|Pale violet flowers of Datura stramonium L. The local high school students had been abusing this drug. The lethal dose and the dose to get high are too close for safe experimenting. (Below left old bottle of tincture of Datura. Below right spiny seed fruiting body.) (Far below left is flower of D. meteloides DC of Southwestern United States).|
Native American Medicine: Powerful ceremonial medicine of numerous Indian nations. Roots were powdered and used as a hallucinogen and narcotic. Said to transform the powerful into animals. Used ritually to initiate young men into adulthood. Powdered leaves mixed with grease and used as an ointment, analgesic, disinfectant. Whole plant used symbolically to divine cures for disease. Whole plant used as a wash for cuts, wounds, swellings.
Paste of plant used to treat insect bites, snake envenomations and other envenomations of insects, spiders.