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
Personally, I think any adult stupid enough to buy and eat a brug diserves to
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
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"
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.
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