Datura, Jimson Weed (Datura stramonium) seeds, organic
Self-seeding annual native to North America, currently distributed worldwide. Flowers light blue or white on a purple stem. Direct seed in warm, sunny location, or start in greenhouse in flats or pots. Traditional usage external only (American Indian, TWM): motion sickness, rheumatic and glandular swellings. All parts of the plant are toxic–leaf, root, flower and seed. This plant must never be ingested! Plant prefers full sun and dryish soils. Sow in warm soil, keep moist, and if germination does not occur within a week or two, allow the flat to dry out, which often spurs germination. The seeds are very wild, and can remain in the seed bank for many years and germinate when conditions are right (sunlight, dry and warm). Space plants 3 feet apart.
5 g contains ~750 seeds
10 g contains ~1.500 seeds
Certified Organically Grown
The dangers of jimson weed and its abuse by teenagers in the Kanawha Valley of West Virginia
Jimson weed (Datura stramonium, a member of the Belladonna alkyloid family) is a plant growing naturally in West Virginia and has been used as a home remedy since colonial times. Due to its easy availability and strong anticholinergic properties, teens are using Jimson weed as a drug. Plant parts can be brewed as a tea or chewed, and seed pods, commonly known as “pods” or “thorn apples,” can be eaten. Side effects from ingesting jimson weed include tachycardia, dry mouth, dilated pupils, blurred vision, hallucinations, confusion, combative behavior, and difficulty urinating. Severe toxicity has been associated with coma and seizures, although death is rare. Treatment consists of activated charcoal and gastric lavage. Esmolol or other beta-blocker may be indicated to reduce severe sinus tachycardia. Seizures, severe hypertension, severe hallucinations, and life-threatening arrhythmias are indicators for the use of the anticholinesterase inhibitor, Physostigmine. This article reviews the cases of nine teenagers who were treated in hospitals in the Kanawha Valley after ingesting jimson weed. We hope this article will help alert primary care physicians about the abuse of jimson weed and inform health officials about the need to educate teens about the dangers of this plant.
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