LSA is a psychedelic ergoline alkaloid closely related to LSD. It is most commonly taken by consuming an extraction made from Ipomoea tricolor (Morning glory) or Argyreia nervosa (Hawaiian baby woodrose) seeds. It has a wide range of effects including auditory and visual hallucinations, spatial and temporal distortion, introspection, and side effects such as nausea and vomiting.
Introduction to LSA
LSA (d-lysergic acid amide, ergine) is a psychedelic ergoline alkaloid closely related to LSD. An LSA experience is characterized by effects similar to those of LSD, for example auditory and visual hallucinations, spatial and temporal distortion, introspection, etc. It is a powerful psychedelic (roughly one-tenth the potency of LSD, with a threshold dose of ~500 micrograms), however the most common form of administration is an extraction made from Ipomoea tricolor (Morning glory) or Argyreia nervosa (Hawaiian baby woodrose) seeds; this often produces a pronounced body load (nausea associated with chemically treated seeds), resulting in an experience that is less intense than LSD as a result of the experience being overpowered by the body load and/or a low amount of alkaloids present in the extract. Rivea corymbosa seeds have been used for spiritual purposes by natives of Mexico for centuries, known there by the name ololiuhqui. LSA was bioassayed for the first time in 1947 by Dr. Albert Hofmann, about a decade before it was discovered to be produced naturally by certain plants.
LSA and LSD Molecule Comparison
Natural Sources of LSA
Argyreia nervosa : Hawaiian Baby WoodroseOne of the two common types of seeds that are consumed for their LSA content.
Unlike Morning Glory seeds, a common dose is a rather small amount of seeds although they are larger.
Ipomoea tricolor : Morning GloryThe second of the two common types of seeds that are consumed for their LSA content.
These seeds are much smaller than Hawaiian Baby Woodrose seeds, and the amount consumed is higher.
Stipa robusta : Sleepy GrassThis plant often becomes infected with Acremonium fungus, which contains LSA and other related compounds.
The fungus that infects the plants has also infected and caused diseases in humans.
Therefore this is probably a dangerous source of LSA.
There is a report regarding its effect on horses that were eating the grass.
Ways of administration
DosagesMake sure to remember that the amount of LSA content per seed can vary,
don't jump into to high of a dose, and follow the dosages below loosely.
Hawaiian Baby Woodrose Seeds
Morning Glory Seeds
Effects of LSAPOSITIVE
feelings of insight
therapeutic psychological reflection (introspective thoughts and discussions)
increased interest in areas of thought that are normally ignored
increase in giggling and laughing
sensory enhancement (taste, smell, etc.)
closed- and open-eyed visuals including trails, color shifts, brightening, etc.
general change in consciousness
sedation of the body and mind
change in perception of time
looping, patterned, out-of-control thinking
slight increase in heart rate
long lasting "afterglow" of effects
muscular tightness, particularly in the legs, back, and jaw
Hallucinogen Persisting Perception Disorder (HPPD)
Combinations with LSA
Different Uses for LSA
SpiritualUsers have reported that a LSA experience effected their lives positively, what they planned to be a recreational experience turned into a life-changing spiritual experience.
Furthermore, many users have also reported an increase in philosophical contemplation while using LSA, such as thoughts of themselves, social interactions, and possibly humanity as a whole.
MedicinalUsers have reported substances such as LSA, LSD, psilocybin, and other related substances to reduce the frequency of a severe form of a migraine called a cluster headache, and also nearly blocking out the painful experiences caused by cluster headaches. Sub-hallucinogenic doses of LSA have shown to be effective in treating cluster attacks.
Medicinal & Spiritual
Pharmacology of LSA
Chemistry of LSA
Column 1 Column 2 Systematic (IUPAC) name: (8β)-9,10-didehydro-6-methyl-ergoline-8-carboxamide Synonyms: lysergic acid amide, ergine Molecular Formula: C16H17N3O, C16H17N3O.CH3SO3H (methanesulfonate) Molar mass: 267.33 g/mol, 363.43 g/mol (methanesulfonate)  CAS Registry Number: 478-94-4 Melting Point: no melting Boiling Point: no boiling Flash Point: no data Solubility: no data Additionnal data: Freebase decomposes at 242°C. Methanesulfonate decomposes at 232°C Notes: Freebase aspect : prisms; crystallized from methanol. Methanesulfonate aspect : prisms; crystallized from methanol/acetone
The dangers of LSAThese are the dangers common to all psychedelic drugs:
Accidental injury. When on a psychedelic drug, it is easier to accidentally injure yourself. Also because of the disorientating and potentially delusion inspiring nature of the experience, you could be lead to inflict harm on others or yourself. People have fallen off rooftops, run into traffic, attempted to throw people off rooftops as 'sacrifices', drowned, and so on. The best way of protecting against this is to have a friend with you who is sober to look after you and handle any negative situation that might arise.
Bad trips. A bad trip is a negative psychedelic experience. It can range from a mildly negative feeling of anxiety/discomfort, to full-blown psychosis. Bad trips usually ruin a psychedelic experience for the tripper and everyone else. Most bad trips are manageable, just very uncomfortable and difficult. Some are extreme and unmanageable though. It's not uncommon for a bad trip to result in lingering psychological issues. Usually just a few days of negative emotions and anxiety. Sometimes, however, a week or so of serious anxiety, destabilized mental state and impaired functioning is possible. On very rare occasions, a month or two of severely diminished functioning, traumatized mental state, depression & crippling anxiety can occur. More information on bad trips can be found here. The best way of avoiding a bad trip is having the correct set and setting.
Permanent psychosis. Psychedelics are believed by researchers not to cause permanent psychosis, however they could trigger a latent mental illness in someone who was already predisposed to it, or make existing mental illnesses worse. If there is a history of mental illness in your family, you are more likely to be predisposed. Everyone is at some risk, however.
PTSD, anxiety disorder, depression & depersonalization. There are anecdotal reports of the trauma inflicted by some bad trips leading to depression and anxiety which while usually temporary, could potentially develop into lasting disorders. While no different to the potential of any traumatic event to cause lasting disorders, nonetheless this is a danger of psychedelic drug use.
One known case is a suicide that occurred after ingesting Morning Glory seeds. 
Another known death occurred by an individual falling off a building after taking Hawaiian Baby Woodrose seeds, Ethanol, and followed by Cannabis.
Forms of LSA
Legal status of LSALSA is a controlled substance 21 CFR 1308.13
USASchedule III Drug, Classified as a Depressant.
GermanyHawaiian Baby Woodrose seeds and plants are not controlled.
United KingdomClass A Substance, categorized as a precursor to LSD under the Misuse of Drugs Act.
Hawaiian Baby Woodrose and Morning Glory plants are uncontrolled. ( unconfirmed )
AustraliaConsumption, sale, and possesion of the chemical is illegal. Consuming LSA containing materials is prohibited under state legislation. It's illegal to import and export Morning Glory seeds and plants, also is illegal to import and export Hawaiian Baby Woodrose seeds.
CanadaNot listed in Canada's Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and is legal to possess, although may be illegal to sell for human consumption. The plants that contain it may also not be controlled. ( unconfirmed )
HungaryNot legally classified as a drug, consumption of LSA and materials containing it is not prohibited. ( unconfirmed )
NetherlandsPossession, sale, and consumption of the chemical is illegal. The Morning Glory plants and seeds are legal to possess, cultivate, buy, and distribute.
New ZealandPossession, sale, and consumption of the chemical is illegal. Although Morning Glory seeds and plants are legal to possess, cultivate, buy, and distribute. Seeds have been reported to have been sprayed, also warnings on the packets saying not to consume. ( unconfirmed )
PolandThe chemical's legal status is unknown, although Hawaiian Baby Woodrose and Morning Glory seeds are plants are controlled.
SwedenThe Hawaiian Baby Woodrose plants, seeds, and extracts are uncontrolled.
BrazilThe chemical is controlled but Hawaiian Baby Woodrose and Morning Glory plants are seeds are not.
ItalyHawaiian Baby Woodrose and Morning Glory seeds are listed as a controlled substance.
RussiaHawaiian Baby Woodrose plants and seeds are banned.
BelgiumMorning Glory seed packets are sold in stores, but are considered to be officially unfit for human consumption. ( unconfirmed )
FinlandMorning Glory seeds and plants are legal to possess, buy, cultivate, and distribute.
DenmarkMorning Glory seeds and plants are available in health stores and flower shops. ( unconfirmed )
IrelandMorning Glory seeds and plants are legal to possess, buy, cultivate, and distribute.
MexicoMorning Glory seeds and plants are legal to possess, buy, cultivate, and distribute.
Extractions may be illegal/controlled. ( unconfirmed )
RomaniaMorning Glory seeds are commonly sold in garden stores without legal restrictions.
Serbia & MontenegroMorning Glory seeds and plants are legal to possess, buy, cultivate, and distribute.
SingaporeUntreated Morning Glory seeds may be sold in greenhouses. ( unconfirmed )
SlovakiaMorning Glory plants and seeds are legal to possess, buy, cultivate, and distribute.
History of LSA
- ^Ranchers and scientists have long wondered why horses grazing a certain grass (Stipa robusta) in the southwest stumble around in a drunken stupor and then collapse into a state of unconsciousness for days. BLOOMINGTON, Ind; (~1993-1995)
- ^Sidney, Cohen. SUICIDE FOLLOWING MORNING GLORY INGESTION. The American Journal of Psychiatry. (1964)
- ^Helene Klinke, Irene Breum Müller, Steffen Steffenrud, Rasmus Dahl-Sørensen. Two cases of lysergamide intoxication by ingestion of seeds from Hawaiian Baby Woodrose. Forensic Science International. e1-e5; (2010)