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LSA seeds

What is LSA?

LSA (d-lysergic acid amine) is a natural psychoactive acid that is very similar to a well known drug called LSD. Effects of LSA are about ten to twenty times smaller than those of LSD and can be a little sedative, mostly in high doses.

"The slight difference in chemical structure between the ololiuqui [Morning Glory] constituents and LSD is very significant with regard to hallucinogenic acitivity. The effective oral dose in man of LSD is 0.05 mg [which] is thus about 50 to 100 times more active than lysergic acid amide, which is active in doses of 2 to 5 mg. Furthermore there is not only a quantitative difference between the principles of Ipomoea violacea and Turbina corymbosa and LSD; there is likewise a qualitative one, LSD being a very specific hallucinogen, whereas the psychic effects of lysergic acid amide and the total alkaloids of these two plants are characterized by a pronounced narcotic component" (Hofmann, 1968).

LSA is not just a psychedelic; it's a spiritual tool that was used for generations by shamans all over the world, but today is LSA mostly used in pharmaceuticals. It is naturally occurring in number of plants and fungi (the 3 most potent sources of LSA are the seeds of: Argyreia nervosa, Ipomoea tricolor and Rivea corymbosa).


LSA seeds were used for thousands of years; however the active compound was firstly isolated in the year 1947 by Albert Hofmann. Alfred noted that after the intramuscular administration of pure LSA (500 micrograms) he felt tired, couldn't think normally and experienced a dreamy state of mind.

In the year 1956 started the Central Intelligence Agency to research the properties of LSA in human behavioral engineering.

Hawaiian Baby Woodrose (Argyreia nervosa)
HBW seeds are originally from the Indian Subcontinent, where they were used as a medicine against low sex-drive, bronchitis, tuberculosis, arthritis, headaches and fatigue for hundreds of years. What makes them really interesting is the fact, that they were not used as an entheogen by any culture. Today is HBW used as a legal alternative for experimenting psychonauts.

Morning Glory
MG was widely used by the Indians in Mexico, but after the Spanish invasion was the usage of LSA seeds reduced and kept secret, because of the fear of Spaniards. Aztec called this plant "Tilitzin" and used is as a way to communicate with their Sun God.

Spanish monk Pedro Ponce de Leon observed the shamanistic rituals of the natives and noted:

"Some say little black men appear before them and which tell them what they want to know about. Others say that our Lord appears before them, while still others say that it is angels. And when they do this, they enter a room, close themselves in, and have someone watch so that they can hear what they say."

Richard Shultes was the first to write a report on the plants used by the Aztecs in 1941. He sent some samples of the plant to the Albert Hofmann for further examination. Today can be Morning Glory found all over the world, mostly regarded for their aesthetic value.

Usage and Effects

The most common way of ingesting LSA seeds is to simply chew them and swallow, but it's also possible to make an extract. After 20-30 minutes intoxicated starts to feel the effects and experiences a dream-like state of mind with clear thoughts. Experiences peek at 2-3 hours; the whole "trip" can last up to 10 hours and usually ends with person falling asleep. After the primary effects have subsided, users can continue to experience a number of lesser effects for approximately 3 hours. It's not uncommon to have hangover-like feeling during the next day. The variance of LSA effects is unusually high, much higher than any other psychedelic.

Positive Neutral Negative
Giggling, laughing and mood lift
Pupil dilation Stomach pain, vomiting
Thinking about thingsnormally ignored Increased heart rate Nausea
Visuals, brightening, color shift, tripping Sedative effects Muscular tightness and possibly cramps
Introspection, feeling of insight Changed perception of time Confusion, insomnia

Legal Status

LSA is listed as a schedule III drug in the United States and is illegal in many other countries. This is mostly due to the fact that LSA can be used to produce far more potent drug LSD. Argyreia nervosa and Morning Glory seeds are legal to sell, distribute and purchase in most of the countries, but are unapproved for human consumption.

Written by Tomas Tichy