Plant medicines have been used for thousands of years to help seekers expand their spiritual path.  They keep them grounded, give them perspective, awaken something wonderful in them and heal them.  Welcome to the 9 best plant medicines for spiritual growth.

Table of Contents

16 min read.

→ Cannabis

→ Ceremonial Cacao

Rapé

→ Psilocybin Mushrooms

Kambo

DMT

Ayahuasca

San Pedro

Harm Reduction Advice

Summary

Modern society leans towards pharmaceuticals to cure its ills.  It goes as far as outlawing some of the planets most powerful healers.  Depending on where in the world you live means you have access, legally at least, to different plant medicines.

This is a list of current legal, and illegal medicines, depending on where you live.  So, in no particular order:

(Disclaimer; for eductional purposes only. Blogging.co.uk does not encourage the use of illegal substances)

Cannabis

Cannabis is the worlds most discussed plant medicine and although it’s still illegal in many countries, largely due to modern politics, it is also the most commonly used.  There are many strains of indica, sativa or hybrid cannabis to chose from these days.  However, ensure you do your research and chose the right strain for you to make sure your connection to the medicine is beneficial.

How you consume cannabis can have different effects on you, also consider whether edibles, vapes or smoking etc is the right medicinal way for you to get the most healing.

Helps With

  • Depression
  • Physical & neurological conditions
  • Reflection
  • Meditative practice

Things To Consider

  • Pick the right strain for you
  • Only use as much as is needed
  • Consider how you consume; edibles, vapes or smoking etc
  • The munchies!

INTERESTING FACT

The first thing ever bought and sold across the Internet was a bag of cannabis around 1971 by students at MIT.

A man holding a yellow cacao pod

Ceremonial Cacao

‘Mother Cacao’ as she is lovingly referred to, is an amazing introduction to plant medicines.  Often used at Kirtan and other ceremonies, Cacao puts you in touch with inner exploration whilst remaining sober.

If you open yourself up to the healing and connectivity properties of cacao it will show you a glimpse in to your path.  Cacao provides healing and a peaceful and relaxing feeling.  Furthermore, a ceremonial (higher) dose can in itself bring a ‘high’.  An average ceremonial dose can be anywhere between 15-25 grams with people using up to 40 grams.  Cacao contains roughly 1% Theobromine which opens blood vessels and can increase lung function and reduce inflammation.  I have used cacao since the very start of my own journey from Ritual Cacao.

Helps With

  • Relaxation
  • Openness – removes spiritual blockages
  • Reflection
  • Intention setting

Things To Consider

  • Buy raw cacao; powdered cacao removes the cacao butter which is a very important carrier fat for the nutrients
  • Only use as much as is needed
  • Very bitter taste which takes some getting used to

INTERESTING FACT

You can safely drink cacao everyday, it is high in fat however and can be taxing on the liver, so drink plenty of water throughout the day.

Rapé

Pronounced ‘Ha-Pey’.  Tobacco is one of the most abused substances in the modern world.  To Amazonian tribes however it is a sacred plant medicine to be used in ceremonies only.  Rapé (pronounced “ha-peh”) is sacred tobacco combined with the ash of other plants and trees.  It is blown up the nose with a Rapé pipe cleansing the pineal gland.

In fact the experience can be quite intense but will yield its own rewards with a connective feeling and a clearing of the mind.  It’s great at clearing sinuses and clearing the mind but can encourage some purging, which it is supposed to.

Helps With

  • Grounding
  • Focus
  • Connection to the true self
  • Cleansing

Things To Consider

  • Rapé is a cleanser, so purging (sweating, vomiting) can happen afterwards.
  • Work with an experienced shaman to administer Rapé.
  • Allow time to fully ground yourself after use.

INTERESTING FACT

Rapé detoxifies the body and likewise cleanses out excess mucus and bacteria from the nasal cavity which can help with the common cold and flu.

Red and white dotted mushrooms

Psilocybin Mushrooms

Psilocybin “magic” mushrooms are one of the worlds great medicines.  As a result the journeys to planes of existence that are possible with mushrooms is rivalled only by DMT, Kambo and Ayahausca.  Mushrooms are a tool for inner work, self reflection, exploration of other realms and connection with your higher self.

To feel completely grounded again after healing work with mushrooms can take a few hours to a few days depending on dosage.  ‘Shrooms’ are known for showing you what you need to see, rather than what you want to, so be prepared.  Do not try to control your journey and practice ‘letting go’ during your meditation practice before hand.

Helps With

  • Life changing insight
  • Connection to higher self
  • Healing emotional wounds

Things To Consider

  • The medicine will often show you what you need to be shown, rather than what you want to see.  Embrace this healing
  • Prepare fully before use. Fast from food and do not use alcohol or recreational drugs prior to use
  • Recovery can take days to fully immerse back in to your usual grounded state

INTERESTING FACT

There are around 200 species of psilocybin mushrooms found worldwide. 

Kambo

Kambo is the venomous secretion of an Amazonian tree frog which is applied to the skin through several burn marks made before the application.  Several small burn holes, often on the upper arm, are made to allow the Kambo access to the lymph system with incense type sticks.

Kambo is a heavily cleansing medicine which can give users substantial purges including vomiting, sweating, defecating, fainting.  During the process subjects have reported to feel lighter as though they have shed a great weight from their soul.

Helps With

  • Cleansing
  • Physical Ailments
  • Reflection

Things To Consider

  • Heavy purging – not for the ill-prepared
  • Find a reputable Shamen to administer Kambo
  • It is not a psychedelic but can bring on internal journeying

INTERESTING FACT

The frog from which Kambo is derived often has to be in a state of distress to secrete its poison.  This does not sit well with many potential ceremonial users of Kambo. 

DMT

N,N-Dimethyltryptamine is a chemical that occurs naturally in the human body.  It is thought to be released in huge doses at death.  It also occurs naturally in the animal and plant kingdoms.  DMT is commonly known at the spiritual molecule for the intense spiritual and psychedelic experiences it provides.

DMT for spiritual growth isn’t recommended for first time explorers.  It is an extreme experience which gives life changing visions of new realms.  It is relatively short acting, lasting about 15-30 minutes, of course time does lose meaning during the journey.  No list of the best plant medicines for spiritual growth would be complete without DMT such is its impact of the world of awakening.

Helps With

  • Deep inward exploration
  • Spiritual awareness of new realms
  • Inspiration

Things To Consider

  • Have a sitter with you
  • Fast and stay clear of recreation drugs prior to use
  • DMT has less side effects than many other psychedelics

INTERESTING FACT

Some prescription medications, including anti-depressants, can cause conflict with DMT.  Check with a professional if this is the case with any medications you might be taking. 

Ayahuasca

The main psychoactive substance in Ayahuasca is DMT.  In this case they are derived from two main plants, Banisteriopsis caapi and Psychotria viridis.  The latter contains an inhibitor preventing DMT from being broken down by stomach enzymes meaning it can be ingested orally.

Ayahuasca brew which is made by the Shamans has in the last 10 years or so become ‘spiritually trendy’.  Consequently it is seen as a go to psychedelic for the spiritual seekers of the world.  Many retreats are run in South America where the compounds are legal.

Helps With

  • Depression and chemical addictions with the correct guidance
  • Physical Condition
  • Reflection

Things To Consider

  • Regular use is not recommended
  • Only use as much as is needed
  • How you consume; edibles, vapes or smoking etc

INTERESTING FACT

Amazonian Shamans used to take Ayauasca themselves and heal through identifying the problems in other people, rather than spiritual explorers taking it themselves.

San Pedro

San Pedro is native to the Andes in South America where the medicinal properties first became available to healers.  San Pedro’s active ingredient is Mescaline, one of the world first discovered physchedelics.

It can be difficult when harvesting your own San Pedro to calculate the amount of mescaline in each cactus.  The amount differ dramatically from plant to plant.  Likewise if you are obtaining it from a third party ensure that they are a reputable seller to avoid being disappointed.  San Pedro often kicks in after 20-30 minutes or so and is long lasting, up to 10 hours.  Experienced psychedelic explorers have likened the effect to that of LSD and Mushrooms combined.

Helps With

  • Creativity
  • Emotional processing
  • Reflection

Things To Consider

  • Long lasting effects
  • Fast for 12 hours minimum for maximum absorption

INTERESTING FACT

It is legal to grow San Pedro in the UK, just not for human comsumption.

Harm Reduction Advice

  • Have a trip sitter or buddy with you when using plant medicines, especially psychedelics.
  • Ensure that your environment is somewhere safe, quiet and somewhere you won’t be disturbed.
  • Physically prepare.  Fast from food from the night before.  Equally important is to abstain from animal products and recreational drugs including alcohol for at least a week prior (often longer).  It won’t be fun to spend hours purging before finally reaping the benefits of the medicines.  Keep your system clean.
  • Mentally prepare.  Firstly meditate on the fact you may have life changing insights.  Secondly, practice removing your ego from the experience.
  • Don’t mix your plant medicines unless you know what you’re doing.  Essential Oils being the exception here.
  • When seeking the best plant medicines decide which are the most beneficial for you, not just what is the best for other people.

Summary

Plant medicines are given to us my Mother Nature, they grow freely in nature and hold the keys to solving many of the problems our modern society faces.  They also require respect, experience and help to use them in the best possible way.  I hope you have enjoyed this blog on the best plant medicines for spiriutal growth, please leave a comment or your thoughts below!

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