Agrostis – Tryptamines in the Crucible of Civilization

Is it possible that the ancient Greeks knew about grass that contained DMT?

Via The Nexian:

The genus Phalaris has an interesting niche in the world of visionary plants. For DMT extractors, it is simultaneously a “source of last resort” and the best hope of permanently winning the battle against prohibitionists who would thwart individuals from obtaining DMT. Perfecting the elusive “grass tek” – that is, finding a strain of P. arundinaceaP. aquatica, or P. brachystachys that produces a clean alkaloid profile and developing a simple and efficient method to purify these alkaloids – would effectively make it impossible for governments to stop people from obtaining DMT.

Prior to current efforts in developing a grass tek, the last time that Phalaris saw such a surge in popularity was the early 1990s, during the first few years of the Entheogen Review publication. At that time, people were trying to find viable local plants from which to brew ayahuasca analogues. In the years since, concerns have been raised about the possible toxicity of Phalaris brews (see Toxicity concerns below), and plants with higher concentrations of DMT have become widely available on the Internet.

So Phalaris has largely taken a backseat in the contemporary Entheogenic Revival. Many are aware of its visionary potential, but few actually take the effort to work with the plant. Perhaps sometime in the future it will have its day in the sun.

But all of this begs the question: might earlier cultures have also been familiar with the visionary potential of Phalaris grasses? After all, they are ubiquitous in many regions, and people have not always had the botanical offerings of the entire planet a few keystrokes away as we do now.

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  • https://twitter.com/anti_euclidean ÿ

    ÿ’ll stick with the shrooms growing in Golden Gate Park, thank you very much

    • Yūgen

      That’s all fine and well… Mushrooms are an ally for life for many of us. But if people are interested in sustainable, local sources of DMT….then phalaris is the obvious answer.

      • https://twitter.com/anti_euclidean ÿ

        Should the means be provided to learn, I am willing. But I like to watch my doctor during consult google the things I’m ingesting.

        I still get the heebie-jeebies mushroom hunting, as foodstuff for mind or stomach. Out of curiosity, how “invasive” is the invasive strain? A quick google search suggests I’m not going to have much luck in my neck of the woods…

  • Yūgen

    The fact is that phalaris grows all over the place, and can contain DMT in sufficient amounts. If people put more effort into this area we will develop safe and easy extraction techniques in no time. People have already been using it with success. We have to consider sustainability when it comes to sources, not just how easy it is. We’re so used to everything we want just being a click away…

    • https://twitter.com/anti_euclidean ÿ

      We’re so used to everything we want just being a click away…

      I assure you this is the least of my concerns…ease of access.

      “you only need to read x y z off the internet to do 3 2 1 safely” is the unfortunate takeaway I find more and more frequently in the psychedelic community. I realize there is plenty of precedence for overly-enthusiastic evangelists in the field. Perhaps I’m reading too much into things…

      Regardless, while I appreciate the attempt, I remain a firm advocate of “living off the land”. Until somebody I know and trust points out a grass in my environment and describes their personal experience using and preparing said grass, I’m cool.

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