Almost everyone is familiar with the famous psychedelic LSD, but LSA is the new drug that has got everyone talking. Extracted from flowers, this drug has some believing it is a cheaper and a more easily available option to LSD. Mostly in the form of seeds, LSA became popular as the new ‘party drug’ in town but not everyone who uses it truly knows what it is, what kind of a trip it gives or even what are the potential side effects. Whether you are looking to venture out into the world of psychedelics and try it out or you are just satisfying your curiosity, this is all the information you need about everything LSA-
What exactly is LSA?
LSA, also commonly called Ergine, is a psychedelic compound that is found in the seeds of a variety of plants like Morning Glory, Hawaiian Baby Woodrose, Sleepy Grass and even certain kinds of fungi. Chemically it is called D-lysergic acid amide, with a similar chemical structure to LSD . Although this similarity may produce similar effects, side effects of LSA are known to be much more pronounced. While LSD is ingested via paper or a drip, taking LSA is a bit different.
How does one take LSA?
Since it is extracted from flowers, the seeds are the main cause of the hallucinogenic effects that a user may experience after ingesting them. While the seeds of the Hawaiian Baby Woodrose are known to be much more potent than those of Morning Glory, both are readily available online or in a garden store. It is better not to think about scoring these seeds from your local plant nursery as many of these plants are treated with harmful pesticides and ingesting them without proper knowledge may be seriously harmful.
However, many users have been grinding it into a paste and adding it to a food or a beverage before consuming it. One should be mindful about the number of seeds used, as dosage varies from plant to plant and if taken incorrectly, could cause a long and uncomfortable trip.
What is the correct dosage and how long till it hits?
Around 25-40 seeds of the Morning Glory plant can be considered a ‘normal’ dose and if you're in the mood to have a more intense trip, the dosage can be increased to 250-400 seeds. Once ingested, the effects can begin to hit you within 30-180 minutes.
Since Hawaiian Baby Woodrose is considered to be more potent, 1-3 seeds can be considered a ‘normal’ dose and should only be increased to 7-12 seeds incase someone is looking for a higher dosage. Their effects can be felt pretty quick within almost 20-40 minutes.
Users have reported the effects of LSA to last them anywhere between 5 to 8 hours but some of the other effects like light-headedness and relaxation can be felt even upto 12 hours! This brings us to the most important part, what exactly are the effects of LSA on its user?
What is an LSA trip like?
If you've wondered what tripping on these seeds is like, you're not alone. Users have described an LSA trip as relaxed, mellow and an induced dream like state of mind. While this effect depends on the setting the drug has been taken in, these effects are pretty much universal.
A YouTuber describes his trip on LSA when he says “I was feeling very euphoric and it was one of the most intense experiences of my life. It felt like every cell of my body was having multiple orgasms as I was seeing sharp, intricate patterns in my mind. While these were nothing like the visuals one can see when they've taken LSD, these patterns were pretty intense.”
Euphoria, enhanced colour, sharper auditory and visual patterns, time distortion and a feeling of apparent ‘enlightenment’ are just some of the enticing effects of this drug.
Some other effects that a user may notice while being under the influence of LSA is a ‘body high’ where they feel unusual tingly sensations, a heaviness while moving and sometimes even fatigue. A Reddit user explains how his experience with LSA made him feel an intense body load accompanied by nausea.
Like any psychedelic, the risk of going into a bad trip very much exists and it is rarely avoidable. The tendency of LSA to induce a harsh body load could lead to the user becoming significantly physically distressed and unable to enjoy the trip. This is why being mindful about the potential side effects before consuming a drug, should be of paramount importance.
The scary side of LSA
While being on LSA could make you euphoric and spiritual, a wrong dose could lead you to spiral and have a bad trip. Nausea is one of the most reported side effects of being on LSA and may even escalate further to the user vomiting, having diarrhoea and cramping after ingesting the seeds. This could be because the seeds have been plucked naturally and not undergone any proper extraction.
A bad trip of LSA is usually described as the feeling of being extremely drunk with feelings of increased blood pressure, paranoia, anxiety, loss of motor skills and muscle contractions in the user.
While these side effects are scary enough to cause any first time user to backout from experimenting with the drug, there have been instances where LSA has actually been used for medicinal purposes!
The historical medical significance of LSA
Microdosing refers to taking extremely small amounts of a hallucinogenic in an effort to induce feelings of creativity, improved mood and mental and physical stimulation. While this trend has been extremely popular with LSD, an interesting study in 2017 found out how micro-dosing LSA could reduce the frequency of headaches in certain individuals.
In fact, this trend has been going on for thousands of years with cultures apparently having used LSA to treat their patients. Ancient tribes such as the Aztec, Maya and Zapto people have been known to use these LSA rich seeds as psychedelic spirit aids. Communicating with the dead and predicting future event patterns are just some of the shamanic practices that made use of the plants in an effort to reach into a higher plane of consciousness.
Since LSA and LSD have frequently being compared to each other, the question of their similarity or rather difference arises.
LSA or LSD, which is better?
Since LSA is chemically almost identical to LSD, users have compared their effects to be pretty much similar but with LSA being a less intense version of its counterpart. While LSD tends to give you a ‘mind trip’ and makes the user see crazy visuals and hallucinations, LSA tends to be a more mellow trip with a ‘body high’ and sedated relaxing feelings. Depending on the kind of trip you want o have, either of these could satisfy that criterion.
While both these drugs have their ups and downs, it is very important to understand the gravity of being under their influence.
Have a safe trip
While no studies have been proven to find LSA addictive or prone to having lethal doses, there are ways with which you can ensure you have a good but safe trip-
The Intention matters- Any drug that is taken when the mind is unstable can prove to be dangerous. Taking a mind-altering psychedelic when you are not in a stable state of mind, may just worsen things for you. Hence, it is best to keep this recreational use for a time when you are a stress-free and truly want to unwind and relax.
Dose gradually- Taking a lower quantity of the drug you are about to try is advised by frequent users as it will not only give your body time to adjust to the drug but it will also help you gradually get used to it and eventually be able to enjoy it
Score from a trustworthy source- There are have been countless horror stories of people being poisoned after taking an adulterated version of a drug and it could potentially be ver harmful. Seeking a source that you trust will give you quality ingredients is of paramount importance.
Keep the circle small - Taking a recreational drug with a few people you trust is important in case anything goes south. Being around people you do not know or trust could worse your paranoia in case you get any.
While growing these plants is not illegal, extracting, buying, selling or consuming LSA as a drug is illegal and hence you should proceed with caution in case this drug seems like something you may want to try. While countries like Portugal, Ecuador or the Czech Republic may have not legalised it, the laws are pretty lenient if you're found with possession of these substances in these countries.
The attraction to LSA has been growing as a cheaper and more accessible version of LSA and a number of people are picking up on this trend. While it does have its side effects, so does any other psychedelic out there in the market.