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        Here is yet another popular African "shamanic tool" ( something used by Indian-like cultures ) known as an "oneirogen". Oneirogens are plants or substances which have effects related to that of dreaming, or lucid dreams. The seeds have also been carried as a "talismans" by indiginous cultures. A talisman is any object that is thought to contain "magical or sacramental properties". ( This is their beliefs ) These "properties" are thought to provide "supernatural powers and protection from evil or harm". Talisman are "first charged with magical powers by their owner" before use. Again, all i'm doing is sharing folk lore with you in this paragraph aside from the oneirogen part which we will get into in the next paragraph. Let us get more scientific below.



Ethnobotany and phytochemistry are very important subjects for one another. The lore associated with the cultural use of these plants like the African Dream Herb tree tells the phytochemical researchers exactly what plants to study. So these botanicals actually produce many known pharmacological constituents that they naturally create during the duration of their life span. So while this lore may sound ridiculous, it tells us that perhaps we should look into its alkaloids, and see exactly how they impact the dreaming mind. To oneironauts, this is very exciting.



Entada rheedii seeds have also been used to make shamanic jewelry. I much prefer seeds over some synthetic supplement because the idea that man could take something from nature and perfect it into something better ( pharmaceutical ideology ), is not the route we should take as human beings. Modern science understands that plants like the African Dream Herb are the most brilliant chemist on the planet. Humans in the field of chemistry, or phytochemistry to be more specific, are simply jealous, and could never compete..



I view plants like the African Dream Herb as intelligent creatures that respond to their environment and use chemicals to communicate and protect theirself. I believe these constituents it creates are not just beneficial to us, but to the living herb itself as well, and the same with all plants. Watching a few documentaries on this sort of thing will show you that there is evidence, or doing a scholarly search. I don't feel like head hunting a citation on that particular statement but I challenge you to discover it.



So these beneficial alkaloids that were mentioned in the previous paragraph, work as a group of compounds, and not just one single component. This is what I think gives Entada rheedii and other natural oneirogens their potential. Speaking of, the African Dream Herb plant also has use in holistic remedies by cultures in Africa. Not a lot of people even mention that aspect of the plant, it's all about dreams on most webpages. I strive for original content so I hope you enjoy the rest of this page.


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Effects

From my experience with Entada rheedii, the best way the effects can be described is that it makes dreams more dreamy. In other words, your dreams will be less like that of the waking world, and more imaginative, out there, and creatively unrealistic. For those who take part in the experience, they often gain a level of skill associated with dreaming known as lucid dreaming. This is when you're asleep, dreaming, and KNOW while it's happening. I'll explain how to prepare and dose in the next paragraph.


Alcohol Extract


The African Dream Herb seeds can be boiled or made into an extract. To make an African Dream Herb extract, all you'll need is the seed, or seeds, and some high proof liquor like Everclear. First, shell the seed ( remove the outer husk ). This can be done easily by allowing it to germinate and then it can be easily removed. Next, dry it out, and blend it into a powder. Finally, soak it in your Everclear for about a month. You don't want too much alcohol, as it will dilute the end results leaving you with a weak product. You can evaporate all or most of the alcohol to concentrate the extract. If you evaporate all of it, you'll be left with a resin. They're both fine choices.



Of course, you don't have to do all this and it seems like a whole lot of madness to go through just to use the African Dream Herb seed. The powdered seed can be consumed in other ways though. All in all I know very little about possible interactions that this stuff might have with other botanicals or even pharmceutical drugs. On that note, just be careful what you do with Entada rheedii seeds and use your brain. A tea may also be suitable. There hasn't been a whole ton of research on it, but we know from the vast records on other botanicals that these ethnobotnaicals are worthy of our attention.

Dosage


A lot of folks ask, "what's a good dosage with African Dream Herb Seeds?" It can be quite subjective, but generally one seed is considered one dosage for one person. Remember that using it every night may yield a tolerance to its potential effects. Dosage for different parts of the plant are a totally different story. While the seeds are used for dreaming, other parts of the plant actually have medicinal qualities. This makes it a dream come true for any herbalist.


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Another "oneirogen" similar to this one is Calea Zacatechichi, which also goes by the common nick-names "dream herb", and "leaf of god". Calea Zacatechichi was used by the Chontal Natives of Oaxaca, Mexico. These natives would prepare a tea or extract to be consumed before bed along with a cigarette of the leaves. This statement is not a hint that this stuff is a "designer drug" like "k2", or "spice".


Check out this list of oneirogens that I've compiled.
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