Some people will do just about anything to get high. Here is a list of uncommon plants found in nature that will do just that. It is by no means a guide for the foolish, just an informative article about the drugs that could be in our backyards.
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Datura, also known as Jimson Weed, is a leafy herb that can grow up to two-meters high, produces seed pods and can be identified by large white or purple flowers. This inconspicuous looking plant contains atropine, scopolamine, and hyoscyamine, chemicals which are located mainly in the seed pods and flower and when ingested can cause effects ranging from hallucinations and euphoria, to confusion and delirium. The effects of this plant can last up to three days in large doses. Not something to try!
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2. Morning Glory
The next two seeds are very similar to LSD, both morning glory and Hawaiian baby woodrose seeds contain LSA (lysergic acid amide), a psychedelic similar to LSD but about one tenth of the strength. Most seeds sold at stores are coated with a substance designed to make you feel ill and the best way to consume it is to extract it or find untainted seeds. The effects can last up to 14 hours and apparently produce a dreamlike state.
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3. Amanita mushroom
Amanita mushrooms contain the psychoactive ingredients ibotenic acid and muscimol. It is believed that the Viking berserkers ate these mushrooms before battle as it was thought that they would increase strength. These mushrooms are not to be confused with psilocybin mushrooms, which are less extreme in their effects. These mushrooms produce effects ranging from synesthesia (the smelling of colors) to perceived dramatic changes such as increased strength and muscle twitching. Amanita-Muscara mushrooms are easy to identify by their red color and white spots, but the genus Amanita contains some of the deadliest mushrooms currently known (so don’t try unless you are prepared to die).
4. Salvia divinorum
Salvia divinorum, a psychedelic that contains Salvinorin A. which can produce an intense 10-30 minute trip, with effects ranging from radical perspective shifting to an extremely intense experience. Many people who try Salvia divinorum do not want to try it again. It can be legally bought online in most of the US.
5. B. caapi vine
Locals preparing to trip balls
Ayahuasca is a powerful psychedelic South American drink made from the B. caapi vine, with the main ingredient being DMT, or dimethyltryptamine, the chemical believed to be produced by our bodies before death. The effects are short-lived but produce profound life-changing spiritual experiences along with overwhelming fear. By far the most hard-to-obtain drug on the list – unless you live in South America and don’t mind drinking brown sludge made by these guys.