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List of Sacred Plants and Entheogens

Acorus Calamus var. Americanus
Sweet Flag
North America, Europe, China
Calamus was originally noted to have hallucinogenic properties through ethnobotanical research dating back to the 1960s. However, sweet flag has been held in high esteem by North American Indians for hundreds of years.
Amanita Muscaria
Fly Agaric
Europe, Aisa, Africa, Americas
This mushroom could very well be human’s oldest hallucinogen, as it has been identified as Soma of ancient India.
Anadenanthera – Yopo, Cebil, Villca
Leguminosae – South America, West Indies
YOPO or PARICA (Anadenanthera peregrina or Piptadenia peregrina) is a South American tree of the bean family, Leguminosae. A potent hallucinogenic snuff is prepared from the seeds of this tree.
Areca catechu – Betel Nut
Arecoline – Tropical and Subtropical climates
Betel nuts have been used as a drug for thousands of years. The practiced is thought to have started in south-east Asia and there is archaeological evidence to support this view.
Argemone mexicana – Prickly Poppy
United States, India, Africa, Mexico
This is an extraodinarily interesting psychoactive plant, which is just now being rediscovered by psychonauts everywhere. Rich in history with the Aztecs, this poppy plant is presently legal worldwide.
Argyreia nervosa – Hawaiian Baby Woodrose
Convovulaceae – India, Southeast Asia, Hawaii
Hawaiian Baby Woodrose seeds are perhaps one of the least understood of modern-day entheogens and exotic botanicals. There is much controversy in regards to its true place in Shamanic and traditional history outside of its native culture and home; India.
Banisteriopsis caapi – Ayahuasca
South America, West Indies
Used in the western half of the Amazon Valley and by isolated tribes on the Pacific slopes of the Columbian and Ecuadorian Andes.
Botany of Peyote (Lophophora williamsii)
Cactaceae – Mexico, Texas
The peyote cactus is a flowering plant of the family Cactaceae, which is a group of fleshy, spiny plants found primarily in the dry regions of the New World.
Brugmansia aurea – Golden Angel’s Trumpet
Solanaceae – Western South America
Golden Angel’s Trumpet is native to the highland areas around the Andes mountain range in South America. It is very well known throughout southern Columbia, Ecuador and Peru. It has also been transplanted throughout Mexico and Central America, and it is frequently confused with Datura.
Brugmansia sanguinea – Blood-Red Angel’s Trumpet
Solanaceae – South America
Bloodred Angel’s Trumpet is native to the midland and lowland areas around the Andes mountain range in South America. It grows wildly throughout Bolivia, Chile, Columbia, Ecuador, and Peru. It has also been found growing at sea level in Chile. The plant’s stems, flowers, leaves and seed are known to contain large quantities of tropane alkaloids.
Brunfelsia grandiflora – Brunfelsia
Solanaceae – Northern South America, West Indies
Brunfelsia Grandiflora is a tree-like shrub indigenous to the tropical regions of South America, ranging from Venezuela to Bolivia and it is especially abundant in Brazil and on the Caribbean Islands.The plant’s psychoactive compounds are found in the leaves, stems and in the roots and root bark. The roots are especially abundant in active alkaloids like Aesculetine, Cuscohygrine, Manaceine, Manacine, Scopoletin.
Caesalpinia sepiaria – Yun Shih
Leguminosae – Tropical and warm zones
This plant was reputedly used in China as hallucinogen, this is nearly all we know about this plant.
Calea zacatechichi – Dream Herb
Compositae – Northern South America, Mexico
Calea zacatechichi is a plant used by the Chontal Indians of Mexico to obtain divinatory messages during dreaming.
Cannabis sativa – Marijuana
Cannabaceae – Warm, temperate zones worldwide
The original home of Cannabis is thought to be central Asia, but it has spread around the globe with the exception of Arctic regions and areas of wet tropical forests.
Celastrus Paniculatus – Celastrus Seeds
India – Temperate zones worldwide
For thousands of years, Ayurveda medicine men have used the Celastrus seeds for their potent medicinal properties. It was used for many different ailments, but most notably it was administered as a powerful brain tonic, appetite stimulant, and emetic.

 

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