Children across the country are being exposed to a new danger, and this one can be found in your local farm store.
Some seeds and plants such as morning glory and foxglove seeds have hallucinogenic effects when ingested.
Young people who view these seeds as a legal and cheap way to get a high are putting themselves in serious danger.
According to poison control physicians, overdosing on these seeds can cause agitation, sweating, confusion, nausea, vomiting, serious injuries, and even death. Foxglove, for example, is used in some heart medications. It can cause the heart rate to slow down and have abnormal rhythms, making it potentially deadly when ingested outside of approved medications.
The seeds can be especially dangerous if the user is on MAOI- containing antidepressants.
In 1959, the seeds were discovered to contain a compound known as LSA, a precursor chemical to the better-known hallucinogen LSD.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) formally recognizes LSA as a Schedule III drug, putting it in the same class as ketamine and anabolic steroids.
Some farm and home improvement stores are pulling the seed from their shelves. If you have teenage children, it’s important to teach them the dangers of this seemingly “natural” chemical. Some young people are posting their post-high opinions and experiences on YouTube and calling them “Trip Reports.” Parents are advised to be vigilant about what their children are posting and viewing on-line to ensure that they are not heeding or delivering potentially deadly advice.