Seeds of morning glory contain a chemical component which is capable of causing hallucinations; considered a weed by many, morning glory is both deadly and beautiful.
Morning glory is one species of a number of a plants in the botanical world which contain mind altering chemicals; hallucinogenic plants, which include plant species such as marijuana, salvia, wolfsbane and belladonna, are sometimes illegal to possess and use. However, in the U.S. , it is legal to grow morning glory, in many states, but only if the seeds are not extracted for the use of the chemical component LSA, a powerful hallucinogenic.
Botanical Description of Morning Glory
Morning glory is the common name given to the Ipomoea plant genus of the Convolvulaceae botanical family, although there are many flowering plant species, within this plant family, to which the name is commonly given. Morning glories are usually perennial plants; however, some species which grow in colder climates may be annual plants. In general, morning glories are ornamental vines, with heart-shaped leaves and an array of delicate, colorful flowers in blue, purple, pink or white.
Historical Use of Morning Glory
Morning glories have historically been grown and used in Mexico, China and Japan; as is the case in the use of many plants, morning glory had medicinal uses. The seeds of morning glory were used for both their laxative properties and hallucinogenic properties; several ancient tribes have used many plants for their hallucinogenic properties.
Hallucinogenic Ingredients of Morning Glory
The principal hallucinogenic ingredients of morning glory seeds are LSA (ergine or d-lysergic acid) and ergonovine (d-lysergic acid beta-propanolamide or ergometrine); the seeds of some species of morning glory are used as psychoactive drugs which alter the state of the mind, similar in effect to the drug LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide), if taken in a large enough quantity.
‘Hippie’ Associations of Morning Glory
In the 1960’s, morning glory seeds were popular with the hippie culture because of the hallucinogenic effects the plant could produce; however, possession of LSA is illegal and often morning glory seeds supplied in garden stores are treated with other chemicals, making the purchase of the seeds for the sole purpose of extracting LSA, an extremely high, if not potentially fatal, health risk, if ingested.
Legal Status of Morning Glory in the U.S.
Morning glory is legally available in garden stores across the U.S; the plant is not a controlled substance. However, the extraction of LSA from the seeds of morning glory is illegal to do, possess and distribute under U.S. federal law. In some states, such as Arizona, the cultivation of the Ipomoea species of morning glory is also illegal, under U.S. state law, because of the classification as a weed. Check with individual state law, and international law for other countries, as to the legal status of morning glory before cultivation and use.