I'd been wanting to try Harmala potentiation of mushrooms for quite some time.
I'd done tons of reading on ayahuasca, and MAO inhibitors. I've read quite a
few good reports of combining Peganum harmala seed with mushrooms. I feel it's
important to be well read and mentally prepared before embarking on anything
even somewhat unknown.
So that day, I took the proper dietary precautions, and at 8:00 I ate an extract
of 3g P. harmala seed. At 8:45 I ate one gram of Psilocybe cyanescens. By 9:30 I was
YES, potentiating psilocybin with a MAO inhibitor works great! I tripped quite
hard for only eating a gram of cyanescens (approximately equivalent to 2-3g
cubensis). It was about the same strength as a 2g trip. The harmala roughly
DOUBLED the potency! Which is what I'd read happens, but I was still not
expecting it to be that strong with just one gram of shroomies. And the trip
was sort of different too. Usually on mushrooms my visuals are of abstract
shapes. With the harmala, I was seeing faint pictures of things...houses...a
green lizard...the word "julianne"...many words I could almost
read.....faces..... Also seemed like there were quite a bit fewer
hallucinations in general. Perhaps a higher dose would fix that...
I felt very lethargic too, undoubtedly the harmala effect there. 'Course I
think lying down in a dark, quiet comfortable place is the best way to trip
And the tail end seemed longer too. I don't think I slept until 6-7 hours after
The trip was about 80% the same as a mushroom-only trip. Like the trip had
"shifted" a bit.
Interesting, enjoyable, and as always, enlightening. I'm not sure I like it
better than 2g with no harmala. I might have to try it again ;-)
I definitely recommend this combination, but please DON'T EAT ANY HARMALA SEEDS
UNTIL YOU'VE READ UP ON MAO INHIBITORS!!!!!! Eating the wrong thing while
MAO-inhibited could be very unpleasant, perhaps fatal.
Some favorite mushroom music suggestions: Steve Roach-"Structures from
Silence" or "Dreamtime Return", Area-"the perfect dream", Cocteau Twins-"Victorialand",
Brian Eno-"Neroli" or "Apollo", Material-"Hallucination Engine", Pink