Mimosa hostilis is considered to be in a 'grey area' of the law. On one hand it's used by shamans and different cultures in an 'entheogenic context', which basically means in a religious or spiritual fashion. In the USA though, you have to have some sort of legal religious right to use such herbs including Ayahuasca, Chacruna(Psychotria viridis), Chaliponga, Yopo(cebil- ) etc. Its strange because the powdered or shredded bark on its own is legal.. but once you go to consume it, or make it into tea, or synthesize anything from it, then you're breaking the law.
Back in the day, prior to 2011, you could buy this stuff locally within the USA. A shop called "Bouncing Bear Botanicals" was illegally raided just for having Mimosa hostilis and other "grey area" botanical's in their shop. The prosecution was able to manipulate the jury into finding the owner Jon guilty, even though there was not the slightest bit of evidence to suggest any illegal activity in regards to synthesizing illegal substances from any of the plants. I think it's sad and was the governments way of trying to scare businesses out of selling it.
Mimosa hostilis has many names. It's also known as M. tenuiflora, Jurema preta. It grows in many different regions of the world. There has been plenty of online chatter about entheogenic ways of using it, but there seems to be a complete over-looking of its medicinal potential. What a lot of people don't know is that Mimosa also has a history of use for dealing with a number of health conditions. A tea has been brewed by indigenous cultures made from the leaf and stem for tooth pain. It's been utilized by these cultures for cough, and bronchitis.
In fact, when used in Ayahuasca, different cultures have been known to add different herbs or plants to the mixture. Ayahuasca is a combination of plants used by Shamans to enter 'supernatural states of existence', or basically they enter the 'third eye realm' the 'dream realm', or 'astral planes'. So adding to the already obvious entheogenic potential of Mimosa, Shamans can add things to the mixture for their medicinal potential as well. Heck, even one clinical study found Mimosa to literally be effective in treating venous leg ulceration's!
In south America extracts of Mimosa are commonly utilized for healing wounds, and burns. It's likely that a topical preparation of this would be the most beneficial. I feel that i'm doing my part by helping to spread this information because it seems that there only seems to be one focus in regards to Mimosa, and that's for its ceremonial use. So there you have it world, Mimosa hostilis is more than an Ayahuasca ingredient and entheogen. It has a wide history of use as medicinal herb, and even as food for animals in the local regions of the world where it resides.
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