Hawaiian Baby Woodrose Seeds
Hawaiian Baby Woodrose (Argyreia nervosa), is a perennial climbing vine, rich in folklore, speculation and countless guesses in relation to its place in Shamanic tradition. Hawaiian Baby Woodrose is native to the Indian subcontinent and has since been introduced to numerous areas worldwide. Strangely enough, because of the name of this intriguing ethnobotanical, most people assume that Hawaii is its natural habitat, but that’s simply not true. Hawaii, Africa, and the Caribbean are places that this exotic botanical was introduced to long after it was well-known in the Ayurvedic system of its true home; India.
In technical terms, Hawaiian Baby Woodrose is classified as an “invasive” plant, meaning that once it starts growing, it can propagate itself at an alarmingly large rate, despite the fact that it can take 2 years for it’s first flowering, and in turn; it’s first seeds. But, the beauty of this plant really needs to be seen to be appreciated, and can be an amazing addition to any Shaman’s Garden.
One of the reasons for all of the interest in Hawaiian Baby Woodrose is because the seeds contain ergot alkaloids, including the hallucinogenic LSA, which is a chemical analog of LSD. Hawaiian Baby Woodrose seeds are sometimes used as a legally obtainable psychedelic, though the legality of consuming these seeds goes from outright illegal to somewhat ambiguous in various places around the world.
Hawaiian Baby Woodrose is a rare example of a plant whose hallucinogenic properties may have just recently been discovered, because from all historical records that have been researched, the seeds were not traditionally recognized as a hallucinogen. The traditional use of the Hawaiian Baby Woodrose plant in India usually used the plants leaves and roots, which are not psychoactive, as antiseptic and anti-inflammatory drugs. These Indian Ayurvedic Seeds, though, do not contain any LSA, and have sometimes been considered as a completely separate strain of seed.
From the few pieces of evidence we could gather, the Hawaiian Baby Woodrose experience is usually reported as psychedelic, depending on the dosage. Reportedly, the most notable changes caused by Hawaiian Baby Woodrose ingestion are cognitive in nature, although auditory hallucinations are also often reported. One thing that is never disputed is the fact that these exotic seeds are psychoactive when ingested. Something we found extremely interesting when researching this plant, is several reliable reports of those who use the seeds that conaint LSA for their medicinal value. Strangely enough, these collaborative reports suggest that Hawaiian Baby Woodrose is useful for producing a light euphoria and a mood lift in small doses.
But, please keep in mind that doing anything of the sort might be breaking a law, and we do not endorse, in any way, even “potential” breaking of any laws in any way whatsoever and offer everything on this website strictly for educational and informational purposes only.
It’s a shame because there are also several forums evoted to the discussion of Hawaiian Baby Woodrose seeds as a potential help for cluster headaches. Since our interest in these seeds is deepest in relation to their place in Shamanic traditions as well as their use in medicine and folklore, we find this report extremely interesting. At Daniel Pinchbeck’s site, there is a forum called Breaking Open the Head where they mention Hawaiian Baby Woodrose, as well as a site called Enthelogy, which is devoted exclusively to the preservation of knowledge of ethnobotanicals and entheogens, preparations, and the people who use them. We found Hawaiian Baby Woodrose articles over there as well, but hope to find more information about the use of these seeds medicinally in the near-future.
- Argyreia nervosa in Ayurvedic Medicine – A Brief Discussion
- Botany of HBWR Seeds – Includes chemical analysis.
- Comparison of A. nervosa and Morning Glory seeds – by Richard Schultes
- Cultivating Argyreia nervosa – Complete Details and Growing Tips.
- The Convolvulaceae Family of Plants – by K. Edley.
- History of Hawaiian Baby Woodrose Seeds – from Psychedelic Encyclopedia.
- Location of Hawaiian Baby Woodrose – Where the Are in the World.
- Ergot of Rye – from a college botany lecture.
- Myths & Misconceptions: Hawaiian Baby Woodrose Seeds – by K. Edley.
- Mexican divinatory agent: Ololiuhqui – by Gordon & Wasson