Common plant produces dangerous high

Datura, a common plant, produces a dangerous high when eaten (May 10, 2013, KOIN 6 News)
Datura, a common plant, produces a dangerous high when eaten (May 10, 2013, KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Datura, a trumpet-shaped flower, is found in many backyards. But some teens are eating the seeds to get a very dangerous high.

Also known as Moonflower or Jimson weed, Datura is too powerful to be ingested and causes hallucinations. Sometimes, the flowers are used to brew a tea..

The Oregon Poison Control Center has strong warnings against consuming any part of this plant or its flower. Dr. Annette Lopez at OHSU told KOIN 6 News people can end up hospitalized with elevated blood pressure, heart rate, be agitated and need sedation.

The hallucinations can last for hours or days. There are reports of teens mutilating themselves while high on the plant.

The fruit of the plant is a spiny capsule. The flower may be short or hanging from its stem and ranges from white to pink, purple and yellow.

The toxins in the plant depend on the age of the plant and where it’s grown.

“Every single season a plant changes its composition, so you can’t regulate how much you’re consuming,” the doctor said.

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