Do you like coffee? Coffee is a natural stimulant. It's psychoactive effects are caused from the naturally occurring compound known as caffeine. The use of stimulating plants doe not stop here. This entheogen is one of many listred under this classification. It's source is an evergreen tree that grows to heights of up to 30 meters, or over 90 feet. The common width of the Betel Nut tree is around 15 feet.
Traditionally, its use was and still is popular throughout Asia, India, and the Pacific. This makes it one of the most popular stimulants in the world. The nuts are commonly chewed slowly over the span of hours, or combined with tobacco. They contain a naturally occurring compound known as "arecoline". Phytochemist isolate and study these compounds found within plants, as they exist all throughout nature.
When I first stumbled across this botanical I was very interested, as I am some what of a coffee fan. Caffeine is so common today that I wanted to try something new. I received my package and decided to make a drink out of these puppies. After conducting some research on erowid.org, I discovered that certain compounds that exist in nature are soluble in either polar or non-poplar solvents, like water or alcohol for example.
I took some water and boiled it. I added some vanilla extract which contains alcohol so there would be water and alcohol to capture the compounds in the ground product. I believe I added about a quarter of an ounce of the Betel Nutts to the drink. I let them soak for a good minute, at least half an hour. Of course, I turned down the heat to low so it would not destroy the chemicals.
Half of an hour later, it was time to test the brew. I took my first sip, and noticed a numbing sensation in my mouth and throat. This sensation was mild, yet definitely there. Around 20-30 minutes later the first effects set in. The effects were pleasant, similar to coffee only a bit more mellow, with an added boost in energy and alertness at the same time. An overall feeling of well-being had set in as well.
The effects were very profound, though I could function normally without appearing to be strung out, or "on drugs". Coffee on the other hand, gives me far too much energy so I don't drink it that often. I'm not hating on coffee at all, or trying to put it down. I'm making a comparison between Betel Nuts and Coffee. In reality, this comparison is that of the effects of Caffeine vs. Arecoline. Although this was likely a mild dose, my conclusion was that this alternative could give me energy and alertness without a feeling of being strung out.
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Phytochemistry studies compounds such as these, and many more that you have likely never heard of. Imagine if all of this information was commonly known to the public. It seems as though there is no intention to make this information public by those who inform our public. Naturally occurring compounds that have medicinal and psychoactive effects should be no secret.
How can you control or regulate nature? Nature is there for us to use for health and medicine, both physical and spiritual. Nature is part of who we are, as we are part of nature. To separate ourselves from nature, is UN-natural. This separation will only lead to our De-evolution in my opinion.
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