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Plant resins have a long history of use in indigenous and tribal cultures across the world.  When most think of resins, they think of the aromatic resins used with charcoal as ceremonial incense.  Virola bark emits a resinous substance that is rich in DMT, and has been used in magical and healing ceremonies for centuries.  The Hottentot tribesmen of South Africa have long known about a plant called Wild Dagga that produces resinous tops and leaves, that, when smoked, produce a euphoric effect.

Nymphaea Caerulea (Blue Lotus) was held in very high esteem by the ancient Egyptians. Traditionally, Blue Lotus was drank after being soaked in warm water or wine for a week, extracting the resins and alkaloids from the plant, while a cigarette made of the dried flowers was smoked. These are flowers and tops only and are suspected to contain aporphine and nuciferine, natural alkaloids.

It has been reported that the resin extract of White Lily/White Lotus was used in Germany as an anesthetic when the traditional anethtis of opium wasn't available.  Personal experience has verified the potency of this little-known resin.

In Thailand, a resinous ball was made from or out plant resins, we use only grain alcohol or water, depending on what each plant will best extract into. Some plants extract well into alcohol, and some into water. For example, plants such as Kava Kava extract well into water, where a plant such as Blue Lotus (Nymphaea caerulea) extracts best into alcohol.

The Hopi smoked the resin, or sap obtained from the Wild Lettuce (Lactuca virosa) plant. The flower would be cut off and the sap that ran from the stem would be collected. Each day, for a few weeks, another tiny bit was cut from the stem and more sap collected. This sap was then air-dried and later smoked in ritual. The Hopi believe that induced dream states contain more information about reality than the conscious waking state. Wild lettuce, aka lettuce opium, is said to enhance the vividness of dreams when smoked prior to sleep.

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