

Cannabis, as Floyd would say, is a leaf rolled in a cage cause, not only is it illegal, it also causes paranoia but Damiana is not only legal, it does not induce paranoia so the High will be almost exactly the same as Cannabis but without any of the hangups of that Herb and it is even called the Herb of Shepherds which is what Cannabis is for the rest of the world in ancient times.  In Israel, there were two groups of people who had long hair - indicating that they probably used Cannabis - Soldiers and Sailors.  The man on the Shroud, of course, has long hair and he probably used Cannabis to relate to either or both of those groups of people.

I told him he would have to be stone to grow his hair that long for which I will probably get me ass kicked, but, hey, I just don't like long hair on guys - but anyways, I digress.

Interestingly enough, Damiana means "to tame" from the Greek and the Saint of the same name is the Patron Saint of Pharmacists and reminds me of my Demophaen Mythos where he received immortality when he was 'tamed' by Ambrosia.

Lets see if it can tame my horse...

High Potency Damiana

Damiana (Turnera diffusa) has been used for thousands of years in Latin American cultures, ritualistically, as a sexual stimulant.  Damiana is a shrub with small yellow flowers which grow in dry, rocky climates.  It is generally found in the southwestern regional areas of Mexico, California and Texas.  The entire bush gives off a characteristic aromatic scent that is due to the essential oil present in all parts of the plant.  Believed to be an overall body tonic, Damiana affects the nervous system, acting as an anti-depressant.  It sooths anxiety, nervousness and mild depression, and promotes a general feeling of well-being.  Damiana also stimulates circulation which raises energy levels to alleviate fatigue and stimulate weight loss.

http://www.blackmambaspice.com/about_spice.htm

Turnera diffusa, known as damiana, is a shrub native to Central America, Mexico, South America, and the Caribbean. It belongs to the family Turneraceae.  Damiana is a relatively small shrub that produces small, aromatic flowers. It blossoms in early to late summer and is followed by fruits that taste similar to figs. The shrub is said to have an strong spice like odor somewhat like chamomile, due to an oil present in the plant. The leaves have traditionally been made into a tea and an incense which was used by native people of Central and South America for its Relaxing effects. Spanish missionaries first recorded that the Mexican Indians drank Damiana tea mixed with sugar for its ability to enhance lovemaking.

Damiana is conventionally made into a tea or burned as an incense. Damiana leaf is not harmful if ingested or inhaled. In herbal medicine, damiana is used to treat conditions ranging from coughs to constipation to depression. The herbal supplement is reputed to help with Fibromyalgia, energy, emphysema, low estrogen, frigidity, hot flashes, impotency, infertility, menopause, Parkinson's disease, PMS, inflammation of prostate, Lou Gehrig's disease, and more dealing with reproductive organs in both males and females.

Mexican folklore claims that it was used in the "original" margarita.

Damiana has been used by Agent Provocateur in their Beauty Range products for its aphrodisiacal qualities. It has been combined in their Poudre D'Amour with Purple Orchid, Passionflower and Cocoa.

While scientists have found conclusive data on Damiana, it has recently been shown that a chemical essential to the plant's structure, damianin, has relaxing effects on the central nervous system.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turnera_diffusa

Analgesic (also known as a painkiller) is any member of the group of drugs used to relieve pain (achieve analgesia). The word analgesic derives from Greek an- ("without") and algos ("pain"). Analgesic drugs act in various ways on the peripheral and central nervous systems; they include paracetamol (para-acetylaminophenol, also known in the US as acetaminophen), the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as the salicylates, and opioid drugs such as morphine and opium. They are distinct from anesthetics, which reversibly eliminate sensation.

JWH-018 (1-pentyl-3-(1-naphthoyl)indole) is an analgesic chemical from the naphthoylindole family, which acts as a full agonist at both the CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors, with some selectivity for CB2.   It produces effects in animals very similar to those of THC.

Compared to THC, which is a partial agonist at CB1 receptors, JWH-018 (and many of its analogues) are full agonists. This means that users may experience far more intense effects compared to smoking cannabis. THC has been shown to inhibit GABA neurotransmission in the brain via several pathways.  JWH-018 may cause intense anxiety, agitation, and even seizures or convulsions by inhibiting GABA neurotransmission more efficiently than THC. Cannabinoid receptor full agonists may present serious dangers to the user when overdosed.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JWH-018

Damiana was recorded to be used as an aphrodisiac in the ancient Mayan civilization, as well as for "giddiness and loss of balance." A Spanish missionary first reported that the Mexican Indians made a drink from the damiana leaves, added sugar, and drank it for its purported power to enhance lovemaking.

Damiana has a long history of use in traditional herbal medicine throughout the world. It is thought to act as an aphrodisiac, antidepressant, tonic, diuretic, cough-suppressant, and mild laxative. It has been used for such conditions as depression, anxiety, sexual inadequacy, debilitation, bed-wetting, menstrual irregularities, gastric ulcers, and constipation. In Mexico, the plant also is used for asthma, bronchitis, neurosis, diabetes, dysentery, dyspepsia, headaches, paralysis, nephrosis, spermatorrhea, stomachache, and syphilis. Damiana first was recorded with aphrodisiac effects in scientific literature over 100 years ago.

Only one clinical study has been conducted to validate the traditional use of the plant for sexual dysfunction and impotence. In 1999, a group of researchers in Italy administered damiana to both sexually potent and sexually sluggish (or impotent) rats. The extract had no effect on sexually potent rats but, in the others, it increased the percentage of rats achieving ejaculation and made them more sexually active.

http://www.rain-tree.com/damiana.htm

The Damiana Herb is a native of the Gulf of Mexico and regions of southern California and is also found in the wild in some of the northern Caribbean Islands, and in Namibia. In these areas, cultivation of the damiana occurs on a significant scale and the herb is also found growing wild. The ideal habitat preferred by the herb is a hot and humid climate. The herb flowers in the summer, when the harvesting of the leaves is carried out.

The ancient Mayan civilization utilized the damiana herb as a traditional aphrodisiac, and the people of Central America where the Mayan civilization was based utilize it to this day.

Different preparations can be made from the leaves of the damiana herb, it can be taken in the form of an herbal tea or they can even be smoked like tobacco, the use of any of these derivatives will induce a relaxed state of mind in the individual using them. The herb will also induce a subtle kind of high tinged with sexual overtones, and the effect is a little reminiscent of the effects induced by smoking
marijuana.

http://www.herbs2000.com/herbs/herbs_damiana.htm

The recorded use of Damiana Leaf dates back to the ancient Mayan Indians of Mexico and Central America, who called this herb Mizibcoc.


http://www.livestrong.com/article/119573-uses-damiana-leaf/


Though there are no ritual uses of Damiana on record, the long Mayan history of damiana as a medicine is reflected in its Mayan name, mis kok, which translates to "asthma broom". When intended to "sweep away" problematic breathing, the plant was often ground into powder and mixed with boiling water to be consumed as a medicinal tea. It was also burned as incense or smoked.  But a recent Mexican nickname for damiana, "shirt remover", reflects its primary historic medicinal role, that of an aphrodisiac.

http://www.entheology.org/edoto/anmviewer.asp?a=43&z=5


Magickal and Shamanic uses include contacting other planes, astral travel, increasing the power of spells, psychic powers, and inducing visions.  Damiana is used in tea blends and is also burned to produce visions.

http://www.poto.com/item204253.ctlg



-- Edited by Theoferrum on Tuesday 27th of July 2010 05:11:32 PM

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Well, it turns out that the active incrediant in the stuff I bought is a synthetic cannabinoid made by Dr. John W. Huffman who is an Organic Chemist.

At least its organic...

The synthetic sequence is three steps from indole and the appropriate arylacetic acid. The first steps are Nalkylation of the indole and conversion of the acid to the acid chloride. Modified Friedel Crafts acylation, followed by purification provides the target compounds.

http://www.clemson.edu/chemistry/undergrad/SURP/Projects%20for%20Summer%202008/Chemistry%20of%20Bio%20systems/Huffman%202008%20Project.pdf

"These people are not naive," he said. "They thought, 'Ah-ha! Let's try this stuff and smoke it.' They got real high for a real long time. It's pretty simple to make if you have an organic chemistry lab."

People spread the synthetic cannabinoid on common herbs and smoke it, Huffman said.

http://www.thestate.com/2009/11/22/1039251/professors-fake-weed-now-a-real.html#ixzz0uvnyYz8C



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So, I tried some of that Spice called Strawberry Mamba and it is definately comparable to Cannabis as far as the High you get from it.

I bought a small packet of Damiana Spice spiked with the Synthetic Cannibinoids for 5 bucks - don't know what the gram content would be - and broke it down into thirds and smoked one third of it this morning before going to Liturgy.

The High hits faster and stronger then weed and lasts about an hour and a half or so.  My sense of Time was as good as sober and assuredly better then when stoned on Cannabis and this was true of motor control and hand eye dexterity.

I break off the butts of the cigerettes I smoke and flick the filter at things as I am walking - usually trash cans - and this time while I was at the peak of the High, I lit up a smoke and flicked the butt at a Marlburro Packet on the sidewalk up ahead about eight feet and nailed it with the butt so I am sure my hand eye coordination is better then with Cannabis.

As far as the Psychological effects - its alot like weed and even comparable but it is slightly different.  I, for one, experienced less paranoia then with weed but still some but definately more manageable then with pot.  You get the same type of abstract thoughts and connections as you do when you are stoned, and you pick up on all the subtle inuendo's just like with weed - some of the ones that you may, or may not, notice while sober.

All, in all, I was more than happy with the high and I think it is doable as far as my Theosis via the Eucharist.

You are definately more aware of  you physical body with this one and that is probably from the Damiana, more than likely.

So, I ended up not going to liturgy because they were having it in the chapal and my jeans were in the church building and I didn't want to ask anyone for the key.  Copts are not supposed to attend service in shorts and that's all I had so, I may try this again tomorrow cause, being Thorsday, they have literally in the Sanctuary and the building will be open so I can get to my jeans.

If that doesn't pan out, then we're looking at Sunday at the Coptic Church or Friday at a Catholic Church.



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So, day two with the Synthetic Cannabis and I went to the Church again but the doors were locked so I couldn't get to my jeans so the Coptic Church is out.

Went to our Lady of Mount Carmel and just looking at their Altar area leads one to picture the Throne Room of Heaven so I have decided on a Vespers Service this Saturday Night for my Theosis.

The Altar and the floor area around it are made out of marble.

You know, the Sword from the Stone thing...


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