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Iboga - Tabernanthe iboga
Iboga Plant

       Iboga is an "entheogen", a medicine, and a plant that naturally produces an amazing compound known as Ibogaine. This pharmacological gem has been used around the world by those who believe that it can treat a wide variety of drug addictions. There are Ibogaine treatment centers in some areas of the world. Interesting note, the term "psychedelic" literally means "mind manifesting".


The plant is native to the rain-forest where many of the worlds popular ethnobotanicals are sourced. I find it fascinating that such wide varieties of psychoactive species all seem to be grouped in the same regions of the world. It's my observation that most psychoactive ethnobotanicals ( at least the ones people know about ) are native to Africa and the Amazon. That does not mean that others do not grow wild in different parts of the world, because they do. Seeds and seed pods of Iboga are available for purchase to the United States.


Iporuru; Alchornea floribunda
Alchornea floribunda

       Iporuru is a sacred aphrodisiac and ingredient used in the "magical" Ayahuasca brew made by the Shamans of South America. Ayahuasca is a psychedelic tea, which is only legal if you have the religious right to use it. This partciular ingredient contains the "magic" phytochemical(science) that makes it what it is. It's been used by itself though by the cultures who inhabit the land in which it grows. They have found many medicinal and entheogenic applications for Iporuru.


Imphepho; Helichrysum odoratissimum
Kooigoed Dream Herb

        Imphepho is another South African "oneirogen" and medicine.. It's a natural gem of choice by the KwaZulu-Natal natives. Like many of the other ethnobotanicals of Africa, this one too is used as a visionary herb according to lore. It's said to "open the minds eye", and assist with lucid dreams. It has medicinal properties also, and has often been combined with Tobacco.


Phytochemist have isolated and studied chemicals naturally produced by the plant. If you are a fan of the classic Dream Herb, Alepidea, or any other ethnobotanicals or entheogenic plants along those lines, you'll totally dig Impheopho.


Indian Tobacco ~ Lobelia
Lobelia

       I assume this striking flower got its nickname due to the fact that Indians loved to smoke it. Sense this Indian Tobacco is used to help clear mucus from the respiratory tract, throat, lungs, and bronchial tubes, this nick-name seems to fit. It does not contain nicotine but possesses constituents with similar effects. It also contains coumarin, like Turmeric and Cumin, the popular culinary spices. Many herbalist suggest its use for those seeking to quit smoking. Learn more about Indian Tobacco here.


Indian Warrior; Scientific Name: Pedicularis densiflora
Pedicularis densiflora
       This is one of the coolest botanicals I have ever encountered in my entire life. I want to start by saying that this plant naturally produces psychoactive compounds. It's not to be confused with "spice","k2", "herbal incense", or "designer drugs". The reason I brought that up is because this plant actually produces BUDS! I didn't want you to get the wrong idea.


Phytochemist have actually isolated and studied the chemicals produced by this plant. Indian Warrior actually grows flowers ( similar to Cannabis ) that have been smoked by Native Americans and other cultures for their psychoactive effects. Way Cool! Learn more about Indian Warrior Here.


Indonesian Kratom


Kratom is a plant that grows in south east Asia in Indonesia, Malaysian, Papa New Guinea, Thailand, Vietnam, and even Singapore. The Singapore variety is the least mentioned anywhere on the internet and in books. Indonesia dominates the trade at the present moment. It's used as an opioid alternative by herbalists everywhere and for energy, motivation, mood, and social stimulation. The FDA has gone as far as to try to get the Indonesian government to ban it, but they backed out of that decision. Never underestimate your ability to stop evil.


Inebriating Mint; Lagochilus inebrians

        Inebriate means to "make drunk"; or "intoxicate". There is so much psychoactivity in nature that hardly anyone knows about! Inebriating Mint is no joke and I have confidence that its popularity will continue to grow over the years. This botanical is considered an "entheogen" to some. It has been consumed by the Tajik, Tartar, Turkoman, and Uzbek tribesman. Ancient Central Asian tribes used it during mysteries, feasts and holidays. It's amazing how many different plants are out there, with scientifically studied chemical constituents. You can get lost in the information regarding all their unique and fascinating effects. Many are subtle, while others are incredibly intense. Learn more about Inebriating mint here.


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