Buchu is used by herbalist for bladder irritations, prostate infections, inflammation of the urethera, blood in the urine, bladder infections, kidney stones, cystitis, rheumatism, and a variety of chronic urinary tract disorders.
Prickly Poppy (Argemon mexicana)
Prickly poppy has been used as an opiate alternative throughout history. Herbalist find it beneficial as a sedative, for migraine headaches, and as ananalgestic, to name a few of its benefits.
This cactus is a cousin of the San Pedro , containing a lot of the same alkaloids and appreciating the same type of climate and cultivation techniques. This species (Trichocereus bridgesii) is a quick growing columnar cactus native to the high deserts of Bolivia. This species has the ability to grow 2-5 meters tall with stems of up to 15-20 cm in diameter. The indigenous people of Bolivia refer to both the T. bridgesii and T. pachanoi as Ahuma or Wachuma.
Cultivation of this species Trichocereus bridgesii can easily be done from seed. It's very hardy when the environmental circumstances are ideal. Over the span of a year it will grow about 30 centimeters. After the root system is fully developed it needs only a slight amount of water.
The bad boy has is light green in color and typically contains 4 to 8 ribs. The spines of the cactus may range in coloration from honey-colored to brown, and are found on what is known as the 'nodes' in groups of up to 4. These spikes can grow up to 7 cm in length. They are spaced evenly on the ribs, leaving them 2.5 to 3 cm in distance.
Many people believe that the only Cactus that is used in a spiritual or entheogenic context is Peyote. This is far from the truth. All of the cacti on this page have some sort of ethnobotanical or pharmacologicla value, including the Achuma. This information is for research purposes only however.
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