Morning glory species such as Ipomea violacea or Ipomea tricolor have seeds with a unique property that earned them a place within the traditional psychedelic and visionary practices across many cultures. The Chontal Indians of Oaxaca, Mexico, the Aztecs, the Zapotec, and other cultures utilized these seeds to communicate with the Gods. The Aztecs believed morning glories were had a unique ability to open divine portals. The Chontal Indians believed that a highly evolved spirit inhabited these plants, which could connect them to the spiritual realm.
Morning glory seeds contain ergine, or lysergic acid amine (LSA). LSA is similar (though weaker) in effect and structure to LSD, and is considered a Schedule III drug by the US. The seeds are legal, but possession of the purified compound is not. Consumption can produce heightened senses, synesthesia, euphoria, mild hallucinations, anxiety, panic, and/or nausea.
Family Convolvulaceae contains several tribes, one of which is a tribe composed of entirely parasitic plants. Tribe Cuscuteae contains only one genus (Cuscuta) with about 100-170 species of yellow, orange, or red (green is rare) parasitic plants. The common name for this group of plants is Dodder.
Dodder has thin, leafless stems. The leaves have been reduced to scales. These plants have low levels of chlorophyll since most or all of their nutrition comes from parasitizing other plants. After their seeds have germinated, the seedling has 5-10 days to attach to a host plant before its embryonic food reserve runs out. To find a host plant, the seedlings follow chemosensory clues.
After finding a suitable host, the dodder wraps itself around it and inserts haustoria into the vascular system of its host(s). Later, its root dies, and the dodder becomes entirely dependent on the host plant(s) for nutrition.
The sweet potato, if it isn’t already, should be immediately incorporated into your diet. This unassuming little root tuber is packed with tons of beneficial vitamins and nutrients.
It’s the best source of beta-carotene, a carotenoid and a type of Vitamin A. Most carotenoid forms of vitamin A are antioxidants and anti-inflammatories. Beta-carotene can also be most easily converted into a retinoid form, also a type of vitamin A. They function in pregnancy, childbirth, growth and development, night vision, red blood cell production, and immune response.
Some other great stuff in sweet potatoes and what they do for you: