RCP Garden podcast

Thorn Apple; a dangerous plant with many names and magical uses

October 14, 2020 Royal College of Physicians
RCP Garden podcast
Thorn Apple; a dangerous plant with many names and magical uses
Show Notes

The Thorn Apple, or Jimson’s Weed, Datura stramonium has at least 7 other names in English. Like many other members of the Solanaceae family it contains powerful chemicals that can disturb the mind and change the activity of many systems in the body. Historically there are many instances in which its actions were exploited for medical and even political purposes but it is now considered too dangerous and has been replaced by safer drugs. It was even something witches took before flying.

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