This hallucinogenic wild flower has been linked to several deaths around the world.

Flowers are really awesome indeed, if you love flowers and probably have a garden of your own, or the occasional chance of receiving a bouquet from that significant other. How cute! As lovely as flowers are, have you ever thought of eating them? We don’t think so, but if you plan on ingesting any flowers for whatever silly reason why, we’d advice that you never have some Angel’s Trumpets as dessert — you might lose those beautiful flowers together with your life. Like seriously!

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The Angel Of Death

The Angel’s Trumpet is neither a messenger God from heaven nor a musical instrument. It’s a lovely bell shape flower perfect for a picturesque garden, but the plant has a dark secret. The flower is a native of South America: it’s a woody-stemmed bush with pendulous flowers that hang like bells. These beauties are in the Solanaceae family — the same family as tomatoes, potatoes and petunias.

A word of caution: It’s extremely toxic. It could send you straight to the hospital, or to your grave, if you’re stupid enough to eat it — it can give you scary hallucinations or even lead to a zombie-like state. The catch is that all parts of these plants contain dangerous levels of poison and may be fatal if ingested by humans or animals. It’s occasionally used as a recreational drug, but the risk of overdose is so high that these uses often have deadly consequences.

What’s Even Angelic About It

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For the least, eating the flower will trigger terrifying hallucinations, but for the worst, will end your life. You’re probably wondering, is hallucinating that bad? If that’s your thought, then that’s the same thought that led people who ate the angel’s trumpet seeking to pursue a legal, readily available psychedelic trip; but unfortunately, ended up in the hospital. (That’s kids nowadays, you know?)

The American Journal of Psychiatry has this to say about the flower:

“Ingestion of Angel’s Trumpet flowers or a tea brewed from them results in an alkaloid-induced central nervous system anticholinergic syndrome characterized by symptoms such as fever, delirium, hallucinations, agitation, and persistent memory disturbances. Severe intoxication may cause flaccid paralysis, convulsions, and death.”

An Angel For Your Garden, Not For You

Now you’re wondering again, what really makes this plant so deadly in the first place? Good question. Its the effect of the several compounds known chemically as tropane alkaloids. These chemicals have an intense side effect, including visual and auditory hallucination, confusion, and paralysis of the smooth muscles — the muscles that make up your vital organs. There is a way to reverse the effects — an injection of a glaucoma drug called physostigmine — but you really don’t want it to come to that. So, again, keep ’em in the garden and out of your mouth.

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Written by: Nana Kwadwo, Sun, Feb 24, 2019.


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