Thompson, H. S. Cornpicker’s pupil: Jimson weed mydriasis. J Iowa Med.Soc. 1971;61(8):475-477. View abstract.
Arouko, H., Matray, M. D., Braganca, C., Mpaka, J. P., Chinello, L., Castaing, F., Bartou, C., and Poisot, D. [Voluntary poisoning by ingestion of Datura stramonium. Another cause of hospitalization in youth seeking strong sensations]. Ann.Med.Interne (Paris) 2003;154 Spec No 1:S46-S50. View abstract.
Stomach and intestinal infections: Jimson weed might slow down the emptying of the stomach and intestines. As a result, “bad” bacteria and the toxins they produce could remain in the digestive tract longer than usual. This could make infections caused by these bacteria worse.
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Boumba, V. A., Mitselou, A., and Vougiouklakis, T. Fatal poisoning from ingestion of Datura stramonium seeds. Vet.Hum.Toxicol. 2004;46(2):81-82. View abstract.
Stomach ulcer: Jimson weed might delay stomach emptying and make ulcers worse.
Gdyra, D. and Zweglinska-Pioro, A. [Datura stramonium poisoning]. Pol.Tyg.Lek. 5-18-1970;25(20):733-735. View abstract.
Sasaki, T., Yamazaki, K., Yamori, T., and Endo, T. Inhibition of proliferation and induction of differentiation of glioma cells with Datura stramonium agglutinin. Br.J Cancer 10-7-2002;87(8):918-923. View abstract.
Due to its extensive cultivation and naturalization throughout the temperate and tropical regions, datura is found in most areas of the world. There are nine identified species:
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The use of datura can be considered mildly addictive with a high potential for adverse side effects such as psychosis. Datura is reported to be significantly less addictive than than other substances because the vast majority of people who try it do not wish to repeat the experience.
It is strongly advised that one avoid using datura altogether. Otherwise, extreme caution and harm reduction practices should be used, such as having a sober and prepared trip sitter present throughout the experience.
Datura stramonium prefers rich, calcareous soil. Adding nitrogen fertilizer to the soil increases the concentration of alkaloids present in the plant. D. stramonium can be grown from seed, which is sown with several feet between plants. It is sensitive to frost, so should be sheltered during cold weather. The plant is harvested when the fruits are ripe, but still green. To harvest, the entire plant is cut down, the leaves are stripped from the plant, and everything is left to dry. When the fruits begin to burst open, the seeds are harvested.
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Note: Always conduct independent research and use harm reduction practices if using this substance.
Glaucoma: Glaucoma is an eye disease. It raises the pressure inside the eye and can lead to blindness, if it isn’t treated. Jimson weed is especially dangerous for people with glaucoma because it might raise the pressure inside the eye even more.
Wilhelm, H., Wilhelm, B., and Schiefer, U. [Mydriasis caused by plant contact]. Fortschr.Ophthalmol. 1991;88(5):588-591. View abstract.
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Salen, P., Shih, R., Sierzenski, P., and Reed, J. Effect of physostigmine and gastric lavage in a Datura stramonium-induced anticholinergic poisoning epidemic. Am.J Emerg.Med. 2003;21(4):316-317. View abstract.
Diker, D., Markovitz, D., Rothman, M., and Sendovski, U. Coma as a presenting sign of Datura stramonium seed tea poisoning. Eur J Intern.Med. 2007;18(4):336-338. View abstract.
Montcriol, A., Kenane, N., Delort, G., Asencio, Y., and Palmier, B. [Intentional Datura stramonium intoxication: an unknown etiology of mydriasis]. Ann.Fr.Anesth.Reanim. 2007;26(9):810-813. View abstract.