Bufo alvarius (aka Incilius alvarius, Colorado River toad, or Sapo Grande) is a Bufo toad species from Northern America that produces Bufotoxin, which is secreted by its glands for its protection.
This secretion — also called Bufo Toad Medicine — is a poisonous, fatty, milky-white substance that contains a type of DMT, a psychoactive substance with psychedelic properties, and supposedly used within traditional medicine and Shamanic practices of the indigenous Americas.
To make the toad medicine, the secretion is collected and dried. In its dry form it turns into a powdery crystal. When it’s subsequently vaporized and smoked via a pipe or vape, one inhales the poison, which then produces strong psychoactive effects within ten to fifteen seconds. The experience can last from ten minutes to longer than an hour, depending on the dose and retention period.
The user of “the medicine” typically experiences warm and emotional sensations, euphoria, introspection, unity with the universe, changed states of consciousness, mystical and spiritual revelations, and profound visual and auditory hallucinations. In fact, the secretion is primarily used for spiritual purposes, and sometimes also offered in Ayahuasca retreats.
The results of some recent scientific studies regarding the secretion suggest that it may be helpful in diminishing or curing anxiety, depression, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Nevertheless, it’s not only a “happy experience.” Apart from resurfacing of old and disturbing traumas, the immediate effects may include disorientation, dizziness, seizures, breathing problems, convulsions, and vomiting.
Using Bufo Medicine has some contraindications and risks attached to it, of which many are comparable with those connected to drinking Ayahuasca.
Do mind that production, possession, distribution, and sales of Bufo Toad Medicine are considered illegal in a range of countries.