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This is a severely neurotoxic plant.  The toxicity is so severe that even smelling the plant can cause euphoria.  This is related to Belladonna and has been known as one of the “Witch Plants”.    The entire plant is toxic but the seeds are particularly concentrated with effects.  The “Hen” in the name is derived from Henne which means death.  This has multiple tropane alkaloids and symptoms can include:

  • Headache
  • Drooling
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Difficulty Swallowing
  • Drowsiness
  • Fever
  • Flushed Skin
  • Urinary Retention
  • Disorientation
  • Delirium
  • Agitation
  • Auditory, Visual, or Tactile Hallucinations
  • Over Reactive Responses
  • Rapid Heart Rate
  • Hypertension
  • Seizures
  • Coma