What purpose does the baking soda/lime powder *exactly* serve? I have read at least one report on the interweb of a psychonaut who did not use either baking soda or lime powder, but still received effects. Jonathan Ott writes (in his Pharmacology of Bufotenine paper): So, is baking soda used mostly to help dry the pulverized seeds? If so, it doesn't seem entirely needed, correct? I was curious about what ratio of "baking soda : anadenanthera colubrina seeds" is most effective, if there even is such a ratio. I have found suggestions ranging from "1:3" to "1:1." If sodium bicarbonate is used mostly as a drying agent, then this ratio shouldn't matter much, no? edit: SWIM asked a friend last night, and s/he also didn't have a perfect understanding as to why, although they figured it had something to do with alkalinity. SWIM just read on the A&H website that "When [brand name removed] baking soda comes in contact with either an acidic or an alkaline substance, it's natural effect is to neutralize that extreme pH..." Was s/he on the right path? Thanks.