My last trip was sometime in February or March... It was a low dose; only 1.5
grams of Gulf Coast cubensis grown on cased whole grain rye. The powder was
mixed with a package of Chicken Noodle Cup-A-Soup. Boiling water was added, and
the Trip-A-Soup was allowed to steep for about 20 minutes. I spent this time
relaxing on my bed, the blacklight on and my glow in the dark stars in full
glory. I think I was listening to Blind Melon's first album to help me relax...
-- Interlude --
There's been some debate on whether or not heat is
a bad thing. This from Erowid's Sacred Mushroom Vault:
lightly boiling water does not noticably reduce the activity of dried Psilocybe
cubensis. Many people ingest their mushrooms as tea without needing to increase
the quantity used. I know of people who regularly boil their mushrooms for up to
30 mins before drinking the resulting liquid. All fully active. The hotter the
water, the better. The water should be at least slightly acidic, but psilocybin
is highly water soluable."
As near as I can tell, allowing
ground mushrooms to steep in a cup of hot tea or soup diffuses the psiloc(yb)in
into the liquid. My past experiences have shown that the more quickley the
liquid is consumed, the quicker the onset of the trip and the more powerfull the
trip will be. However, the trip will also be shorter, respectively... Me thinks
that the faster the psilocin enters the brain, the faster the body will
metabolize it. This can of course be avoided by using a MAO inhibitor... But I
-- Back To The Trip --
I drank the soup slowly, over about
20 minutes... By this time the soup was getting cold and a little yucky, so I
finished it off. I changed CD's, now putting on "My Kantele" by Amorphis. It's a
beautifull 5 song acoustic journey which bailed me out of a scary trip in the
past... Amorphis is a metal band from Finland. Their early work was mostly
atmospheric death metal, but they've moved to a more psychedelic, 70'ish style
of progressive rock with their last two releases - "Elegy", and the previously
mentioned "My Kantele". Check 'em out...
As the "My Kantele" EP wound down
with a cover of Kingston's Wall "And I Hear You Call...", it was time for
"Elegy"... By this time I was coming on. I curled up into the fetal position and
shivered under a blanket. I was cold, though quite content... I began to have
the usual visual enhancements - everything began to look very sharp and defined.
The purple hue cast upon my room by the blacklight was awesome, but I couldn't
help but close my eyes.
I also noticed something different this time... I was
having what I like to call audials. Not hallucinations, just audiatory
enhancements... I liken them to the visuals one has on a trip. In the same way
everything begins to look sharp and defined on Levels 1 & 2, music starts to
sound 'sharp' and 'bright'. Every note sounds perfect - like that was the way it
was meant to be played. But as the album progressed, I was finding that the
music was beginning to move beyond the boundaries of how I had heard it many
times before. In the same way that walls and houseplants seem to breath and
sway, notes were beginning to bend and morph into each other. It was very cool!
By the 5th song "My Kantele" (The electric version which inspired the
acoustic reprise and subsequent EP by the same name), I was full blown. The song
begins with a passage sung by the guitarist in a death metal growl -
they lie, they talk utter nonsense
Fools say that music
Was fashioned by a God
Out of a great pike's shoulders
From the water dog's hooked bones
It was made from the grief,
Moulded from sorrow...
My closed eye visuals were taken over by the presense
of what I believe to be one of my power animals - Lion. He paced back and forth,
'growling' to me the story of the Kantele... I haven't done a lot of voyaging
and have only recently become interested in Shamanism. The first power animal I
met on a previous voyage was Snake, my birth totem. During that meeting I
realized how Snake is an integral part of who I am... Though I was surprised to
meet Lion this time, I realized then how he is a part of me as well...
Something else I noticed - the feeling of the trip seemed to follow the feel
of the music I was listening to, but this time it was preceeding it! What I mean
is, the feel of the trip would begin to change and THEN the music would start,
seemingly becoming the perfect background music! Again... Cool... :) I'm
anxious to voyage again... It's been too long.