For a good description, see:
As Robert Beverly noted about soldiers in Jamestown, Virginia who accidentally
ate Datura stramonium in their salad (hence "Jamestown weed" then "jimsonweed"):
And some of them ate plentifully of it, the effect of which was a
very pleasant Comedy; for they turned natural Fools upon it for
several Days. One would blow a Feather in the Air; another would
dart straws at it with much fury; and another stark naked was
sitting up in a Corner, like a Monkey grinning and making Mows at
them; a Fourth would fondly kiss and paw his Companions, and sneer
in their Faces with a Countenance more antik than any in a Dutch
From Clinical Toxicology, CJ Polson, 3rd ed.
Yeah. A few kids end up on the table every time Castaneda becomes
popular again. If you look at the literature, sporadic clusters
of people, usually adolescent males (in the US), pop up every
two or three years.
It could be worse, there are 10 times more people poisoned by
Philodendrons every year. I don't know what it is about
kids and Philodendrons. At least that is almost never fatal.
My favorite is still "mad honey" made by bees from the nectar
of Rhododendrons and azaleas.
Sutlupinar N, Mat A, Satganoglu Y. Poisoning by toxic honey in Turkey.
Arch Toxicol. 1993;67(2):148-50
Thanks for the link, btw. I've been interested in the effects ever since
we had a case similar to the Ohio case out here.
I also found this today: <http://www.erowid.org/experiences/exp.php?ID 23>
Ah, for the good ol' days of nutmeg and Heavenly Blue morning glories.
Ye olde swarm of links: 4K+ links for writers, researchers and the
terminally curious <http://www.internet-resources.com/writers
Just about all nightshade plants (solanacea family) have some part of the plant
which is poisonous. Tomato has foliage which is toxic to humans...etc.
Eating D.inoxia seed or any datura for that matter is not a new thing to do.
It's been used for astral travel for many, many, many years.
On 22 Aug 2003 19:54:30 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (Bill Oliver) opined:
Well billo, not EVERYTHING has something to do with you. There are Indians who
still use datura in their sweat lodge experiences. The difference is, they know
what they're doing. Idiotic kids who read Carlos and pop some datura probably
don't realize they are eating what will likely be their last thing to ingest.
Heh. Ain't that funny. Yeah.
The bottom line, Philip, is that "Native American" has common
currency. Bitching about its use is a little bit like
complaining about the use of a split infinitive in the
Star Trek intro.
In general, if someone uses "Native American" in a conversation,
one might as well roll with it rather than complain about
billo (Who grew up in Chickasaw country)
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