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What is LSA
LSA (Lysergic Acid Amide) is a psychedelic substance that occurs naturally in many plants. It has about 1/10 to 1/30 of the strength of LSD. There are similarities to LSD, but generally, it´s much less stimulating and can be sedating in higher doses. The most common plants in which it is found are morning glory (Ipomoea violacea), which seeds are edible, and Hawaiian baby woodrose seeds. Like many other psychoactives these plants have a spiritual and religious history of use in South American Indian tribes. Therefore these seeds have first penetrated as a somewhat obscure entheogen into the Western world.
History of LSA
The seeds of different species of tropical lianas have been used for rituals a long time by Mexican Indians. One of the first Spaniards who observed these rites, wrote: "And when the priests wanted to communicate with their gods and to receive their messages, they ate a plant, which brought them in a delirium. During the entire time they had thousands of visions and divine hallucinations". Because of the negative attitude of the Spaniards towards these rituals, they were continued in secret through the ages. In the end, many scientists doubted the stories of the first missionaries. The mysterious lianas were found in 1941 by ethnobotanist Dr. Richard Schultes. It is claimed that the Zapotec Indians, who live in the southern Mexican states, are still using it for the same purpose.
In 1959, Richard Schultes sent samples of cultivated Mexican morning glory, Turbina corymbosa, to Albert Hoffman, the discoverer of LSD. In 1960 Don Thomes reported that the seeds of another morning glory, IIpomoea violacea, were used as sacraments by certain Zapotecs, sometimes in combination with Turbina corymbosa seeds and sometimes without. This morning glory species is the one with related species in America that not all are "active". Ultimately, LSA was also found in the edible Hawaiian baby woodrose seeds (Argyreia nervosa).
In 1960, Hoffman analyzed the Turbina corymbosa seeds and concluded that they contain ergot-like alkaloids. This was hard to believe for some because these chemicals were found only in the ergot fungus Claviceps purpurea. But he was indeed right, the seeds did contain d-lysergic acid amide. This differs from LSD because it contains NH2 where LSD has N(C2H5)2. Nonetheless, LSD is 50 to 100 times stronger. The Turbina corymbosa seeds also have other psychoactive alkaloids: d-lysergic acid amide, chanoclavine, elymoclavine and lysergol.
The effects of the LSA seeds are different. However, the pure LSA seeds like Morning Glory, Baby Woodrose and Rivea corymbosa do all have a similar effect. Since there are similar spores in LSD, the effect of LSA seeds is comparable to LSD. The effects of LSD are more intense than the effects of LSA seeds.
The different effects between the seeds are minimal. Yet Hawaiian Baby Woodrose Effects and Morning Glory effects are described as the best because they are more similar to LSD than, for example, Rivea corymbosa. Users of LSA seeds generally experience a mellow, psychedelic and users gain new insights. This is because the senses, such as hearing, sight and taste are on edge during the trip. Furthermore, there are slight hallucinations and a very enjoyable mellow feeling. Unfortunately there are also some side effects such as nausea and an uncomfortable stomachache. However, some do not suffer from these side effects at all.
The trip duration depends on several factors. How long have you chewed on the seeds? What did you eat? How many and what kind of seeds did you eat? The Hawaiian baby woodrose trip lasts 6 to 8 hours. However, you might feel very relaxed in the hours after the trip. The Morning Glory seeds trip lasts 6 to 10 hours. The effects on Morning Glory need a few hours to start. After the trip, you might still experience a certain enjoyable vibe of the Morning Glory.