i think its highly possible soma contained an amanita variety because of the distribution of amanita varieties..... and there is evidence that indicates such ... snakes are often regionally isolated... (hence why i denounced the snake venom - ea snake produces slightly different toxins and one would presume different psychotropic effects)
peace n pot,
Cheers Indoor, yeah I agree. I read the Aryan tribes originally used the Fly Aggeric mushroom as part of the original brew. This became scarcer or harder to obtain in India. A.M does grow in the forrests in India but as a rare treat rather than a main ingredient for a Soma hungry population.
What do you think of the idea that "Soma" become the ideal for an experince. Shamans sought other sources and I think those traditions are what remain of the Arcaic ppl that origianlly dicovered and prepared these things, and more. Especially astomnomical knowledge that may have been devined as opposed to measured. Without doupt the predulvian culture was a different world indeed.
Oh the venom isnt used as an ahllcinogen, It would be used to denature a lipoprtein source like milk. So, whay Im suguesting with the venom is that they
1. Extract ephedrine from the Ephedra plant.
2. Purify that by suspending the extract in snake venom, the variety simply needs to denauture lipoprotiens in the milk, and a Rhabdomylotic venom (there are many) may be able to proteate the Ephedrine ?? thats the thought experiement Im proposing.
from there its a hope skip and a jump to somethign that produces ALOT of dopamine.
Thne add the remaining ingredients ... drink and get Sommerd.