Call it spiritual, mystical, meditative as you like. For thousands of years humans have pondered the mysteries of human existence, often expressed through ritual, ceremony, and religion.

Dating back to the oldest civilizations on earth, and perhaps before human existence if you believe in the Stoned Ape theory, humans used plants, herbs, and fungi to reach altered states of consciousness, cognitive expansion, spiritual and mystical experiences. 

Often, these plants were considered sacred conduits to the divine, enlightenment, transcendence, and mystical insight, such as the Blue Lotus flower for the ancient Egyptians, Opium in Ancient Greece, or Cacao in Mesoamerica.

Those who have experienced altered states of consciousness through organic or synthetic matter have often felt a deep connection to source, a sense of oneness with everyone and everything, and a knowing that they are infinitely insignificant and yet infinitely capable. 

People often struggle to describe their contact with these sorts of mind-bending entheogenic experiences. 

But you don't have to dive into the world of ayahuasca, psilocybin, and iboga to feel a connection to yourself, to others, and to mother nature. Here are some of our favorite plants to help you find presence, connection, and mysticism. And yes, they are legal*. 

Rhodiola (Rhodiola Rosea) 

  • Relieves anxious thought patterns and supports mental clarity

Hapé (sacred tobacco) 

  • Induces a deep meditative state, sense of presence and mental clarity

Cacao (Theobroma Cacao) 

  • The food of the gods, unlocks stored emotion, deepens meditative states, and elevates mood

Kanna (Sceletium Tortuosum) 

  • Heart-opening empathogen that creates feelings of oneness

Mugwort (Artemisia Vulgaris) 

  • Empowers astral projection and prophetic dreams

Mucuna (Mucuna Pruriens) 

  • Expands awareness, opens new doors of perception, elevates mood, promotes creativity, and activates libido

Schisandra Berry (Schisandra Chinensis) 

  • Enters all twelve energy centers of the body, expedites internal balancing, and promotes mental clarity and awareness 

Blue Lotus (Nymphaea Caerulea) 

  • The flower of intuition unlocks internal wisdom, promotes a sensual relaxation, and activates lucid dreams

Herbs have guided many cultures and civilizations through transcendence, cognitive expansion, intellectualism, creative thinking, and innovation. We believe that plants and herbs can bring balance to the body, solace to the mind, and have a positive impact on perspective, self-awareness, and prosocial behavior.

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