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drying cactus
    #4060515 - 04/15/05 10:13 PM (12 years, 6 months ago)

I've got 2 feet of cactus sliced up and I'm trying to dry it out. I put it in the oven on low temp for a few hours, they just seemed to get soggier. Right now I've got them in a sealed rubbermaid with a dish of damprid.

How long does cactus take to dry out? And is there a better way I should be doing this? I'm trying to store it away for future use...


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Re: drying cactus [Re: dr0mni]
    #4060701 - 04/15/05 11:32 PM (12 years, 6 months ago)

okay, well can someone just tell me that my cactus isn't going to rot and become useless?


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Re: drying cactus [Re: dr0mni]
    #4061940 - 04/16/05 10:53 AM (12 years, 6 months ago)

Oven, fine star-like slices, 60-80?C.
It may become soggier at first but it will dry eventually.

I believe damp-rid is not going to dry it before it molds/rottens.


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Re: drying cactus [Re: esin]
    #4062040 - 04/16/05 12:03 PM (12 years, 6 months ago)

if they are sealed youre holding in all the moisture.. put it in a paper bag in the shade and it should take a week


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Re: drying cactus [Re: bmarley3434]
    #4062263 - 04/16/05 01:42 PM (12 years, 6 months ago)

Aww, i hope your cactus doesn't rot. How do you prepare dried cacti? Do you boil it a bit, then blend it, then reboil it down to a drinkable amount (hard to say what a drinkable amount is :wink: )


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Re: drying cactus [Re: LiveByFreedom]
    #4062360 - 04/16/05 02:31 PM (12 years, 6 months ago)

Normally tea is just used for fresh cactus. Dried cactus is either eaten (yuck), capsulized and taken as a ton of pills, or used in an acid/base extraction. Also, Ekstaza has a good alcohol extraction for dried cactus: http://www.shroomery.org/forums/showflat.php/Number/2452094#Post2452094


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Re: drying cactus [Re: Letto]
    #4062548 - 04/16/05 03:53 PM (12 years, 6 months ago)

okay. If it's going to take a week then I'm not worried at all. I unsealed the container, and have the soggier peices on a screen on top of the container while the normal peices are below next to two dishes of damprid and a bunch of paper towels. Most of the peices are doing really well. In the oven the skins started to turn a dull brownish color. I don't know if this is good or bad, but I'd rather avoid it if I can.

I haven't decided what I'm going to do with it, but I know I want to save it for later. I might make an extraction out of it all. I've got all the equipment, so I might as well!

I saved about six inches so I can grow some more. This cactus is a panachoi. I've already got a peruvianus growing, which is supposed to be more potent than the panachoi, so I'm not all that concerned with growing more out, but I figure it couldn't hurt to have more cactus!

I haven't tried any san pedro yet. But I can't wait! I'll probably try it by the end of the summer.


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Re: drying cactus [Re: dr0mni]
    #4062923 - 04/16/05 06:24 PM (12 years, 6 months ago)

You should have just grown it out if you didn't know what you were going to do with them... No point in drying it out when you could have grown it over the summer and got 8" to a foot more.


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Re: drying cactus [Re: Letto]
    #4063976 - 04/17/05 01:05 AM (12 years, 6 months ago)

it's okay, cuz I'm gonna have a peruvianus and a panachoi both growing. I'd rather just have the cactus dry and ready to travel or grind or boil or anything else. It's good to know that I have some "on hand".


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