Two thousand years ago ephedra (under the name Ma huang) was used in Chinese medicine to treat several disorders. Amongst other illnesses asthma and bronchitis were treated with ephedra. Ephedra comes from a plant that has a few powerful active compounds, of which ephedrine is the most useful. More information on the chemical connections and the extraction of the active substances is to be read in chemistry.

Over the past few years ephedra has gained much more attention for its side-effects: an increased metabolism, plus the thermeogenic and fat burning qualities that come along with that. This gives the body stimulation and provides energy. Thanks to these qualities ephedra now has the reputation of being a fat-burner, smartdrug and sports supplement. A reputation that has recently become controversial because of the ban on ephedra products in the United States and the Netherlands. Read about the why, when and how on our page regarding the legal status of Ephedra.

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June 21, 2013 - Cultivating ephedra plants

Ephedra and ephedrine may be banned in many parts of the world, but growing your own plant(s) usually isn't - provided you don't use the plants for extracting purposes. It must also be noted that extracting the active ingredients from these plants is not as easy (and efficient) as is often believed (see our 'chemistry' page). However, it still makes for a nice plant to have in your garden or windowsill, or simply to add to your psychoactive plant collection.

What's important to know is that ephedra should be planted in dry locations. It thrives in ordinary loamy soil and does very well in a loose rocky soil with full sun and little water. It is most often propagated by division of the clumps in spring, and seeds sown in a light sandy soil in early spring. For extensive cultivation information, see our this page. Another great source of information on the cultivation of ephedra is the book 'Growing the Hallucinogens - How to Cultivate and Harvest Legal Psychoactive Plants', by Hudson Grubber.

Ephedra Sinica seeds can be found at various (online) ethnobotanical stores. We have good experience with Azarius (Europe) and Botanical Spirit (US/Canada).

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