Toxicology Q&A Answer: Morning Glory
Answer: Morning glory.
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Ipomoea tricolor, violacea, and others. PHOTO: Jason Hack (Oleander Photography)
Morning glory is often referred to by its variety—including Heavenly Blue, Pearly Gates, Flying Saucers, Blue Star, Summer Skies, and Wedding Bells. This hardy annual climbing vine has single-colored funnel-shaped flowers spaced along its course, with deep green heart-shaped leaves. It blooms in early summer until the first frost.
“Morning” references that the flowers roll themselves closed every evening and unfurl in the morning.
The seeds of many species of morning glory contain a naturally occurring tryptamine, lysergic acid amide (LSA), which is chemically similar to LSD and has similar effects. Seeds are used for their strong psychedelic or hallucinogenic mental effects.
Often, the seeds are crushed and swallowed or made into teas to induce intentional intoxication.
Common names: Heavenly Blue, Flying Saucers, Blue Star
PHOTO: Jason Hack (Oleander Photography)
Apart from the desired hallucinogenic effects, patients often exhibit dilated pupils, increased heart rate, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, numbness of the limbs, and muscle spasms.
Culturally, the hallucinogenic effects have been ceremonially used by the Aztec people in various rituals, and they referred to the plant as “Rivea corymbose” or “ololiuqui.”
Other South American cultures have used the seeds to diagnose illnesses and foretell various future events.
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Can you just eat morning glory seeds?
Keeping this in consideration, what happens if you eat morning glory seeds?
Fortunately, eating morning glory flowers is not dangerous, unless the child chokes. BUT the seeds can be poisonous, especially in large quantities. They contain a chemical similar to LSD. Symptoms can range widely, from diarrhea to hallucinations.
Furthermore, can morning glory seeds make you hallucinate? The primary psychoactive substance in the morning glory plant is ergine, or D-lysergic acid amide (LSA). Though eating morning glory flowers may not be directly toxic, in large enough quantities, consuming the seeds can lead to diarrhea and hallucinations.
Also to know is, how do you prepare morning glory seeds for consumption?
To begin, let your water cool if you chose to use tap water. Then take your seeds and grind them with a pestle and mortar, or in a grinder. If you are using morning glory seeds, use between 50–250 seeds, and only 4–8 seeds if using Hawaiian baby woodrose seeds.
Are morning glory seeds poisonous?
The Morning Glory is a beautiful, flowering climbing vine (although a shrub variety is also available). While not all species are poisonous, some may cause significant signs when large amounts of seeds are ingested. The seeds from the flowers of some species contain the toxin, lysergic alkaloids.
Only ‘wild’ harvested seeds should be eaten (morning glory is a common weed in a lot of places), since packaged seeds are coated with a preservative that is highly toxic. If you want a trip, mushrooms are probably a better idea (although not without their own issues).