6 Legal Plants Teens Get High On
Many teenagers turn to drugs out of boredom, rebelliousness, or just a need to escape. The reasons for using are as numerous as the teens who use. Access to illegal drugs, however, is often limited, keeping many would-be addicts from using. Cigarettes, alcohol, and, increasingly, marijuana, are legal options, but only for those of age. However, there are other options for teenagers looking to get high – many are legal, and many are easily found.
Here are six plants – legal and available to any teenager – that are sometimes used to get high.
Legal but Dangerous
- Datura: Datura is a naturally growing plant. It is about as common as crabgrass and grows all over the world. It’s known widely as both “The Devil’s Weed” and “Jimson Weed.” It causes hallucinations for up to 48 hours. Users have reported hearing music coming out of walls, visions of animals, and sparkles surrounding everything they see. The Daily Mail reports hundreds are killed each year from Datura abuse. It can be consumed in multiple ways, including smoking the plant in cigarettes, snorting a powdered substance made from its crushed leaves, and consuming it via brewed teas. Due to its prolific spread, and its popularity on the Internet, Datura is quickly becoming one of the most prominent ways for teens to get high legally. While it has been used medicinally and spiritually for centuries, Datura is a poisonous plant, and overuse can cause dire illness, if not death. Parents should absolutely be on the lookout for this strange spiky weed.
- Nutmeg: Nutmeg is very common; most people keep it right in their spice cabinets. However, if teenagers use enough of it, they can easily get high. Some say even a dash of nutmeg in eggnog can create a mild euphoric effect, but teens are using quite a bit more than a sprinkle. Teens will usually ingest an entire tablespoon of the spice to get the desired high, however, the high is hardly euphoric. According to Medical Daily, users have reported a feeling of being stuck in mud, or almost feeling comatose. Many who take it black out and can’t remember much of anything after ingesting the spice. While nutmeg ingestion is not deadly, it can have some pretty awful side effects, including intense vomiting, though the worst of it can be permanent nerve and hearing damage. Worried parents should consider hiding their nutmeg or at least keeping a close eye on it.
- Kava:Kava root is often used as an herbal remedy, and it can be picked up at any health food store in tincture or powdered form. Taken as instructed, it may offer a mild high, and it is often used as an herbal supplement for those suffering from anxiety or insomnia. While it’s intended to help those with mental illness, if abused, it can have disturbing side effects. Some reports have shown that kava kava is unhealthy for the liver, and overuse can cause liver disease; however, this has been disputed in subsequent studies. Beyond this, abuse of kava kava can lead to dystonia, yellowed skin and drowsiness. While it’s not the most destructive plant on this list, parents should still watch for signs of abuse.
- Fly agaric mushroom: Many are familiar with psilocybin mushrooms, or “magic mushrooms,” which are illegal. However, the fly agaric mushroom, which also causes hallucinations when consumed, is perfectly legal. These mushrooms grow naturally, usually at the base of evergreen trees. There are recognizable by their fairytale-like appearance: red with white spots. While hallucinogenic, they are also extremely poisonous. Users have described the experience as foggy, creating incoherent thoughts. For instance, one may get up to do something then forget what the action is, finding himself in a completely new space, very confused. One mushroom may be toxic. While it will generally not kill a person, according to Kew, it may produce sweating and salivation that can lead to dangerous levels of dehydration. It is rare, but if too much of the mushroom is ingested, death is a real possibility. The other danger is misidentification. Many mushrooms are toxic and can lead to death. So if high-seekers harvest the wrong mushroom, it could lead to death.
- Morning glory seeds: Though the extract from morning glories, LSA, causes hallucinations and is illegal in most areas, morning glories and their seeds are completely legal. In fact, morning glory seeds can be bought at most hardware or gardening stores. The seeds are generally brown or black. They go by many names including “Heavenly Blue,” “Flying Saucers,” “Pearly Gates,” and “Baby Woodrose.” The LSA chemical inside them produces an LSD-like effect. The seeds are generally chewed to achieve the desired high, though they can be inhaled if crushed and rolled into cigarettes. It is currently unknown just exactly how widespread the abuse of the seeds is. Generally, the high lasts 5-10 hours, and nausea and vomiting are common side effects. Long-term use can lead to liver and neurological damage.
- Damiana: Damiana is a natural herb. It grows commonly in Central America, Mexico, and the West Indies, and it can be bought at most health food stores in the US. As a supplement, Damiana is used to cure sexual dysfunction, depression, and digestive problems. It is also abused by many, mostly through inhalation, as it brings its own unique high. Continued use of Damiana can create dependency. Like most addictions, the use of Damiana can overtake a teenager’s life, as the teen abandons other activities to pursue the next high. If a teen is addicted to Damiana, they should be observed while undergoing withdrawal.
Getting Help for Teen Substance Abuse
It can be difficult to deal with a teen who has been abusing drugs – both legal and illegal – especially if he has reached a point of dependency. Many parents and teens seek help to address this dependency, and help is not always easy to find. The first real step to getting help is to identify the problem.
- Sudden change in friends
- Lack of interest in hygiene
- Declining grades
- Skipping school
- A change in sleeping or eating habits
These signs can sometimes be tricky since some may be present simply because one is a teenager. If you notice these signs in your teen, keep a closer eye out for potential drug use. You may discover evidence of these plants – such as crushed leaves or little plastic baggies – in their room or in the pockets of their clothes.
The most important thing to remember is to remain calm and empathetic. While you may feel angry at the behavior, an ugly confrontation could drive a teenager into deeper abuse. Instead, approach your teen from a place of understanding and a desire to help. It can be helpful to enlist the assistance of a professional in the process.
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There are other options for teenagers looking to get high – many are legal, and many are easily found.
Why Chewing Morning Glory Seeds Gets You High
And why you maybe shouldn’t do it.
WeвЂ™re getting into the gardening season. If youвЂ™re into that sort of thing, one of the prettiest and most popular seeds to sow around this time is that of the Morning Glory flower, with its bright hues and soft shape. But, if you start to get bored turning the soil, donвЂ™t chew on their seeds, because they contain a powerful hallucinogenic compound. Chewing them unlocks the drug inside and youвЂ™re likely to puke.
For the science community вЂ” as well as the community of those who practice native Central American religions вЂ” this isnвЂ™t exactly news.
Morning Glory Seeds Get You High Because They Contain LSA
The average gardener may not know that theyвЂ™re actually burying seeds that contain a potent alternative to LSD. ItвЂ™s known as вЂњD-lysergic acid amideвЂќ (thatвЂ™s LSA to you) and itвЂ™s whatвЂ™s known as a precursor chemical to LSD. LSA induces psychedelic effects not too dissimilar from that trippy drug you already know and love.
The LSA chemical was discovered by Albert Hoffman, who also discovered LSD, when he вЂ” you guessed it вЂ” chewed the seeds. ItвЂ™s classed as a Schedule III substance by the DEA, with a вЂњmoderate to low potential for physical and psychological dependence.вЂќ Other drugs in the same classification family are codeine and ketamine, although the Morning Glory flower is much easier and much less sketchy to obtain.
But before you go following in his footsteps and popping Morning Glory like itвЂ™s sunflower seeds, there are some crucial differences between LSA and LSD that are important to know going into it.
The Side-Effects of Chewing Morning Glory Seeds
Unlike itвЂ™s more refined cousin, LSA can trigger a high degree of discomfort in the user. That discomfort can come in the form of cramping, extreme nausea, other stomach pains, and even vomiting. ItвЂ™s an unpleasant slew of experiences to be confronted with when all youвЂ™re looking for is a good trip.
People who have tried LSA for themselves expand on their experiences on BlueLight, a drug forum. One poster wrote вЂњYouвЂ™ll find LSA just really puts you in that drealike state with a slightly introspective mindset. LSD completely blows that open in my opinion, LSA is comparable to a real low dose of acid with nausea.вЂќ
Another reported that they took LSA with alcohol and had to be sent to the hospital. In May of 2016, a Boston teen was hospitalized after consuming morning glory seeds.
Still, other users have reported more pleasant вЂ” or at least not unpleasant вЂ” experiences, often commenting on how the dosage and any other drugs taken at the same time can alter the effects. вЂњLSA is amazing. Very visual, very beautiful, very dreamy,вЂќ writes one user. вЂњWith LSAs I feel like having a strong body high and it can be pretty weird,вЂќ said another.
One YouTube user took the opportunity to describe her own LSA process and trip in great detail. вЂњI started getting cramps behind my knees,вЂќ she said. She said the trip began roughly two hours after chewing the seeds and вЂњthings started the look like they were growing.вЂќ
She said she was reminded of a previous acid trip, a comparison in line with what the forums on BlueLight had to say.
Munching on some Morning Glory seeds could prove to be a surprising way to spice up your gardening. But much caution is required, because those pretty flowers can just as easily lay you out for the duration of the day.
And why you maybe shouldn’t do it.