May 05, 2004

A flowery high

North of the Canadian border, some kids are getting creative about how they get their high. They're using morning glory seeds.

You heard me. Morning glory seeds.

From what I understand, the seeds contain lysergamide, a less-potent version of LSD. The potency depends on the batch, but typically a dose equivalent to 75 micrograms of LSD requires 200 seeds or so.

A 14-year-old recently tried to buy the seeds from a Canadian Tire store near Halifax, NS.

"He was pretty nervous and once he was questioned what he was using them for, he finally admitted he wanted to crush them and put them in a drink," says clerk Adam Peters.
At Halifax Seed, manager Tim Tregunno says it has been 10 years since they've had a customer with a hidden agenda. The problem is easy to spot, he adds.

Asking for five to ten pounds of seeds at one fell swoop is a dead giveaway.

Whatever happened to Mad Dog, Champale, Colt 45 & 151?

Posted by mhking at May 5, 2004 10:36 AM

What happened is that alcohol is legal and regulated and therefore hard to get. Flower seeds are not (as far as I know) regulated, hence getting them should, in theory, present no difficulty.

One wonders why these kids aren't simply buying pot, as that's apparently easier to get than beer or cigarettes (though flower seeds have the advantage of not being illegal:-).

Posted by: Jason Bontrager at May 7, 2004 05:27 PM

Old news, friends - I knew kids trying this in the '70s in the good old U.S.A. Not me, of course! Of course, the Carter administration made hallucinations seem attractive...

Posted by: Joseph K at May 8, 2004 04:45 PM

Just this past weekend three teens at a party became seriously ill while attempting to get high from these seeds. One of the boys liver has failed and another has lost his vision, hopefully both are temperary side effects

Posted by: Julia at September 19, 2005 11:36 AM
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