We've told our teens to stay away from drugs, to call us if they've had too much to drink at a party, to move out if they so much as think about getting a tattoo, but there's a new warning you must add to the list: Kids, don't eat flowers. Evidently, a new trend has emerged in which teenagers are ingesting flowers from the Datura family by either eating, smoking, or drinking part of the hallucinogenic backyard botanical.
Also called angel's trumpets or moonflowers, the plant's trippy powers are not to be taken lightly.
CBS is reporting that these flowers, easily found in parks and backyards, "offer an easy-to-come-by and intense high." Those interviewed reported that the high lasted two days, during which they saw things that weren't real and became convinced that they'd be rendered blind by the drug.
While seeing and talking to people, animals, and ghosts who aren't really there may sound like fun to some, the darker side effects are as real as they are scary.
Among other psychedelic substances, the high from Datura is supposedly one of the worst and causes extreme physical and mental distress. It's so bad, in fact, it's been used in suicide and murder cases in Europe and India.
Bottom line: this flower's for real. Talk to your teens and see what they know about it and help them realize how dangerous it really is. Sure, it seems safe because it's naturally occurring, but that doesn't make it any less fatal.
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