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Is mimosa hostilis a traditional entheogen?

Fri, 09 Dec 2011 13:35:01 GMT

Mimosa hostilis has a reputation not quite as prestigious as its older brother ayahuasca. Ayahuasca is the great plant-teacher of South America and it seems certain that it has been used for at least a few thousand years. The history of entheogenic use of mimosa hostilis is vaguer and probably shorter.

According to this article, the practise of drinking mimosa hostilis was used in certain tribal rituals going back to before the Portuguese colonial period in the 15th century. It was never as widely distributed as ayahuasca, belonging mostly to the Sertao region, the semi-arid northeast of Brazil. The Portuguese colonists suppressed the jurema-cult with some success, and certain veins of it died out.

It is not clear from the historical evidence whether some of these old pre-colonial traditions survived or have been revived, but we do know that mimosa hostilis ceremonies are vigorously practised by several tribes in Brazil, including the Atikum. There is an interesting article on the MAPS website describing one man's participation in what some had claimed was an extinct ritual.

It is worth noting that many of the ethnic groups who drink mimosa hostilis are mestizos, mixed-race groups whose culture is a fairly recent hybrid of Portuguese Christianity, West African Vodun and Yoruba, and indigenous shamanism. It seems entirely possible that the jurema ritual was indeed extinguished by colonial suppression, and has only been revived - in a different form - in the past century.

Mimosa hostilis gains notoreity in the UK

Mon, 06 Dec 2010 19:57:09 GMT

Mimosa hostilis gets little coverage in the mainstream press, so it was interesting to see this article in The Sun newspaper. The article was triggered by the seizure of 126kg of mimosa hostilis (which The Sun mistakenly equates with 126kg of DMT)

This blatant bit of scaremongering stands out -

"It is feared smugglers are now trying to flood the UK - as they have in recent years with deadly methamphetamine, also known as crystal meth."

It is interesting to note that all the comments on online version of the article correct the erroneous assumptions of the overly negative journalist.

Other uses of mimosa hostilis

Mon, 12 Apr 2010 02:14:52 GMT

Mimosa hostilis is used as a purple dye and purple body-paint by Amazon tribes.

It is commonly used as goat feed nowadays in Mexico.

A preparation of the rootbark is used to treat burns, ulcers and skin lesions.

The wood is used for making charcoal and is one of the most common used sources of firewood in South America.

Mimosa hostilis DMT extraction

Sun, 04 Apr 2010 17:44:08 GMT

Mimosa hostilis root bark contains pretty high levels of DMT, as high as 11%, according to a study done by Holmstedt in 1983 and another done by Sanchez Lemus in 1984. This is by far the highest level of DMT found in any plant substance. Some reports have phalaris brachystachys containing 3% DMT; this is the next highest level of DMT reported for a plant.

However, 11% DMT is still not pure enough that it could be placed in a pipe and smoked directly. You need to do an extraction for that. There are a few DMT extraction methods given on Erowid's DMT Vault, but they are involve several steps and require a knowledge of chemistry. They also involve some toxic chemicals such as naphtha, which is fine if you know what you're doing, but may give some people cause for concern.

Luckily, a better, easier DMT extraction has recently been discovered by Amor Fati of the DMT-Nexus. This requires only food-safe chemicals. Details of the tek are given at the DMT-Nexus wiki.