The Seekonk Police Department in Massachusetts is warning parents that teens are eating plant seeds to get high and have hallucinations (video below).
"It's probably the seed itself, or the content of the seed, that has a chemical compound that causes the hallucinating or the illness," police chief Craig Mace told WBZ.
Several kids in the area have recently been hospitalized, but none have died from ingesting the seeds.
Humans have been ingesting and smoking natural substances for centuries, but adults in the area were shocked to learn these teens are doing this.
"I just don't know what goes through their mind," said one local woman. "Not thinking, that's the problem."
Another woman said it "scary" that teens are using seeds to get high.
"This is was prevalent in the 60s," Mace added. "The local media market reported that this had been going on in the Providence area around 2009."
There is no law against ingesting the seeds, but Mace explained how nature intended the seeds to be used:
Here we have a natural product that’s intended for ornamental purposes, and somehow, someone figured out that it could cause a hallucinogenic effect. Parents should know if their children are into planting flowers or not, so if they see these things in the household, the radar should be on, the red flag should go up.
A memo written by Seekonk Schools superintendent Arlene Bosco was posted on the Seekonk Police Department's Facebook page on May 3:
Over the past several weeks, students from a nearby school district were hospitalized as the result of ingesting the following plant seeds: Sleepy Grass, Hawaiian Baby Woodrose and Blue Morning Glory.
Apparently, these seeds contain d-lysergic acid amide (LSA) which closely resembles LSD. Similarly, when ingested they can cause auditory and visual hallucinations, spatial and temporal distortion, introspection, and side effects such as nausea and vomiting.
Recently, plant seeds were discovered in the Seekonk School District. Care was taken to make sure students were okay, SRO, Matt Gardner and building administrators investigated the situation, and parents were notified. We are fortunate indeed that there were no serious outcomes.
A plethora of content on the Internet explains how to extract LSA from the seeds to avoid the nausea mentioned by the school and police. However, it's not proven if any of those web methods are safe.