This is a rare gem indeed. The Kola Nut comes from a tree native to African rain forest. It's also worth mentioning that most of the worlds popular ethnobotanicals originate from Africa. Did you know that Kola Nut was used in one of the worlds most popular psychoactive infusions? I'm referring of course to Coca Cola. The combination of this nut, and coca leaves, made for one heck of a stimulating drink back in the day. This was first done in the 1800's when a pharmacist in Georgia named John Pemberton took some extracts from the Kola nut and used them to produce the soft drink. Today, Coca cola is much different, and due to legal restrictions, the authorities will no longer allow any partying so everyone has to be low key. lol
Kola Nut is actually quite a powerful stimulant on its own. Perhaps its name is where the title "cola" came from in the first place, in reference to the soda pop. This plant is in the same family as the tree used in the mass production of Chocolate. The good news is Kola nut is legal. The bad news is the historic recipie that made Coca Cola so much fun to drink finally came to an end in the year 1904 by a number of party-poopers in Washington. This is where constitutional amendment petition forms come in to play. Citizens can ralley up supporters and change the law.
Sense it's used in a spiritual context by certain cultures, it may be considered an "entheogen". It's used in traditional religious ceremonies and practices in its native land of Africa. The nuts are used as sacred religious objects and offerings during prayers, ancestor veneration, and other events, like naming ceremonies, weddings, and funerals. They are also used in a traditional divination system known as Obi Divination. Many plants that originate from Africa are used in spiritual practice.
Obi Divination is a system used by the Yorùbá religion. They believe in reincarnation. There are many spiritual belief systems in Africa. I find all of them worthy of respect and very fascinating. They cherish the earth and all of the gifts that can be found on it, including the sacred Kola Nut. They respect and love nature while seeking to understand and utilize it to the fullest potential. You know what else? No matter what your religious or spiritual beliefs are, Kola nut is something everyone can enjoy. The aroma is mind-boggling, and it leaves you wanting more.
It may be interesting to note that theobromine also exist in Chocolate. It seems that plants with similar effects often times contain the same constituents. For example, stimulants such as Kratom also contain many of the same constituents as Chocolate, and Green Tea. Something I've noticed though when doing research, almost every plant has its own unique constituent, which is usually named after the scientific name for the plant. Kola nut is no different, and I hope to see phytochemist look into it even more in the near future.
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