What are the effects of Blue Lotus?
Please see a detailed answer to this question in our post Blue Lotus Effects.
Is Blue Lotus safe and legal?
Blue Lotus is legal worldwide and widely considered generally safe. Of course, there are normal exceptions like pregnancy, allergies, interaction with medications, etc, but in general, our understanding is that Blue Lotus is fairly harmless. Standard disclaimer here - we're just lay-persons, so please consult with your physician, etc, etc.
What makes Blue Lotus psychoactive?
It's believed that the active alkaloids are aporphine and nuciferine.
Where can I buy Blue Lotus?
Please see a detailed answer in our post, Where to Buy Blue Lotus. As Blue Lotus is an aquatic plant, it can be a bit cumbersome to grow at home (see the Lotus farm in the image). If you have a pond and want to give it a go, you can learn how to cultivate Blue Lotus here. However, if you're like us and would rather simply buy Lotus ready to use, we've scoured the web for the best quality at the best price, and share our findings below.
We've found that the best "bang for your buck" with Blue Lotus is 50:1 Blue Lotus extract, which is not only more economical, but also more convenient than the dried flowers which you have to soak in wine for days before consuming. We've also found that the flowers give the wine a bitter flavor, making it not so pleasant to drink.
The Lotus extract that we use ourselves and recommend is also nice because you can put it in capsules (easy instructions here) or quickly dissolve it into tea or another beverage. Because the extract actually tastes a bit like instant tea, the flavor is barely noticeable (or even pleasant) in coffee, tea, and even alcoholic drinks (recipes here). Because the extract is 50 times more potent than the plant itself, it only takes 2-3 500mg Blue Lotus 50:1 capsules worth for us to get the desired effects.
We searched far and wide to find the most affordable prices on quality Blue Lotus extract. After extensive digging, we managed to find a supplier selling 50:1 extract for as much as 80% less than the majority of the shops on the web.
Here are the prices of shops you can find easily in the top listed Google pages:
Supplier 1 - Blue Lotus 20x extract (10 grams): $80.00Supplier 2 - Blue Lotus 20x extract, (10 grams): $99.00Supplier 3 - Blue Lotus 20x extract, (10 grams): $79.99
Here is the lowest price anywhere that we could find:
MoodandMind.com - Blue Lotus 50:1 extract (10 grams): $16.50.
We regularly use this Lotus extract (pretty much every weekend), so we can vouch for the quality. It's not clumpy, easy to encapsulate, dissolves easily in hot beverages, and has a nice pleasant taste.
Needless to say, please comment if you know of a supplier with better prices!
Blue Lotus, or as it's known by its proper scientific name, Nymphaea Caerulea, is a flower with pale blue-white petals. Also called 'Sacred Lotus', this plant was revered by the ancient Egyptians as is obvious from the prolific depictions in their surviving artwork.
Interpretations of Egyptian pictograms reveal that their culture made a practice of drinking wine infused with Lotus flowers during spiritual ceremonies for the purpose of connecting with the divine.
Appearing to support this theory is the recent discovery that Blue Lotus contains several psychoactive alkaloids found to have mind altering and mood enhancing properties when ingested. Users report effects such as heightened awareness, relaxation, euphoria, and lessening of inhibitions. Descriptive words such as 'giggly', 'silly', 'smiley', 'touchy' and the like are typically used to describe Blue Lotus effects. Altered perception of lights, colors, and sounds in particular are commonly reported.
The active alkaloids in Blue Lotus are thought to be aporphine and nuciferine. Although the effects are most certainly far less intense than with other famous psychoactive compounds such as MDMA ('Ecstacy'), LSD, or the like, it's probably for the best, because you might notice that those substances are now illegal, and Blue Lotus most likely never will be because of the far from incapacitating quality of the experience.
It appears that the Egyptians didn't just use wine in order to extract the Lotus alkaloids, as it's been documented that alcohol has amplifying properties with the effects of Blue Lotus.
As to the inevitable question of "Does it really do anything, and if so, what is it like?", yours truly can say from personal experience that yes, it definitely does something, and the effects are undeniably pleasant.
Anyone interested in finding out for themselves why the Egyptians were so 'ga-ga" over Lotus have a surprising variety of Blue Lotus products to choose from, ranging from powdered extracts, to Blue Lotus teas, and even Lotus enhanced hot cocoa.