3.3.10 Kola Nut

Kola Nut #

Binomial / Botanical Name Cola Nitida; Cola Acuminata
Street Names Cola; Kola; Bitter Kola
Major Active Compound Caffeine; Kolanin; Theobromine
Indigenous Source West Africa
Form Powdered Nuts
RoA Oral
Personal Rating On Shulgin Scale +


In terms of oral consumption, botanical powders are not my thing. More specifically, I tend to find that they frequently refuse to dissolve properly, and that their constitution is less than agreeable. Whilst I struggled a little with kola nut, at least it didn’t taste revolting (à la kratom) as I swigged the fine woody-like powder down the hatch with water.

This is widely used in Africa, and it is claimed to increase both endurance and concentration, as well as act as a mild aphrodisiac.

It had a definite coffee-like kick to it. It was not overwhelming at the dose I used, but the strength was there. I felt clear, awake and a little energised, with a slightly jittery edge. This lasted for some hours.

Note that I consumed in the morning, which I suspect was a good idea with respect to retaining a sensible sleep pattern.