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Entheogenic / Ethnobotanical History & Lore
M o r n i n g G l o r i e s !
Ipomoea Heavenly Blue
Facts presented on this page are simply facts. They are not intended to encourage dangerous or illegal behavior. Morning Glory seeds can be bought and sold only for cultivation purposes. They are not sold or marketed for human consumption. Sense the facts surrounding these seeds are already readily available, my intentions are harm reduction, and remaining within the constraints of the law. It's completely unhuman to put someones health at risk for profit.
The Morning Glory plant has been prized from all walks of life. In ancient China it was prized as a medicine due to the laxative properties of the seeds. The historic entheogen was introduced to the Japanese in the 9th century, as an ornamental plant for its awe-inspiring beauty. Aztec priests in Mexico used it for as a ceremonial hallucinogen. These effects were caused from chemicals in the seeds, made by the plants. These same chemical constituents were of interest to Albert Hoffman, who eventually realized that "LSD had practically already existed in the plant kingdom for thousands of years." They contain the same stuff actual Ergot does.
Just because the Aztecs did this is no reason for anyone to try it at home. It's important to know that the seed coatings are especially dangerous and have been known to cause liver disorders and neural damage, allegedly. I can promise you whatevers on the outside of these, the brown stuff, is extremely poisonous and will make you deathly ill. They can also only legally be bought or sold for cultivation purposes. My intentions are harm reduction. Visit Neurosoup.com for more harm reduction related information. From everything that I can gather, they are a very misunderstood natural 'entheogen', with great potential when used correctly and obviously legally..(their cousins Ergot, HBWR, and Ololiuqui)
The seeds are very much closely related to Ololiuqui, and Hawaiian Baby Woodrose. HBWR is essentially a giant Morning Glory vine with a much higher concentration of potency to it. All of them naturally produce and contain the same fascinating constituents. I'm pretty sure that the striking beauties of HBWR are also depicted in the motion picture, "The Wizard Of Oz". This is indication of its use as an entheogen and brings a whole new level of meaning or symbolism to the phrase "somewhere over the rainbow".
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According to ancient lore, the seeds when used as an entheogen would reveal inner illnesses both psychological and physiological. They were often thought of as a cure for meanness in a habitually ill hearted person. The seeds of Ipomoea ( heavenly blue morning glory ) were thought to open the users third eye, enabling one to tune in to frequencies and vibrations not attainable in sober perceptions, nor attainable through the use of typical drugs. Once you had consumed them with large amounts of the coating remaining, small amounts of it(the brown stuff) could be used much like Bella Donna down the road to boost the immune system, by taking advantage of the Arndt Schulz Medical Rule.
Under the spell of the sacred Morning Glory, shamanic cultures saw energy and life emitting from all things. The very fabric of existence was permeating outward a mystical life force energy field. Intelligence was seen in all things, both animate and inanimate. The experiences induced by the Ipomoea strain were never forgotten. They ultimately changed a person for life, and the story behind the experiences were always worth expressing to others. According to legend, a bad experience on these seeds is not something anyone would dare wish on their worst enemy. Although, it was said that the worse the trip was, the more transforming it ultimately was as well.
Heavenly Blue plants are easy enough to cultivate. The first thing you need to do is prepare your soil and plot. This is very important because this is going to be how and where your plant lives and feeds. If you live in Florida or a similar planting zone that's closer to the equator then plant your seedlings in an area that get's good shade. Use an organic growing medium and plant your babies a few inches apart. Make sure they have something to climb.
Morning glories are very hearty and grow like wild weeds. They are very easy to grow and produce hundreds if not thousands of offspring. The seeds are located directly behind the flowers in small pods.. Wait until they are ready to burst open and fall to the ground before even thinking about harvesting them. Leave at least 3/4 of them alone. Do this out of respect for nature so that future generations of the species can spread in the wild.
Before You Plant
Check the Farmers Almanac - "Gardening By The Moon" section out and see when it gives the go ahead. If you've ever planted before in the past and had no luck, there is a good chance that you just planted them during the wrong time. The moon cycle does have a lot to do with the successful germination and growth of many plants. Also, make sure you have everything prepared. You'll need rich organic dirt with good airation( add perlite ), and drainage, PRIOR to germination. Don't over water it because that's the most common plant killer.
As one last sincere warning.. These are sold for cultivation purposes only! Any attempt to consume them is illegal and very dangerous to your well being! Facts are intended for research purposes. They are readily available from even scholarly sources. I'm going to let you in on a rare little secret for educational sake and potential harm reduction. Traditional cultures used Ginger root, and Frankincense to curb the nausea and toxicity of what little seed coating was left after attempting to remove most of it with a knife. The frankincense was slightly chewed and eaten.
INFORMATION PROVIDED ON OUR WEBSITE IS FOR BOTANICAL/CULTURAL RESEARCH PURPOSES ONLY! ANY REFERENCES ABOUT THE USE OR EFFECTS OF THESE NATURAL HEALING HERBS IS BASED ON TRADITIONAL USE OR SHAMANIC PRACTICES. ALL PRODUCTS ARE SOLD FOR ETHNOBOTANICAL RESEARCH (CONSULT YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER)! THE SHAMANIC BEVERAGE KNOWN AS 'THE VINE OF THE SOULS' AS DISCUSSED ON THIS PAGE, IS ONLY LEGAL FOR THOSE WHO HAVE THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT TO CONSUME IT. NOT EVERYONE IN THE UNITED STATES CAN LEGALLY PREPARE THIS MIXTURE. YOU CAN HOWEVER, LEGALLY OWN THE PLANTS FOR COLLECTORS PURPOSES.
Certain statements are of my own opinion, observation, conclusions, etc. Certain facts may or may not be referenced to Wikipedia and are also common knowledge. I have chosen to list them as a source regardless. No one associated with Wikipedia endorses me or my work. Other facts related to lore are based off countless resaerch over the years are are referenced to my memory of that research.