“ANGEL’S TRUMPET HAS DEVIL’S BREATH”
Many of us might wonder, what is angel’s trumpet? Angel’s trumpet is a flowering plant which is called as Brugmansia or Datura. It is a genus of seven species of flowering plants in the family Solanaceae (nightshade) native to tropical South America. People love Angel’s Trumpet. The flowers are attractive, and very fragrant. Angel’s Trumpet is a highly attractive and popular flowering plant. It has trumpet shaped blooms, in a variety of colours including white, peach, yellow and orange.
Other than the usage as ornament plant , Brugmansia has its own speciality and uses. In modern medicine, important alkaloids such as scopolomine, hyoscyamine, and atropine, found in Brugmansia and other related members of Solanaceae, have proven medical value for the anticholinergic, narcotic, anesthetic, spasmolytic, anti-asthmatic properties. External uses include the treating of aches and pains, dermatitis, orchitis, arthritis, rheumatism, headaches, infections, and as an anti-inflammatory, whre it is in the form of poultice, tincture, ointment, or where the leaves are directly applied transdermally to the skin. Internal uses will be in highly diluted preparations, and often as a portion of a larger mix, include treatments for stomach & muscle ailments, as a decongestant, to induce vomiting, to expel worms and parasites, and as a sedative. They have been used internally much more rarely due to the inherent danger of ingestion. This is because the toxicity of this plant is extremely high where , all parts of Brugmansia are poisonous, with the seeds and leaves being especially dangerous.. So, what is so special about this plant?
The speciality of the plant is its toxicity level of scopolamine. This plant has the highest toxicity of this particular substance. We might wonder what kind of action does this scopolamine have? Scopolamine is an anticholinergic medicine which has many effects in the body especially hallucination. So by using this as an advantage, this plant is commonly used for robbery and assault in Colombia. As documented in the 2007 VBS.tv documentary “Colombian Devil’s Breath,” criminals in Colombia have extracted scopolamine from the plant and used it as a potent drug that leaves victims unaware of what they are doing but entirely conscious. Scopolamine can be absorbed through the skin and mucous membranes, allowing criminals to simply blow the powder in a person’s face. The amazing fact is that, the victim is entirely conscious but not aware of anything happening around them. That is why in Columbia the drug is called “devil’s breath” because “it steals your soul.”. It is a dangerous drug, that has caused many deaths, especially from teenagers experimenting with it after hearing rumours about its hallucinogenic powers. Many of the users have also talked about memory loss where one man has continual memory loss and also suffers terrifying nightmares since his use. Although this plant is widely used as ornament plant, it is highly recommend you seriously consider the risks before growing this plant.