Opinions - The myth of Vitamin C?

Discussion in 'Magic Mushrooms (Psilocybe & Amanita)' started by Jingleballicks, Jul 30, 2004.

  1. Jingleballicks

    Jingleballicks Newbie

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    This has to be the most sterotypic question. "Hey man! Do you trip harder if you drink OJ?"

    But I've been told that Vitamin C is just a myth and it doesn't work. But then I've been told it does work.

    My theory (mainly on MDMA) is that maybe the citric acid trips your head out (because it has that slight bite in the back of the throat) Or maybe the pulp really trips you out.

    I dunno though. I'm long overdue for my trip home. It's been about a year, so I don't remember if Vit. C worked or not. Plesebo or otherwise....
  2. OneDiaDem

    OneDiaDem Nefelibata Platinum Member

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    You will trip harder with Rue. I believe the OJ thing to be myth, however, it does for work for some, or let me rephrase, claim to work for some.
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  3. searcher

    searcher Gold Member

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    I think it starts digestion faster. It might help to release the active agents quicker.
  4. sands of time

    sands of time Gold Member

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    Are you talking about syrian rue??? Its a very bad idea to take something like MDMA and syrian rue. Syrian rue will work well with shrooms though.
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  5. markdahman

    markdahman Silver Member

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    from Canada
    Doesnt vitamin C digest really fast and so the mushrooms will also be digested wiht them causing the trip to comeone faster.... Well thats just what SWIM tells me
  6. Jingleballicks

    Jingleballicks Newbie

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    Hey, that's a good point. I think of that angle. So it may help, may not.

    Just take some ginger before you cash in your tickets home. ANd nope, I have no idea what syrian rue is. But thanks for the insight.
  7. OneDiaDem

    OneDiaDem Nefelibata Platinum Member

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    Syrian Rue (Peganum Harmala)is an Mao inhibitor, and known to double potency of mushrooms. You can double the strength of mushrooms basically. Here is some inportant info on Syrian Rue.

    Combing P. harmala with P. Cubensis

    You asked me to tell you when I knew the results of my proposed
    experiments with P. harmala and P. cubensis. I have since found that one
    gram of harmala extract more than doubled the effects of two grams of
    cubensis. That is, subjectively, the experience was at least as strong
    as previous five gram doses - a true example of "less is more!" The
    experience was qualitively different also - colors seemed not quite as
    vived, though more patterns were pronounced; I was physically almost
    unable to move for two or three hours (making shamanistic work all but
    impossible), and the trip lasted at least two hours longer than expected,
    with a long slow decline after the peak. Be careful, though - I
    unthinkingly drank a cup of coffee the next day and quickly developed a
    splitting headache. This was possibly the effect of MAO inhibition,
    since I practically never get headaches of any kind. Best luck with The
    Entheogen Review.
    -J.G. CA


    "The crushed seeds of Peganum Harmala are covered with three times
    their weight of water containing 30 g of acetic acid per liter of
    water [white vinegar is about 50g / l or 5 %]. The seeds swell as they
    absorb the liquid and form a thick dough which is pressed after 2-3
    days. The pressed seeds are once more treated as above with twice
    their weight of dilute acetic acid and, after maceration, the liquid is
    again pressed out. To the combined liquors, sodium chloride [that's
    table salt, man] (100g. / liter of liquid) is added to transform the
    acetates of harmine and harmaline into the hydrochlorides which are
    insoluble in cold sodium chloride solutions and are precipitated
    during cooling. The supernatant liquid is siphoned off, the
    crystalline residue filtered with suction and redissolved in hot
    water. Addition of sodium chloride to the filtered solution causes the
    precipitation of the hydrochlorides as a crystalline mush and this
    process is repeated until the hydrochlorides have acquired a yellow
    color (for the purposes of this newsgroup, once is enough). The final
    product is then recovered by filtration."

    The paper then goes on to describe the separation of harmine from
    harmaline, but this procedure is slightly more complicated and not
    necessary for most purposes.

    Pierre St Hilaire
    MIT Media Lab

    R. Tyramine is an amino acid which is found in various foods, and is an indirect sympathomimetic that can cause a hypertensive reaction in patients receiving MAOI therapy. monoamine oxidase is found in the gastrointestinal tract and inactivates tyramine; when drugs prevent the catabolism of exogenous tyramine, this amino acid is absorbed and displaces norepinephrine from sympathetic nerve ending and epinephrine from the adrenal glands. If a sufficient amount of pressor amines are released, a patient may experience a severe occipital or temporal headache, diaphoresis, mydriasis, nuchal rigidity, palpitations, and the elevation of both diastolic and systolic blood pressure may ensue (Anon, 1989; Da Prada et al, 1988; Brown & Bryant, 1988). On rare occasions, cardiac arrhythmias, cardiac failure, and intracerebral hemorrhage have developed in patients receiving MAOI therapy that did not observe dietary restrictions (Brown & Bryant, 1988). Therefore, dietary restrictions are required for patients receiving MAOIs. Extensive dietary restrictions previously published were collected over a decade ago and due to changes in food processing and more reliable analytical methods, new recommendations have been published (Anon, 1989; McCabe, 1986). The tyramine content of foods varies greatly due to the differences in processing, fermentation, ripening, degradation, or incidental contamination. Many foods contain small amounts of tyramine and the formation of large quantities of tyramine have been reported if products were aged, fermented, or left to spoil. Because the sequela from tyramine and MAOIs is dose-related, reactions can be minimized without total abstinence from tyramine-containing foods. Approximately 10 to 25 mg of tyramine is required for a severe reaction compared to 6 to 10 mg for a mild reaction. Foods that normally contain low amounts of tyramine may become a risk if unusually large quantities are consumed or if spoilage has occurred (McCabe, 1986). Three lists were compiled (foods to avoid, foods that may used in small quantities, and foods with insufficient evidence to restrict) to minimized the strict dietary restrictions that were previously used and improve compliance and safety of MAOI therapy. The foods to avoid list consists of foods with sufficient tyramine (in small or usual serving sizes) that would create a dangerous elevation in blood pressure and therefore should be avoided (McCabe, 1986)

    Alcoholic beverages - avoid Chianti wine and vermouth. Consumption of red, white, and port wine in quantities less than 120 mL present little risk (Anon, 1989; Da Prada et al, 1988; McCabe, 1986). Beer and ale should also be avoided (McCabe, 1986), however other investigators feel major domestic (US) brands of beer is safe in small quantities (½ cup or less than 120 mL) (Anon, 1989; Da Prada, 1988), but imported beer should not be consumed unless a specific brand is known to be safe. Whiskey and liqueurs such as Drambuie and Chartreuse have caused reactions. Nonalcoholic beverages (alcohol-free beer and wines) may contain tyramine and should be avoided (Anon, 1989; Stockley, 1993).
    Banana peels - a single case report implicates a banana as the causative agent, which involved the consumption of whole stewed green banana, including the peel. Ripe banana pulp contains 7 µg/gram of tyramine compared to a peel which contains 65 µg/gram and 700 µg of tyramine and dopamine, respectively (McCabe, 1986).

    Bean curd - fermented bean curd, fermented soya bean, soya bean pastes contain a significant amount of tyramine (Anon, 1989).

    Broad (fava) bean pods - these beans contain dopa, not tyramine, which is metabolized to dopamine and may cause a pressor reaction and therefore should not be eaten particularly if overripe (McCabe, 1986; Anon, 1989; Brown & Bryant, 1988).

    Cheese - tyramine content cannot be predicted based on appearance, flavor, or variety and therefore should be avoided. Cream cheese and cottage cheese have no detectable level of tyramine (McCabe, 1986; Anon, 1989, Brown & Bryant, 1988).

    Fish - fresh fish (Anon, 1989; McCabe, 1986) and vacuum-packed pickled fish or caviar contain only small amounts of tyramine and are safe if consumed promptly or refrigerated for short periods; longer storage may be dangerous (Anon, 1989). Smoked, fermented, pickled (Herring) and otherwise aged fish, meat, or any spoiled food may contain high levels of tyramine and should be avoided (Anon, 1989; Brown & Bryant, 1988).

    Ginseng - some preparations have resulted in a headache, tremulousness, and manic-like symptoms (Anon, 1989).

    Protein extracts - three brands of meat extract contained 95, 206, and 304 µg/gram of tyramine and therefore meat extracts should be avoided (McCabe, 1986). Avoid liquid and powdered protein dietary supplements (Anon, 1989).

    Meat, nonfresh or liver - no detectable levels identified in fresh chicken livers; high tyramine content found in spoiled or unfresh livers (McCabe, 1986). Fresh meat is safe, caution suggested in restaurants (Anon, 1989; Da Prada et al, 1988).

    Sausage, bologna, pepperoni and salami contain large amounts of tyramine (Anon, 1989; Da Prada et al, 1988; McCabe, 1986). No detectable tyramine levels were identified in country cured ham (McCabe, 1986).

    Sauerkraut - tyramine content has varied from 20 to 95 µg/gram and should be avoided (McCabe, 1986).

    Shrimp paste - contain a large amount of tyramine (Anon, 1989).

    Soups - should be avoided as protein extracts may be present; miso soup is prepared from fermented bean curd and contain tyramine in large amounts and should not be consumed (Anon, 1989).

    Yeast, Brewer's or extracts - yeast extracts (Marmite) which are spread on bread or mixed with water, Brewer's yeast, or yeast vitamin supplements should not be consumed. Yeast used in baking is safe (Anon, 1989; Da Prada et al, 1988; McCabe, 1986).

    The foods to use with caution list categorizes foods that have been reported to cause a hypertensive crisis if foods were consumed in large quantities, stored for prolong periods, or if contamination occurred. Small servings (½ cup, or less than 120 mL) of the following foods are not expected to pose a risk for patients on MAOI therapy (McCabe, 1986).


    (½ cup or less than 120 mL)
    Alcoholic beverages - see under foods to avoid.
    Avocados - contain tyramine, particularly overripe (Anon, 1989) but may be used in small amounts if not overripened (McCabe, 1986).

    Caffeine - contains a weak pressor agent, large amounts may cause a reaction (Anon, 1989).

    Chocolate - is safe to ingest for most patients, unless consumed in large amounts (Anon, 1989; McCabe, 1986).

    Dairy products - Cream, sour cream, cottage cheese, cream cheese, yogurt, or milk should pose little risk unless prolonged storage or lack of sanitation standards exists (Anon, 1989; McCabe, 1986). Products should not be used if close to the expiration date (McCabe, 1986).

    Nuts - large quantities of peanuts were implicated in a hypertensive reaction and headache. Coconuts and brazil nuts have also been implicated, however no analysis of the tyramine content was performed (McCabe, 1986).

    Raspberries - contain tyramine and small amounts are expected to be safe (McCabe, 1986).

    Soy sauce - has been reported to contain large amounts of tyramine and reactions have been reported with teriyaki (Anon, 1989), however analysis of soy sauce reveals a tyramine level of 1.76 µg/mL and fermented meat may have contributed to the previously reported reactions (McCabe, 1986).

    Spinach, New Zealand prickly or hot weather - large amounts have resulted in a reaction (Anon, 1989; McCabe, 1986).

    More than 200 foods contain tyramine in small quantities and have been implicated in reactions with MAOI therapy, however the majority of the previous reactions were due to the consumption of spoiled food. Evidence does not support the restriction of the following foods listed if the food is fresh (McCabe, 1986).
    chips with vinegar
    Coca Cola
    corn, sweet
    cottage cheese
    cream cheese
    egg, boiled
    figs, canned
    fish, canned
    pineapple, fresh
    salad dressings
    tomato juice
    wild game
    worcestershire sauce
    yeast-leavened bread
    Any protein food, improperly stored or handled, can form pressor amines through protein breakdown. Chicken and beef liver, liver pate, and game generally contain high amine levels due to frequent mishandling. Game is often allowed to partially decompose as part of its preparation. Ayd (1986) reported that the freshness of the food is a key issue with MAOIs and that as long as foods are purchased from reputable shops and stored properly, the danger of a hypertensive crisis is minimal. Some foods should be avoided, the most dangerous being aged cheeses and yeast products used as food supplements (Gilman et al, 1985).
    With appropriate dietary restrictions, the incidence of hypertensive crises has decreased to approximately 4% (Zisook, 1985). Treatment of a hypertensive reactions includes the=7F administration of phentolamine (Anon, 1989) 2.5 to 5 milligrams intravenously (slow) titrated against blood pressure (Zisook,=7F 1985; Lippman & Nash, 1990). One report has suggested that the use of sublingual nifedipine 10 milligrams was effective in treating 2 hypertensive reactions following the ingestion of a tyramine-containing food in a patient receiving MAOI therapy (Clary & Schweizerr, 1987). Chlorpromazine also has alpha-blocking properties and has been recommended as an agent for discretionary use (patient-initiated treatment) in the setting of dietary indiscretion (Lippman & Nash, 1990).

    Dietary restrictions are required for individuals receiving monoamine oxidase inhibitor therapy to prevent a hypertensive crisis and other side effects. The foods listed in the dietary restrictions have been categorized into those foods that must be avoided, foods that may be ingested in small quantities, and those foods that were previous implicated in reactions but upon analyses of fresh samples only a small tyramine content was identified and should be safe to consume if freshness is considered.
  8. Psilocybe S.

    Psilocybe S. Newbie

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    Jul 5, 2004
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    Vitiman C does not release anything in shrooms quicker, and it certianly doesnt increase visuals. I've done "test" for this kind of thing, and I read about it in an artical in High Times not too long ago, where they placed this stupid rumor as just a dumb myth.

    For my "tests" what I did was:

    I ate a half 8th of shrooms on 1. an empty stomach, 2. with only orange juice (2 big glasses; no pulp)3. withonly food, 4. and withorange juice(2 big glasses; withpulp)and food. Me and a friend did this at the same time to compair results.

    1. Got very sick and vomited. Tripped while I was sick though.

    2. 2 months later; Got very sick and vomited. Tripped about the same amount while I was puking..which was about 20 min.

    3. 2 weeks later; Tripped normal.

    4. 2 days later; The same trip as before.

    Now I know these arnt scientific or very acurate write ups with detail, but from two points of view, nothing was dfferent. We even timed the onset and trip. Not really much different. Maybe about 5 minutes. Not longer with the oj either. On one other occasion, I took an 8th of shrooms with 3 20mg vitimanC pills..which only made me feel like i was going to vomit for 3 hours.

    I've also done this experiment with LSD. both times I took 2 hits with a big glass of oj,and all I can say was I tripped. No more than a usual two hits.

    Just my imput.
  9. Alfa

    Alfa Productive Insomniac Staff Member Administrator

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    117 y/o from The Netherlands
    You can use the acid in oj to extract the tryptamines and thereafter absorb more and thus get more effect from the mushrooms. Use the search engine to find out more.