Lately, I’ve been finding entheogens all around me.
In the mid-atlantic, it’s seed time for morning glories. I happened across a patch in my neighborhood, and I’ve been collecting them for about ten minutes every couple days. I have around 1500 right now, with plenty more where that came from.
I’ve been researching them somewhat intensely since I stumbled on them. First of all, not all morning glories contain much LSA, and they contain oily substances that make you nauseous. LSA is tough on the vascular system, and cumulatively. Trips should be spaced out and effects vary depending on who you are. Usually, side effects are soreness, and extremities (feet/hands) falling asleep, getting cold, etc. much more easily than normal. For this reason, ingesting LSA with things that amplify these effects, such as nicotine, caffeine, and any other vasoconstrictives could cause more serious effects.
LSA is described as dreamy, highly visual, and best taken within an isolated natural setting. Nausea can be lessened several ways, most of which depend on extractions of LSA from the seeds. Most of the time, something is used to absorb the oils, usually a petroleum product, and then alcohol is used to separate the LSA from the remaining seed material.
There are other varied accounts of using cold, distilled water to separate the water-soluble LSA from the bad, oily stuff, or dissolving it in an acidic juice. This is the method I’ll be starting with, as I don’t intend to process any entheogenic material with petroleum. (seems like some sort of an oxymoron to me. If I am seeking a spiritual experience and using an environmentally toxic process to arrive at that experience, I have brought more harm than any good I could get out of the trip, so what was the point?)
I have not taken these yet. I’m going to collect a lot more, also. I want to have enough for multiple trips. I want to experiment with different natural extraction methods and see what happens.
I do not usually mind or complain about nausea with hallucinogens like psilocybin-containing mushrooms. It’s a small price to pay, right? I actually do enjoy the flavor of mushrooms very much, so that could be part of the reason. Either way, my research indicates that morning glories have more toxic substances, and that the nausea is often entirely overwhelming for folks that take it.
From what I’ve read, it seems ginger and fruit-based foods help. I’ll be making a strong ginger tea with lemon and honey beforehand and drinking that about a half an hour after the water (or juice maybe?) with the LSA cold-infused into it.
LSA breaks down if heated or exposed to light, so be considerate of this when preparing any recipe.
Seeds will pass through the digestive system without giving much effect if they are not ground. I will be writing a part two within a couple weeks updated with personal experience, what method I use, etc. Stay tuned!
Some quick references to learn more:
LSA Experience Vault @ Erowid
Morning Glories as medicinal/entheogenic plants section on Wikipedia
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