jimson weed

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An evil-smelling seasonal herb that is particularly common in the southern states of the United States. It contains several alkaloids, including atropine and hyoscine, and is used both medicinally (e.g., to treat rheumatism and asthma) and as a hallucinogen. It is harmful to fetal development and has been classified by the FDA as a toxic substance.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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