Thursday, January 27, 2011

Strange Days

2011, the summer of love, NJ.

Ken says to
"Expand your motorcycle mind" and "Join us on a spiritual and mechanical journey! Strange Days is a weekend of vintage choppers, camping, and music taking place in the northern hills of New Jersey, during early summer 2011. So stay tuned for updates on this psychedelic chopper fest!"

I'm so there


  1. The cold water extraction is the better way to go!
    I will lay out my favorite and simplest method here:

    Supplies needed:

    seeds, 1 glass, 20 ounces of distilled water, 1 large (family size) empty tea bag or 2-3 smaller ones, Coffee grinder, spoon, bowl, a sifter or splatter screen or something similar, paper towels, stapler, a touch of liquid hand soap.


    1. Remove seeds from bags and count the number you would like to use (I recommend at least 400, and at most 600 for the first time)

    2. Wash whole seeds briefly to remove any fungicides or other seed coatings. Do this by putting the seeds into a bowl and covering with some cold water. Put just a touch of hand soap in the water. Work the seeds around in the bowl with your fingers for about 10-20 seconds.

    3. Rinse seeds. Put them in the sifter or on the splatter screen and rinse with cold tap water until all the soap is gone. (It is probably a good idea not to have them in the water too long, as the water might get into the seeds and remove a little of the alkaloids.)

    4. Dry seeds. Do NOT use a blowdryer! Dry them well with paper towels.

    5. Once they are dry, grind them pretty thoroughly in a coffee grinder, but not to the point of a fine powder. You want the black seed hulls to remain a little coarse.

    6. Put the grounds into the empty tea bags and then staple the tea bags shut. Leave some breathing room in each bag since, when wet, the seed mush will expand and might break the bag if it is too full.

    7. Put the tea bags into the glass which you have filled with cold distilled water.

    8. Aid the extraction by getting the water into the mush. Some will tend to clump and remain in an air pocket. Use the spoon to submerge the bags and to squeeze them gently against the side of the glass. Also, you can lift and Dunk the bags repeatedly to help extract the LSA.

    9. Leave glass to sit in a cool dark place for ten minutes with spoon on top of bags to keep them submerged if they are trying to float.

    10. Go back and work on the bags some more with the spoon. Be careful not to tear the bag. If you do tear it and mush leaks out, you will have to filter the water.

    11. Leave glass to sit for another ten minutes.

    12. Work with spoon some more and then remove the bags and squeeze most of the water that remains in them into the glass.


    14. Drink water.

    "I am not too sure if it helps or not, but on some occasions I put a few squirts of lemon juice into the water to acidify it, possibly aiding alkaloid solubility.

    A note on seeds:

    You want plenty of seeds. You also want the black ones, like the Heavenly Blue variety. (the Flying Saucers and other light-colored ones are weak) You want fresh seeds. Last year's batch will be weaker. You also want seeds that are not stored in a hot place.