Doctors and pharmacists of the early 1800s were aware of the effects of ingesting calamus root.
Yet, it seems that the curative aspects of the calamus root are not the true cause of Whitman's excitement: "And it is a medicinal root," he adds halfway through the paragraph, almost as an afterthought, as if there were another, more important, reason for valuing it.
In the Psychedelics Encyclopedia, Peter Stafford notes that the oils in the calamus root "contain two psychoactive substances" "which are the natural precursors to TMA-2, a compound that has ten times the potency of mescaline" (286).
Fixatives such as oak moss, orris root, calamus root
, cellulose, citrus peels and spices help absorb, preserve and release the fragrance of your blend.
If it's tough not to puff, enroll in a smoke-enders program and indulge your T zone with tobacco-free herbal cigarettes and the five caffeine-free brews that do the most to reduce smokers' cravings--suma, calamus root
, mullein, rosemary and coltsfoot.