Native tribes have used peyote for thousands of years, and the shamanic ritual has spread to intrepid juggernauts seeking the visionary wisdom of the land. But did you know that more than 150 other species of cacti contain mescaline or similar shamanic compounds? Get ready to travel great distances with this backyard entheogen.
The Hawaiian Baby Woodrose (Argyreia nervosa) may hold the honour of containing the highest concentrations of lysergic acid amides found in nature. This LSD-like heavy hitter isn't a rose at all but is related to the morning glory family—well known by psychonauts for its hallucinogenic properties. Set yourself adrift on Nature's LSD trip!
Calamus, long associated with euphoria, love and lust, is an ancient Native American entheogen producing an MDA-like high. Commonly known as sweet flag or bitterroot, the dried rhizomes are chewed to combat fatigue or smoked with cannabis for a truly divine hallucinogenic experience. Discover more about Acorus americanus and revel in the psychoactive effects of this flowering wetland plant.
Flying Saucers, Pearly Gates, Heavenly Blue—all varieties of morning glories commonly found in ornamental gardens. These flowering beauties veil an entheogenic secret: their seeds contain lysergic acid, a naturally psychoactive chemical cousin to LSD. If you're looking to feed your acidhead, seek no further than your own backyard!
Jumping into our new column, Backyard Entheogens is Bufo alvarius, the Sonoran Desert Toad. The venom of Bufo alvarius is a potent source of the naturally occurring hallucinogenic 5MeO-DMT used by ancient peoples and is at the origin of the toad-sucking myth. Psychonauts beware: Toad tripping can range from bliss to terror. Discover the ritualistic and modern applications of this visionary compound and many more psychedelics in Backyard Entheogens.