Definitions for datura stramonium
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jimsonweed, jimson weed, Jamestown weed, common thorn apple, apple of Peru, Datura stramonium(noun)
intensely poisonous tall coarse annual tropical weed having rank-smelling foliage, large white or violet trumpet-shaped flowers and prickly fruits
Datura stramonium, known by the common names Jimson weed or datura, is a plant in the Solanaceae family, which is believed to have originated in the Americas, but is now found around the world. For centuries, datura has been used as a herbal medicine to relieve asthma symptoms and as an analgesic during surgery or bonesetting. It is also a powerful hallucinogen and deliriant, which is used spiritually for the intense visions it produces. However, the tropane alkaloids which are responsible for both the medicinal and hallucinogenic properties are fatally toxic in only slightly higher amounts than the medicinal dosage, and careless use often results in hospitalizations and deaths.
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A plant species of the genus DATURA, family SOLANACEAE, that contains TROPANES and other SOLANACEOUS ALKALOIDS.
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