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datura

Datura; a common garden shrub

There are a wide variety of natural drugs or compounds that have specific and predictable effects on the mind. They have been used by primitive cultures since the dawn of time and culturally, they serve to open the doors of perception to a greater reality.

Meth is sometimes considered a hallucinogen because it has some of the same effects. However, it does not fit easily into any one drug category. Because PCP is made under non-quality controlled circumstances and is associated with extremely bizarre and aggressive acts, it is considered the most unpredictable drug. It is frequently sprinkled on to marijuana to intensify the effect. This is referred to as "killer weed".

Peyote
Comes from the peyote cactus and although not as strong as LSD, its effects are similar. Mescaline is smoked or swallowed in capsule form or as tablets. The trip is longer, but has a slower onset and traditionally associated with shaman.

Psilocybin
A naturally occurring psychedelic compound produced by more than 200 species of mushrooms. It is sold in tablet or capsule form. The mushrooms themselves are eaten, fresh or dried. The trip has an intense euphoric stage but is short in duration and traditionally associated with shamen.

DMT
Another psychedelic drug that acts like LSD. Its effects begin almost immediately and last for 30-60 minutes.

Datura - Of all the natural hallucinogens, Datura is responsible for the most deaths.
Also known as Jimson Wood, or Thornapple Tree, datura is a member of the nightshade family and is a popular garden specimen tree with displays of red or white, trumpet shaped flowers, the red flowers being more toxic. The flower has a sweet heady smell and is more potent when picked at night. The seeds, flowers and leaves are all toxic. These are boiled up and leave a liquid which looks like muddy water, but smells like cabbage water which is then taken by mouth.

Effects

  • Excessive thirst as a result of massive dehydration
  • Convulsions, coma and death
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Dilated pupils
  • Flushing/chills
  • Dry mouth
  • Nausea
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Delirium
  • Colour distortion
  • Numbed hearing
  • Hallucinations
  • Delusions
  • Amnesis (black out)

Consequences
Experiences can be violent. Drowning can occur as a result of wanting to quench thirst and alleviate fever. Disorientation and hallucinations result in person having no idea what they are doing. Kidney damage and /or kidney failure may occur as a result of the strong diuretic effect. The effects typically last 6-10 hours, but have been known to last several days. The following day after the initial effects have worn off the following problems may occur.

  • Loss of eye focus
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Fear
  • Paranoia
  • Panic

Datura taken in conjunction with marijuana, can display behaviour similar to a person on a LSD trip.

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