A Hallucinogenic Weed Grows in Brooklyn (Sorry)

08/23/2010 11:29 AM |

homer, peyote
  • Get out of my head, man.

Jimsonweed, aka Datura stramonium, aka “Jamestown weed, mad apple, devil’s trumpet, locoweed, stinkwort or thorn apple” was discovered near the Gowanus Canal by the NY Timesresident urban forager (we gotta get one of those around here) Ava Chin. And even though it’s traditionally been used by American Indians to reduce inflammation you shouldn’t ingest it as it can lead to “dilated pupils, racing heartbeat, hallucination, delirium, combative behavior and in severe cases, coma and seizures.” I think I learned about jimsonweed on an episode of House, so I feel pretty qualified to say that you should definitely not steep it into a hallucinogenic tea, for reals.

(Did anyone else smoke pine needles wrapped in skunkweed wrapped in toilet paper when they were kids? We called them parking lot cigarettes and boy did we look cool.)

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