Argyreia nervosa (Hawaiian baby woodrose)
IntroductionArgyreia nervosa is a perennial climbing vine that is native to the Indian subcontinent and introduced to numerous areas worldwide, including Hawaii, Africa and the Caribbean. Though it can be invasive, it is often prized for its aesthetic value. Common names include Hawaiian Baby Woodrose, Adhoguda or Vidhara, Elephant Creeper and Woolly Morning Glory. There are two botanical varieties: Argyreia nervosa var. nervosa described here, and Argyrea nervosa var. speciosa, a species used in ayurvedic medicine, but with little to no psychoactive value.
A. nervosa is a rare example of a plant whose putative hallucinogenic properties were not recognized until recent times. While several of its cousins in the Convolvulaceae family, such as the Rivea corymbosa (Ololiuhqui) and Ipomoea tricolor (Tlitliltzin), were used in shamanic rituals of Latin America for centuries, A. nervosa was not traditionally used for this purpose. Its properties were first brought to attention in the 1960s, despite the fact that the chemical composition of its seeds is nearly identical to those of the two species mentioned above, and the seeds contain the highest concentration of psychoactive compounds in the entire family.
A. nervosa seeds contain various ergoline alkaloids, such as ergine, which can produce psychedelic effects. Ergine is found in the seeds at a concentration of around 0.3% of dry weight.
Effects of Hawaiian baby woodroseThe effects are somewhat similar to those of LSD, but less intense and less visual. A Hawaiian baby woodrose trip lasts 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 and other stomach complaints are quite common side effects of consuming Hawaiian baby woodrose, which are not caused by the LSA but other compounds in the seeds. This is why some users choose to extract the LSA from the seeds.
How to use Hawaiian baby woodroseThe traditional common dose are about 5 or 8 seeds, which are ground or chewed eaten or drinking as a tea.
DosageMorning Glory seed dosage according to Erowid:
Light: 3 - 6 seeds
Common: 5 - 8 seeds
Strong: 7 - 12 seeds
Heavy: 12 + seeds
WarningPersons with a family history of schizophrenia should be very careful, use of these seeds may trigger mental problems.
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