Jimson Weed Fact Sheet


The old saying is, “The only thing you can really count on is death and taxes.” Well, there is one more thing you can also guarantee: Kids will try almost anything if they think it will get them high.

No matter what the dangerous side effects, or the fact that they don’t really know what the drug is supposed to do, if they hear just a rumor that something may get them high, some of them will undoubtedly try it.

Kids will try almost anything if they think it will get them high. Even if they don’t know what the dangerous side effects are, or even if they don’t really know what the drug is supposed to do, they will experiment with a potential high.   If the drug is cheap or free, the likelihood increases even more.

If kids hear a rumor that something may get them high, some of them will undoubtedly try it.

For some kids it will be inhalants. For others, prescription medications from their parents’ medicine cabinets. And for some unfortunate few, they may try the highly potent but equally as dangerous Jimson Weed.

What is Jimson Weed?

Jimson Weed (Datura Stramonium) is a 3 to 5 foot tall plant of the Deadly Nightshade family that grows wild throughout America, surviving in remote areas and backyards alike.

What else is it called?

Jimson Weed has been known for centuries and has many names, including:

  • Devil’s weed
  • Thorn apple
  • Jamestown weed
  • Stinkweed
  • Locoweed
  • Mad seeds

What does it look like?

Jimson Weed is a 3 to 5 foot green plant with large soft leaves, has walnut sized seeds that are often covered in spikes, and distinctive trumpet like white-cream colored flowers that emit an unpleasant smell.
If you live in Southern California, you may easily recognize it from your neighborhood. But, if you discover it growing in your yard or garden, you should remove it immediately as it is extremely poisonous to humans and pets as well.

How is it abused?

Jimson Weed has been abused in any number of ways, including smoking of the leaves, eating the seeds, boiling in a stew, or even by soaking in a bathtub filled with the plants. All methods are extremely dangerous as every part of the plant is poisonous and potentially deadly.

What are the effects of Jimson Weed?

Jimson Weed has a very powerful effect on the minds of the abuser. It often puts the user in a state where they cannot differentiate the real world from fantasy. Users can become:

  • violent
  • paranoid
  • dissociated from reality
  • completely unpredictable

Almost all users state that it is a very unpleasant high, and even most websites that recklessly promote drug experimentation warn people to stay away from Jimson Weed. The phrase most often associated with Jimson Weed is “red as a beet, dry as a bone, blind as a bat, and mad as a hatter” since it is known to cause flushed skin and increased body temperature, an inability to urinate, extremely dilated eyes which causes sensitivity to light, and of course a mental state that is extremely unstable.

What are its dangers?

Besides the dangers implicit with a hallucinogen powerful enough to cause such a disconnect from reality that they don’t really understand what they are doing or where they are; the physical dangers of abusing Jimson Weed are very serious. Jimson Weed overdoses can occur easily since its almost impossible to gauge the strength of the plant before ingesting. Once overdosed, a person may have increased temperature, rapid heartbeat, cardiac arrest or stroke. The effects can last for days.

Although the risk for addiction is almost none (it is rare for someone to try it more than once), the risk of harming oneself, others or even death are so high that we hope that anyone reading this would please stay clear of this dangerous weed.