Nature provides some beautiful plants that offer sustenance, visual delight, and sometimes hallucinations. Many plants that now adorn lawns and gardens were once parts of religious ceremonies. The flowers that can cause hallucinations often come with a price--death. Be careful when you select plants, especially if you have pets or children.
Listen for the trumpet of angels if you consume the flower of the plant, Angels Trumpet, or Brugmansia. These highly toxic plants were once part of the religious ceremonies of the Taino Indians of Puerto Rico. The tea from the plant, called campinella in some circles, produces a horrible hallucination. Some feel that it is the worse that they have ever experienced. It also is deadly and may cause brain damage that changes the user's ability to differentiate reality from fantasy.
Watch out for Jimson weed. The name came from the wild plants that grew around Jamestown. You sometimes hear the name in cowboy movies, when cattle and sheep die. There are often cases of this occurring if the animals ingest the plant. Sometimes even smelling the plant causes a headache. Although folk medicine practitioners use the plant medicinally, too much of the plant, causes dilated pupils, thirst, fever, confusion, labored respiration, convulsions, coma and hallucinations.
Question anything called Angel Trumpet. Datura inoxia is another plant, which is hallucinogenic and also called Angel's Trumpet. The related horn-of-plenty (Datura metel) is also toxic and causes hallucinations. These plants sprawl, unlike the Brugmansia that is woody. The Native Americans of the North American Southwest used them in religious ceremonies. They cause hallucinations, but are not as toxic as the Brugmansia.
Monkshood or wolfbane traces some of its hallucinogenic properties to a mixture with belladonna. Witches often used the two in combination as a lotion to rub on themselves. The mixture caused hallucinations and stories say that it allowed the witches to fly. Chances are, their spirit flew because the concoction is toxic, or they simply hallucinated flying. Monkshood numbs the area it touches and causes the heart to slow.
Use nightshade, or belladonna, and you will trip yourself to death. The name belladonna comes from its original use, as a beauty product. Drops made from the plant put into the eyes of Italian women dilated the pupils. Hence, the plant received the name belladonna meaning beautiful lady. The flowers are bell shaped and purple with hints of green throughout. They grow on a sub shrub root-stock.
Papaver somniferous is the opium poppy. While growing the plants is illegal in the United States, you often find seed packets for it available. The name is Latin for "to eat" and "sleep inducing." Pap was food given to children. It was common practice in early Rome for parents to give children some of the juice from the pod of the plant to make them sleep. This often sent many to a much longer sleep than the parents intended--an early grave. Other poppies that bring hallucinations are the California poppies.
- Photo Credit Stock.xchng: Dan Shirley (fishmonk)
Phantosmia is an olfactory hallucination: a person senses smells that aren't really there. These imaginary smells can range from unpleasant to enjoyable....
Prescription Drugs That Can Cause Hallucinations
Mirriam-Webster defines a hallucination as a "perception of objects with no reality." Hallucinations cause us to believe we are seeing or hearing...
Legal Herbs for Smoking
Whether it's a worry about a tobacco addiction or a desire not to break the law, some people choose to smoke legal...
Hallucinogenic Plants Native to the United States
Many plants native to the United States contain naturally occurring hallucinogens. Many of these plants were used as part of the shamanistic...
Weeds With Spiny Seed Pods
Many plants have developed methods of protecting their seeds from predators. Tough or spiny seed pods are some of the most common...
The Effects of Poppy Seeds
Poppy seeds grow from an opium plant indigenous to the Mediterranean and are bluish gray in color. They are nutty in taste...
Why Do I Smell Phantom Flowers?
Certain flowers, like roses, have beautiful scents, but if you continuously smell flowers when there are none in the vicinity, it could...
Acupuncture for Hallucinations: Bladder 1
Some depression can cause hallucinations that can be treated with acupuncture. Learn how to trigger the bladder one acupuncture point for hallucination...
How to Make Icing Drop Flowers
To make icing drop flowers, you'll need a pastry bag with a flower tip. Master the proper technique to making icing drop...