“The narcotic herbs were originally used in spa parlors as fragrance, but it later occurred to someone to smoke grass, and that’s how it all started. One gram of weed costs 900 rubles ($27), and this dose is enough for five adults. We have been receiving many calls lately from people who suffered from smoking these herbs. It is possible to develop an addiction to this kind of smoking. Others say that a person may start acting inadequately as a result of smoking,” a specialist with the Drug Control Service of Samara, Ekaterina Kondareva said.
Russia’s Surgeon General Gennady Onischenko issued a special decree to ban the sales of herbal smoke blends in the Russian Federation. The decree particularly banned the sales of blends containing such herbs as Salvia Divinorum and/or Argyreia Nervosa (Hawaiian rose) and/or Nymphea caerulea (Blue Lotus). The blends containing the herbs are available under such names as AM-HI-CO, Dream, Spice (Gold, Diamond), Zoom, Chill Herbal Smoking Blend, Pep Spice, Yucatan Fire, Daganda, SweetSmoke, and some others.
The official decree has not stopped the sales of herbal smoke blends. “We have heard of the decree, but we are not going to scrap our sales, we have not received any instructions from our manager,” sellers say.
- White Lotus - Nymphaea ampla ()
The effects of the flower when prepared as a tea or decoction and ingested are said to be much like the opiate apomorphine. White lotus actually contains aporphine, which is closely related to apomorphine, differing only in the lack of two hydroxyl groups. It is very likely that is can be transformed into apomorphine through processing, storage or through one’s own metabolism. There are many who report feelings of floating and euphoric sensations after ingesting a potion made from the white water lily.
- Nymphaea caerulea - Blue Lily / Blue Lotus ()
Creating a feeling of well being, euphoria and ecstasy, Nymphaea caerulea (blue lotus) is a water plant growing on the shores of lakes and rivers.
- Blue Lily (Nymphaea Caerulea) Preparation ()
Blue Lily extracts best into alcohol. Wine is traditional. However, any other alcohol would work, and certainly an ethanolic sublingual or ingestible tincture could be made from larger amounts.
- In the Land of the Lotus Eaters (01 JUNE 2007)
Tourists threaten natural habitats in Hawaii, where kava and lotus are sacred plants revered for ages.
- The Land of the Lotus Smokers (Monday, December 15, 2008)
Metaphor and drug use from Homer's the Illiad and he Odyssey, and modern day use of the lotus flower in extracts and herbal blends.