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Why Chewing Morning Glory Seeds Gets You High

And why you maybe shouldn’t do it.

We’re getting into the gardening season. If you’re into that sort of thing, one of the prettiest and most popular seeds to sow around this time is that of the Morning Glory flower, with its bright hues and soft shape. But, if you start to get bored turning the soil, don’t chew on their seeds, because they contain a powerful hallucinogenic compound. Chewing them unlocks the drug inside and you’re likely to puke.

For the science community — as well as the community of those who practice native Central American religions — this isn’t exactly news.

Morning Glory Seeds Get You High Because They Contain LSA

The average gardener may not know that they’re actually burying seeds that contain a potent alternative to LSD. It’s known as “D-lysergic acid amide” (that’s LSA to you) and it’s what’s known as a precursor chemical to LSD. LSA induces psychedelic effects not too dissimilar from that trippy drug you already know and love.

The LSA chemical was discovered by Albert Hoffman, who also discovered LSD, when he — you guessed it — chewed the seeds. It’s classed as a Schedule III substance by the DEA, with a “moderate to low potential for physical and psychological dependence.” Other drugs in the same classification family are codeine and ketamine, although the Morning Glory flower is much easier and much less sketchy to obtain.

But before you go following in his footsteps and popping Morning Glory like it’s sunflower seeds, there are some crucial differences between LSA and LSD that are important to know going into it.

The Side-Effects of Chewing Morning Glory Seeds

Unlike it’s more refined cousin, LSA can trigger a high degree of discomfort in the user. That discomfort can come in the form of cramping, extreme nausea, other stomach pains, and even vomiting. It’s an unpleasant slew of experiences to be confronted with when all you’re looking for is a good trip.

People who have tried LSA for themselves expand on their experiences on BlueLight, a drug forum. One poster wrote “You’ll find LSA just really puts you in that drealike state with a slightly introspective mindset. LSD completely blows that open in my opinion, LSA is comparable to a real low dose of acid with nausea.”

Another reported that they took LSA with alcohol and had to be sent to the hospital. In May of 2016, a Boston teen was hospitalized after consuming morning glory seeds.

Still, other users have reported more pleasant — or at least not unpleasant — experiences, often commenting on how the dosage and any other drugs taken at the same time can alter the effects. “LSA is amazing. Very visual, very beautiful, very dreamy,” writes one user. “With LSAs I feel like having a strong body high and it can be pretty weird,” said another.

One YouTube user took the opportunity to describe her own LSA process and trip in great detail. “I started getting cramps behind my knees,” she said. She said the trip began roughly two hours after chewing the seeds and “things started the look like they were growing.”

She said she was reminded of a previous acid trip, a comparison in line with what the forums on BlueLight had to say.

Munching on some Morning Glory seeds could prove to be a surprising way to spice up your gardening. But much caution is required, because those pretty flowers can just as easily lay you out for the duration of the day.

And why you maybe shouldn’t do it.

Police issue warning over hallucinatory flower seed

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Morning glory seeds can cause hallucinations when ingested

A Renfrew, Ont., hardware store has pulled seeds of a flowering vine called morning glory from its shelves over concerns young people have been snatching up the packets to get high.

Renfrew OPP are warning parents to be on the lookout for the seeds after Scott & Sons Hardware store in Renfrew reported it sold “an abundance” of them last week, mostly to teens and young adults.

Store manager Jeff Scott said his shop sold about 25 packets of the seeds over “two or three” days, and that the store normally wouldn’t sell any of the $1.89 gardening packets in February.

Scott told CBC News he became aware of the issue after a concerned parent phoned the store to tell him about the practice.

An employee confirmed all the customers who bought the morning glory seeds were teenagers and young adults.

“This is strange this time of year, so I looked further into morning glory seeds. We went online, and then we found out it can be used for other purposes that we … weren’t too pleased with, so we notified the Renfrew OPP, and we pulled them off the shelf at this time,” Scott said.

‘They may put themselves in danger’

The seeds can be ingested or steeped in water to make tea in order to get a high, according to Renfrew OPP Const. Janice Sawbridge.

“I think young people may feel that a seed is a natural product, so maybe they think that’s safer than consuming illegal drugs. But our concern is the fact that it causes hallucinations. And then, you know, they may put themselves in danger … something bad may happen when they’re hallucinating,” said Sawbridge.

“It can also cause extreme nausea — ingesting the seeds — because there’s an outer coating on the seeds, apparently, that can cause extreme nauseousness,” she said.

Sawbridge said so far she’s not aware of any other reports of stores in the area selling an abundance of morning glory seeds.

Neither Ottawa police nor Ottawa Public Health have received reports of people in this city abusing the seeds.

A Renfrew, Ont., hardware store has pulled seeds of a flowering vine called morning glory from its shelves over concerns young people have been snatching up the packets to get high.