Note of Caution: Continual chewing eventually destroys tooth enamel. Constant and excessive use of the fresh root with alcohol can become habit-forming and after several months results in yellowing of the skin, bloodshot and weak eyes, emaciation, diarrhea, rashes, and scaly,ulcerous skin. When kava use is discon- tinued, the symptoms disappear within two weeks. YOHIMBE A love sacrament for pagan matrimony or sexual intercourse Kawain also has surface anesthetic properties similar to those if co- caine alkaloids. In the Islands J kava leaves are applied to cuts and bruises to prevent infection andto promote healing. The kava pyrones have antibacterial activity against gonococcal and coliform bacilli. Family: Rubiaceae (Madder family). Botanical Name: Corynanthe yohimbe. Synonyms: Pausinystalia, yohimba, yohimbehe, and johimbe. Geographical Location: Tropical West Africa, especially Congo and Cameroon. Habitat: Jungle forests, low altitude. Botanical Description: A large tree that grows from 35 to 50 feet high. The leaves are 3 to 5 inches long and are oblong and oval in shape. The seeds are winged.
70 THE MAGICAL AND RITUAL USE OF HERBS HISTORY Most of the Bantu-speaking peoples have traditionally used inner shavings of the bark as a stimulant and aphrodisiac. It is only used when mating rituals Occur. These orgies have been known to last up to fifteen days,with doses of yohimbe increased gradu- ally over that period. CHEMISTRY The active constituents are yohimbine, yohimbiline, and ajmaline, all being indole-based alkaloids. The major alkaloid yohimbine can alsoappear ashydrochloride. This makes it easily assimilable via the mucous membranes (snorted) or when ap- plied beneath the tongue. OH YOHIMBINE Yohimbine and yohimbiline must react with the hydrochlo- ric acid in your digestive juices for them to become soluble ~nd easilyassimilated into the body. Yohimbine hydrochloride IS also known as quebrachine. PRIMARY EFFECTS Yohimbe acts as both a central nervous system stimulant and a mild hallucinogen. Yohimbine is a sympathomimetic indole- Hallucinogens 71 type alkaloid with cholinergic and adrenergic blocking prop- erties. It also inhibits serotonin, the "fine tuning" chemical of the brain. The first effects are a lethargic weakness of the limbs and a vague restlessness, similar to the initial effects of LSD. Chills and warm spinal shivers may also be felt, accompanied by diz- ziness and nausea. MDA produces a similar reaction and effect. A relaxed and somewhat inebriated mental and physical feel- ing, accompanied by slight auditory and visual hallucinations follows. Spinal gangliaare affected, causing an erection in males. The effects last from two to four hours. PREPARATION There are several techniques for preparing yohimbe. The tra- ditional way is to bring 2 cups of water per person to a boil.
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