Datura stramonium Health effects and herbal facts
Datura stramonium, known by the common names Jimson weed, Devil's snare or datura, is a plant in the Solanaceae family. It is believed to have originated in the Americas, but is now found around the world. Other common names for D. stramonium include thornapple and moon flower, and it has the Spanish name Toloache. Other names for the plant include Hell's Bells, Devil’s Trumpet, Devil’s Weed, Tolguacha, Jamestown Weed, Stinkweed, Locoweed, Pricklyburr and Devil’s Cucumber. For centuries, datura has been used as a herbal medicine to relieve asthma symptoms and as an analgesic during surgery or bonesetting. It is also a powerful hallucinogen and deliriant, which is used spiritually for the intense visions it produces. However, the tropane alkaloids which are responsible for both the medicinal and hallucinogenic properties are fatally toxic in only slightly higher amounts than the medicinal dosage, and careless use often results in hospitalizations and deaths.
Economic importance of Datura stramonium
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