Pump Up Your Pedros!
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Pump Up Your Pedros
Since Adam Gotlieb came out with his pioneering work on
the chemical doping of mescaline bearing cacti, hopeful peyoteros have been rushing
to their local drug stores, buying up syringes and filling their cacti full of holes in
their starry eyed quest for the Super Pedro. The traditionally prepared San Pedro cactus
is a notoriously bitter, slimy, foul tasting green soup that requires an iron stomach to
swallow and keep down. By increasing the alkaloid level in the cactus, one would use less
material in the end to achieve the desired result.
One of the problems involving the injection method is that it is difficult to evenly distribute the precursor solution throughout the plant. In addition, much of the solution may simply leak out of the hole once the syringe is extracted, especially if it is injected too quickly. The results are often less than satisfactory.
DMSO (Dimethyl Sulfoxide) is an Alkyl sulfoxide that is practically odorless in its purified form. As a highly polar organic liquid, it is a powerful solvent. Its biologic activities include the ability to penetrate plant and animal tissues as well as cell membranes, and to preserve living cells during freezing. It continues to be researched as a topical analgesic and anti-inflammatory agent, and as an agent to increase the penetrability of other substances. DMSO is an inexpensive and widely available byproduct of the wood industry. Due to its unique ability to penetrate and move across cell membranes, DMSO is often used as a delivery method or carrier for other drugs in veterinary medicine, as well as a pesticide delivery system in agriculture.
By using a soloution of DMSO and the precursor
dopamine (or a combination of tyramine and dopa) one can easily and effectively
dope their San Pedros with noticeable results. Historically it has been shown
that a 70% solution of DMSO/H2O is best for membrane penetration and, oddly, performance
drops with concentrations higher than 90 percent. The solution may be sprayed or swabbed
with a cotton ball onto the surface of the cactus approximately 8 weeks prior to harvest,
and every other week thereafter on the sixth and fourth week before harvest. Do not stress
the plant during this time as normal growing is required for the cactus to metabolize the
precursor effectively. Safety equipment must be used, as the solution will penetrate
your body if you are exposed to it. Rubber gloves, long sleeves, pants and safety goggles
are highly recommended.
The DMSO method of precursor administration is not limited to the
San Pedro cactus. It could easily be applied to any plant with a desired chemical and a
known precursor to said chemical. The possibilities are endless, limited only by our
See: SAN PEDRO DOPING