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Maconha Brava Zornia latifolia
Maconha Brava (Zornia latifolia) is NOT to be confused with "designer drugs" like "spice" or, "k2". This item is NOT laced with any type of chemical, nor are any of the products seen on BotanicalGuides. According to endless documentation and much modern scientific research there are naturally occurring compounds found within plants that have various effects on humans and animals.
Zornia latifolia is the scientific name of a plant species commonly known as Maconha Brava. This entheogen is native to South America. The herb is a major cash crop that's distributed to Central and Northern America. Although Zornia latifolia is not native to western Africa, the plant has been cultivated there so much that its population is able to sufficiently maintain itself. In other words, the plant now grows there like a wild weed. Compared to other entheogens, there is little information out there that's available on this one.
Locals in Brazil smoke it for use as a mild psychedelic and a substitute for cannabis (Plants of the Gods, Schultes and Hofmann, 1992). This is NOT to be confused with "designer drugs". The plant is not laced with drugs, rather it naturally produces it's own pharmacological compounds like many other sacred plants. As far as being a substitute for Cannabis, I highly doubt that any Cannabis user would choose the Zornia latifolia species over it. A substitute is usually taken only when the supply of the originally prized plant is endangered, or when it has been outlawed.
It's often compared with Baybean because of its simliar effects. Baybean is an mild psychoactive that I've personally tried. The effects of Baybean are definately real, yet mild. I mention this to make a comparison. In my experience it's not a placebo, yet it's not far out like a drug. It can be thought of as somewhere in between. Make sense? I hope that this review can shed some light on the truth nature of Maconha Brava.
The herb would make a great addition to any Tobacco alternative blend. The Native Americans would create smoking mixtures, and they did not lace them with drugs. They also certainly never heard of "spice" or any synthetic designer drugs. This particular plant is no different in this sense. It has no added chemicals. The Native Americans often times used a mixture they referred to as "Kinnikinnick". They made the mixture using different entheogenic leaves or barks and other organic plant materials.
Zornia latifolia grows well in acidic and low-fertile soils. It also tolerates drought, and grows as a weed in lawns and on sides of roads. It's a nutritious and palatable food for livestock. It's also a great companion for different strains of grass.It's mild, and really something for a tincture, or infused tincture(mixture of herbs/entheogens intended to compliment each other.)
I've made an elixir using Baybean, Maconha Brava, Indian Warrior, and Elephant Head. The sybiotic effects are very profound. I find it a great alternative to the classic alcohol and Tobacco route. It's sorta like natures anxiety pill if you will. ( in my opinion. ) When I say elixir, I am refering to a tincutre style infusion. It's made by soaking the different plants in everclear for one month.
Organic Maconha Brava Scientific Name Zornia latifolia
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