Anyone ever try chewing frankincense like gum? Apparently, this is a traditional way of ingesting it. I watched an awesome documentary on youtube called "the frankincense trail" where they showed some arab guys eating frankincense. They seemed pretty excited when the host of the show offered them some of the resin, and they each proceeded to pop a large chunk in their mouths and start chewing.
I have been chewing small amounts occasionally, but I haven't really been able to determine how it effects me. Yesterday I chewed a big piece, over a gram for sure. I thought I was feeling kinda relaxed and euphoric afterward, but it might have been placebo. I had smoked a small amount of medical cannabis an hour or two prior, which may have prevented me from getting an accurate feel for the substance.
The taste of this stuff is kinda strange at first, but it grows on you. I actually like the taste now, and I prefer chewing incense instead of gum. It creates a warming sensation in the mouth, which doesn't surprise me. Incensole acetate, one of the psychoactive constituents, binds to TRPV-3 receptors. TRPV receptors are what allow us to feel the sensation of heat, and they also play a role in neurobiology. The active ingredient in chili peppers is a TRPV-1 agonist, which is why it produces a burning sensation. TRPV-3 is responsible for feeling warm, but not hot, temperatures, which is probably why frankincense makes the mouth feel warm when chewed.
I could have been imagining it, but after chewing a that big piece for a while, the feeling of warmth seemed to spread from my mouth, throughout my head, and into the rest of my body. This was about the time when I started feeling the "high" from the frankincense. Coincidence? Imagination? Correlation? who knows... Further experimentation is in order. I want to get some boswellia sacra, the most rare and expensive kind of frankincense, because it is supposed to have substantially more incensole acetate than other varieties, and this is one active constituent which has been proven to be psychoactive. Maybe that is why boswellia sacra is called "sacred frankincense."
I am really interested in the psychoactive potential of this herb, and would love to hear other peoples experiences with oral ingestion. This incense is sacred in so many cultures, I'm sure there is a reason other than it's pleasing smell.