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This botanical known as "Sweet Flag" or "Calamus", offers both medicinal applications and evolutionary effects on consciousness according to phytochemical research.. It was used among Native American tribes. The Cree say that they can use Calamus root and "travel great distances without touching the ground." This is a fascinating statement indeed. I'm pretty sure this is a reference to "Astral Projection". Think about it, "great distances without touching the ground".
This history of use, combined with modern phytochemical research of Sweetflag, indicates that it does for real have potential as a religious or spiritual "psychoactive sacrament", also known as "entheogen". I could have told you that without science though.. I mean heck, they used it for god knows how long. You think people needed proof back in the day before chemist that Marijuana got you high? No. They smoked it, and knew. It's cool that we do have an entire field of science to prove the haters wrong though. ( The ones who think plants are not medicine )
The point is that sometimes more than a simple tea is needed, or a certain preparation trick is needed to enable an active experience. It's not just like that for Calamus though. This is often times the case when using a herbal preparation intended to treat general physical illness. Despite the doubts of others, one can discover truths unknown by the mainstream with the simple will to do so. Always proceed with caution however, and research interactions, etc.
In tame doses, the root of Sweetflag was commonly used as a stimulant to combat fatigue. Larger quantities prepared and dosed were thought to induce visions. Sweetflag is also said to eliminate fear, and stimulate courage. The plant also has a quite historic reputation as being a powerful medicine. The roots are the prized part of the plant, and seem to be useful when dealing with infections. The roots and leaves can be used in the production of teas, tinctures, and elixirs.
Other Common Names: Sweet Flag, Sweet Sedge, Sweet Root, Myrtle Grass, Sweet grass, Wild iris, Sweet Cane, Sweet Rush
Sweetflag plants have been used as medicine by many walks of life for centuries. The plant has a history of use in Siddha and Ayuevedic medicines, and has the reputation in modern herbal medicine as a sedative, laxative, diuretic, and carminative. Potential psychoactive effects are thought to be caused from the phytoehcmiacls alpha-asarone, or beta-asarone. There are other alkaloids in the plant however. A regular cup of tea made from this stuff is no more potent than Chamomile.
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In alternative medicine, dosage is everything, and a lot of the time, very small ammounts are consumed. If you are using medicine that was made over a span of weeks, then your medicine should more concencrated, thus less is needed. Excess amounts may have adverse effects. Using these psychoactive elixirs made from plants is an art that requires precise and delicate administration and use. In todays world though, everything is turned into the most convenient product.
I tried this at a Native American friend of mines place at an undisclosed location, in an undisclosed state. The two glass mason jars were then filled, each one with the same ammount of Calamus root. A heavy duty blender was used. It's possible to buy powdered root online. Then fluoride free water is added to one of the jars, using twice as much water as root. Now the other glass mason jar is filled with alcohol, of a high proof like everclear. Again, use twice as much alcohol as root material.
The one filled with water is left to sit in a window seal over the day. The alcohol filled jar is stored in a cool dark place for 1-4 weeks. This is because certain phytochemicals can be destroyed by light, or even heat. Now whats left is filtered out (the Calamus root material) and you can keep what's left if you want. This 1-4 week time span is a minumum requirement if you want a product that's descent in its concentration, in terms of the tincture. Remember in alternative medicine, it's better to use smaller doses than large doses most of the time..
Calamus root is a valuable plant, with many uses that ranges from internal applications, to topical, to its religious use(entheogen). It's mentioned in the bible as well. Aside from the fact that phytochemist have isolated and studied these compounds that it creates, I think it's safe to say there is an active constituent found within the root. It's often argued whether or not these constituents have any psychoactive effects or not, yet the historic documentation of Calamus use states otherwise. I decided to personally test this idea that Calamus was at all psychoactive. I was very impressed with the fresh root. I decided to try some fresh root out and see what happened.
My Calamus Experience
After waiting patiently, I was ready to try some Calamus oil that my friend and I had captured after obtaining fresh roots. I chose fresh roots because they have a much higher oil content than dried roots, and it's easier to separate the oils this way also. I have often discovered through reading that the psychoactive properties of the Calamus plant should mostly exist in the essential oils. After consuming an undisclosed amount of potent, dark, extremely bitter calamus root oil, I then decided to go for a walk while waiting on the effects to set in, if any. Please note that this stuff isn't like a designer drug, and is no more of a narcotic than Coffee or Kratom.
Finally, I was feeling euphoric at around 20 minutes in to the experience. Walking down my street I felt a warmth of Chi begin to fill my entire being. An over-whelming sense of well-being had came over my senses, and I began to feel like a young child. I remember looking over at a dust-devil(innocent child-like baby tornado).. those little minuature tornado-like whirl-winds that happen from time to time... I ran into it, and it was the coolest thing ever. I also remember really enjoying and embracing the oxygen, breathing it deep into my lungs and holding on to its fresh, crisp taste. I could feel it nourish my body, and mind, like an empty stomach thirsting for water in the heat of the desert. This Sweetflag is, sweeet..
It's rumored that Calamus contains toxic compounds in high enough dosages. Just to let you know, high enough of a dosages of Aspirin, or common Vitamins can be toxic also. Also, you may not be aware of a medical law known as Schultz law. This medical law states that any poison, in a dilute enough amount has the opposite effect, becoming a medicine or having medical value. Some prime examples of this are anti-biotic medications.
I have been consuming and studying herbal medications for quite some time and find Calamus to be a safe medicine when used in a time of need, and in sufficient dosage. I do not doubt that prolonged exposure to Calamus may have adverse effects. I do however, believe that moderate dosage of this botanical when used in times of need can be beneficial. These statements are based off of my own personal observations and phytochemical research.
Point being: According to my research, and the medical law known as "schultz law", dosage effects whether or not a chemical is a medicine or poison.
Precautions: The entheogenic effects of sweetflag oil are not to be taken lightly. A careful, planned dosage should be administered if one does decides to use it as either a medicine or psychoactive plant. An overdose can cause detrametal effects that typically detur users from trying again. Always consider interactions, side effects, and precautionary measures. Consult your healthcare provider before use. Information is for resaerch only and it's not inteneded to be consumed.
Growing Acorus ( Sweet Flag )
As a grower, it's good to konw that these live sweet flag ( acorus calamus ) plants thrive in wet, tropical climates. A simple, cheap , and effective greenhouse is completely ideal for the growth and reproduction of these plants. They love swampy, soggy, wet, dark soil.
One thing you learn from Acorus Sweetflag, and other psychoactive plants like this one, is that they can act as a form of spiritual and psychological medicine. In the same way, Cannabis teaches us to relax, laugh, and live life more like a child. That is to be care free, happy, and maybe lying somewhere in the grass.. It's sort of like a natural process of re-attunment, crafted by reality. The application of this process began eons ago. Aside from the entheogenic teachings of sweetflag, and its history as a medicine and psychoactive plant used by Native Americans and other cultures, it also does what all other plants do for us, it gives back by producing oxygen.
Like many other entheogen type plants, the roots of this little known botanical ( sweet flag ), have even been added to the majestic and mysterious brew known as Absinthe. This is a green flag I say that, like many others before it, Acorus C. Sweet Flag, could be a key ingredient in any neo-shamans infusions for ceremonial use. Native Americans do still exist. I hope that they are treated kindly and that no more tyranny is brought upon them.
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