Phoenix Tears: How THC can Revitalize your Soul
Merv is a regular at Wealth Shop. Sometimes he stays for half an hour just to chill and listen to the music. He’s had two strokes and lost his leg in a motorcycle accident, but that hasn’t affected his ability to enjoy every moment of his life.
He gets his daily dose of THC in the form of 50 mg phoenix tear edibles. He has a high tolerance, usually ingesting about four capsules per day. He’s always up for a good conversation and is always completely honest. Sometime’s he has good days, sometimes bad days. But when you meet him, the first thing you notice is that his soul is pure and healthy as a child’s.
I can’t think of a better exemplar of the Phoenix-like restorative powers of orally ingested THC.
The Phoenix is a mythical bird which, when it dies, burns up in a spectacular show of fire, later to be reborn as an infant–an exact clone of itself–from its own ashes. Since we are all acquainted with the threat of death on some basic level–our own impending death, the death of a family member, the small death of consciousness we encounter every night when we sleep–the idea of rebirth carries personal significance for everyone.
The phoenix motif is particularly successful at capturing our desire to be reborn as stronger, better, younger versions of ourselves. We accept the fact that we will die but we still have an intuitive notion that we’ll live again in some way afterward. We want to continue living no matter what.
The phoenix dies, is incubated in its own ashes, and is reborn again. It lives on while the world around it ages. In archaic mystical cultures including prehistoric Indian Yogis and South American aboriginals, the body is seen as no different from the world–it is that part of the world which is closest to our immortal soul. It was no question to these cultures that the soul lives through the body’s death.
The phenomenological effect of taking a large dose of THC is that the user feels transported back to a state of childlike innocence. The slate is wiped clean and the soul is given a chance to rebuild itself in a positive way. Practically, THC is particularly helpful for beating addictions and overcoming depression when used in ritualistic fashion in high doses.
Another sacred animal which undergoes a Phoenix-like rebirth is the snake. In the Akkadian epic poem of Gilgamesh, the oldest poem known to anyone, the hero goes on a quest to find the weed of eternal life. An old teacher tells him he can find it at the bottom of the ocean. Gilgamesh travels to the ocean, dives in, swims to the very bottom, finds the weed, and returns to the surface. When he lands on the shore, however, he falls asleep in the sand because he is very tired. While he is asleep, a snake comes slithering by and eats up the weed. The snake then sheds its skin for the first time and slithers away.
The shedding skin represents the same motif of rebirth as the Phoenix. The old body is left behind and a new one in better shape than before reemerges.
While edible cannabis oil has been used as a medicine for thousands of years, Rick Simpson was the first to coin the term Phoenix Tears, which refers to extremely potent, decarboxylated Cannabis Indica, concentrated to levels reaching as high as 90% THC. He does not sell the product himself, but rather wrote a book on the medical uses of THC, as well as a guide on how to make potent edibles of your own.
The key to getting the rebirth factor of orally ingested THC is to take it in tremendously high doses for as long as you need to. Sometimes for several days or weeks if you have a catatonic illness. It is not always pleasant to take this much THC. The experience can be frightening. But once you overcome the shadow of your own death, you can count on your soul being reborn again with a jovial sense of novelty and wonder.