A. nervosa is a rare example of a plant whose hallucinogenic properties were not recognized until recent times. While several of its cousins in the Convolvulaceae family, such as Heavenly Blue Morning Glory were used in shamanic rituals, A. nervosa was not traditionally used for this purpose.
- Hawaiian baby woodrose is a perennial climbing vine with large heart-shaped leaves and white trumpet-shaped flowers. Its large furry seeds grow in seed pods and contain the psychedelic LSA.
- LSA (Lysergic Acid Amide) is closely related to LSD. The seeds are consumed orally, either direct or after extraction of the active alkaloids.
- A. nervosa seeds contain the highest concentration of psychoactive compounds in the entire Convolvulaceae family.
- In most countries, it is legal to purchase, sell, or germinate A. nervosa seeds. Depending on the country, it may be illegal to buy seeds with the intention to consume them, and several countries have outlawed ergine-containing seeds altogether.
- Extracting ergine from A. nervosa seeds is illegal in the USA, since it is classified as a schedule-III depressant by the DEA.
Hawaiian baby woodrose is most famous for its use is as a hallucinogen. Internet sellers promote Hawaiian baby woodrose as a “natural LSD.” The hallucinatory effects of Hawaiian baby woodrose are similar to alcohol intoxication with psychedelic visual effects such as enhanced colors. The effects last 6-8 hours tranquil feelings may last an additional 12 hours. Sleep is deep and refreshing after the trip, however some users may experience a hangover characterized by blurred vision, vertigo, and physical inertia.
Nausea is a common side effects of consuming Hawaiian baby woodrose, which is not caused by the LSA but other compounds in the seeds. This is why some users choose to extract the LSA before consumption.