Extract LSA From Morning Glory Seeds
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Morning glory has been used for its psychoactive effects for centuries. The flowers, seeds, leaves and vines all containing psychedelic alkaloids that can lead to a one-of-a-kind trip. Here is how to extract LSA from the seeds of the plant.

Morning Glory, known by the scientific name Ipomoea tricolor, is a flowering species belonging to the Convolvulaceae family. The plant is an herbaceous annual native to the New World tropics, growing between 2-4m in height. The leaves are spirally arranged and display vibrant, beautiful shades of blue and purple that surround a white and yellow centre. Although highly aesthetic in appearance, this species of plant is used by humans for more than ornamental purposes.


Why Extract LSA From Morning Glory Seeds

Morning glory contains psychedelic properties that attract ethnobotanists and psychonauts alike. Its use isn’t limited to the modern day. In fact, parts of the plant have been employed for centuries by several Mexican Native American cultures as an entheogen. Author and ethnomycologist Robert Gordon Wasson argues that the seeds of morning glory were also used by the Aztecs.

The seeds, vines, flowers and leaves of morning glory contain ergoline alkaloids, specifically ergine. Ergine, also known as d-lysergic acid amide, or LSA, is a naturally occurring tryptamine that is structurally similar to LSD. However, LSA catalyses in a comparatively less intense, though by no means weak, psychedelic experience. Lysergic acid hydroxyethylamide and ergonovine are additional alkaloids present within morning glory that are considered to contribute to its psychedelic outcomes.

There are multiple ways to ingest morning glory seeds in order to achieve the desired effects. Some people simply tough it out and elect to chew upon the seeds straight out of the bag. Others grind the seeds and soak them to create an entheogenic beverage.

The desired constituents can also be extracted, which may work as a way to leave substances behind that are responsible for inducing nausea. Below are instructions regarding the process of extracting ergine, or LSA, from morning glory seeds.


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How To Extract LSA

In order to successfully complete the extraction process, you will need to obtain a few tools and pieces of equipment. You will need 4g of morning glory seeds, 91 percent isopropyl rubbing alcohol, water and a filter. Additionally, you will need a grinder, Pyrex dish, electric heater, funnel, containers and a good knife.

To begin with, give your seeds a good wash to rid them of any undesirable contaminants, then let them dry off. Next, use your grinder of choice or mortar and pestle (if you prefer to keep your methodology old-school) to process the seeds into a fine powder.

Pour 400ml of water over the seeds, give the mixture a shake, then let it sit for a few minutes. Next, pour the liquid through your selected filter and into a larger container. Repeat this step three more times until you have poured a total of 1.2 litres of infused water into the larger containers. This process reportedly separates the desirable constituents of the seeds away from chemical groups that are responsible for sensations of nausea and other adverse side effects.

Next, rig up your Pyrex dish in a position so that the warmth from your heater blows over it. Add the solution to the dish.

The water will slowly evaporate from the solution and will eventually leave behind a substance with the appearance of black tar. This process is long, arduous and is reported to take around a week in length, using the heater for a total of 8 hours each day. Although this seems extreme, the process is executed in this manner to avoid using higher temperatures that may degrade the desired constituents.


Processing The Tar

Now, use your knife to scrape out the remaining tar and place it into another container. Clean the previous container with some kind of solvent to remove the stains and then wash thoroughly for use in the following steps.

Add 200ml of isopropyl alcohol to the tar; shake the container. Strain the liquid back into the Pyrex dish and place in front of the heater. You can keep repeating this process until you think the alcohol has extracted as many constituents as possible. A word of caution here, be extremely careful when using isopropyl alcohol around heat. It is extremely flammable. Exercise caution, ventilation and common sense.

Once the alcohol has evaporated, you will be left with a yellow goo. Dissolve this substance into water and keep it in the fridge. This can then be consumed.


Effects Of LSA

The effects of ingesting LSA are physical and ecstatic in cases. The experience is said to range from quite calm and introspective to profound and trippy.

4g of seeds is a suggested dose of LSA based off of anecdotal reports. Be sure to research this subject thoroughly to find out what size dose is right for you and whether the substance will interact with any relevant health conditions or medications.

LSA can lead to an intense and long-lasting trip. Be sure that you have set aside enough time and are in the appropriate setting to indulge in this substance. It is not advised to take LSA if you experience depression, anxiety or similar psychological problems. LSA should not be taken in tandem with alcohol or MAOI inhibitors.

Luke Sumpter

Written by: Luke Sumpter
Luke Sumpter is a journalist based in the United Kingdom, specialising in health, alternative medicine, herbs and psychedelic healing. He has written for outlets such as, Medical Daily and The Mind Unleashed, covering these and other areas.

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