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jimson weed seeds

Harvesting
N/A

Life Cycle
Annual

Culinary Uses
Not for internal use.

All seed varieties are grown at our farm or locally and sustainably wildcrafted by us. We gather, process, and package every seed variety we carry ourselves with love and care in small batches. We never purchase seeds from outside sources to resell to you. All of our varieties are open-pollinated, grown without the use of chemicals, hybrid-free and GMO-free.

Botanical Name
Datura stramonium

Growing/Care
Easy to grow. Plants are most impressive when given regular water and good garden soil. Will self seed and potentially become weedy unless deadheaded to prevent seed formation.

Sold out varieties will be restocked at the end of the growing season. All seed varieties are grown at our farm and/or locally wildcrafted by us. The seeds are hand-gathered and hand-processed in small batches each year. We will update the website as soon as the seeds are ready in the fall.

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.

Mikolich, J. R., Paulson, G. W., and Cross, C. J. Acute anticholinergic syndrome due to Jimson seed ingestion. Clinical and laboratory observation in six cases. Ann.Intern.Med. 1975;83(3):321-325. View abstract.

Dessanges, J. F. A history of nebulization. J Aerosol Med. 2001;14(1):65-71. View abstract.

Difficulty passing urine (urinary retention): Taking jimson weed might make this condition worse.

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Levy, R. Jimson seed poisoning– a new hallucinogen on the horizon. JACEP. 1977;6(2):58-61. View abstract.

Alcaraz Garcia, S. F., Giron Ubeda, J. M., Delgado, Lopez F., and Gomez Garcia, A. J. [Mydriasis due to accidental contact with stramonium (Datura stramonium)]. Med.Clin.(Barc.) 7-3-1999;113(4):156. View abstract.

Spina, S. P. and Taddei, A. Teenagers with Jimson weed (Datura stramonium) poisoning. CJEM. 2007;9(6):467-468. View abstract.

Stomach ulcer: Jimson weed might delay stomach emptying and make ulcers worse.