[nafex] Fw: An Anti-Deer Recipe to Try

Lucky Pittman Lucky.Pittman at murraystate.edu
Wed Sep 6 10:23:56 EDT 2000


At 10:03 PM 09/05/2000 -0700, you wrote:
>Jimson weed = LOCO weed.  inhaling the fumes and getting the extract on the
>skin may cause problems

Actually, locoweed refers to members of the genera Astragalus and Oxytropis.
Jimsonweed is Datura stramonium.

 From Poisonous Plants of the Southern United States:
"TOXICITY:
The toxic principles of this common hog lot and barnyard plant are the 
alkaloids atropine, hyoscyamine and scopolamine.  All parts of the plant 
are considered poisonous, whether green or dry.  However, the seeds are 
particularly poisonous.  Usually, this plant is not eaten except when other 
forage is unavailable.  Cattle and swine are primarily affected, but 
horses, poultry, dogs and humans have been affected.  Cows can be poisoned 
by consuming one-half to one pound of the green plant.
SYMPTOMS:
Early symptoms include a weak and rapid pulse and heartbeat.  The eyes are 
widely dilated, the mouth and other mucous membranes are dry and animals 
may appear blind.  Later, slow breathing may be observed as well as lowered 
temperature, convulsions or coma.
After eating the plants, sheep have been observed to have abnormal leg 
movements, disturbed vision, intense thirst, and to bite at imaginary 
objects in the air.
Pregnant sows consuming jimsonweed during their second and third months of 
gestation have produced deformed pigs.  Some pigs may be born alive but 
exhibit varying degrees of flexed hips, stifles and forelegs.  The hocks 
may be overextended."

Probably not a 'trip' I'd care to take, just from eating an apple.

Seems like I've read accounts of the native Americans using jimsonweed in 
some of their rituals - along with peyote and psilocybe mushrooms, this 
probably accounts for some of the 'visions' revealed to the shamans and 
warriors, like Crazy Horse, etc.
Louis L. "Lucky" Pittman, Jr., DVM
Veterinary Pathologist/Asst. Prof.
Murray St. Univ.-Breathitt Veterinary Ctr.
Hopkinsville, KY 
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