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Experimenting on the Threshold
Morning Glory (Heavenly Blue) & Vitamin C
by Albert
Citation:   Albert. "Experimenting on the Threshold: An Experience with Morning Glory (Heavenly Blue) & Vitamin C (exp81301)". Erowid.org. Sep 27, 2015. erowid.org/exp/81301

T+ 0:00
30 seeds oral Morning Glory (tea)
  T+ 0:00 1000 mg oral Vitamin C (pill / tablet)
  T+ 1:00 45 seeds oral Morning Glory (tea)


300 ‘Heavenly Blue’ Morning Glory seeds from an online retailer (marketed as ‘untreated’ and ‘viable’) were carefully counted out. The seeds were rinsed briefly in tap water. They were placed in about half a cup of filtered water, and left to soften in a refrigerator for about 2 hours. The water was set aside and the seeds were crushed using a mortar and pestle. The crushed seeds were then combined with the water from before and additional filtered water, adding up to a total volume of 1 liter. This mixture was placed in an opaque pitcher, and left, again in the refrigerator to brew for 6 hours. Before consumption, the fluid was filtered through a very fine sieve. An attempt to use a paper coffee filter was abandoned because it was far too slow. A speckled grey and brown pulp was filtered out and discarded.

0:00 – I swallowed 1000 mg vitamin C. I’m unsure if this makes any difference, but I’d seen it suggested and it seemed pretty low-risk. I then drink approximately 100 mL (30 seeds worth) of the filtered liquid. It tastes mildly unpleasant, with a very earthy aftertaste. The liquid is murky and brown, something like muddy tea.

0:30 – I am unsure if I’m feeling anything yet. My movement is slightly more fluid and I like to keep moving. These could be related or coincidental.

1:00 – I decide to drink the other 150 mL (45 seeds worth) I’ve allotted for myself. At some point I can no longer stand the taste (the liquid is now room temperature) and I dilute it with diet cola. The taste disappears. I don’t know if this destroyed the active ingredient or not. Qualitatively, my experience is not much different from 0:30.

1:30 – I’m at a plus one now (Shulgin scale.) There is definitely an effect. Time is getting a little distorted. I generally feel unusually pleasant. I describe this to my roommates as “stoned plus.” I start to grill a sandwich for dinner, and forget about it. My attempt to salvage it creates a further mess – I fail to think through each action. Eventually I eat it.

1:50 – I prefer to keep my eyes closed, although when I start talking to somebody I always open them.

2:10 – I put in a movie I think I’d enjoy to watch, but am rather uninterested by it. It seems to be progressing too slowly.

2:20 – I retreat to my bed and play some music I found for this event described as “psytrance” (not a genre I knew about previously.) With eyes closed, I connect very deeply with the music. It seems like just the right tempo. I like to move (especially my feet) in rhythm with it, but prefer to keep my eyes closed. My roommate comes in to check on me, I am still able to have a coherent conversation with her, although I’d prefer to be focused on the music again. I approached this experience with a very open mind, and I think that if I had approached it with a closed mind, I could be less than stoned at this point. That said, I’m quite enjoying the experience and decide to dive back in. I think this qualifies as a plus two.

3:10 (estimated) – I fall asleep while listening to the music. This is not much later than when I would ordinarily sleep. My dreams are easier to remember and much less complex than usual. On multiple occasions, I wake up and try to find people who were in the dreams (they all took place in my room) for a few moments before integrating the dream. This process was somewhat frustrating.

11:10 – I wake up, seemingly at baseline. Much like after consuming large amounts of cannabis, I have an unusually optimistic mood, but I’m otherwise baseline. This mood persisted for most of the day.

For me, the effects were notable and unmistakable, but I can see how someone approaching this with a closed mind or in a more hostile environment might have recognized no effects. I consumed the seeds in an experimental, not a social mindset, which I am confident amplified the effects.

I experienced none of the nausea I had been warned about. I also never experienced any visual distortion. Overall this seems to have been a very mild dose. The experience as a whole was quite pleasant. I plan to try this again, with incrementally larger doses.

Exp Year: 2009ExpID: 81301
Gender: Male 
Age at time of experience: 18 
Published: Sep 27, 2015Views: 2,602
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