Blue lotus flowers have sedative and euphoric effects. The phytochemicals it products can be found on academic sources like pubchem. Online pharmaceutical companies actually sell the pure phytochemicals it produces too. Considering this, it's kinda silly when people still go around saying there is no science behind the pharmacology of such plants. There is in fact an entier branch of chemistry dedicated to this study, and it's called phytochemistry.
Blue Lotus has been, and still is used by cultures from around the world as an "entheogen", and medicine. It's not to be confused with designer drugs as it's completely natural and not laced with anything at all. It's popular as a recreational inebriant around the world, and even illegal in a few places sadly. It has also been used to produce perfumes since ancient times. I've noticed that the potency of it varies from vendor to vendor. On top of that, every single vendor I've tried seems to get product that fluctuates in quality. There are many factors that play a role in how good the final harvest is, so it can be a bit unpredictable.
Again, studies have shown Nymphaea caerulea to have mild psycho-active properties. It may have been used as a sacrament in ancient Egypt and certain ancient South American cultures due to evidence which suggest this. It can be seen in ancient Egyptian heiroglyphics. It can either be eaten, made into a tea, or made into a tincture. The dried flowers of certain species of Nymphaea and Nelumbo contain the active constituents which are attributed to its psychoactive potential. In ancient times the plant was depicted in artifacts. Today, it's one of the most popular ethnobotanicals on the planet.
Dosage: This is subjective. Dosages for Blue Lotus varies from person to person and depends on many factors such as the quality of the substance, set and setting, metabolism, etc. It's unwise to try anything for the first time at a moderate to large dose, because you don't know how you're body or mind will react, or what to expect. Please remember that this information is for research purposes and you need to familiarize yourself with what you consume, and communicate with your professional health care provider before considering trying anything.
It's common for someone to suggest 5 grams per individual for an amateur. Some argue and say that 10-20 grams prepared as a tea or soaked in alcohol, preferable wine is needed. Just know that it will be different for everyone and products may vary in potency. You can easily prepare your own tincture which is what I suggest. Soak the stems and/or flowers for several weeks in high proof alcohol such as Everclear to fully extract all of the constituents.
A tea or wine made from the flowers will taste very bitter so be warned. What's also important is to ignore rumors, conduct your own research, and test your own administration methods. I don't think tea is the best method of preparation for Blue Lotus. You might though, so experimentation is the best route to find out. Sense water and alcohol capture different chemicals because of their polarity, tea vs eating it, or making it into a tincture, will yield different effects.
You can enjoy it a lot more if you grow your own. This will also ensure you get a much higher quality than most of the prods on the market. It's nothing against the vendors but honestly all plants are better fresh, when you grow them yourself. You get a much higher potency product. Blue lotus doesn't grow like a regular plant. Don't put it in soil. It's a lilly, so you have to germinate the seed, place it in a small pot, and literally burry it under water. It grows a lily pad and flowers on top of the water which is amazing.
Blue lotus is definatly a chill herb, and there are several other lotus varities on the market. Remember that you have options because there is also a White, and Pink lotus. Don't use this plant before work or when you have something important to do. It seems to be associated more so with the night time, spirituality, and meditation. It even has its place in certain Bhuddist traditions. Its effects are tranquil, and peaceful. They help you drift into a hypnotic state of ecstacy.
Using water and sunlight has been an ancient way for isolating any essential oils from flowers. This process is done over a period of time. The "spirit"(alcohol extract), and essential oils can be combined or kept separated for differnt applications. How far you can go with preparing medicines or elixirs really never ends. Many professionals go as far as do several techniques including extracting plant salts from the ashes of left over material. Ancient holistic arts can get really complex, and is more scientific than some think.
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Phytochemical research has discovered in Nymphaea strains:
Apomorphine is considered a dopamine agonist, as well as nuciferine. It's believed that apomorphine activates D1 and D2 and also acts on 5-HT receptors and adrenergic receptors.
In my opinion this is one of the coolest botanicals out there. It made me feel extra sedated with mood-enhancing properties and myself and everything else had an extra twinkle or glow to it. I didn't consume enough of the homemade tincture to get wasted, or even that buzzed on the alcohol. The effects seemed to over-power the alcohol. They were clean and long lasting. I slept great after the effects began to wear off. The effects were not extreme but not to be taken lightly either. I give it two thumbs up.
WARNING: Blue Lotus should not be consumed by pregnant / breast-feeding woman and children.
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