Passionflower - The Great Enhancer
With its striking appearance, the Passionflower is a plant that is not easily overlooked. It is a tropical plant that can be found growing in the wild rainforests of Central and South America, and has a rich history of medical application amongst the people of the Amazon. It was this medical application that was noticed by European settlers, who took passionflower back to the Old World where it became a popular sedative. It actually received its name from Christian Missionaries, who associated its flower with the crucifixion of Christ; although it is known amongst the indigenous people of the Amazon as maracuja.
Although it possess a very unique and attractive flower, it is actually the leaves and roots of the passionflower that are used for their psychoactive properties. It is a hard, woody vine creeper that uses the other plants and trees of the rainforest for support; and with over 200 known species, it can be found with a whole array of different flowers, all of which are as stunning as the last.
A Relaxing Enhancer
The use of Passionflower hasn’t really changed over the centuries, although new and interesting ways of harnessing these applications are always coming to light. It has a pleasantly relaxing and sedating effect, which doesn’t cause any next-day hangovers. This has led it to become quite a popular sleep aid, as well as a remedy for such things as stress, anxiety, pain and restlessness.
This sedation is met with mild feelings of euphoria, further perpetuating its feelings of relaxation. When taken by itself, passionflower can cause very slight psychedelic effects, such as slightly altered visuals, but it is not very powerful for this purpose by itself.
What makes passionflower a very interesting plant is its ability to act as a potentiator, respectively an enhancer. Passionflower is a relatively mild MAOI, and therefore it doesn’t greatly increase the intensity of other entheogens, but rather gives them a unique spin. When added to LSD, mushrooms or truffles, an almost ayahuasca-like quality is entering the experience. The visions change and a distinct energy is present. Passionflower is mildly sedating, but there is also a comforting and uplifting element to it.
Many varieties of Passionflower are psychoactive, however, some contain highly toxic compounds such as cyanide or cyanide glycosides. Those varieties commonly available in the garden center are unsafe for consumption and should be avoided. Use only Passiflora incarnata, which has a track record of safe use.
How To Use Passionflower
Passionflower is commonly available either as dried leaf or as an extract. Since the alkaloid content in passionflower is relatively low, using an extract greatly reduces the amount that needs to be consumed.
This is the easiest way to prepare passionflower. Simply steep the dried leaves in hot water for 30 minutes before consuming. Use 4 grams for a relatively strong euphoric sedation, or use ½ a gram to use it as a sleep aid. Increase the dose as you get to know the effects. Passionflower extract can also be consumed in a tea.
Passionflower is not usually smoked on its own, but combined with other herbs such as Skullcap, marijuana, damiana, or your blend of choice. Since quite a substantial amount of leaf is needed to get an effect, using an extract is definitely the better choice for smoking.
You can find passionflower in its raw form for your desired method of usage in our web store, as both plant matter and powder.
Passionflower is a lovely plant that can give psychedelics a warm spin and greatly enhance their visionary potential. In lower doses, passionflower is also a very effective sleep aid.