My Experience with Kambo

First, I’m sure not everyone knows what kambo is, The Psychedelic Times gave a really concise explanation that I’ll use, “Kambo is a substance that comes from frog secretion [Phyllomedusa bicolorand or Giant Monkey Tree Frog], for many indigenous cultures in the Amazon, this purgative, immunity-boosting medicine is very important. Known in Portuguese as the “vaccine of the forest,” it has also gained renown outside of the Amazon as a powerful treatment for chronic pain and drug dependence.” (Psychedelic Times) This medicine is harvested off the frogs and they are set free afterwards.

I arrived at the ceremony and the guide for the ritual gave us some more information about Kambo that I hadn’t known. It is important not to eat at least 6 hours before reviving the Kambo. It makes for a cleaner and easier purge. Luckily it had been 7, but typically it is preferred to wait 8. I knew there was going to be purging but that had not crossed my mind about the purge. I knew Kambo wasn’t one of the “fun” medicines.

The space, tools and people were all cleansed with a smudge of San Palo. Then gave those who were participating in the ritual 2 mason jars full of water. We were told we had to drink both jars in about 5 minutes. All the negative energy, toxins, and other bad shit your carrying around bonds with the water and then you purge it out.

Once you have finished you water or almost done it is time to have the gates or portals put into your skin. This is done by heating what looks similar to a thick incense stick to a coal at the end and then making a small burn in the skin to open up the first few layers of skin. As this was my first time I got 5 gates burned into my skin.

The Kambo was placed on only 1 gate at first to see how I would react to it. I was told while pretty rare, some people pass out on their first time. After about 30 second the rest of the portals where covered in Kambo.

The effects of Kambo are almost immediately felt. I felt a rush of energy rise up in my body. Until it reach my head and crown chakra. I could feel the energy pulsating and I felt an immense feeling of Zen. Afterwards I was told the Zen feeling with this medicine usually is something people don’t feel on their first time.

The moment of Zen passed and I started to feel the queasiness and the urge to purge. Although, I was having issues getting it up. I was dry heaving. And only purged a small amount of the water in my gut with a small amount of bile. Sweat pouring down my face, snot oozing out my nose and some purging but not much. After 20 mins the Kambo was removed.

After the medicine is removed you are suppose to start feeling better pretty quickly. I, however, was still super queasy. I laid down on the mat and I was told that not everyone fully purges some people hold on to it and end up purging out the other end later that day. Not the end I was hoping purge from to be honest.

I laid there recovering from the experience. 10-15 minutes later I had a delayed purged and it was huge. Thick yellow bile had infused all the negative shit I was carry around and I had released it. I told that was one of the longest delayed purges they had seen. Then 10 minutes later I purged a bunch more water out with a little more bile. And corrected themselves saying, no that’s the most delayed purge they’d seen.

Now that I had actually purged. I was starting to feel a lot better. Besides feeling really really cold. This had been an intense experience and needed to sit with it to process it. 

The next day. My face still felt slightly puffy from the swelling that happens in the face from the medicine, but overall I was feeling really good. I felt uplifted, lighter and a deep sense of inner peace. But the thing that really knocked my socks off was how little pain I was in from my Fibromyalgia. In the whole day I smoked 3 joints and had 1 dab. That’s little amount would normally only last me a few hours at best. Today same thing. I am smoking much less cannabis to control my pain. It’s kinda mind blowing.

Now it only been two days since I had Kambo, but this medicine has some powerful things to show us and I am still fully processing this long conversation I had with this Amazonian tree frog, but the wisdom of the frog is already showing fruits.

Mush Love 🍄💚,

Marc

Sources:

Psychedelic Times Kambo Article

https://psychedelictimes.com/kambo/

January Trip Report

With this trip I tried a new method of ingestion with this trip along with taking a larger dose than my typical dose. I took 5grams soaked in lemon juice then brewed into a tea. Compared to the 3 grams I normally take dried and whole. The idea behind using lemon juice to soak the mushrooms in is to make the trip hit sooner, harder, faster and it also can make the trip shorter; this technique being called lemon tech. This method also lends to also have less upset stomach and stomach gurgles. With this trip I also enlisted a friend to be my trip sitter as I had not done a dose this high before.

To prep from my trip I go through various personal rituals. For my trip I had my trip sitter play Faun station on random. I rolled 3 joints in case I needed or wanted them. Set aside my two booster does of 1 gram each. I pull a animal guide card from one of my two animal oracle decks. This time I pulled the Eagle as a guide. I mediated on the eagle asking for guidance in my journey work. I also mediated with the mushrooms I was taking, talking with the mushrooms to give them my intent for my trip and asked guide me on my trip. After that I ground up my dose and soaked it in lemon juice for 10 mins. Then poured hot water over the lemon mushroom paste. Covered and let steep for 15 minutes. I was curious how a tea reading would come out using the ground mushrooms, so I didn’t strain the cup.

Using my skills as an apprentice in Tasseography, I could see hearth (A wood/pellet stove), three entities that post trip I believe actually was the three phases of my trip, and the top of the cup was a ring. The inside of the cup looked like someone popped the top off a house and you were looking inside it.

Like most trips, I had pre-trip jitters, although more intense than normal like do to increased dose and new method. Even though I also had a sitter. The jitters lasted through my entire prep and did not stop having the jitters until I was finished drinking my tea. At that point I was strapped in and waiting for the rollercoaster ride, so no more need for the jitters I already drank the tea and could stop the ride now.

After about 20 minutes after finishing my tea I could start to feel the effects of the mushrooms start to kick in. Lemon tech definitely kicks in sooner making the waiting for come up half as long as just eating the just the dried mushrooms. This method work by converting Psilocybin into Psilocin giving your body less work to do as you body normally has to do this conversion.

I was intending to go lay down in my bed with an eye mask on for this trip. Compared to my normal trips in the woods. However, once I started coming up and I felt loose I sat on the floor and did some stretching a few yoga poses. Eventually, siting in a lotus like position on the floor feeling like I rooted into the ground. Feeling that deep spiritual connection with Mother Earth feeling her love and this was the felt throughout my trip. I started to take deep full breaths in and out. Feeling the oxygen fill my lungs and my whole body. It felt really good and questioned if I really ever breathed before in my life as it never felt this good or so fulfilling. I’m going to need to look deeper into some breath-works.

The first phase was once full emerged into my mediation I no longer perceived my body as a body. I had become the atoms of my body. I am billions and billions atom floating collectively near each other, but with still lots of empty space between each of them. The sensation of feeling all the atoms as well as the empty space was blissful. I have no idea how long I floated there. Until a voice the sounded deep and a million miles away started talking to me. My sitter asked me if I wanted to lay in bed. I’m good, I said and went back to mediating. Back to perceiving the space between my atoms. My own liminal space within myself.

I opened my eyes at some point and started my second phase of my trip. I asked my sitter to pass me my joints and my first 1 gram booster as my roots didn’t want me to move along with changing the music to the “Psychedelic Therapy- Nordic Juice” playlist on Spotify. After lighting my joint and smoking it I started to get mesmerized by the iridescent light that reflected off the smoke. It was like the smoke was producing a rainbow shimmering light. I also started to make smoke circle even though I’m not good at them. I also could start to see various shapes being made by the smoke. Seeing things like a mermaid shape in the smoke.  It was like diving in the smoke. And give me the joke of saying the key to smoke tricks is to take mushrooms first. I smoked two joints over unknown time frame amazed by what the smoke revealed. I should also note I did have to test my ability to walk twice while smoking as I had to go pee.

The third phase started with me getting mesmerized by the birds coming to the bird feeder at the window. Watching them along with the cat. And I started to massage my feet. I had been sitting in that one spot now basically for several hours and my feet were sweaty. I also felt warm. Then started to feel hot. I closed by eye to start mediating and I embodied Fire. I am Fire. Just radiating heat. This feeling burnt up and quickly as it came on and my mediation ended. I took my last 1 gram booster after that and had my sitter change the music to the Omnia.

My trip start to wind down at this point. I was feeling really good. My pain level was still low and was just happy being.

This trip pulled me out of a depressive episode I started to feel myself going down. The clouds of despair, hopelessness and apathy had started to fog my vision. After taking the mushrooms, the days brightened and cleared the clouds from the skies of my own mental health. Along with the deepening spiritual connection to the earth and the mushroom guides she send to teach her students.

While some of the trip I was able to put into words much of it is still ineffable and all the words of our reality have yet to create words adequate enough to describe the feelings you get from a first hand spiritual experience and the feeling of love you get when Mother Earth makes their love for you felt.

Rebranding My Blog

It has been some time since I have blogged. I’ve decided that I am going to rebrand this blog to include a broader scope of the things that effect my life. My current domain name of Fibroman will run out in April of 2020. After that it is going to revert to entheogenicpagan.wordpress.com.  This will also be how my blog will be titled and promoted as soon as I redesign it.

So what does that mean for my readers?

Well, I am still going to blog about cannabis of course, but I will also be expanding my discussion to various entheogenic plants and substances. Many of you will know them as psychedelics.

Outside of the plant allies that I will be discussing, I will also be discussing some of my spirituality as a modern day Pagan.

Reflections, After Legalizing Cannabis for Adult Use in Maine.

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Maine voted on legalizing cannabis for all adults in the state of Maine on Nov. 8, 2016 and while we have yet to implement any retail locations for Mainer to purchase their cannabis besides established Medical Patients who can purchase cannabis from the many dispensaries around. With more popping up in anticipation of eventual implementation of our adult use cannabis laws. Why we don’t have them yet is a long story but it boils down to one basic fact.

Maine-Governor-Vetoes-Bill-to-Regulate-Sale-and-Tax-on-Adult-Use-Marijuana-facebook Our Governor Paul Lepage has been the major Road block to enacting the law that we voted on. The bill has been butchered and several thing have been taken away from Mainers. Including a reduction in plant count and the elimination of cannabis social clubs for example. Maine is now going to be a better place as he is leaving office at the end of this year and hopefully with his departure the road block to retail sales will be lifted.

There has also been a shift in the acceptability of cannabis use in public. As someone who has needed to use cannabis in public to manage my pain where it felt I still had to really hide it to what it is now. As long as you are being respectful and not smoking at the entrance of a store or in a crowded area, people just don’t care anymore. Really the way it should be. This also makes it easier to share with people. For example after I got my dogs nails trimmed and buffed I saw his groomer outside vaping so we shared I joint I was about to smoke. Or the appliance delivery guys that came to my house I shared a bowl with. It’s like offering someone some tea when they are at your house. It’s only polite.

This does not mean everyone loves cannabis now. I still run into people: who don’t like it, or don’t use it, or don’t fully approve of cannabis, or believe the old stereotypes, but they are not as vocal as they once would have been and a few that are still stuck in the reefer madness area of thought, but they are few and father in-between.

Overall, I have to say that cannabis is in Maine is pretty widely accepted and that is a really good feeling.

Spread Cannabis Knowledge!
FibroMan

420 Canceled Early

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The Compassionate Caregivers Of Maine also know as CCM decided to hold a 420 event this year. They rented the American Legion in Gardiner Maine and informed them it was going to be a 420 cannabis event for legal card carrying medical patients and that cannabis use would happen outside on the premise in a designated smoking/vaping tent. Along with having a few vendors. All of this was approved before the event was to take place. Or so we thought…

I should up early to the event to help lend a hand. In the vape tent there was an Ice sculpted dab rig and that thing hit amazing. Mad props to subzero ice sculpting. That thing was amazing. Although it did not last long the metal table it sat on was at a slight angle and in the direct sunlight. It slide off the table while our backs were turned. There was some amazing infused cotton candy.

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Shortly after the CCM 420 event was scheduled to start the bartender showed up. Realize it was a cannabis event where there was edibles and people smoking cannabis on the property. She had some moral abjection to cannabis people and called the police. Who never showed by the way. But they did call the Company Commander of the American legion. Who basically had the event canceled. So it is okay to drink poison but not okay to use plant biased medicine. Strange that the legion would approve the event and then turn around and do this. I am not happy with the legion and they will hear from me.

Maine has had legal medical cannabis since 1999 that is almost 20 years now and we have had legal adult use laws since 2016,  but still waiting on retail regulations. Today we really got to see where we are in our regulations. We may have legal cannabis use but we are not quite at the point of being able to hold cannabis events in Maine. And that is a shame.

Maine’s Adult Use Marijuana Bill reviewed and the limbo Maine is in.

potlawsBoth the Maine House and Senate have voted on H.P 1199 L.D 1719 and after several changes to the bill the passed it. This bill only needs to be signed into law by the Governor of Maine Paul Lepage. He has 10 days to sign it or veto it. Gov. Lepage has vowed to veto the bill even though it passed with a number of votes that could easy over turn a veto. As the goal prior to sending the bill to the Governor that it should be veto proof. How did they make it veto proof? The made the bill a money grab and reduced the rights the bill allowed. Hoping that would entice the Governor into signing the bill.

The newly amendment bill changes several things from the original bill that Mainers voted for. Some of the biggest changes are a higher tax rate from 10% to 20%. Along with increasing excise taxes on the seeds, mature plants, and on bud/extracts that will be levied at the growers of adult use cannabis that will trickle down the the consumer. This also strips down the rights of Mainers to grow their own cannabis by reducing the plant count allowed from 6 mature plants to 3 mature plants. It also removes the provision to allow cannabis social clubs a place for people to gather and use cannabis. To read the bill yourself follow the link to the Maine State Legislator at the bottom of this post.

What then is governor Lepage have against the bill? Well as it was reported in The Maine Press Herald, “LePage has been pushing more consolidation of the medical and recreational industries. If the pending adult-use bill becomes law, Maine would tax recreational cannabis at an effective rate of 20 percent while taxing medical marijuana at a much lower rate of 5.5 percent, or 8 percent for medical edibles. LePage believes the tax differential would encourage recreational marijuana users to use medical marijuana instead of the adult-use market to save money.”

So if someone qualifies for medical cannabis and would save money on the taxes and that is what he has a problem with. The bill was changed to be a money grab by the state compared to what Mainers voted on and the new bill just does not seem to take enough money from people. This is actually extremely revealing in his motivations and it is honestly scary.

A few points against this thought that the medical program will not prevent the adult use program from making money. Not everyone qualifies for medical cannabis. Not everyone will want to go through the process of getting a medical card even if they do qualify. Maine is a tourist state; tourist all will pay the adult use taxes on their cannabis. Lepage is just being extra greedy on a bill that was changed to be a money grab by the state. The bill already increased the tax from 10% to 20% the tourist will pay a lot already. Stop being so greedy over a plant!

Maine might stay in our limbo of having passed adult use cannabis laws but without the ability to legally purchase adult use cannabis. If Lepage does veto the new adult use cannabis bill the numbers in the House and Senate that voted for this bill could over turn Lepage’s veto, but that is still more time and more delays in the implementation of the adult use cannabis bill.

Spread Cannaibs Knowledge!
FibroMan

Maine State Legislator:

http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=1719&PID=1456&snum=128

Portland Press Herald:

https://www.pressherald.com/2018/04/16/lepage-said-he-intends-to-veto-retail-pot-bill/

Indiana family investigated by CPS for using CBD oil is fighting back.

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Little Jaelah playing in the mud. Photo from the Justice for Jaelah facebook page.

Meet little Jaelah Jerger a 20 month old little girl with myoclonic seizures with up to 40 seizure events per day. It was suggested that Jaelah take Keppra an anti seizure medication by a doctor at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health.

Jaelah parents were worried about the potential side effects of Keppra that include drowsiness, dizziness, unusual tiredness or weakness. Not wanting their daughter to suffer with the side effects of the pharmaceutical medication.  The Jerger family found a chiropractic neurologist in Evansville, Indiana that was willing to prescribe cannabidiol (CBD) to control little Jaelah myoclonic seizures. This worked with great success by going from 40 seizures per day to becoming completely seizure free with the use of CBD.

 

The problem. The Jerger family was reported to child protective services by a staff member at Riley Hospital. Their reason? They said that the Jerger family was not treating their daughters medical condition. Guess they missed the fact Jaelah was seizure free on CBD.

What happened after the report was “CPS arrived at the Jergers’ house in Huntingburg on Sept. 20, formally asking the parents to agree to keep Jaelah on Keppra, to take her for weekly blood tests to confirm she was taking Keppra and to only see a specified physician, Lelah said.” (IndyStar) To make this situation worse CPS also told the Jerger family that they could only send their daughter to a specific hospital and not letting them even decide who their daughter can see for medical care. Since this overreach by the Indiana CPS the Jerger family is now able to see a neurologist at the University of Louisville who is monitoring the use of CBD oil for Jaelah Jerger. She is no longer using Keppra.

Lelah Jerger says that Indianan CPS violated the family’s rights when they sought blood samples from their daughter to prove she was taking Keppra and not a medication containing CBD.  (WTHR)

If you are interested in helping the family with their fight check out their gofundme page at https://www.gofundme.com/jaelahs-attorney-fees and don’t forget to check out the Justice of Jaelah Facebook page.

As always,

Spread Cannabis Knowledge!
FibroMan

Referenced

https://www.indystar.com/story/news/politics/2017/10/31/cbd-oil-reduced-toddlers-seizures-still-state-threatened-take-away-child-mother-says/755232001/

https://www.wthr.com/article/family-sues-state-agency-over-investigation-of-their-use-of-cbd-oil