A herbal drug is a natural alternative for other, more conventional drugs and stimulants. Because they are culled straight from nature, they are mostly unregulated and can have astonishing effects. Since differences in the effects and potency of a herbal drug are quite pronounced, you must first do some basic research before you even think of using them.
Again, start slowly. People who learn about alternative medicine often go overboard in their enthusiasm. Keep in mind that you are dealing with the most important material things you own – your body. Once your body’s gone, you’re gone too, so it only makes sense that you study the herbal drugs you’re interested in closely.
Here are two examples of a herbal drug:
Absinthe. Absinthe was a popular herbal drug especially favored by artists and writers. Painters like Monet and Van Gogh favored this herbal drug. So did eminent writers like Oscar Wilde, Baudelaire, and Ernest Hemingway. Absinthe was believed to stimulate the mind and unlock its creativity. This belief caused many artists of the past century to seek its psychedelic effects.
Absinthe contains both alcohol and tetrahydrocannabinol, which is the active component of marijuana. It is postulated that Absinthe works on the brain in the same way that marijuana does. Compares to its more famous cousin, however, absinthe is pretty mild when it comes to its effect on the brain. It is closer to alcohol in effect than it is to marijuana.
Khat. Khat, or Catha Edulis, is a shrub native to the Arabian Peninsula and northeast Africa. Khat is a stimulant like methamphetamine, but its effects are much less intense. When khat leaves are chewed, it produces a psychedelic effect on the brain.
Khat contains an ingredient called cathione, which is very similar to amphetamine. The effects of Khat include heightened alertness, excessive excitement, euphoria, an increased ability to concentrate, unnatural friendliness and feelings of contentment.
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