This is not going to be a very detailed report because there really aren't many details to report, however I feel I should share my findings because there certainly were effects.
I obtained 3oz of dried ma huang from a local vendor. I've been looking for it for a long time, and finally found some. I would've gone for the ephedrine stacker pills, but I'm a natural guy so this sounds like a much better idea. I've been on the lookout for something natural that can be used for clean but strong stimulation. I'm not terribly experienced with amphetamines but I've dabbled. Adderall a few times, MDMA and MDA a whole bunch of times, but that's about it. I'm over the synthetics and am 100% natural now.
I tried the ma huang tea a few times here and there, usually just one cup, using a pinchful of twigs ground in a coffee grinder and steeped with a french press. The resulting tea is not bad tasting at all, and definitely produces effects. I feel a clearing/sharpening of my senses and even a noticeable sharpening of color and vision, similar to the onset of adderall. I never noticed any kind of jittery/uncomfortable energy, but certainly a level of wakefulness and even a mild giddy euphoria that reminds me of the onset of kratom.
One day I made two rather strong cups to share with my roommate, but he ended up not drinking his share so I simply drank all of it. I have no idea what the dose was but it was relatively strong. I had no problem drinking it because I enjoy the taste and was looking forward to achieving strong effects. After getting it down, I waited for about a half hour when the expected effects began to take hold. I again noticed everything sharpen, colors and light seemed to be 'washed out' like someone turned the brightness up on the TV. Not super strong, not like mushrooms do, but definitely noticeable. I also notice a sort of pleasurable tightening in my head. I'm not noticing any kind of pushy stimulation or jolt of wakefulness, but I don't feel like laying down either. I feel like if I started running, I could run forever. I feel like I can focus and pay attention to things I want to focus on, which says a lot because usually I fall right into the typical symptoms of ADD (however I refuse to say "I have ADD"). The effects so far are reminding me of kratom but slightly different.
When I go to the bathroom, instinctively the first thing I do when i flick on the light is look at myself in the mirror and I always notice my eyes, specifically my pupils. I noticed they were DINNER PLATES. At first I thought it was simply the darkness, the flourescent light hasn't heated all the way up yet so my pupils are probably just dilating. Nope, the light got fully bright and I was still saucer-eyed. Wow!! I didn't think ephedrine would have such an effect. This scared me a little, because I understood I was experimenting with a powerful CNS stimulant and that the effective dose of ephedrine is not far off from a toxic dose. I began drinking a lot of water simply for precaution. A friend of mine must have noticed my pupils and also that I was drinking a lot of water (everyone else was drinking beer) and asked "Dude, you rollin'?"
The rest of the night went on without anything else of interest. My eyes stayed dilated for as long as I noticed and returned to normal the next morning. Towards the end of the night I had a slight headache but nothing bad. I also was able to fall asleep without any issues.
So all in all, ma huang is proving to be a very useful plant. However, the fact that my pupils got so dialated to the point of where I looked like I was on MDMA sort of worries me. I don't know if this was actually the effect from neurotoxicity, and until I find out the answer I probably will not experiment with such a dosage again. Anyone have any insight on this?
Thanks for reading!!