Argyreia nervosa is the botanical name of the plant more commonly known as hawaiian baby woodrose. Other common names for Argyreia nervosa include elephant creeper and woolly morning glory.
The Convolvulaceae family, that hawaiian baby woodrose is part of, is commonly known as the morning glory or bindweed family. Argyreia nervosa and most other members of the family are considered morning glory plants.
Some members of the Convolvulaceae family are utilized as food and some have medical value. While others like Argyreia nervosa have seeds that can be applied to shamanic, spiritual, and recreational purposes.
Classification Of Argyreia nervosa
Species: A. nervosa
Argyreia nervosa is indigenous to India. It has long been cultivated as an ornamental plant in various tropical areas of the globe. It can now be found growing wild in parts of Africa, Asia, Australia, Hawaii.
Argyreia nervosa is a vine that can grow to a length of about 30 feet/9.1 meters, it produces light blue-purple colored flowers. Plants are usually started from seed but can be started from cuttings.
Hawaiian baby woodrose plants prefer lots of water, well drained loose soil, warm temperatures. When grown indoors hawaiian baby woodrose plants generally do not produce seeds.
Argyreia nervosa is indigenous to India and was included in various medical preparations. However, it has no history of consumption for mind altering purposes there.
The major chemical components of hawaiian baby woodrose are ergot alkaloids. The seeds can contain about 0.3% ergot alkaloids, including:
--- LSA (d-lysergic acid amide), aka ergine
--- chanoclavine-II (reference 1)
There is a rare chance of fatal overdose after ingesting large amounts of seeds, or for someone who is sensitive to the chemicals present. High doses cause death from respiratory arrest.
In cases where overdose is life threatening;
--- Empty contents of stomach.
--- Administer sodium sulphate and medicinal charcoal.
--- Electrolyte substitution.
--- Check acidosis.
--- Provide intubation and oxygen respiration for respiratory arrest or paralysis. ( reference 2)
Since ancient times, in India, Argyreia nervosa root has been prepared as an aphrodisiac and into medicine:
--- to treat cough
--- to treat syphilis
--- to treat diabetes
--- to treat arthritis
--- to treat bronchitis
--- to treat nervousness
--- to treat tuberculosis
--- to improve intelligence
--- to impart vitality and energy to the brain
--- to impart vitality and energy to the nerves
Availability Of Argyreia nervosa
If you are interested in cultivating your own plants for medicine or some other purpose, you might be able to find hawaiian baby woodrose seeds at a local nursery.
Seeds will retain their potency for about a year if stored in a dark, dry, and cool space. After that, they will start to lose potency.
Merremia tuberosa is commonly known as hawaiian woodrose. It is a totally different species and should not be confused with Argyreia nervosa, more commonly known as hawaiian baby woodrose.
In most parts of the globe buying and selling hawaiian baby woodrose seeds is legal for horticultural and most other similar applications.
However, depending on where you live it may be illegal to distribute or obtain hawaiian baby woodrose seeds with the intent of consuming them as a drug.
In some countries, including the USA, it is illegal to extract the psychoactive ergot alkaloids from hawaiian baby woodrose and other sources of the chemical alkaloids.
Although rare, an overdose can cause death. Bad judgement while under the influence may cause a person to perform and act that might be fatal.
For example driving a car after ingesting hawaiian baby woodrose seeds might cause a person to react in such a manner as to cause fatalities to oneself or others.
Suicide while under the influence of hawaiian baby woodrose seeds is also possible. This should be a concern for people in a negative mood or those with mental health issues.
The first time you try hawaiian baby woodrose seeds, no more than 3 seeds are recommended. If 3 seeds proves unsatisfactory, increase the dose size by 1 seed each time you try until you find a dose size you are comfortable with.
Wait for at least a week between attempts and always have a sitter, someone who is not taking drugs to look after the situation, present. 3 seeds is a relatively small dose and many people will feel nothing.
5-10 seeds is the most common dose range for hawaiian baby woodrose seed. 5 seeds may be enough to produce satisfactory results for some people, while others may require up to 10 seeds to obtain the same results.
But like LSD, depending on the individual the effects of even small amounts of hawaiian baby woodrose seeds can be extreme. The maximum recommended dose is 15-20 seeds for someone who has tried lower dose amounts but found they were not strong enough.
If 15-20 hawaiian baby woodrose seeds doesn't do anything for you, chances are the seeds you have are no good, or for some reason your body doesn't respond to the active chemicals.
Never take more than 10 seeds at a time unless you have worked your way up to that dosage by increasing your dose by 1 seed each new attempt. For most people 10-15 seeds are enough for a very deep experience, hallucinations are common at this level.
Effects are similar to LSD, although more sedating and not as intense. However, a small minority of people that have tried drugs like LSD and mushrooms report that to them the seeds produce a deeper experience.
As with LSD, good and bad experiences are possible. The best way to ensure positive results is pay attention to proper set and setting. Consume while in a good frame of mind with people you trust in a safe location.
The most common way to consume the seeds is to grind them into small pieces with a mortar and pestle, coffee grinder, hammer, or something similar, and take them orally by mixing with water and stir them occasionally for 60 minutes, then drinking.
Some people put the crushed seeds in water and let them sit in a cool and dark area for 1-7 days before consumption. They filter out the seeds themselves and just drink the water.
The water can be mixed with fruit juice concentrate or something similar to make it more palatable. Dry seeds can also be ground up and put in gelatin capsules.
People will sometimes try extraction as a means obtaining the active chemicals present in the seeds, while leaving less desirable compounds out of the mix.
On an empty stomach the effects can start to be felt in 15-30 minutes, nausea is common at the beginning but often subsides as time passes. In most cases the peak effects will start to be felt in about 60-120 minutes.
However, some people might not start to peak until 120 minutes or longer after ingestion. After they start, the peak will usually last for 4-6 hours. Some people can peak for 12 hours or more.
When you start to feel the effects kick in, smoking some marijuana can really set things into motion. In some cases marijuana also helps settle the stomach and reduce nausea.
Small to moderate doses can be enlightening or mind opening experiences that can be similar to ingesting LSD. Larger doses can be alarming and frightening to some people.
Nausea, sleepiness, feeling like you are in a dream, inability to concentrate or think clearly, visual phenomena including hallucinations are common.
Potency may vary between different batches of seeds depending on such things as growing conditions, storage conditions, how old they are, as well as other factors.
Do not assume that because a certain number of seeds from one batch produced results you like that the same number of seeds from another batch will do the same.
Be cautious and start with a small dose your first time. To reduce the chances of a negative experience only consume the seeds with people you trust in an environment where you feel comfortable.
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