You’ve heard food critics say the meal left them with a “euphoric” feeling or the edibles they have consumed were like “heaven.” They may not be exaggerating. There are foods, seeds and plants that are often used in foods or ingested like foods that will leave you with a euphoric feeling because they do get you high.
There are misconceptions about common foods too. We can’t have the human race without some bozo trying a concoction of a couple of ingredients and claim they felt high or that they smoked a product and achieved the greatest high ever.
When I was growing up, there was a rumor making its way through the school system claiming the high of a life time if you smoked cat nip. I also heard the goofballs that tried catnip either became ill or were left with a headbanger’s headache. Be careful what you eat or drink, smoke or sniff without first being completely informed.
The rumors may make their way through the human population about certain foods creating a “high” feeling, however, there are some that can actually get you high.
The psilocybin “magic” mushrooms for instance, have been eaten for centuries to achieve that high. These golden gems are able to give humans a high, if you can gag them down with a taste of dirty feet, with a Styrofoam texture. Yum!
British singer and songwriter Donovan released a song in the US in March of 1967 called, “Mellow Yellow.” This came from the fourth album released by the artist of the same title. Many considered the words “mellow yellow” to be a banana peel high the songwriter had written about. Yes, many tried smoking banana peels during the 60s and 70s to hit the high they were seeking. Hey, it was the 60s. Drugs were involved. You may have read things about “bannadine” when hearing about those smoking the peel of the fruit.. Just to make things clear; there is no such thing as a bannadine.
Seeds and nuts are a large part of many diets across the US. Sunflower seeds are purchased and eaten by the dozens. Pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds are also a great snack for young ones and young at heart. Morning glory seeds are another tempting snack, however these little black beauties can get you high. Before you run out and wipe out the local garden center of morning glory seeds, remember that the seeds sold in the store are most likely covered in industrial strength pesticides to grow healthy plants. The pesticides are not good for you and can cause you harm.
Speaking of seeds, the poppy seed is a great bagel topper or can be found in and on top of muffins. Poppy seeds do come from the poppy flower and is related to opium. Therefore, the poppy seeds you find on your morning muffin is directly related to heroin. While this is the case, the seeds have to be processed before the true opium high is achieved.
If you eat plenty of poppy seeds, you might show a false positive on drug tests for employment or when joining an organization. Beware the poppy bagels, muffins and breads before going in for that interview where drug testing may be the result.
Nutmeg is a spice used in quiche, pies and even cakes. Nutmeg adds the perfect touch of flavor to many dishes and desserts but if eaten, smoked or snorted, it can create a high from hell. Reports of a marijuana type of buzz to flu symptoms such as feverish feelings, anxiousness, runny nose and even sweats have come in after ingesting or inhaling this spice. The majority of nutmeg junkies have reported having a hangover that ends all hangovers the following morning. Stay away from the nutmeg.
There are numerous plants that can create a “high”, including the Datura, also known as the angel trumpet or the Bella Donna depending on the area you reside in. The flowers from this plant are beautiful, but should be left in the garden. After ingesting or smoking the flower or seeds, intense hallucinations have been reported, along with psychotic episodes and even death. Just enjoy the beauty of these flowers without putting them in your mouth or inhaling them.
Found in New Mexico and Arizona mountainous areas, the peyote cacti are known for their ability to give a psychedelic high like never before. The cactus has been eaten to achieve “vision quests” for years. It is legend that the plants can give you a high so intense that whatever reason you’ve eaten the cactus will be your trip. Be careful when wanting to eat this plant. It’s a strong one!
The areca catechu palm tree provides those in its native lands of Taiwan and Thailand a mild stimulant. The betel nut from the palm is reported to also suppress hunger and keep the person alert. The betel nut is chewed and is also known to leave a dark stain on the teeth.
The Bolivian coca leaf is used to create tea that when drank can help with altitude sickness. Not only will it help you adjust to a high altitude, it will leave you in a mild euphoric state and can also act as a stimulant. People who live around this plant chew or brew them to achieve a healthy way of calming themselves, while remaining alert.
Various seeds and flora can get you high, although when used in moderation, these plants can be a useful tool to keep human beings healthy. Mother nature has given us all the tools we need to care for ourselves either through foods or through the intake of plants for medicinal purposes. Even though the marijuana plant is controversial, we are finding that hemp can be used to clothe us, for rope, for shoes and various textiles. Smoking the plant or brewing it up in tea can assist those suffering with many diseases, such as glaucoma or cancers.
Never eat, smoke or inhale any type of plant without understanding the consequences. Even though some plants are edible, they may be harmful or even fatal if used incorrectly. Just because they’re grown in the ground doesn’t mean they are completely harmless.