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Simon’s Atropa Belladonna (Deadly Nightshade) Guide

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Belladonna is a perennial herb native to Europe, North Africa, Western Asia, some parts of Canada and the United States. It is also known as Atropa belladonna and deadly nightshade. It got the first half of its name after being used as a cosmetic in renaissance Italy, and the second half after the greek mythological figure, Atropos. He was one of the three gods of fate and destiny, who held the shears to cut the threads of human lives.

The plant’s less popular, somewhat folkloristic names are: devil’s berries, naughty man’s cherries, death cherries, beautiful death, and devil’s herb.

As you could probably guess from it’s denominations, it is a quite dangerous plant. In fact, Atropa belladonna is one of the most toxic plants of the Eastern Hemisphere. While it was and is widely embraced as a medicine in small amounts (it is used mostly in homeopathy nowadays), it is very dangerous and should always, no matter the intent of use, handled with extreme caution.

And I really mean EXTREME CAUTION. Belladonna can kill you, or cause really bad trips you’ll never forget for the rest of your life.

I do not recommend Atropa belladonna for recreational use at all.

There are plenty of much better options out there

 


 

Interesting facts about Belladonna:

Atropa belladonna has a long history of use as a medicine, cosmetic, and poison.

Medical uses: it was reportedly used as a sedative and anaesthetic for surgeries before the middle ages. One of the active components in Atropa belladonna, scopolamine was used as an ingredient for the so-called “Twilight Sleep” drug, which was used as a painkiller for childbirth pains in the early 20th century.

Uses in cosmetics: the plant in fact, received its name “belladonna”, which means beautiful women, because in renaissance Italy, women used to drip small drops of the plant’s extract into their eyes, to enlarge their pupils. Large pupils were considered sexual symbols at the time. However, its side effects were unpleasant (blurred vision, dizziness), and the practice was even associated with blindness.

Uses as a poison: as said before, belladonna is an extremely poisonous plant, and it was used for its properties as such in many instances through history. Ancient romans allegedly made poison arrows using an extract from the plant. It was also a popular choice of assassins through the middle ages.

Belladonna was also reportedly one of the ingredients of the so-called Flying ointment used by witches in the middle ages, which allegedly made their brooms fly (in reality, probably only made witches really high).

Sources:

Labor Dispute: The Medical and Social Response to the Pain of Childbirth From 1800 to the Present (NY Times)

Belladonna, broomsticks and brain chemistry

The Penn State Medieval Garden: Deadly Nightshade

 


 

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Belladonna – legal status

 

Belladonna appears to be legal in almost every country, as it is a wild plant and a some of its components are used in herbal and traditional medicine, as well as homeopathy all over the world.

One US state, however, is reported to have banned Atropa belladonna for human consumption. Signed into law June 28, 2005, Louisiana State Act No 159, outlawed the cultivation, possession or sale of 40 known hallucinogenic plants, with Atropa belladonna being one of them.

Source: 2006 Louisiana Laws – RS 40:989.1 — Unlawful production, manufacture, distribution, or possession of hallucinogenic plants

 

 

Buy belladonna

 

It is available worldwide, however, I can not recommend any shops in specific, that ship outside the US.

 

 

Buy belladonna – US

 

For more information about belladonna and to buy belladonna plant or belladonna extract in the US go here:

Buy belladonna plant and belladonna extract – Shipped from US, credit cards are accepted.

 

 

Buy belladonna – Netherlands

 

I haven’t found any European store which would sell Belladonna. You might want to try something else or order it from the US.

 


 

 

Main active ingredients in Belladonna

 

The main active ingredients in Atropa belladonna are scopolamine and hyoscyamine. Both are tropane alkaloids, that are reported to cause a bizarre delirium and hallucinations, even if only a fairly small amount was consumed.

 

The structure of the scopolamine compound - a toxic alkaloid with hallucinogenic properties found in belladonna, or deadly nightshade.
Scopolamine – one of the active ingredients of belladonna

The structure of the hyoscyamine compound - one of the psychoactive ingredients in Atropa belladonna, or deadly nightshade.
Hyoscyamine – a psychoactive ingredient in Atropa belladonna

 

All parts of the belladonna plant contain the toxic alkaloids. However, the concentration is said to be the strongest in the roots of the plant. The actual amount, though, might vary from specimen to specimen.

 

 

The effects of Atropa belladonna

 

The psychedelic effects of Atropa belladonna are reported to be strong, to the point of completely losing touch with reality. It causes a full blown, bizarre delirium and vivid open eye hallucinations, that are perceived as completely normal reality under the influence of the substance. Some trip reports mention complete loss of control over actions and thoughts and a total loss of memory for some parts of the experience (sometimes, this can mean days).

It is reportedly much stronger than LSD, but totally lacking the insightfulness of psychedelic experiences (one “psychonaut” described it as the mix of LSD and a total blackout-drunk state). It entails disorientation and a total loss of self-awareness.

Belladonna is also quite heavy on the body. Its bodily symptoms can involve:

  • vomiting
  • sweating
  • high temperature
  • increased heart rate
  • extreme dry mouth

 

 

Dangers of deadly nightshade

 

The first and major danger of belladonna is the greatest of all dangers:

There is a high risk of an unintentional fatal overdose.

Also, the trip can be an extremely unpleasant and can last for days. Individuals under the influence of the substance are at great risk of all kinds of accidents, because of the extreme disorientation, confusion and muscular incoordination.

 

 

Belladonna health benefits

 

Belladonna – or at least some of the chemicals found in the plant – is used in modern medicine and homeopathy as well.

In traditional medicine and homeopathy, belladonna, in some form, said to cure or alleviate the following conditions:

  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Although, early research suggests that taking belladonna along with the drug phenobarbital by mouth for one month does not improve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome
  • Asthma
  • Whooping cough
  • Colds
  • Hay fever
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Motion sickness
  • Arthritis-like pain
  • Nerve problems
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Spasms and colic-like pain in the stomach and bile ducts

However, there is insufficient evidence for the effectiveness of the plant in treating these conditions. (Moreover, homeopathy in general is not effective. Homeopathic remedies were actually recently banned from pharmacies in many European countries, because they are not actual medicines (placebo at best) and have no actual medicinal value.)

Source: WebMD – Belladonna

 

 

Atropa belladonna – consumption and preparation

 

All parts of the belladonna plant contain the toxic alkaloids, so they can all induce the effects. There is not really a generally accepted method for consumption, but reports include eating its berries or seeds, as well as making a tea of its leaves.

It’s best to avoid belladonna all together. However, if you still feel like experimenting, skip to the “Dosage” part of this guide and read my suggestions there carefully, no matter which method you choose.

The amount of active ingredients contained in a specimen can vary greatly in the case of any plant. This is especially problematic in the case of the belladonna plant, as the lethal dose is not much bigger than the effective dose.

I couldn’t unearth any valid info on the generally accepted dosage of belladonna, probably for the above reasons. That being said, you should always thoroughly administer and very gradually increase the dosage, until you reach the threshold and it takes effect. In other words, use the ladder method!

 

One precaution you should definitely take, is to have at least one sober friend with you when you expect the experience to kick in (a so called “tripsitter”), as you will probably not be able to manage even simple tasks and will probably pose dangers to yourself and others. 

 

 

 

Buy Belladonna

 

It is available worldwide. However, I can not recommend any shops in specific, that ship outside the US.

 

Buy Belladonna – US

 

For more information about belladonna and to buy belladonna plant or belladonna extract in the US go here:

Buy belladonna plant and belladonna extract /shipped from US, credit cards are accepted/

 

Buy Belladonna – Netherlands

 

I haven’t found any Dutch store which would sell Belladonna. You might want to try something else or order it from the US.

 

 

 

Belladonna trip reports

 

Atropa belladonna trip reports are sure amongst the most interesting and least tempting. I read all of them on Erowid.com and came to the conclusion, that this is not something I would risk trying. Here are some excerpts:

“T1:45 – At this point I lost all concepts of what was reality and what was a hallucination, but I will try my best to portray what exactly was going on with my body. Because I had been drinking so much water, I really needed to relieve myself, but simply getting out of my chair proved to be a somewhat impossible task. It took all the strength in my body to lift myself from the chair, and after I stood up I collapsed onto the floor, beginning to drag myself to the toilet. Once there, I became fully aware of how powerful this plant is. Inside the toilet bowl were millions of black dots scurrying all around, it actually became an entertaining game to try and knock them into the water with my urine, however, to my dismay, when I woke up the next day I found out that I didn’t even pee in the toilet, just all around it.

T?? – This is where my memory of the night stops, and I completely submitted to the plant. I only have bits and pieces of my own memory, and my sober friend tried to fill me in on what happened. The hallucinations became extremely realistic at this point. Audio distortion was very heavy, and the visual distortion was to the point where I could not read anything. One thing I noticed was that the visual blur only affected letters/numbers, whereas the rest of the world retained (I use that word loosely) its normality. My brain became mush, and a powerful, powerful state of confusion washed over me, making mundane tasks such as getting more water almost impossible. I remember walking around my dorm thinking I was naked, and there were at least 10 people in every room. I didn’t know any of them, but I was able to talk to quite a few of them. They seemed to ignore my nudity, and I understood this to be a sign of friendship. In my room there were 4 people I’ve never seen before, my little brother, and a hallucinated version of my sober friend (who at the time was actually trying to help the other guy was tripping off the floor). We all talked for what seemed like years, discussing many things from the roman empire to how butterscotch was made.”

Source: Erowid belladonna trip report: Entering Insanity

 

I started to watch a little TV, when suddenly I saw a picture of my dad and my mom and my sister all on the TV. They were all saying things, and just as soon as it started, my mom came out of the TV and started yelling at me. I was pretty confused at this point. BAM! I’m downstairs for some reason, my pants are gone, and someone is shaking me. It’s my cousin, telling me to come show her how to play guitar. I get up, put some pants on, and go into the guitar room. I turn on the AMP, and let her play a little. She played pretty good, I walked into my own room, and sat down on my bed. A girl walked by my door, and as the light from my room shined on her, she faded away, but as soon as she got into the shadows again, she came into existence. Many other things happened, but not in any order I can remember very clearly.

The time I took the Tea was about 5:50pm, the time I went to sleep was about 6am. I was talking to myself for about 12 hours. And the whole time I was convinced I was not imagining things. Everything was too realistic. Those cookies I mentioned earlier, well, I found them, exactly where I had hid them. My cousin playing guitar? she never came over last night. People waiting in line for my shower? Yeah right.

I thought I had lost the belladonna, when I found it in my dad’s closet. I don’t remember putting it in there, but I must have. Its as if, part of me was awake, while the other part was sleepwalking. One half of me was constantly setting up the next sequence of events, while the other half was living them out one step at a time. “

Source: Erowid belladonna trip report: Wandering Delirium

 


 

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Some of the information presented here might be outdated or incorrect (check “last updated” below). Make sure, that if you are planning to try out any of the substances to research them yourself as well.

I’m 100% committed to safe and responsible legal high consumption. If you have a few minutes to spare please read my blog post about responsible and safe legal drugs use.

 

Belladonna is only one of the legal highs included in Simon’s legal high guide, check out the others as well.

If you are only interested in legal deliriant, then check out Simon’s Legal Deliriant Guide for more (coming soon).

Last updated: 2015. 11. 13.

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A guide to Atropa belladonna, deadly nightshade. A brief introduction to the history of its use, an overview of dangers and risks associated with belladonna and some tips on how to use it safely.
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