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          Mostly everyone who's interested in ethnobotany is familiar with Ayahuasca and other related plants. It's use is as a drug is illegal in the United States unless you have the religious right to do. Regardless of the ignorant demonization of these gifts they are still very fascinating to those studying ethnobotany and shamanic cultures, and there's nothing illegal about knowledge. Fortunately for the people who seek to utilize these entheogens without persecution, a group of scientist have united to change the way the mainstream and even political forces view and regulate such tools. The group is called MAPS and it stands for Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies. M.A.P.S. studies Ayahuasca and related DMT containing plants.


Today, I have a rarely mentioned botanical to inform of which you've probably never heard of before. It's called, "Hookers lips", and it gets the name from the flowers which look like the luscious lips of a female glossed up with bright red lipstick. Is the plant trying to communicate? It's not the only botanical on the face of the earth that has flowers or related plant parts which resemble human beings or other animals either. It's not the only botanical on the face of the earth that has flowers or related plant parts which resemble human beings or other animals either.


Hookers lips, or Psychotria elata is obviously a relative of Psychotria viridis ( chacruna ). Chacruna is used in the shamanic brew called Ayahuasca in Peru and the Amazon. I have to say that the fact that these alkaloids exist in our brains, and other animals, and all of these plants is very curious. Also the resemblance of the lips to those of human lips is very fascinating. I hardly think this can be coincidence. I believe these ethnobotanicals know us better than we know ourselves sometimes. Shamanic cultures would have to agree.


To the shaman, plants serve as teachers and friends. They are regarded as incredibly intelligent spirits with knowledge beyond that of the typical human in modern society. Whether they are psychoactive or not they all serve a purpose. The shaman seeks to gain knowledge of the its properties through what they call "visions". They commune with the plant spirits in order to get to know them. Such substances that originate from our source of survival have a profound impact on our perception of reality. It's quite evident that we indeed require such biological fulfillment.


You can think of Hookers Lips as another love charm like Mistletoe. :)

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