Argyreia nervosa Hawaiian Baby Woodrose
Argyreia nervosa is a perennial climbing vine that is native to the Indian subcontinent and introduced to numerous
areas worldwide, including Hawaii, Africa and the Caribbean. Though it can be invasive, it is often prized for its
aesthetic value. Common names includeHawaiian Baby Woodrose, Adhoguda अधोगुडा or Vidhara विधारा
(Sanskrit), Elephant Creeper and
Woolly Morning Glory.
Hawaiian Baby Woodrose seeds may be consumed for their various ergoline alkaloids, such as lysergic acid amide,
ergine, which can produce psychedelic effects. Ergine is found in the seeds at a concentration of around
0.13% of dry weight.
The plant is a rare example of a plant whose hallucinogenic properties were not recognized until recent times.
While its cousins in the Convolvulaceae family, such as the Rivea corymbosa (Ololiuhqui) and Ipomoea tricolor
(Tlitliltzin), were used in shamanic rituals of Latin America for centuries, the Hawaiian Baby Woodrose
was not traditionally recognized as a hallucinogen.
Its properties were first brought to attention in the 1960s, despite the fact that the chemical composition of its
seeds is nearly identical to those of the two
species mentioned above, and the seeds contain the highest concentration of psychoactive compounds in
the entire family.In most countries it is legal to purchase, sell or germinate Argyreia nervosa seeds,
but they are generally unapproved for human consumption. Depending on the country, it may be illegal to
buy seeds with the intention to consume them, and several countries have outlawed ergine-containing
seeds altogether. In Australia, if the seeds are first treated to discourage use, then there are no restrictions on trade.
Extracting ergine from Argyreia speciosa seeds is illegal in the USA, since it is a scheduled substance. It is classified
as a schedule III depressant by the DEA, although the substance has hallucinogenic/psychedelic properties.