Friday, June 29, 2012

Poisons Post: Jack-in-the-Pulpit & Jimson Weed

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Scientific Name: Arisaema triphyllum

Folk/Common Names: Jack in the Pulip, Wild Turnip

Toxin Type: Oxalic acid

Toxicity Level: If ingested, big trouble for the kidneys. This acid, if it even touches the skin and is absorbed, creates essentially calcium buildups that cause all sorts of trouble for bones. You may very well face fatal kidney failure.

Symptoms: Swelling of the throat that can block off breathing, nausea, vomiting, kidney failure in extreme cases, joint problems. Slurring speech and black outs.

Interesting Fact: If cooked correctly, you can actually fry and eat a jack in the pulpit. Native Americans would even dry the corn of the plant and use it medicinally, since drying largely neutralized the toxic effects.

Folk Info: It is rumored that the Meskwaki Indians would grind up the ‘corn’ of the plant on purpose, mix it will food and purposefully leave it out for enemies to find later. If you eat enough it spells agonozing death.

BOTTOM LINE: Yeah folks so don’t eat it. It’s kinda ugly anyway.






Scientific Name: Datura stramonium

Folk/Common Names: Jimson Weed, Thorn Apple

Toxin Type: Alkaloids: atropine, hyoscyamine and scopolamine. All ‘Datura’ plants (You might recognize Nightshade as a Datura) contain these alkaloids.

Toxicity Level: Extremely toxic to humans.

Symptoms: Interestingly, this plant produces complete delirium, which is different from hallucination. The person essentially loses sanity, or the ability to know what isn’t ‘real’. This progresses into insane and weird behavior and can culminate in extreme body temp. drops and abnormal heart behavior.

Interesting Fact: Like Nightshade as it is/was used in flying ointments for its hallucinogenic properties, some experiment with this plant in that regard. It’s extremely dangerous and the slightest OD is a guaranteed death.

Folk Info: Another name for this plant is Jamestown Weed--from an instance in a town of the same name in Virginia in which British soldiers were drugged with the plant and were honestly thought to have gone insane for days.

BOTTOM LINE: As with ANYTHING in the Datura family, DON’T FUCKIN TOUCH IT.


Disclaimer: Info is not evaluated by the FDA, yadda yadda, and please don't eat poison or handle it without some sort of training or a good herbalist (although both would be best!). Thanks.

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