I could not find any previous threads on mixing tobacco snuff with ginseng for snuffing, only a few passing but interesting posts by members such as @basement_shaman
. I found nothing about snuffing ginseng all by itself. So it seems appropriate to start one. I want to say at the outset that I am not an expert on ginseng, the brain, neuroscience or anything else. Anything I state should be taken as my opinion and not authoritative in any way. Also, I offer no advice in the rather wild report that follows.
I have been experimenting with a pure ginseng powder that appears to be fine grind high quality Asian ginseng, Panax Ginseng. There are no other ingredients, according to the package. I found it at the link below:http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AVO3LLK/ref=oh_details_o05_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
This powder has a reasonable amount (7%) of the active ingredients of ginseng, which are the various "ginsenosides" which have some remarkable benefits ranging from elevation in mood, and increased capacity for abstract thinking and general feelings of well being and mental clarity. Like nicotine, it seems to act as a neural protectant and also, like nicotine, seems to affect the release of the neurotransmitter, dopamine. According to what I have read, it also is associated, unlike nicotine, with the well known neurotransmitter, serotonin. There are many other effects. The most common belief about it is that it enhances physical energy but this not always true for many. There are also many kinds of ginseng ranging from sources such as China, Korea, Siberia, and America--and each supposedly has slightly different effects. Some of these links below may provide some further information. It is also important to note that ginseng effects are controversial as there is much in the way of conflicting findings (as with gingko biloba).
Anyway, I decided to snuff some of this powder straight. I did not find anything about snuffing straight ginseng on the internet but what the hell. And I admit, I was somewhat apprehensive but I tried it anyway. Ginseng is known for being bitter and a bit harsh. I had no idea what to expect. I was expecting a nasty nose "flavor" and a lot of burn.
What I experienced was quite remarkable and, I think, worth sharing here with my fellow snuff enthusiasts. There was absolutely no burn, no bitterness (although it was bitter on the tongue), and only a trace of an herbal scent and only a bit of "flavor" to speak of. But something rather amazing did manifest. I admit that what follows is rather strange but quite unexpected but here it is in any case.
I took about 5 pinches of the ginseng powder as I could not detect anything in the usual time in which effects would become noticeable with tobacco snuff. After a short delay of 10 to 15 seconds (longer than compared to nicotine), I found myself spontaneously starting to smile (in spite of myself) and experienced a distinct euphoria (this is also a documented effect of ginseng). This was accompanied by a feeling a well being, mental clarity, and a general "all is well" type of attitude. I experienced no physical energizing feeling, that for me, is found in nicotine. The effect was consistent over several episodes of snuffing this powder.
To provide some background, I have never taken or snorted cocaine, meth, heroin or any other illegal drug (other than marijuana 40+ years ago), and I do not ever intend to. So I have nothing to compare this experience with in terms of intensity or magnitude of euphoria. Having said that, I can say that the euphoria from ginseng was quite noticeable and quite pleasant. I cannot speak for any cognitive improvements as such things are difficult to discern--probably because I am not smart enough :-S
Also, if you don't mind my blathering on about this, I am in my mid 60s in age and have been interested in taking various cognitive enhancing supplements that may help me to maintain what little cognitive skill and functioning I now possess. That is my hope. These include nicotine (through snuff and pipes), Acetyl-L-Carnitine, Phosphatidylserine, and Vitamin D3. After reading about some of the ginseng research and its benefits, and after snuffing it, I have decided to add this to my list of supplements intended to delay the mental effects that come with old age.
I spent some time deciding what tobacco snuffs with which to blend this ginseng powder. The only one I have actually tried so far is as follows.
2 parts Toque Rustica Fine (high nic, stimulating and focusing)
1 part Blueberry Powder (I discussed this in another thread as having a mild "energy" effect)
1 part Ginseng Powder
Notes: The grassy-meadow "flavor" and scent of the Rustica was counterbalanced by the blueberry which also has a slightly grassy but mostly fruit "flavor." There was a noticeable nic effect from the Rustica along with a bit of the aforementioned euphoria from the ginseng. It was overall a quite smooth and pleasant experience but not particularly flavorful. The mental effects were quite satisfying. But I am still experimenting. But it looks like I will be having some fun with this for a while.
It seems to me that tobacco snuff and this powdered ginseng are quite compatible.
I have also made a blend of Toque Rustica, Toque SP Extra, and the Ginseng powder. I have not tried it yet, but I will add that report a bit later after I try it out for a while.
Well, for all I know, this might be dangerous to do and I don't recommend it to anyone. But I don't think it is going to kill me anytime soon... If it does kill me, I will let you know immediately ;))
Anyone else ever snuff ginseng or ginseng/tobacco and want to share your experience? Your comments are welcome.
And I apologize for the long post. :-@