Dude, don't bogart the brug!

My local Fox station tonight had a story about what they claimed to be a growing trend of people consuming brugmansia/Angel's Trumpet leaves as a drug. Talked to a nursery owner who decided not to sell them because they were too dangerous and told that they were able to buy them elsewhere for under $20.00 (as if that were so scandalous). Must be a slow news week for them. :-)
Personally, I think any adult stupid enough to buy and eat a brug diserves to die.
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opined:

This is nothing new. Shamans have been using datura for thousands of years in their sweat lodges to see visions. Till ten or so years ago, brugmansia's were also called datura. It's the seeds which get you high and can take you on trips into your mind.
Tomatoes as well as all nightshade foliage are also toxic as are morning glory seeds and many hundreds of other plants.
Funny how we have the Downing Street Memo, along with a president and staff who are war criminals, soldiers torturing prisoners, tens of thousands of men, women and children being bombed to death is not the first story on ever channel. The first story on our news last night was Michael Jackson. The second story was Friday Night High school Football and the third was the horror that a famous restaurant burned down and the annual bikers won't be able to eat there, boo hoo.
Insanity.
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datura and brugmansia are actually two different genera, though they look similar, and are often confused.
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In the late summer it is common for a memo to go round the emergency departments of hospitals concerning the symptoms of Datura poisoning. Teens and those of similar intellect get into the jimson weed which is a native wild Datura. My understanding is it is not such a fun time. I believe Wm Burroughs described it as a "hell ride" YMMV
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Having been an EMT, I too have seen such memo's as well as the symptoms. The funny thing is I have it growing all over my property and didnt know it till recently. I didnt know what it looked like till I started fighting Poison Ivy and found it too.
Kenny
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Kenny wrote:

I find it now usefull to surrond the chicken coup's with to prevent them from getting out.
Kenny
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