Also Known As
The Flower of the Virgin
Coaxhutlis [the Nahuatl name for the plant and means snake plant.]
Ololiuhquiare Nahuatl/Mexican names for the seeds and means round thing.
Behuco [a name for the seeds]
Hierdra [a name for the seeds]
Semillade la Virgin (Seeds of the Virgin) [a name for the seeds]
This gorgeous perennial morning glory relative, with its profuse white trumpet-shaped blossoms at flowering time, looks rather sweet and innocent, but beware. The seeds contain ergine, an alkaloid which can give you an LSD-like high. The honey that bees make from this plant's nectar and pollen is clear, and highly regarded by some in Mexico. It, however, may be somewhat hallucinogenic, so do your own research.
CAUTION: DO NOT INGEST THIS PLANT. The seeds are the source of ergine, an alkaloid that gives one an LSD-like high. It is a dangerous herb to ingest. To native Mexicans of old, the seeds of this drug herb may have been the most common psychedelic drug used by the natives. The flowers are a source of very high quality nectar for honey production, especially in Cuba. The resulting honey is very clear & aromatic. This honey may also be hallucinogenic, so do your own research. Also, people with liver problems should not use it. It is an invasive plant here in Florida and spreads rapidly by rooting nodes that touch the ground from of the trailing vine. Here's a quote from an article on Stingless Bees from Wikipedia, “Balché, a traditional Mesoamerican alcoholic beverage similar to mead, was made from fermented honey and the bark of the leguminous Balché tree (Lonchocarpus violaceus), hence its name. It was traditionally brewed in a canoe. The drink was known to have entheogenic properties, that is, to produce mystical experiences, and was consumed in medicinal and ritual practices. Beekeepers would place the nests near the psychoactive plant Turbina corymbosa and possibly near Balché trees, forcing the bees to use nectar from these plants to make their honey. Additionally, brewers would add extracts of the bark of the Balché tree to the honey mixture before fermentation. The resulting beverage is responsible for psychotropic effects when consumed, due to the ergoline compounds in the pollen of the T. corymbosa, the Melipona nectar gathered from the Balché flowers, or the hallucinogenic compounds of the Balché tree bark.”
MEDICINAL USES: SEE CAUTION ABOVE – DO NOT INGEST. An Aztec Indian psychedelic herb produced from the seeds. To native Mexicans of old, the seeds of this drug herb may have been the most common psychedelic drug used by the natives. Containing ergine, aka LSA, an ergoline alkaloid similar in structure & action to LSD, its seeds and the drug they contain are known as ololiuhqui or ololiuqui. According to Drug Library (.eu), it can transport the user on a legal LSD-like trip for about six hours. To prepare a dose, users soak about fifteen crushed seeds in a cup of water and drink the resulting mixture. The first feeling is, a pleasant intoxication lasting about - three hours. Following that,' the tripper` hallucinates and has other LSD-like experiences - which is not surprising considering the fact that the active chemical in ololuiqui is d-lysergic acid amide. Following the trip, the only aftereffect is a deep sense of relaxation. The drug should be ingested on an empty stomach, since nausea may occur during early stages of the experience. The psychedelic properties of this species and comparison of the potency of different varieties were studied in the Central Intelligence Agency's MKULTRA Subproject 22 in 1956.
NECTAR SOURCE: This plant also occurs in Cuba, where it usually blooms from early December to February. Its flowers secrete copious amount of nectar, and the honey the bees make from it is very clear and aromatic. It is considered one of the main honey plants from the island. CAUTION: This honey may also be hallucinogenic, so do your own research.
WILDLIFE: Flowers attract bees, especially honeybees, and other pollinators.
NATIVE TO: The mountains of southern Mexico south through Peru.
NATURALIZED IN FLORIDA: Widely naturalized elsewhere, including six south Florida counties.
DESCRIPTION: A perennial climbing vine in the morning glory family.
- FLOWERS: White.
CULTURE: Grows well underneath trees. Often planted as an ornamental.
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