We saw some Sacred Datura at Canyon X, and our Navajo guide said he could really show us some color in the Canyon!
The tea from Datura is extremely hallucinogenic. The hallucinogenic effects are reported to be stronger than Peyote, Psyillicibin, or LSD. However, Datura is also very toxic and can cause permanent psychosis. Solanaceous plants such as Sacred Datura contain relatively high concentrations of tropane alkaloids, primarily Atropine, Hyoscyamine, and Scopolamine, the primary alkaloid being Scopolamine. It is apparently Scopolamine that produces the hallucinogenic effects. It induces an intoxication followed by narcosis in which hallucinations occur during the transition state between consciousness and sleep.
When Datura is used in a Native American ritual, it is always under the guidance of an individual of certain tribal spritual resolve such as a Medicine person or tribal elder. These experts on the use of the plant know what other plants to add in order to neutralize the harmful effects. They also know how much to adminsister and when and where to pick the plants, such as age, season, time of year, whether under a full moon or no moon at all.
The plants are very toxic, poisonous and lethal, especially if
consumed in quanities unmetered by someone not versed in their safe
Do not try this at home!
Datura is also known as Jimson weed, Moonflower or Angel's Trumpet. They are frequently planted in xeriscapes, as this Albuquerque plant was.
Thanks for your visit, and have a great day whenever you see this. But don't drink any Datura tea, or you might hear the Angel's Trumpet!