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What are Sacred Entheogens?
The word Entheogen is a term that many people use to describe psychedelics (psychoactive substances). Entheogen comes from the Greek word "entheos" which means “the god or divine within" and " gen" which means “create". So the literal translation of entheogen is “creating the divine within”.
Any substance which provides the ability to achieve a divine/spiritual state can be considered an Entheogen, whereas the word Psychedelic is more often connotes casual or recreational use. Many substances (such as psilocybin mushrooms) can be classified as both Entheogens and Psychedelics, while other substances (such as Ayahuasca) are more aptly termed Entheogens due to the limited capacity for recreational use.
Entheogenic substances can be found in natural environments all over the globe, and humans have utilized these substances for various purposes since before the dawn of civilization. From the Mazatec tribes of Central/Southern America, to Southeast Asian/Polynesian First Nations, to the Ancient Greeks & Egyptians, these substances are deeply intertwined with human culture, with some even arguing they were a catalyst for it.
The 5 most commonly known and used Entheogenic substances are - Ayahuasca, Mescaline containing Cacti (Peyote and San Pedro), Psilocybin Mushrooms, Kratom, and Salvia Divinorum. We have curated extensive information on all of these substances and their history, traditional use, recommended dosage, safety/heath risks, and more. This information complements our wide variety of Entheogenic products -- as a crucially important factor in having a safe & beneficial experience is to be comfortable with/knowledgeable of the potential effects of the substance you are consuming.
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The History of Sacred Entheogens
Entheogens have been used by indigenous peoples for several thousand years, if not longer, with the earliest concrete archeological evidence in the form of painted murals dating back to approximately 5,700 B.C.E. This mural in specific (found in Mexico) depicts the use of Peyote cactus by the Mazatec peoples, while other rock paintings in Spain (dating to approx 5,000 B.C.E) clearly show early humans consuming psilocybin mushrooms.
R. Gordon Wasson and Giorgio Samorini (two renowned proponents of entheogen use) have proposed several examples of the cultural use of Entheogens found growing naturally in Southern and Central America. Morning Glory seeds discovered by archaeologists at Pazyryk suggest early ceremonial practices by the Scythians occurred during the 5th to 2nd century BCE, while prominent Egyptologists and authors such as Stephen Berlant and James Arthur theorize that that that Egyptian White and Triple Crown hieroglyphics were early forms of Psilocybe cubensis which the Egyptians grew on barley. Natives of Southeast Asia regularly consumed dried Kratom leaf, while Ancient Greeks who underwent a ceremony dubbed "The Elusinian Mysteries" drank a psychoactive brew thought to contain LSA (a chemical precursor to LSD) and psilocybin.
Most of the well-known modern examples of Entheogens, such as Ayahuasca, peyote, psilocybin mushrooms, and morning glories are from the native cultures of the Americas. However, shamans from different cultures all over the world have traditionally used psychedelics/entheogens for religious, ritual, & ceremonial purpose. This is because consumption of psychedelics/entheogens elicits dreams or visions through sensory distortion, which are thought by these communities to be a way of communication with the supernatural. Furthermore, many indigenous cultures believe that these sacred substances were given or gifted to them by "the gods".
Interestingly, modern "western" science has also proved (using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)), a strong correlation between Psychedelic/Entheogenic experiences and non-ordinary forms of consciousness, such as those experienced in meditation, near-death experiences (NDE's), & mystical experiences. This echoes (and perhaps confirms) millennia-old shamanistic sentiment -- that these substances truly are metaphysical.
Sacred Entheogens and MAOI's
Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) are drugs/substances which inhibit the activity of monoamine oxidase enzymes. In modern medical context, they are primarily used as medications prescribed for the treatment of depression and are particularly effective in treating atypical depression. They are also used in the treatment of social anxiety, Parkinson's disease & several other disorders. Interestingly, many synthetic MAOI drugs are actually based on or derived from naturally occurring biologic organisms.
So what exactly is the function of MAO/MAOI's?
Monoamine Oxidases (MAO) are a group of enzymes which are naturally produced by the body. They are primarily responsible for breaking down natural monoamines found in our diet, but also responsible for deactivating monoamine neurotransmitter receptors. A few examples of monoamine (MA) neurotransmitters are Serotonin, Dopamine, and Norepinephrine. MAO's mechanism of action consists of breaking the bond that neurons form with the above mentioned monoamine neurotransmitters. This allows the neuron to form new bonds with other neurotransmitters, therefore making MAO crucial in regulating emotion, arousal, and memory, along with many other neural, emotional, and cognitive functions.
Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOI's) are substances that have the ability to inhibit the production of MAO. Due to the chemistry of most Psychoactive molecules (which exert action by bonding to monoamine neurotransmitter receptors), MAOI's have the ability to lengthen & potentiate a psychedelic experience. Under "normal" circumstances the psychedelic experience lasts for as long as it takes the body to produce enough MAO to break the bonds that are formed between the psychedelic molecule and MA neurotransmitters. However, when a psychedelic/entheogen is taken simultaneously with an MAOI (which inhibits the production & activity of MAO) the result is an experience which can last up to 2x as long, and be much more intense.
Many of these natural MAOI's (including Syrian Rue, Kava root, & Banisteriopsis Caapi) have a long history of human use due to their ability to both lengthen and potentiate the effects of many psychedelic/entheogenic substances. The most popular example of an MAOI/Psychedelic combination is undoubtedly Ayahuasca, which combines Banisteriopsis Caapi (a natural MAOI) with Psychotria Virdis (a plant high in psychoactive DMT).
Banisteriopsis Caapi & Psychotria Viridis
Active ingredients - β-carboline (MAOI) & Di methyl Tryptamine (active)
Ayahuasca is among the oldest and most recognized sacred Enthogens in the world. It is an entheogenic brew or tea made from the Banisteriopsis caapi vine and the Psychotria viridis leaf which is most often used in traditional ceremonies among the indigenous tribes of Amazonia (Southern America).
Psychotria virdris contains Di Methyl Tryptamine (DMT), a powerful psychedelic substance that interestingly is also endogenously produced in the human brain. DMT can be found in several different forms, from a powder extracted out of certain DMT-rich plants, to vaporizer cartridges that offer unparalleled ease of use, to the leaves of P. Viridis. An important factor to note is that DMT has very low oral bioavailability, which means that if you consume DMT orally it will have little to no effects (which is why DMT powder must be smoked or vaporized, and even then has a short duration).
Banisteriopsis caapi is the workaround to DMT's low bioavailability that, according to legend, was shown to native shamans by their respective cultural deities. B. Caapi contains monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), most notably β-carboline, which inhibits the activity of monoamine oxidase enzymes -- enzymes your body produces that nullify the effects of DMT. When both substances are taken simultaneously (Ayahuasca brew), the MAOI's in B. Caapi allow the effects of DMT to be felt, and lengthen the duration of the experience. Smoked or vaporized DMT typically lasts for between 15-20 minutes, while an Ayahuasca experience can last up to 12 hours.
Traditional ayahuasca healing ceremonies have recently become more popular among Westerners and Europeans alike, leading to an increase in the appearance of ayahuasca retreats. While it is of great importance to any psychedelic experience, the importance of set and setting during an ayahuasca experience cannot be overstated. This is one of the primary reasons most people choose to attend an Ayahuasca retreat, rather than simply try the experience for themselves (like one would with psilocybin or LSD). These retreats allow people far-removed from traditional lifestyle an opportunity to receive the healing benefits of Ayahuasca in a safe and (relatively) controlled manner.
Various studies have shown that ayahuasca therapy may be effective in the treatment of depression and addiction, as well as effective in healing psychological trauma like that experienced by individuals who suffer from PTSD. It should be noted that the Ayahuasca experience is not a "fun" or recreational undertaking, and it should be reserved for those who actually need psychological healing -- as the experience often comes with a bout of severe sickness (including vomiting and sometimes even involuntary defacation), and can put you face to face with your deepest and most intimate fears.
San Pedro (Echinopsis pachanoi) & Peyote (Lophophora williamsii)
Active ingredient - Mescaline (3,4,5-trimethoxyphenethylamine)
Mescaline-containing Cacti can be found growing natively throughout a large geographic region, from the southern United States to high in the Andes mountains of Peru & Bolivia. These Cacti are documented to have been used in religious ceremony by indigenous peoples for at least 5,500 years, and have also been referred to in the works of several famous 20th century philosophers and authors - perhaps most notably Aldous Huxley, who wrote "The Doors of Perception" about his Mescaline experiences. By far the most well known mescaline-containing Cacti species are; San Pedro (Echinopsis pachanoi) & Peyote (Lophophora williamsii)
Echinopsis Pachanoi (San Pedro) cactus is a fast-growing columnar cactus native to the Andes Mountain regions of South America. It can grow at elevations up to 3000m, and like Peyote is (legally) cultivated as an ornamental around the globe. Called "Huachuma" by indigenous South Americans, this Cacti has been used in spiritual or divinatory ceremonies for Millenia.
Lophophora Williamsii (Peyote) is a small, spineless cactus which contains several psychoactive alkaloids, most notably Mescaline. It grows natively from the Southern United States to Southern Mexico, however is also cultivated as an ornamental cacti around the world. In most jurisdictions Peyote is legal to cultivate, and will contain on average between 1-3 percent Mescaline (by dried weight).
Mescaline is a naturally occurring alkaloid of the phenethylamine family whose effects are roughly analogous to those of LSD, psilocybin, and DMT. While the effects (including synesthesia, visual hallucination, and profoundly altered thoughts) are similar, mescaline is often reported to produce a distinctly more spiritual or divinatory experience. Mescaline also differs from most other psychoactive substances in its duration, which can be up to 24 hours (nearly 2x as long as most other psychedelics).
Yet another key difference between Mescaline-containing cacti and most other psychedelics is that consuming cacti will often elicit what's known as "Purging". It is commonly reported that within 2 hours after ingesting Mescaline cacti (in either a tea or reduction), the body undergoes a 30-60 minute period of intense vomiting and gastrointestinal distress. This can be exhausting, but once done you will be floating in a multiverse of oneness with everything. Here, colours fluoresce, and a sense of languid serenity that cannot be supplanted reigns supreme. In this temporary alternate universe, all is well and conversation is easy