February 12, 2016

Jimson Weed

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How does Jimson Weed work?

Jimson weed contains substances such as atropine, hyoscyamine, and scopolamine which interfere with one of the chemical messengers (acetylcholine) in the brain and nerves.

Are there safety concerns?

Jimson weed is UNSAFE. It is poisonous and can cause many toxic effects including dry mouth and extreme thirst, vision problems, nausea and vomiting, fast heart rate, hallucinations, high temperature, seizures, confusion, loss of consciousness, breathing problems, and death.

Do not give jimson weed to children. They are more sensitive than adults to the toxic effects of jimson weed. Even a small amount can kill them.

No one should take jimson weed, but certain people are especially at risk for toxic side effects. Do not use jimson weed if:
  • You are pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • You have congestive heart failure (CHF).
  • You have a fast heartbeat (palpitations, arrhythmias).
  • You have Down syndrome.
  • You have a type of heartburn called esophageal reflux disease (GERD).
  • You have a high temperature (fever).
  • You have stomach or intestinal problems including ulcers, hiatal hernia, toxic megacolon, obstruction, infection, constipation, or ulcerative colitis.
  • You have, or are prone to having, problems passing urine (urinary retention).
  • You have an eye condition called narrow-angle glaucoma.

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