What interests you about ethnobotanicals? Right now, I'm mainly interested in legal highs. Kratom has recently piqued my interest.
Speaking of that, how did you find this community? I did an interest search for "kratom".
Hobbies? Digital art/photoshop, journaling, computer hardware/building computers, personality typology, analyzing myself and others, researching various topics on the internet (I can amuse myself for hours with this one), playing the game "Rock Band" on xbox 360 (I love singing), collecting massive amounts of fonts & photoshop brushes, listening to music
Favorite food: I love Mexican and Tex-Mex food - beef & cheese enchiladas in particular!
Any favorite books/music/movies? Books: I have a set of personality typology books that use a system called the "enneagram" that I am quite fond of (authored by Don Richard Riso). I read mostly non-fiction of the psychological and/or self help and new-age variety.
Music: Favourite genres are new wave, synth pop, dance/club music, and techno. I also like a lot of 80's pop and 80's freestyle. Depeche Mode is my all-time favourite band. Enigma is a close second.
Movies: Very strange, I know, but I'm actually not a huge movie fan. My favourite genres (according to Netflix) are Documentary, Drama, Faith/Spirituality, Gay/Lesbian, Independent, and Thrillers. My absolute favourite movie is "Basquiat". The movie is awesome, and has a great soundtrack, as well.
If you had a whole day to yourself to do whatever you wanted, what would you do? Hmmm.. well, first of all, I'd sleep in. I hardly ever get to, and I seem to never be able to get enough sleep. Then I'd go do some girly stuff, like get my hair cut/coloured, get my nails done, etc... maybe go shopping for some new clothes. After all that, I'd love to go hang out/read books for a couple of hours at a library or a bookstore. That evening I'd have dinner at a nice Mexican restaurant, and go out dancing with a few of my best girlfriends. =)
"Life is like a *fill in blank*" (No copying Forrest Gump!): Life is like a dream, as in, sometimes I don't feel real & it's hard to tell waking life from a dream state. I've been feeling this way quite often, lately. I hope this isn't a sign that I'm losing my marbles!
What's your favorite use for ethnobotanicals? (ie, in medicine, tripping, shamanism, etc): To date, I haven't used any ethnobotanicals, so I can't speak on what my favourite use for them are. I'm hoping to change that soon, though. I have to say that the spiritual experiences that I've heard some people discuss are extremely fascinating, to me.
Now for my questions. As I mentioned above, I am interested in trying Kratom. In various places on the internet, I have read that the effects of Kratom are much like opiates. In other places (mostly chronic pain management forums) I've read that Kratom produces no opiate-like euphoric effect - that it's only good for pain management and relief from opiate withdrawal symptoms. So, my question is, what are the true effects of Kratom? If anyone has any personal experiences, I'd love to hear them! I've read all the Kratom experiences on Erowid, but I would like to hear more from members of this community, if you don't mind sharing. Thanks in advance! =)