What is Blue Lotus? (Nymphae Caerulea)
Blue Lotus is a psychoactive plant used in traditional medicines for thousands of years to relieve anxiety and assist with sleep. One of the first recorded plant medicines, the Egyptian Water Lily, was widely used in ancient religious rites and ceremonies as an “entheogen” to connect one with the divine, inducing higher states of being and consciousness. Many report states of bliss, euphoria, or relaxation, with some claims of lucid dreams in which the dreamer gains awareness and a degree of control in their dream state. Understood by many to improve circulation, the blue lotus is also renowned as a potent aphrodisiac.
The blue lotus symbolized life, immortality, and resurrection in ancient Egypt. In Buddhism, the blue lotus symbolizes the victory of spirit over the senses, the triumph of wisdom over suffering.
Effects of Blue Lotus?
Blue Lotus offers a heart-opening, calm, yet uplifting altered state. Great for social anxiety. Blissful, euphoric, relaxation. Sense of warmth and compassion. It is similar to cannabis without the disorientation, munchies, or potential panic/paranoia. Effective natural aphrodisiac, great for conversation and social connection or passionate intimacy with a partner. It can produce a pleasant meditative state. Replacement or enhancement for cannabis potentiates cannabinoids and tryptamines like psilocybin. It may induce lucid dreams and restful sleep.
How to consume Blue Lotus?
Blue Lotus can be smoked, steeped into a tea, or used as an ingredient in cooking or winemaking. Grind and roll up with your favorite herbal smoking blend and load into a pipe or dry herb vaporizer.
How much to try?
Dosage is a matter of intent; effects vary from person to person. We all have different sensitivities or tolerances. Less than a gram of the flower is plenty for some looking to relax, while others seeking the potent aphrodisiac element will tend towards 5 grams plus. When working with any new plant medicine, starting small and finding one’s lowest effective dose is best. Do your research, explore mindfully, and journey with intention.
Is blue lotus legal in the United States?
While the FDA does not approve it for consumption, blue lotus is only restricted in Louisiana.