Morning Glory Seeds
Morning glory seeds are seeds from the flowering plant of the same name. They contain a chemical that is similar in nature and effects as LSD. The amount present in each seed is very small, so you have to eat a lot of morning glory seeds in order to get the psychoactive effects. Some crush up the seeds and mix the powder with alcohol to increase the effects. Some even extract the active chemical and inject it intravenously. The Morning glory fad is not a new trend by any means; in fact it was one that grew heavily in the 60’s with the hippy era.
Morning Glory Seeds: Effects
The psychological effects of morning glory seeds vary from person to person depending on dose, age, and life experience. Most users experience strong sensory and visual distortion. Colors may seem brighter, patterns could seem to “breathe” and users can experience an altered sense of time. Morning glory seeds may also impair judgment and the ability to perceive danger, so accidents on morning glory seeds are common, sometimes even fatal. A morning glory trip can last up to 12 hours and have long term psychological effects.
Unfortunately, there is another compound in morning glory seeds that can also cause nausea and headache. Many people have reported vomiting from eating morning glory seeds. Also, some can experience what is known as a “bad trip.” A bad morning glory trip can be terrifying and disorienting. Users experience intense sensations and feelings with rapid mood swings. Some morning glory users experience severe, frightening thoughts and feelings, fear of losing control, fear of insanity and death, and despair while using morning glory seeds. This can cause anxiety, panic attacks, or full blown mental psychosis. For people with a pre-existing mental illness, like schizophrenia, this can be very dangerous.
Morning Glory Seeds: Legality
Morning glory seeds are legal to buy and grow at home. However, some retailers monitor whether or not they are being bought in bulk. The chemical compound in morning glory seeds, however, is not legal. So if you use extraction techniques like crushing and combining with alcohol, you would then be in possession of a controlled substance.
Morning Glory Seeds: New Trend among Teens?
Teens tend to gravitate towards drugs that are easily obtained and relatively inexpensive. Morning glory seeds fit the bill and are becoming more and more popular to young people who may not have access to street hallucinogens like LSD. Many are largely unaware of the increasing popularity of morning glory seeds amongst teens, so there is very little information available. Two states: Ohio and Louisiana have recognized the trend and are taking steps to prevent it. The Ohio Early Warning Network issued an alert to school, health and law enforcement officials. Louisiana has passed legislation that made morning glories and 38 other plants containing hallucinogenic compounds illegal when intended for human consumption. As more and more young people are admitted to hospitals around the country for morning glory ingestion, more officials are becoming aware of the trend.