If you’ve made it to the end of these posts, you’ll have a good idea of the problems saffron has become in the Western world. This is a bit of a personal bias, so this is my best attempt to summarize the issues.
Saffron is a powerful hallucinogen. It produces a wide variety of effects such as enhanced visuals, increased focus, lowered blood pressure, enhanced vision, heightened senses, and enhanced physical well-being. For this reason, saffron was placed at the top of the list in the American Pharmacopoeia because of our ability to produce it for medicinal purposes, and for this reason, it is one of the most commonly used hallucinogens. It’s also widely used in modern Indian religious traditions where it produces a variety of visual, emotional, and spiritual effects. One of the more compelling reasons for this is the similarity in its effects to that of LSD.
In the West, though, saffron is the object of suspicion. The only thing the DEA and other law enforcement agencies have been sure about is that it’s a plant that produces hallucinogens. In India, saffron has been used in Ayurveda to treat depression that is based upon the notion that it alleviates negative states of “sushumna” (the concept of being empty in a state of being). It is used to treat anxiety; as it’s a tranquillizer; as a painkiller; as a fertility aid; and as a remedy for headaches.
Saffron and hallucinogens are considered to be the same thing so any use of saffron is frowned upon, even if it is in the form of an aromatic spice called kaffir lime. Many people take kaffir lime as a way to cut off their reliance on alcohol or other drugs; kaffir lime has long been used as an aphrodisiac. It is also used to stimulate the brain’s production of melatonin, as it causes sleepiness and promotes wakefulness. As saffron has been used as a hallucinogen, it can be argued that people have been abusing it in a similar way that LSD has been abused, especially in its modern use of synthetic psychedelics such as ecstasy, psilocybin, and mescaline.
Saffron is also used today as an aromatherapy herb. People love the scent of saffron, as it has an aroma associated with peace and pleasure, as well as
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