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Magical, Shamanic and Curative Uses for Datura
by Erowid
  • Ingesting datura seeds was part of a rite of passage for young Huichol men. They returned from the delirium with no memory of their mother, as if "born into manhood with a blank slate."


  • Datura plants have been studied for their utility in bioremediation projects. They help to absorb heavy metals polluting groundsoil.


  • The dried leaves of Datura were once smoked to combat symptoms of asthma


  • Datura preparations were once used to moderate opium addiction


  • Datura has been identified as an antipoison remedy for organophosphate, nerve gas, and pufferfish exposure


  • Native Americans once rubbed Datura on horses they didn't want to wander off


References #
  1. Information gleaned from a lecture presented by gardener Vivien Hillgrove [Mom's Head Garden, Santa Rosa] at Scarlet Sage Herb Co., San Francisco, CA, on May 1, 2002.