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Wild Lettuce (Lactuca virosa)

 
This is another one of those plants that is steeped in mystery and misinformation. Historically, the Hopi smoked the dried resin that they obtained when the flower was cut off of this plant. This resin would then be air-dried and later smoked in ritual. Similar effects could be obtained from smoking dried Wild Lettuce leaves, but never as potent as the resin extracted daily from the flowers. Furthermore, the Hopi believe that induced dream states contain more information about reality than the conscious waking state. Wild lettuce was not only used in ritual to help achieve visionary and trace states, it was used to enhance the vividness of dreams when smoked prior to sleep.
 
Find much more in this informative Wild Lettuce (Lactuca virosa) article on a site devoted to preserving entheogens.
 
Since the Native American Indians were so conscious of their relationship with plants and the spirits that they believe are contained within them, they would only collect a little bit each day, ensuring that the Wild Lettuce plant could regenerate, providing an endless stream of "Lettuce O" as they called it.  This is why Wild Lettuce is one of the main ingredients in our Dreamer's Blend; an immensely popular herbal blend we offer exclusively at our shop. It's one of our most popular blends, and one that several other venders have attempted to imitate!
 
A typical Wild Lettuce recipe is simply this: Lactucarine, the active alkaloid in the plant, extracts well enough into water. So, natives would gently simmer 1 ounce of Wild Lettuce dried leaf per person over a period of 8 hours, stirring often. As the water evaporated, a gummy residue wuld be left behind. This resin would be carefully removed from the cooking vessel, and then sealed in a container to prevent it from drying out. One ounce of material tpyically produces about 1/2 of a gram of resin, and the 1/2 gram of resin was smoked in one sitting during rituals.  Please note that smoking is dangerous to one's health, even when it's a natural herbal product.
 
There are a lot of venders who claim that they have "true" Wild Lettuce, but only the Lactuca virosa strain contains a reasonable concentration of the typically sought-after alkaloids. There are multiple strains of this sacred botanical, just as there are of so many other psychoactive plants such as Kratom and Calamus, but often times, as with those plants as well, only one of the strains have a place in Shamanic and Spiritual tradition.

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The Hopi, according to available literature, smoked the resin obtained from the Wild Lettuce (Lactuca virosa) plant. The flower would be cut off and the sap that ran from the stem then would be collected. Each day, for a few weeks, another tiny bit was cut from the stem and more sap collected. This sap was then air-dried and later smoked in rituals that were intended to help induce vivid dream states and lucid dreaming.
 
Wild lettuce is said to enhance the vividness of dreams. Oddly enough, this hypnotic has been around for centuries, but is little known. Our Liquid Aromatherapy Extracts offer superior properties, especially when crafted with a single herb such as this Wild Lettuce Liquid Extract. Our herbs are extracted in a lab that specializes in full spectrum herbal extraction, insuring consistent quality. We offer this liquid extract in a convenient 1 ounce bottle at a 5x.  Place into your favorite potpourri blend, or add to your favorite smoking blend.

NOTICE: This product is not intended for human or animal consumption.  It's sold for use as an incense, as an addition smoking blends, or for aromatherapy purposes only.

Size: 1 fl. oz./30 ml

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The Hopi smoked the resin or sap obtained from the Wild Lettuce (Lactuca virosa) plant. The flower would be cut off and the sap that ran from the stem would be collected. Each day, for a few weeks, another tiny bit was cut from the stem and more sap collected. This sap was then air-dried and later smoked.

This product is not intended or sold for ingestion by humans or animals. It is sold only for use as an incense or for smoking. WARNING: Smoking anything, including herbal products of any kind, is harmful to the body. 

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This is another one of our exclusive products that we're proud to call Private Reserve. With a number of farms throughout the world, this Wild Lettuce crop (Lactuca virosa) is another winner. Crafted with a special extraction method that captures the maximum amount of plant essences for powerful scents.

Wild Lettuce 15X Resin Incense is a delight as an admixture to your favorite aromatic herbs or blend. The flavor stands on its own, but it is one of the most common admixtures for aromatic blends that seem to be popping up everywhere these days.

Place in the incense burner alone or with your other favorite ritual herbs.

NOTICE: This product is not intended for human or animal consumption. It's sold for use as an incense, as an addition to smoking blends or for aromatherapy purposes only.


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The Hopi obtained the resin, or sap, from the Wild Lettuce (Lactuca virosa) plant. The flower would be cut off and the sap that ran from the stem would be collected. Each day, for a few weeks, another tiny bit was cut from the stem and more sap collected. This sap was then air-dried. Using traditional methods we have made hand gathered Wild Lettuce into a resin incense that can be burned alone or when working with the Wild Lettuce dried herb we offer elsewhere on the website.

Place in the incense burner alone or with your other favorite ritual herbs.

NOTICE: This product is not intended for human or animal consumption. It's sold for use as an incense, as an addition to smoking blends or for aromatherapy purposes only.


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This is the same formula as a popular and infamous resin that originated in the 60's and was called by various names. It has an extremely distinctive scent to it, reminiscent of violets, and contains a blend of natural herbs that includes Wild Lettuce, among others. We offer it here simply because we like to offer as wide a range of products as possible for our customers, and it actually is quite flavorful when smoked or burned as a curiously aromatic incense.

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To native Americans, herbs represented not only food and medicine but also spirit and magic. Using these principles, our chemist developed a blend of herbs that can be used in the traditional herbal method of native American medicine men. This blend can be smoked or used as a smudge.

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We have combined five herbs long associated with dreaming for this Incense Burning Blend. Calea Zacatechichi, Motherwort, Wild Lettuce, Mexican Tarragon, and California Poppy. Place in the incense burner alone or with other favorite ritualistic herbs.

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