So, I took 12 Hawaiian Baby Woodrose seeds yesterday, combining them with some orange juice, ketchup, and peppermint in an attempt to stop some of the LAH from degrading into LSA. For those that don't know, LAH is about as close to LSD as you can get in nature
, and is possibly the main "hallucinogen" in ergine-containing flora (the other LSAs seem to be more narcotic than psychadelic, which is still an enjoyable effect). I also smoked a nice amount of some Thai weed I brought up with me to Edinburgh, which, in combination with the vitamin C and acetaldehyde, completely annihilated the nausea I could have experienced (12 seeds is a relatively hefty dose - I was almost sick on 8, last time).
The trip was interesting, like a normal LSA trip with (what I assume to be) LSD-like visuals; much less sedation than last time, but also less of a body high. Euphoria came and went in waves, which I attribute to the weed. While coming up, I investigated the ways in which the drugs affected my experience of the world around me, which meant engaging in such activities as watching things go past my window, watching a movie (can't remember what it was), listening to music (Klaus Schulze, Morbid Angel, Demoncy, Emperor, Lord Wind, L. Shankar, and, bizarrely, Nightwish [whose discography I seem to have downloaded...]), and reading about religion/physics/psychadelics. At various points, these activities became more/less enjoyable/difficult/bizarre. It's hard to say exactly what the effects were; my concentration was fine, but the amount by which things were moving/changing/forming patterns/rippling/flowing etc. made it difficult to make out what was going on, at times. Some audial hallucinations, eventually, and music was so ridiculously clear and distinct that I could feel it in my legs. It was as if I were in a huge chamber under the earth, and the members of the band were playing miles apart from each other, with massive speakers all pointing towards me in the centre: each instrument was easily distinguishable from the others (I heard ITNE in a way I've never heard it before), and the patterns they made were awesome (and still are, and always have been, I suppose).
At some point, I decided to turn everything off in my room, close the curtains, put earplugs in, and just lie in darkness/silence for a long time, simply breathing. I had some very interesting experiences during the following hours, including the development of new musical ideas, the discovery and isolation of a distinct aspect of "Englishness", a lot of personal discovery (LSA is wonderful for introspection; if it weren't for the nausea, I'd recommend it more than Salvia), and, ultimately, the total separation of the ego from the body. For an indeterminable amount of time, I had no physical sensations at all (couldn't feel my heartbeat, or even hear the air filling my lungs), until my sensory deprivation caused my brain to start creating sounds to fill this gap in my experience, to the effect that I watched myself walking across a 2D landscape representing the music that was playing in my head (this was very enjoyable). As with Salvia, this "became" Reality, for me - my vision and hearing were based in this weird 2D music-world for hours.
As other users have mentioned here, these drugs are incredibly useful for giving people a glimpse of what one can achieve through meditation/stillness. I'm perfectly aware that everything that a drug does is done by my brain, and not by the drug; the drug merely acts as the catalyst for such reactions to take place, but is by no means necessary for the mental effects. Unfortunately, I don't have the time or the patience yet to get back into any proper spiritual practice, but I do very much enjoy being able to take a day out here and there to see what I can see. Next time I trip, I'm going to try to perform an LSH extraction; if it doesn't work, then I'll move on to acid, but I much prefer the idea of natural hallucinogens.