Types of Psychoactive Plants

Psychoactive Plants
By: Rachel Kiger

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Psychoactive plants are plants that have a big effect on an individual’s mind. Someone would have to ingest them to make themselves, well, trip. There are many psychoactive plants from all around the world and they come in different shapes and sizes. I will only be talking about three: Mimosa, Desmanthus, and Diplopterys. All three psychedelics and all three producing DMT.
Mimosa will be the first, it comes from the family of Fabaceae and is indeed a psychedelic. It is sometimes referred to the sensitive plant or the touch-me-not do to its sensitive leaves. When the Mimosa is touched, its leaves retract. Its branches have leaves on it that look like fern leaves and its root bark produces DMT. (Erowid, 2015) This psychedelic plant can be found in a tropical area in Brazil.
Next, Desmanthus, it comes from the Fabaceae family as well, it is also known as the Bundle Flower. Its branches are similar to that of the Mimosa plants but can grow up to 1-5 feet tall. (USDA, 2015) Also, the leaves of this plant retracts just like the Mimosa. (USDA, 2015) In the root bark N, and N-DMT are produced, which make it a psychedelic plant. This plant can be found in North, South and Central America in dry soil.
Finally, is the Diplopterys plant, is comes from the Malpighlaceae and is known as a psychedelic. This plant has oppressive vines and construct DMT in its leaves. (Erowid, 2015) The leaves have been known to be used in South America in ayahuasca brews in tribes. That being said, the plant in located in South America.
The reason I chose these three plants is because they all had a relation to one another. There were several others I looked at that were sedative plants amongst other things, but psychedelic plants interest me even though I could and would never try them. It’s odd to me how these plants can be so far apart in location but still have similar appearances and reactions to humans.
Desmanthus illinoensis – Plant Finder. (n.d.). Retrieved March 15, 2015, from http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=g490
Erowid Psychoactive Plant & Fungi Vaults. (1999, August 14). Retrieved March 15, 2015, from https://www.erowid.org/plants/
Mimosa pudica (sensitive plant). (n.d.). Retrieved March 15, 2015, from http://www.kew.org/science-conservation/plants-fungi/mimosa-pudica-sensitive-plant
Shuldes, B. (2012, March 5). Diplopterys cabrerana – Chagropanga. Retrieved March 15, 2015, from http://psychotropicon.info/diplopterys-cabrerana-chagropanga/
USDA NRCS Plant Materials Center, Manhattan, Kansas (2012, July 12). Plant Fact Sheet. March 15, 2015
Retrieved from: http://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=deil
(Fact Sheet PDF)


One thought on “Types of Psychoactive Plants

  1. I found this to be very interesting Rachel. I agree that it’s odd how far apart in distance but similar in side effects these three plants are. I wonder why that is? I also wonder if any of these plants had specific uses for the people of the area they are native to in older times. Maybe to see visions or heal the sick? Well Written!

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