Morning Glory: A Historical Psychedelic

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.

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Ipomea tricolor: “Heavenly Blue” Source
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Ipomea violacea. Source

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.

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Ergine (d-lysergic acid amide) molecular structure. Source

Sources Cited

http://entheology.com/plants/ipomoea-violacea-morning-glory/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4462041/

http://www.ehow.com/about_5073540_psychedelic-effects-morning-glory-seeds.html

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