Morning Glory Flowers Get You High with Lysergic Acid

By David Jenison on February 8, 2018

Ipomoea violacea, more commonly known as morning glory, is a beautiful vine plant with heart-shaped leaves and fragrant flowers that attract hummingbirds, butterflies and, apparently, people searching for legal herbal highs. As Oasis famously asked, "What's the story morning glory?" 

Italian researchers analyzed morning glory seeds and published the findings in the Egyptian Journal of Forensic Sciences. What did they find? Morning glories contain lysergic acid amide (LSA), and "seeds bought on the commercial market contained doses of LSA capable of provoking hallucinogenic effects." 

Specifically, eight seeds contain a percentage of LSA equal to 0.062%, so the average person would have to ingest about 250 seeds to get high. This research provides a scientific basis for morning glory-based highs, but the findings do not represent new knowledge. The plant site Erowid provides more detailed information on dosing: A light high can occur with as little as 50 to 100 seeds, while 250 seeds sit at the edge of an average and strong high. Taking 400 seeds, meanwhile, will have you high as fuck. 

Indigenous tribes like the Zapotecs and Aztecs utilized the seeds and leaves for medical, religious and psychoactive purposes. Though not considered a medicinal plant today, Native Americans treated headaches, indigestion and coughs (among other ills) with morning glory teas. Like your favorite cannabis strains, morning glory varieties include cool names like Heavenly Blue, Flying Saucers, Summer Skies and Pearly Gates. 

Photo credit: Flickr/Shigemi.J.

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