Almost everyone knows about LSD – it’s one of the most famous psychedelics in the world. Not too many people are aware of LSA, though, which shares chemical properties with LSD.
LSA is a naturally occurring substance that comes from the seeds of specific plants, and can be ground into a paste and then added to foods or drinks for consumption.
Below is an in-depth guide on the background of LSA, its similarities to LSD and other psychedelics, and its effects on the mind and body.
What is LSA?
Most people who ask “what is LSA” are curious about this psychedelic because they have heard about it in comparisons to LSD or in the context of new psychedelic research.
LSA, also known as ergine and chemically known as d-lysergic acid amide, is a natural psychedelic that belongs to the lysergamide class. Ergine is an ergoline alkaloid that is found in the seeds of plants that include:
- Morning Glory
- Hawaiian Baby Woodrose
- Sleepy Grass
- Specific fungi
The extent of the psychoactive effect of ergot alkaloids depends on two factors: the strength of the dose and the types of seeds being used. Hawaiian Baby Woodrose seeds are known to produce a much more potent experience than Morning Glory seeds, as an example.
The psychedelic LSA should not be confused with the health food, which goes by the same name. The latter is an acronym that stands for linseeds, sunflower seeds and almonds, and is found at many health food stores and supermarkets.
Discovery of LSA
The first description of LSA dates back to 1932, and came as a result of an investigation into the alkaloids in ergot. Albert Hofmann synthesized and tested LSA for human activity in 1947 through an intramuscular administration of roughly 500 microgram dose.
Hofmann reported the dose caused a “tired and dreamy state” while it was also difficult to maintain clear thoughts. Further research by other scientists revealed LSA was present in Hawaiian Baby Woodrose seeds.
While the modern discovery of LSA is tied to the work of Hofmann and others, the use of entheogens dates back to the ancient Aztecs. The famous civilization left behind many references to psychoactive substances being a part of their lifestyle.
Dangers of Procuring LSA
LSA is a schedule III controlled substance in the United States. The scheduling means that, like some other psychedelics, LSA is not permitted for recreational use. However, the substance can be legal to use in specific medical settings or in psychedelic research.
The caveat to the legality of LSA is that selling and purchasing the seeds that contain LSA is not illegal. Such legal standing means that both online and physical retailers may sell Morning Glory seeds and other seeds that contain LSA and buying those seeds is permitted as well.
Prospective buyers must be very careful with how they proceed, though. The danger of purchasing these seeds online is that a person cannot be sure they are 100 percent safe. Pesticides can be deadly when consumed in significant quantities.
While consuming a few Morning Glory seeds may not lead to a deadly outcome, seeds that contain pesticides can cause serious stomach pains and other short and long-term health issues.
Anyone hoping to experience the psychedelic effect of LSA by purchasing Morning Glory, Hawaiian Baby Woodrose or other seeds must be very careful. Purchasing from respected and trustworthy vendors is essential.
What is LSA Appropriate Dosage?
The proper dose of LSA depends on the seeds being used. Morning Glory seeds are not as potent, which means 50 to 100 seeds make up a regular dose. Those who want a more significant psychedelic experience may even up the dose to anywhere from 200 to 400 seeds.
Hawaiian Baby Woodrose seeds are a lot more potent, which means a dose of three to four seeds is considered normal. Someone who wants to try a higher dosage should consume no more than seven to ten seeds. These seeds are also known for being very quick acting, as the effects are noticeable after 20 to 30 minutes.
Side Effects of LSA
The most common side effects of LSA include hallucinations, visual distortions, improved mood, a sense of deep insight, and an inability to focus or concentrate. Someone who is high on LSA is likely to lose motor control function during some part of the “trip”, while they will feel a body high for at least a few hours.
Many people who have tried other psychedelics, such as LSD, report that LSA is a very relaxed, mellow and dream-like experience. Such effects may be more pronounced with a larger dose, but modest doses of LSA are known for producing a very enjoyable and not overwhelming experience.
Given LSA is a hallucinogenic, there are risks involved in consuming too high a dose. Someone who is not experienced in the use of psychedelics may find the effects of a high dose overwhelming, especially if they are in the wrong setting.
Consuming too much LSA at once, or abusing the substance, can also produce the following adverse side effects:
- Stomach cramps
- Increased heart rate
- High blood pressure
Given the body load of LSA can be so intense, anyone planning to consume the substance must be wary of overdosing. Starting very small is the ideal way to try and get an enjoyable and comfortable LSA experience.
Trying LSA Safely
People who are enthusiastic about psychedelics and want to have their first trip may go with LSA as their substance of choice. Procuring the seeds is legal, and LSA can produce a much milder experience than LSD and other psychedelics.
Think of LSA as any substance that can cause significant effects on both the mind and body. Take cannabis as an example. If someone consumes too much marijuana for the first time and has no experience with its effects, they can become easily overwhelmed.
Start with a very modest dose, assess your experience, and then try with a slightly higher dose the next time. Taking such precautions ensures you can enjoy the psychedelic experience LSA brings without putting your health at risk.