“As the lotus rises on its stalk unsoiled by the mud and water, so the wise one speaks of peace and is unstained by the opinions of the world.”Buddha
Blue Lotus (Nymphaea caerulea) is a water lily native to Egypt with a long history of use in traditional medicine and spiritual practices.
Sometimes used for astral projection or past life regression, its known for beautiful blue flowers and potentially psychoactive properties.
Many have tried to get high off Blue Lotus. But does it work as part of an overall incorporation of plant medicine into your life?
History of Blue Lotus and its current uses
Getting high off blue lotus dates back to ancient times, used in religious ceremonies, as well as for its medicinal properties. The plant was highly valued by the Greeks and Romans, who used it for its calming effects.
In ancient Egypt, Blue Lotus was used to treat a wide range of ailments like anxiety, insomnia, and pain. It was also used in spiritual practices due to beliefs that it had powers to bring about a state of euphoria and to open the mind to spiritual experiences.
According to Organic India USA Blue Lotus was traded to the far corners of the known world during the Roman Empire, and even features prominently in Mayan religious art, costumes, and ceremonies.
Today, Blue Lotus is still used in traditional medicine and is available in various forms, including as a tea, tincture, and extract. Some people believe that it can help to reduce anxiety and stress, promote relaxation, help with migraines, and improve sleep. It’s also gaining a bit of a trend as an alternative to THC cannabis, alongside Mugwort.
However, it’s important to note that there is limited scientific research on the safety and efficacy of Blue Lotus, and more research is needed to fully understand its potential benefits.
Does Blue Lotus have psychedelic effects?
The plant’s psychoactive properties are thought to come from compounds called alkaloids, which are believed to have sedative and euphoric effects, and can also act as a mild hallucinogen.
So will I be getting high off Blue Lotus? What are the effects?
Encouraged by the idea of using Blue Lotus as an alternative to medical cannabis, or unlocking the ancient secrets of the flower, I decided to consume the flower.
Having bought a package on Etsy, I pulled out the beautifully bright blue flowers, with their lemon and amber yellow centres.
About an hour before bed, I picked and packed the blue leaves into a small pipe that I bought in Amsterdam, and set upon inhaling the smoke.
A lovely flavour from the Blue Lotus smoke hit me. Not unlike Palma Violets (those strange perfume like sweets from the 1980s), but with a more herbal note.
I wasn’t expecting to feel high, but there was a unique buzz that emanated from my body and core being, It was in the body, the head, and the mind. Although not unlike a THC cannabis effect, it was weaker but different. I felt quite uplifted and spacey, but I don’t think I was getting high off Blue Lotus.
Going to bed to try and enjoy some kind of transformative experience, lucid dreaming, or even a meeting with God himself, I lay down feeling sleepy and pretty awesome. The Blue Lotus cuddled me as I drifted off.
Blue Lotus Dreams
I can’t say I had a majorly transformative experience, but I did have some very intense dreams that were different to my usual experience. One of them was particularly unpleasant, I have to say.
Enthused by the power of Blue Lotus, I again smoked some more a few nights later, and engaged in past life regression hypnosis. This was awesome, and I felt like my subconscious was really communicating in new ways.
How to Consume Blue Lotus:
Blue lotus can be consumed in various ways, including brewing it into a tea, smoking it, or even adding it to wine. When consumed as a tea, the plant’s alkaloids are quickly absorbed into the bloodstream, producing its calming effects. When smoked, the effects are more immediate and intense.
Preparing Blue Lotus tea
To prepare blue lotus tea, start by boiling water and adding a teaspoon of blue lotus petals.
Let the mixture steep for about 10 minutes before straining it and drinking it.
Making Blue Lotus Wine
To make blue lotus wine, start by selecting a wine that complements the flavor of the blue lotus petals.
Dry white wines like Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio work well, but won’t keep as long as using red wine. Their light and crisp flavour does pair well with the floral and slightly sweet taste of the petals. Yum.
Some believed that the Egyptians would get euphoric effects like those you get from MDMA, when making Blue Lotus wine.
- Once you have selected your wine, add a generous handful of dried blue lotus petals to a clean glass jar or bottle. Pour the wine over the petals, making sure that they are completely covered by the liquid.
- Cover the jar or bottle and let it sit for several hours or overnight to allow the petals to infuse into the wine. You might even want to leave it for a few days. After the wine has infused with the petals, strain the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer or cheesecloth to remove the petals.
- The resulting wine should have a slightly sweet and floral taste, with a subtle relaxing effect.
Risks of consuming Blue Lotus
Blue Lotus should be used with caution, as it can cause side effects such as drowsiness and dizziness.
Additionally, it may interact with certain medications, so it is important to talk to your healthcare provider before using Blue Lotus.
As with any substance, it’s important to use blue lotus in moderation and under the guidance of a healthcare provider if you have any underlying health conditions or concerns.