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Phoenix
01-04-2009, 05:36 PM
This is a Phoenix-thread (http://forum.alchemyforums.com/showthread.php?t=7) from the old site (http://alchemy-forums.forumotion.com/forum.htm) created by arcitectus.

I found this article really interesting and thought others may enjoy it. I do not recall if I initially saw this article posted here or somewhere else. Sorry it this is a double post.

Incense is psychoactive: Scientists identify the biology behind the ceremony.
http://www.fasebj.org/Press_Room/07_101865_Press_Release.shtml
Good article. There isn't any doubt in my mind about this.

Those that regularly burn resin incense (much better than stick based incense) will readily attest to its ability to alter consciousness in subtle ways (sometimes even not so subtle depending on the quality of the incense, and the particular type).
I am not sure why but some incense gives me a headache... scents that become strong can irritate. Any comments on this?

Are there good and bad ones? I do find these negative aspects more with stick shaped, or cone shaped, incense... not so much with liquid.


I know for me if an incense is too sweet or is of cheap quality it gives me headaches. Usually cheaper incense has a higher quality of alcohol that will diminish the overall quality, like cheap perfume or cologne. With stick incense, sometimes it is the burning wood of the stick in the incense that causes an unnatural or unusual addition to the sent. Japanese incense are compressed sticks with no wood core, you could try that. With cone as well as stick types, it could be the chemical binder being used. I would try the Japanese style incense, or burning raw resins on charcoal. You could also try using a loose powder incense which would not have a binder.
Thanks for the tip...

It is funny that us humans have such a close relationship with smoke in general. Perhaps it goes back to our alligence with fire. We are the only animal that inhale smoke for pleasure. Smoke is bad for the lungs, no one can argue with that... even if incense has some good qualities.

In order to enjoy a water-pipe, or a cigar, one does not need to inhale the smoke, it is enough to simply let it remain in the mouth...

I always thought this trait was strange!



I think what is happening when one holds smoke in the mouth or back of throat is that the pituitary and hypothalamus
are right there behind the nose, so this is a short cut delivery to parts of the brain that have a lot to do with our chemical
make-up (neuro-transmitters and hormones) and thus our mental and emotional states.

I found this article really interesting and thought others may enjoy it. I do not recall if I initially saw this article posted here or somewhere else. Sorry it this is a double post.

Incense is psychoactive: Scientists identify the biology behind the ceremony.
http://www.fasebj.org/Press_Room/07_101865_Press_Release.shtml

Well, of course it is. It only makes sense that incense works physically through the brain, as it is physical.
I never knew that scientific studies hadn't been done to prove this before. It seems strange that they waited so long to do test on this.

It seems strange that they waited so long to do test on this.Humanity are essentially lazy... it took us many thousands of years to get into space, and once we did we stopped going further into space (physically that is), as if we were satisfied.

Contentment is the root of all evil!

Aleilius
05-24-2009, 09:01 AM
I recommend purchasing some myrrh resin incense! It's very lovely, and has a nice sedative/hypnotic effect. It's also a potent painkiller.

I might do a tincture/elixir of myrrh one day. It'll make for a great medicine.



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myrrh

In the New Testament, myrrh was one of the gifts of the Magi to the infant Jesus according to Matthew, is cited in Mark as an intoxicant that was offered to Jesus during the crucifixion, and in John was one of the spices used to prepare Jesus' body for burial.

And they brought him to the place called Gol'gotha (which means the place of a skull). And they offered him wine mingled with myrrh; but he did not take it.
—Mark 15:22-23

Ghislain
05-24-2009, 03:14 PM
I only use Nag Champa, but I do agree with the post that wood sticks do add an unusual lingering odour. I was wondering if there was any effect from the incense as I am always excited about sparking up before I meditate...lol maybe I'm addicted.

Aleilius
05-24-2009, 05:56 PM
In my experience wood stick incense are inferior to resin incense. They're usually combined with fillers, adulterated with other chemicals, and they're most often made with various essential oils. Some wood stick incense are higher quality than others, but your mileage varies, and in the end it's most often quite low compared to a high quality resin incense.

There could be a small amount of psychoactive effects from wood sticks, but I'm sure it's very little, and could possibly even be placebo. However, if you burn a high quality resin incense, and if this incense tends to be psychoactive, then you'll most definitely feel alteration of some kind. Myrrh is a very good example of one of these psychoactive incense.