Just got myself some dried blue lotus , theyook beautiful and ltaste delightful .Loading 0.5 at once in a big bowl vaporizer induces quite the euphoric state i must say, a slight boost of colors,the shapes seem less sharp and everything is nice and comfortable. To be honest i didnt expect such strong effects.
You can also try steeping the lotus in alcohol, if that appeals. There have been a few studies that looked into the conversion of actives when steeped. From what I've seen the ancient Egyptian use of Blue lotus was predominantly steeped in wine and drunk.
My favorite alternative vape-able is def damiana at the moment. I've vaped all types of plants and this one has become a regular staple. Great terp profile, fairly resinous so it vapes quite well. Its extremely affordable and really compliments cannabis both in flavour and effect.
I find the effects to be surprisingly similar. Its relaxing and stimulating just more basic, minus the psychedelic headiness if you will. I find its a good light daytime alternative and often prefer it, which says a lot.
Thanks for the Celastrus paniculatus tip Ill give that a try, Im always on the lookout for good natural nootropics too.