A year ago Peter Gorman explained to me how to do a frog poison hunter ritual. It sharpens the senses and cleanses your blood vessels, that is what he said. I will share this with you, along with a few explanatory images. This particular kind of frog venom is called Kambo or Sapo. It is not psychedelic, it is just good old-fashioned pain.
Peter Gorman is an old and tough guy with a calm deep voice and the only weakness I could find in him was his confession that he listens to women, because he likes to kiss them. Indeed, a girl was the reason why he broke his plans to become celibate. This guy is a character. He is an author, too, and I seemed to be the only one who had not heard of him. He wrote a book about Ayahuasca. I guess I was generally somewhat out of place down there in Peru, apart from the angry atmosphere. The only guy interested in an Ayahusca ritual who was pretty much a non-spiritual super-rational (read: dumb) atheist and not all mesmerized by the spirituality and shit.
The reason I tell you of Peter is because people give relevance and credence to information. Stories become powerful. This guy is an adventurer. He has a foot half eaten up by flesh-eating bacteria, a big gaping wound that is open and wet at all times. I think he said he fought a crocodile once. He hunted wild boars, too. Beat them to death with a club. I have no doubt he is speaking the truth. He arranges Ayahusca rituals, trips to the deep jungle, has shrooms, frog poison and more. A day before I met him, someone had stolen his tablet and a little boy had brought him a little note with instructions how to regain it. Wild world down there. Here is his website.
Anyway, he offered to do a frog poison ritual with me and a few others and that is what we did. Instructions are not so easy to find and when you find them, who knows if they are believable? Many are afraid of legal repercussions. Fuck that. If you sue me, you are a fucking idiot. The ritual is really simple and if you do it wrong, you must be a moron.
Anyway, here goes. I will tell you how to do it in clear steps and what to expect from it. I am a novice in this, but it is really simple and I think that this is a great initiation rite for men. A friend of mine whom I met on the trip also did it at hine with his son and said it was great – he also contributed an article. A test of character. I cried when I did it the second time. I always vomited.
How to do it
Order Kambo sticks. I ordered them here and they reached me within a month. Nina from Shamanic Snuff sent me some basic instructions and precautions like health warnings. You want to read these, as I am not covering them here. Basically, it is about allergy, pregnancy, heart conditions and other stuff that does not apply to most people. Nina there does not sell this stuff with the intent to use it. I guess it is all a matter of legal shit in this fucked up world. Nobody can take self-responsibility and inform himself, of course. The picture on the left here shows the Kambo stick wrapped in some stuff and a little stick meant for the application and preparation of the venom. This is not the incense stick for burning your skin.
Since there is enough information about the risks out there, but little on how to do it, that is what I offer you. So here goes:
First, find some good spot on your skin for the ritual. It should be somewhere where the skin is thin and soft and not rugged. Typically, the soft stuff on the sides of the shoulder is used. Where you get injections as a kid. Beware, though, that this shit does not heal perfectly due to the toxins or whatever and leaves little scars for at least a while. There was an old hag in Peru who had them arranged like a Christian cross. It looked ridiculous and only made her more ugly. This is why I suggest you – especially as a girl, which you should not be – just use your thighs. If you are hairy like me, use a razor blade to make enough place for three spots.
Second, open the wrapping of the Kambo stick and take it out. One side will look very resiny and waxy. This is the dried secretion of the frog. The poison. You can use water or you do it like me and Peter: Spit. So you spit on it, then you take some little stick and kinda mix up the spit with the dried secretion by rubbing it over it for a while. I think this is not a very precise art. Just spit on it and rub that stuff.
Here is how mine looked. You want to use more spit than on this picture. You want a good surface covering. I took this picture after I had applied it to my skin already, so it was rather empty.
Third, light one of the incense sticks that Shamanic Snuff ships with the Kambo Sticks. Note that the little stick that you use for applying and mixing the poison with your spit is not the same as the incense stick, which you use to burn your skin. If you order elsewhere, make sure you get incense sticks, too. They look a bit like perfume sticks, but never worry, they will not make your place smell like a voodoo shop. Use a lighter to ignite the front of the incense stick. Let it burn for a little while. Mine had black smoke come of it.
When it is hot enough after a few seconds – it must smolder afterwards – blow out the fire and you are left with a little red glow.
Fourth, use the smoldering end of the incense stick to burn off the top layers of your skin on three spots. You can increase the amount with experience, but three is a safe first. If you are anxious, use just two. Again, this burning off is not too precise an art I guess. I figure that two seconds of good contact should suffice, but if it is not enough, you can just touch the same spot again to improve. It hurts a little, but nothing too bad.
You will have a little ash over the skin that has turned a little white and dead from the heat. The goal is to get that thin sheet of skin to cauterize (if that is the right word) so that you can easily peel it off with your fingers and expose the capillaries underneath. The thickness of that layer should be an estimated half millimeter, not more. Maybe even a bit less. So that you can see the wet underskin that is just very slightly marbled with very thin red blood vessels. You are not meant to burn through to your flesh or even really bleed or anything. If you are bleeding, you are likely too deep and better avoid putting the poison there, as the effect may become dangerous then. I think Peter said that it is the capillaries – extremely thin blood vessels – in the top of the skin that guarantee a safe ritual. But I guess you would not die, either way. I hope.
Fifth, take the frog poison mixed with spit and apply it. Ideally, you have put two good spittings on the Kambo stick so that it is enough to be able to cover the whole spot where you burned off your skin with a thin sheet of poisoned spit. The spots should burn and you should start to feel a slowly increasing warm sensation spreading in your body. The photograph on the left was my first try and it was too little. Use a bit more.
Sixth, put away the Kambo equipment and be near a toilet. What awaits you is about 15 minutes of extreme pain and nausea. My acquaintances and Peter claimed that it feels like your whole body is hurting the worst way possible. For me, it seems to be mostly nausea and pain in my head along with a weird look in my face. I guess it is different for everyone. It is definitely never pleasant, though. Anyway. These 15 minutes may feel like dying and it keeps getting worse. But do not worry, it will definitely stop. You will want it to stop earlier than it will, at least I usually do. If you do not want to puke, do not eat much for 12 hours before the ritual. Also, after some 10 minutes, you can wipe away the poison without fear of destroying the ritual. The reason is that you do not want this to get into your eyes or something accidentally.
These are pictures of how I looked before, throughout and after the ritual. Normal tired, blood pumping into my skin, pale waxy seasick-like and revitalized and aware. You can click on the single images to enlarge them. In the second image, for instance, you will see how the blood vessels in my eyes are visible quite intensely – I literally felt the poison wash through my face and my tensions. Looks a bit like an angry baby threatening his daddy with holding his breath forever. In the third image, my skin just looks dead and feverish; like a green zombie or alien. Fascinating stuff.
Seventh, you are through. You will feel relief and over the course of an hour, you should feel an intense sense of clarity, vitality and exhaustion. Definitely peace. The typical observed effect seems to be that your vision becomes very detailed and you can see more nuanced colors. Loss of appetite, too. All these things are why hunters do this before going on hunting trips. This is the opposite of a normal drug. A normal drug makes you feel great and shit afterwards. Frog poison makes you feel shit and great afterwards. Shamanic Snuff recommends to shower to cleanse energetically and physically afterwards. It should feel like a weight being lifted off your shoulders and skin. Hah, I bet you feel too ashamed to consider it anything but a bullshit placebo.
Peter Gorman says that when you do this ritual twice, you sweat out everything you have and afterwards, animals can no longer smell you. I half believe him. I would need to see it in real to believe it.
Eighth, the wound will not dry and heal quickly due to the toxins or whatever. Just let it exposed to air. It will sting. It should build a crust within two or three days. Note that you should not use the same spots twice. Which is one more reason not to do this shit on places that are easily visible. You do not want to look like that old hag with ugly scarry spots all over her arm. If you are a man, it matters less, but anyway. Peter Gorman has those all over his body. He said he once did 6 spots or even more. I forgot, sorry. The fun thing about this is that although you feel absolutely shit while doing it, you want to do it again, because it feels so great afterwards for hours. Peter says that this shit cleanses your blood vessels and flushes all toxins out of your system. The picture on the left is what your skin may look like an hour after the ritual, including the swelling.
Anyway, enjoy. This is the kind of shit that men have been doing as initiation rites for thousand of years, deep in the jungle. You absolutely need this experience.