Psychedelic, psychoactive, hallucinogenic… whatever you want to call them, we seem to have a hardwired impulse to seek out plants and substances that alter our perception in some way. With such a large number of plants out there that can have this effect, it shouldn’t be too surprising that some of these plants are actually legal.
In some cases, that legality might be because the plant isn’t thought to be significant enough to warrant an inclusion in the law, but in other cases it might simply be that a law change hasn’t occurred yet. Whatever the reason, these 11 plants (and probably more that didn’t make the list) are legal to grow.
However, that doesn’t mean you can eat them.
In many cases it is legal to grow the plant, but it is still illegal to consume it or to extract the psychedelic components. In other cases, consuming the plant might be technically legal, but generally isn’t a good idea, often for health reasons.
11. Hawaiian Baby Woodrose
This is a climbing vine that has heart shaped leaves and produces flowers that are white and in the shape of trumpets.
The psychoactive component of the plant is in the furry seeds that grow inside seed pods. These seeds contain the compound LSA, which is a close analog to LSD. In the United States, it is illegal to extract compounds from the seeds.
Ayahuasca is a little bit confusing, because the name refers to the species and to a psychoactive brew that is produced from the ayahuasca vine and some other plant ingredients.
The species itself is a jungle vine from South America, which is particularly common in the Amazon rainforest. While the plant is not specifically regulated in the United States, using it in a psychedelic manner is inadvisable.
9. Mexican Dream Herb
This species is also sometimes known as bitter grass or dog grass. It naturally grows in some parts of Costa Rica and in the Mexican highlands. The herb has been traditionally used by Chontal Indians in the region for its psychoactive properties, although this effect is more subtle than many other herbs.
The plant is not controlled at the national level in the United States, although some individual states have considered laws that limit the use of this plant.
8. Heavenly Blue’ Morning Glory
This plant is particularly appealing for its ornamental properties, as the flowers are eye catching and quite beautiful. It is a vine plant that grows fast and produces a large number of flowers.
The appearance of the plant is such that most people are probably unaware of its psychedelic impacts. With this species, it is the seeds that are psychoactive and the effect can be similar to LSD. However, achieving that effect involves taking a large amount of seeds, often in the hundreds. Typically commercially available seeds will be treated with some form of pesticide, which makes consuming them particularly unsafe.
Wormwood is a common ornamental plant in the north of the United States and in Canada. The plant is actually used as an ingredient in absinthe (a spirit) and also is used as a flavoring in some wines and spirits.
The plant is also though to offer medicinal benefits and is sometimes used in that way. The psychoactive component of the plant comes from the chemical thujone and people sometimes choose to smoke the leaves in an attempt to get a high in that way. However, the impact tends to be relatively mild.
Kava is a relatively good looking ornamental plant, but its fame largely comes from the properties of its roots. Specifically, kava roots are used in many Pacific cultures to produce a drink that has both anesthetic and sedative properties.
As such, it acts as a relaxant and may play a role in helping to ease anxiety. At high doses, the plant roots are associated with psychedelic effects, although there is also the potential for health risks at higher doses of the roots.
5. Salvia AKA Diviner’s Sage AKA Seer’s Sage
This member of the sage family has been associated with visions and hallucinatory experiences. The plant tends to have large leaves and produces relatively few flowers.
Within the United States, the plant is federally controlled. However, some states have their own laws surrounding the use of the plant. There has also been increasing interest and concern about the use of this plant.
4. Peruvian Torch Cactus
This species of cactus is native to Peru and is a fast growing plant. The plant is sometimes used as an ornamental option, and is sometimes confused with the San Pedro cactus, which has a similar appearance.
The Peruvian torch cactus contains a number of psychoactive alkaloids, with the most common being mescaline. The laws surrounding this species in the United States are not clear, however, the compound mescaline is controlled.
3. Fly Agaric Mushroom
The fly agaric mushroom has a pretty distinctive appearance and is widely recognized. The mushroom is officially classified as poisonous, although the amount of deaths from the species have been relatively few. The species has also been associated with a hallucinogenic effect, as the result of the compound muscimol.
Peyote is a particularly well-known psychoactive plant and this effect is largely the result of the compound mescaline.
Peyote has strong cultural significance for Native Americans and is sometimes used for its psychoactive properties and sometimes for potential curative properties. The use of peyote is generally illegal in the United States, although there are some exceptions for members of the Native American Church and for religious ceremonies.
The drug opium is produced from dried latex that comes from the opium poppy. Because of this, poppies are frequently grown specifically for the production of opium, often in large fields.
Opium is heavily regulated and is often used as a precursor to other modern drugs. However, the flowers of the species are pretty and popular, which makes them common choices for gardens.
Bonus! Himalayan Giant Honey Bees Making Psychedelic Honey
Not even joking. It’s also called “magic honey” or “mad honey”. Its properties come from the fact that the bees pollinate psychoactive flowers. Learn more about the people and how they collect/use the honey.
Actually the states that have some banned, for their info, for medical industry info, the plant teachers do not belong to them. Hands off. One who created them will collect that karmic debt. No, most I’m sure one would not eat, but it’s a sacred plant. Salvia wasn’t Mileys to smoke either because she did not grow it. Nor are they created to simply get high from. There’s a rule there, says Grow me before you use me.
Wtf are you babbling about? Do you kill all your own food too?
There’s nothing wrong with producing and consuming your own food or halucinagins. At least you know where they come from and what you put in them. Or at least as much as possible.
I don’t see a single actual law here about people choosing to eat some of their legally owned plants out of their own yard ….I realize there are laws prohibiting the extraction and certainly rules about not advertising plants for sale FOR the purpose of getting high if there MIGHT be banned substances in such plants….But I would like to know if anyone has been prosecuted and convicted simply for going out into their OWN yard and eating some of their own legally purchased and legally owned plants?? Seriously? Can anyone direct me to a law or case? I really want to know? Until proven otherwise I am counting all the warnings it is illegal to be baseless presuptions
Food For Net
Can you cite the law which would make baseless presumptions illegal Dougie?
Most of the state’s in the U.S.A. usually
want to be a__holes when it comes to
someone using Mother Nature’s gifts to spiritually enlighten themselves. I have heard that two western states, like Oregon and Colorado are going to
legalize the use of Psilocybin mushrooms, which is a good thing.
But, these Bible Belt states in the southeast, I really don’t believe they ever will. I read somewhere that the
state of Louisiana made a law that any
plant that had hallucinogenic alkaloids
in it was against the law to consume.
The Bible Belt states don’t really believe in religious freedom, therefore
the Bible Belt states are really against
the American Constitution, which states you have freedom of speech, and freedom of religion, that means any religion. Most of the Christian
churches in the Bible Belt South believe it is their way or the highway.
That must be why I heard that saying
there would come a time when Jesus
Christ would spit all the church’s from
his mouth because of their unfair practices. Personally, I hope I have stepped on some toes! Personally I
really want to stomp on their toes!!!
I never thought I’d be able to grow my own marijuana legally in oklahoma but now I can. Shit surprises you sometimes.
Your lucky, can’t grow it here yet fingers crossed we might in the future
It’s not much different in so-called “liberal” states. Instead of a lack of religious freedom like in the Bible belt, they censor your speech and force you to pray to Mother Earth and believe in globull warming and make you pay repentance for your sins with higher gas taxes and carbon credits. Not to mention the gun laws! We do not have a free Constitutional Republic anywhere, we have an authoritarian socialist state with regional variations of oppression and sham elections.
Oregon has legalized the use of psilocybin, but only when used in conjunction with a specialized therapist. It isn’t just use it when you want to. I do believe two towns in California have just legalized it outright though.
No shit, I had to move back to Tennessee from Colorado, and now I can’t smoke pot anymore cause I need pain pills to function and it’s still illegal here in Tennessee…they are such backward ass shits here, I hate Tennessee, but didn’t have a choice about coming back…
Moving there myself from Montana. Sad that I’ll have to take pharmaceuticals to sleep and for chronic pain when marijuana edibles do the trick for me. Not worth the risk of getting caught with it. Oh well. Let’s keep praying it’s legal soon. 🙏
This is actually bullshit and the people who are Christians are actually all for the constitution and freedom and security etc. and usually the majority of them are not about hampering other people’s lives and freedom, however It is a little more common for socialism and communism, atheists and the catholic church has persecuted the Christian faith and traditions and beliefs, and it is not a truly Godly religion! The truth is that the majority of Christians are actually pretty much aware of the true value of our natural resources and medicine and even psychedelic medicine has been a lot more accessible and accepted even among people who are Christians, although the overconsumption and use of any substance merely to get high and drunk is not a very popular thing, and it is not so acceptable and for obvious reasons! There is a huge deal of disinformation and alot of attempts to create more barriers and have people on different sides and to divide them and it is a very clear and focused effort by the people who are interested in creating a new world order and globalization and the desire to remove religious beliefs and all existing freedoms as well as the fact that they want to make all natural medicines illegal and police every aspect of our lives and the fact that it is based on a lack of moral integrity and ethical standards as well as the interest of a society that is without any kind of value of human life and human identity,religion and christianity, spiritual and cultural values and the history of our culture and the people who live in the country!
Paul F Memoli
You can buy morning glory seeds that have not been dosed with pesticides. You need about 400 – 500 seeds to extract enough LSA to have a weak psychedelic journey. Some people use a Mortar and pestle are implements used since ancient times to prepare ingredients or substances by crushing and grinding them into a fine paste or powder in the kitchen, laboratory, and pharmacy. The mortar (/ˈmɔːrtər/) is a bowltypically made of hard wood, metal, ceramic, or hard stone,.
Modern food processors work just as well.
Some people soak the powdered seeds in water for a week or more, others use vodka. It could take several attempts before you finagle your elixir into a godlike potion.
You will also probably get stomach cramps…. relatively minor price to pay!
Quite a different story If you know what variety you’re talking about, and if the seeds are fresh and the proper approach to it, by using seeds that are chewed very well and keep chewing them and continue to remain in your mouth for several minutes or even 20 minutes or so to allow them to break down as much as possible and it is a good idea to blend them up and refrigerate them for a few hours and mix with a little bit of orange juice or lemon juice to allow the increased absorption and the amount of seeds that have worked for me is usually about 75 to 125 seeds! Much of which I had grown myself! Heavinl blye , crimson, and a off white or creamy texture variety are among the most potent of these! A high dose would be around 175 to 250 in my experience, but this is obviously a very different kind of situation where it depends on everything from what environment you arecin and how you feel prior to using, as well as what the expected result is, and if you are using any other substance!
Many years ago my cousin was anxious to have me experiance a psycadelic crushed up flower from hawaii. Woodrose. I ate one and felt nothing, so my cousin went back and told the guy that it didnt work. The guy crushed up another to dust and directed me to snort it. I did and then continued smoking pot and drinking beer. We were cruising around when I was hit hard with halucinations. I thought that my cousin, who was driving my car was going to wreck so I had him pull over in a mall parking lot. I noticed a doughnut shop and had a huge hankering for a cream filled long john. The store was closed and I was wandering around. Soon a cop stopped me and realized I was loaded and decided to arrest me. I freaked out and smacked him. It knocked him out and I decided to check out that doughnut shop again. Not what I would normally do. Soon a bunch of cops showed up and gang tackled me. I woke up strapped to a sheet of plywood in jail. My dad bailed me out and I got probation and got to read about my crazyness in our small town newspaper. It got worse. The cop turned out to be our neighbors son working as the cop in a town 200 miles from home. His mother was my 2nd grade school teacher. I had knocked some of his teeth out. Lesson to be learned here…..make sure that you are in an area where if you freak out that you dont hurt anyone. I was generaly thought of as a nice guy before I ate the woodrose and beer. It took me years to outlive that mess. I still eat edibles. That was 50 years ago. Just be aware that psycadelics affect different people different and control your surroundings if you are a newbie.