Jimsonweed is often used by teenagers for its hallucinogenic effect.
Sometimes small children will pick the flowers and taste them, or put the seeds in their mouth.
Adults might pick the leaves and cook them, thinking they are edible greens.
The effects of jimsonweed poisoning are unpredictable because they vary from plant to plant, and from the soil type, amount of rainfall, and other growing conditions. Symptoms can begin within 30 minutes and may continue as along as 48 hours.
Symptoms of Jimson Weed Poisoning
~~ Little to no urine production (urine retention)
~~ Blurred vision, dilated pupils
~~ Red Skin
~~ Dry mouth, thirst
~~ Nausea, vomiting
~~ Elevated blood pressure
~~ Rapid pulse
~~ Delirium, dizziness
~~ Coma, but rarely death
The National Poison Control Center
You can call The National Poison Control Center (1-800-222-1222) from anywhere in the United States. Experts in poisoning will talk to you in confidence and advise you. This is a free service and all local poison control centers in the U.S. use this national number. Call if you have any questions about poisoning or poison prevention; it doesn't have to be an emergency
How well you respond to medical treatment depends on the amount of poison taken and how quickly treatment is started.