Betz, P., Janzen, J., Roider, G., and Penning, R. [Psychopathologic manifestations of oral administration of endemic nightshade plants]. Arch.Kriminol. 1991;188(5-6):175-182. View abstract.
Toxic megacolon: In this life-threatening condition, the large intestine (colon) suddenly becomes extra wide because of an infection or other intestinal disorder. Taking jimson weed might make this condition worse.
Oberndorfer, S., Grisold, W., Hinterholzer, G., and Rosner, M. Coma with focal neurological signs caused by Datura stramonium intoxication in a young man. J Neurol.Neurosurg.Psychiatry 2002;73(4):458-459. View abstract.
Some people use it as a recreational drug to cause hallucinations and a heightened sense of well-being (euphoria). Parents should be warned about the online availability of jimson weed for purchase.
Mahler, D. A. Anticholinergic poisoning from Jimson weed. JACEP. 1976;5(6):440-442. View abstract.
Simmat, G., Robert, R., Gil, R., and Lefevre, J. P. [Attempted suicide by ingestion of Datura stramonium seeds]. Presse Med. 10-29-1983;12(38):2399. View abstract.
Eldor, A. [A case of Datura stramonium poisoning]. Harefuah 4-1-1971;80(7):386-388. View abstract.
Shervette, R. E., III, Schydlower, M., Lampe, R. M., and Fearnow, R. G. Jimson “loco” weed abuse in adolescents. Pediatrics 1979;63(4):520-523. View abstract.
Jaspersen-Schib R, Theus L, Guirguis-Oeschger M, et al. [Serious plant poisonings in Switzerland 1966-1994. Case analysis from the Swiss Toxicology Information Center]. Schweiz Med Wochenschr 1996;126:1085-98. View abstract.
Chodorowski, Z., Anand, J. S., Salamon, M., Waldman, W., Wnuk, K., Ciechanowicz, R., and Swiatek-Brzezinski, K. [Evaluation of illicit drug use among students from universities in Gdansk]. Przegl.Lek. 2001;58(4):267-271. View abstract.
Kurzbaum, A., Simsolo, C., Kvasha, L., and Blum, A. Toxic delirium due to Datura stramonium. Isr.Med.Assoc.J 2001;3(7):538-539. View abstract.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Jimson weed is UNSAFE for both mother and child when taken by mouth or inhaled.
Risk of death
Datura alkaloids can have toxic effects, including coma or death. Four to five grams of dried datura stramonium leaves can contain a lethal dose of alkaloids, while flowers and seeds are considerably more potent.
Terminology / slang
The Substance: Datura; Jimson Weed; Devil's Apple; Thorn Apple; Stinkweed; Devil's Weed; Malpitte; Moonflower; Toloache (D. inoxia).
The Experience: No common terms known.
Datura is not believed to be physically addicting nor likely to cause psychological dependence. Withdrawal effects following discontinuation have not been reported.
Erowid caution and disclaimer
Datura grows wild all over the world, and is commercially cultivated as a source of scopolamine. Many species are grown ornamentally.
When taken orally, the effects can begin in 20-30 minutes, but may take as long as two to three hours to be noticeable, depending on dose. When smoked, effects may begin in as quickly as five minutes.
Datura is a light-green annual or biennial shrubby plant that grows from two to one to three meters. It has hairy leaves, spiny fruit, and vibrant flowers. The best known species are D. stramonium (Jimson Weed), D. metel, and D. inoxia. The plants, seeds, flowers, and roots have all been traditionally used for medicinal or visionary purposes around the world. Dried leaves have been made into smoking blends, sometimes in combination with tobacco or cannabis, and all parts have been used to make teas and ointments.