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There are two main methods of preparing Silene capensis. The first is the traditional method used by the Xhosa. To do this, the root is pulverized before being put into a cup container of water. The mixture is then whisked until a lot of white foam has been created. This foam is then ingested before sleeping.

The ‘foam’ method is the traditional way of consumption and the most common one. However, since Silene capensis is best taken regularly for it to take effect, the easiest way is to consume it in capsule form. To do this, you need to grind the root into a powder and put it in gel caps. Generally speaking, you want to consume between 500mg and maximally 3g a day, over a period of a few days. It is best to start with a smaller dose to get used to the plant, and work your way up. It is worth noting that a larger dose doesn’t necessarily cause a greater effect; for this reason 1g tends to be the settled on standard daily dose. Also, powdered Silene capensis oxidizes very quickly, so it is important to only grind it into a powder when preparing for direct use.

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