DIY Psychedelics: Why Grow and Prepare Your Own Plant Medicine
The beauty of utilizing psychedelic plants, as opposed to synthetics, is a question of intimacy. Especially when you coax a plant into life, care for it, harvest it yourself, and prepare it with your own hands.
Unless you’re a chemist, your relationship with a synthetic psychedelic is usually that of a consumer, in the economic sense of the word. Somebody somewhere has created this thing, by a method that we know little or nothing about, and we use money to buy it. In some cases, we even buy it online. It gets shipped to us in a package like earphones.
Of course plant medicines can also be purchased like consumer products, and now they often are. This is not entirely a bad thing. I’ll be the first to admit that legally purchasing well-engineered Indica gummies online is better than furtively buying a ratty wad of dry weed from the dude in the park who says “walk with me” as he looks around and shoves a bag into your hand in exchange for a greasy banknote and then later, when you smoke it, you just feel kind of dumb.
The legal Cannabis industry is definitely a positive development, as is the decriminalization of Psilocybin and the increasingly-mainstream use of Ayahuasca. But now we’re starting to use these plants like prescription medicine purchased from behind a white counter. It’s okay, I do it too sometimes. I’m not here to beat us up about this. I merely wish to propose an alternative approach, when circumstances allow it.
Why Grow Your Own
Even if it’s only a few Cannabis plants sitting in pots on the windowsill, or San Pedro cacti in the garden — it’s almost always more rewarding when we grow the plants ourselves.
Why? For one, I think we humans have a lot to learn from plants, and not all of these lessons are acquired by consuming them. The process of raising a plant from seed to maturity is an intimate experience. It is an example of…