Harmine and related alkaloids. Called a psychic sedative. Isomer harmaline has been tried in Parkinsonism. It is a very potent monoamine oxidase inhibitor. (See Yohimbe, Note of Caution)


Primary Effects

When smoked, a very mild, short-lasting marijuana-like high occurs. It acts as both a sedative and a tranquillizer. In larger quantities, it acts more like a hallucinogen.


Usually smoked in combination with damiana, scullcap, and spearmint or peppermint (for flavor). (See recipe for Yuba Gold)

Ritual Use

Alchemy has a number of interesting faces. With symbolism, various elements are classified into a system of qualities. By appropriately mixing these qualities, new elements are created. An example would be combining the heat of fire with the wetness of water, thus creating air which is hot and wet A more contemporary example is: "Although the person had never lectured before, he was excellent because he had the qualities of enthusiasm and knowledge about the subject."

Imagination is one of the great pointers to reality. It is the creative part which enables us to survive and "progress." By taking imagination seriously, beyond the level of mere personal fantasy, it tends to structure itself to major archetypal patterns. Synchronicity is the key. By using tables of correspondences (Liber 777, for example) to project and create the archetype, a literal reality is created. We should not separate science and technology from the religious context.

The extraction of alkaloids can be seen as an alchemical process. Use ethyl alcohol or any drinking alcohol. The yield is approximately 1 gram of mixed harmal alkaloids per kilogram of herb. That's a lot of doses—and symbolism!

Note of Caution: Harmala alkaloids are potent monoamine oxidase inhibitors. (See Yohimbe, Note of Caution)

Passionflower makes an excellent tea to get rid of headaches and insomnia.

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