Ipomoea spp. – Morning glory



Popular ornamental plant. Different kind of vines with beautiful flowers/blossoms. Are offered under the names: Ipomea tricolor, Ipomoea purpurea, Ipomoea violacea .

Use: 5–10 g of the seeds are well chewed and swallowed. It is better to ground and then soak them for several hours in a cup of water. At the end it is strained with cloth or the whole extract is drunk. Because of the strongly varying substance-content it is advised, to make a first test with not more than 30 seeds.

Active constituents: LSA (d-lysergic acid amide, ergine) and ergometrine.

Effects: LSD-like hallucinations with a duration of 6 hours. See also Argyreia nervosa und Turbina corymbosa. According to reports the composition of alkaloids of Argyreia nervosa and Turbina corymbosa seems to be a bit better tolerable, than that of the Ipomoea species.

Side Effects: People, who suffer or did suffer from hepatic diseases should not take LSA. Ergometrine should not be taken under any circumstances by pregnant women. The seeds of the morning glories are sometimes chemically treated, to prevent either moulds or the use as a drug. Typical symptoms are in these cases heavy vomiting and diarrhea. If treated seeds are planted and seeds harvested from these plants, the chemicals against plant diseases or to discourage drug use are of course not contained in the self-grown seeds. Nausea and vomiting however also occur when using untreated seeds.

Suppliers: Seed stores, ethnobotanical stores.

Miscellaneous: Further information about ipomoea-effects are found in the second part of this book. Ipomoea contains LSA in strongly varying concentrations.


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