DATURA

species: Datura meteloides, D. sanguinea, D. inoxia, D. motel, D. sauveolens, D. arborea

As is the case with Datura stramonium (see Jimson weed), other members of the datura; group contain significant quantities of a number of hallucinogenic alkaloids.

Tropane-bearing herbs such as datura have long been used illegally as the "Mickey Finn" of Asia. Prostitutes and thieves - have used it to put clients and victims into a stupor before rolling them. It is reputed that unknowing and unwilling young virgins, male and female alike, have been seduced, raped; and otherwise lured into lives of prostitution in the Orient as a result of using this drug. Datura.roots were used in witches' brews during the Middle Ages. Sometimes datum was prepared in paste form and applied to various parts of the' body, including the genitals and .anus. Users many times experienced the sensation of scaring flight after using datura,

Today, datura has become something of a speciality in the hallucinogenic/hypnotic spectrum of goodies. The leaves can be smoked or drunk as a tea, or the pulverized root can be eaten. Commonly used for religious purposes by Indians it the Southwestern United States and Mexico, the "devil's weed" trip for most non-religious users can prove to be a real bummer unless one thrives on diarrhea, nausea, confusion, babbling, dryness, dizziness, agitation, and loss of motor coordination. If that's not enough to scare you away, consider the fact that datura, in overdose quantity, can cause per manent eye and heart damage, convulsions, coma, and even death:

Datura seeds are sometimes used to cut marijuana in India and other Asian countries where the latter drug maybe particularly strong. Should you have occasion to get such a, mixture, watch out! Recent studies have shown that prolonged use of datura can result in permanent organic brain damage.