Jimson weed


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Jimson weed

or

Jamestown weed,

large, coarse annual plant (Datura stramonium) of the family Solanaceae (nightshadenightshade,
common name for the Solanaceae, a family of herbs, shrubs, and a few trees of warm regions, chiefly tropical America. Many are climbing or creeping types, and rank-smelling foliage is typical of many species.
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 family), native to warm-temperate and tropical regions of the New World, but long widely distributed and often weedy. This and other species of the genus contain a narcotic poison, stramonium, similar to that of the related belladonna, that has been used by many peoples for various purposes, e.g., as a medicine (now chiefly inhaled for the relief of asthma or applied externally as a painkiller) and in the past as a poison and an instrument for obtaining prophetic dreams or messages in various tribes. The amusing antics of soldiers in colonial Virginia who ate Jimson weed have been recorded for history. Stramonium, comprised of several alkaloids (e.g., scopolaminescopolamine
or hyoscine
, alkaloid drug obtained from plants of the nightshade family (Solanaceae), chiefly from henbane, Hyoscyamus niger. Structurally similar to the nerve substance acetylcholine, scopolamine acts by interfering with the transmission of nerve
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, atropineatropine
, alkaloid drug derived from belladonna and other plants of the family Solanaceae (nightshade family). Available either as the tincture or extract of belladonna, or as the pure substance atropine sulfate, it is a depressant of the parasympathetic nervous system.
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, and hyoscyamine), may also be obtained from some other species of Datura. Scopolamine is used as a sedative. Jimson weed is classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Magnoliopsida, order Polemoniales, family Solanaceae.
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Jimson weed (Datura stramonium) exposures in Texas, 1998-2004.
The frightening thing is that there is no real antidote to ingesting too much Jimson Weed or similar plants.
High concentrations can be lethal, but in small doses jimson weed is used to treat asthma and muscle spasms.
The evidence is unrefuted that the defendant, prior to selling the jimson weed to the victim, was told not to sell the weed since it made people sick and he clearly knew of its hallucinogenic effects," Rogers wrote in his decision.
And at breakfast this morning, Felicia asked Albert How the brain of the dove, never actually experiencing The jimson weed itself, could possibly distinguish And remember the significance of its seed-filled tips In shadow.
A dream song may come in natural sleep, but the first important song of this kind is likely to come during a fasting vigil or as a result of taking jimson weed, a drug.
In fact, the original name for the plant in the United States was Jamestown weed, later shortened to Jimson weed.
I use the following to boil, juice and can or freeze, then spray on my plants: onions, garlic, chives, dandelion, jimson weed, hot pepper, cactus, bull nettle, milkweed, thistle, chickweed, mint, collards, cabbage, cauliflower, turnips, kale, and mustard.
His friend's mother reported that the boys had been chewing what they believed were jimson weed seeds.
Boyd of Texas A&M University in College Station, show shamans surrounded by jimson weed and peyote, two consciousness-altering substances.
Azaleas, caladiums, delphiniums, flax, tobacco and jimson weed carry toxin in all their parts, while others carry it only in the leaves or in their berries.
SANTA PAULA - Three teenagers were hospitalized after apparently drinking tea brewed with a toxic jimson weed flower that causes hallucinations.