A picture of the Brugmansia (angels trumpet) plant.

Simon’s Brugmansia (Angel’s Trumpet) Guide

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Brugmansia is a genus of seven species of flowering plants in the family Solanaceae, also called the “nightshades”. Their large, fragrant flowers give them their common name: angel’s trumpet. This name is sometimes also used for the species in the closely related genus, Datura. Members of the two genus are quite similar. The main difference is, that while Datura plants’ flowers are erect, Brugmansia flowers are pendulous.

Brugmansia species are originally native to the tropical regions of South America. However, nowadays they are grown as ornamental container plants worldwide and had been “naturalised” in tropical regions around the globe. Including: North America, Africa, Asia and Australia.

Brugmansia plants are large shrubs or small trees with woody trunks that usually have many branches (they’re also called tree Datura, for this reason). Their flowers usually have a strong, pleasant fragrance and they come in shades of white, yellow, pink, orange, green and red.

Species in the Brugmansia genus are the following:

  • Brugmansia arborea
  • Brugmansia aurea
  • Brugmansia insignis
  • Brugmansia sanguinea
  • Brugmansia suaveolens
  • Brugmansia versicolor
  • Brugmansia vulcanicola
A picture of Brugmansia suaveolens flowers. The plant is often called angel's trumpet. as well
Brugmansia suaveolens – angel’s trumpet

As all other species in the Solanaceae family, Brugmansia plants contain extremely toxic tropane alkaloids, such as scopolamine, hyoscyamine and atropine. These are reported to induce a total delirium and dreadful, realistic hallucinations at fairly small amounts consumed.

For this reason, only the most die-hard psychonauts experiment with teas brewed from the plant or parts of it eaten fresh. However, in all cases, they’re potentially gambling with their lives, as the alkaloid content of these plants vary greatly from specimen to specimen and the lethal dose is not much bigger than the “effective” dose.

Its not only the risk of a fatal overdose that makes this plant dangerous. Under the influence of these alkaloids, one completely loses touch with reality, which can result in, well, basically anything. A 2006 article published in the European Archives of Psychiatry and Neuroscience gave an account of an 18 year old German boy, who amputated his own penis and tongue under the influence of merely one cup of tea prepared from two angel’s trumpet blossoms.

Angel’s trumpet plants and nightshades in general are not to be trifled with! Datura and belladonna are in the same family – they should be avoided also!

I do not, by any means recommend using any species in the Brugmansia genus, or the Solanaceae family for recreational purposes!



Interesting facts about angel’s trumpet

The delirium and detachment from reality caused by the alkaloids (especially scopolamine) in Brugmansia and other nightshades are extremely strong. In fact, so strong that criminal elements in Columbia use scopolamine extracted from such plants to drug their victims. A victim interviewed in a documentary made by Vice.com said, that under the influence of the drug one is basically like a zombie or a little child. They follow the criminals who are giving them orders everywhere and willingly hand over their purses, wallets, apartment keys and basically anything to the robbers.

You can watch the Vice documentary below, its intriguing and scary at the same time:


For its potential for impairing free will, scopolamine was reportedly used as a “truth” serum in the first half of the 20th century by the CIA.

Source: CIA Historical Review Program – “Truth” Drugs in Interrogation


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Brugmansia – legal status


Brugmansia species are widely grown as ornamental plants. However, there are some countries, that impose restrictions on their cultivation and use for human consumption.

The alkaloids in the nightshade plants, and the plants themselves are not really on the radar of drug authorities, as their effects are extremely unpleasant, which lowers their potential for abuse – people simply don’t want to take them – for a good reason.

Countries with available info on the legal status of Brugmansia species:

 Country legal status of brugmansia
UKBrugmansia doesn’t appear to be on the list of banned and restricted herbal ingredients, nor is scopolamine, atropine or hyoscyamine mentioned in the Misuse of Drugs Act schedules. It is not illegal to cultivate the plant for ornamental purposes.
USThere are no federal laws banning the cultivation of Brugmansia for ornamental purposes. However, Louisiana passed a law in 2005 that outlawed the cultivation and possession of 40 psychoactive plants, amongst them Brugmansia arborea.
CanadaThere don’t seem to be any restrictions in place on growing Brugmansia for ornamental purposes. Also, scopolamine, hyoscyamine and atropine doesn’t appear to be on the list of controlled substances in Canada.
AustraliaGrowing Brugmansia species for ornamental purposes doesn’t seem to be restricted in the Uniform Scheduling of Medicines and Poisons Act. However, importing and exporting seeds and parts of the plants is restricted under the Quarantine Legislation.
New ZealandGrowing Brugmansia species for ornamental purposes doesn’t seem to be restricted. Scopolamine, hyoscyamine and atropine are not on the list of controlled substances in the Misuse of Drugs Act of 1975.



Main active ingredients of Brugmansia


The main active ingredients in all species of the Brugmansia genus, and the nightshades family in general, are the tropane alkaloids: scopolamine, hyoscyamine and atropine. All three are reported to cause a bizarre delirium and hallucinations at fairly small dosages, and even death, when overdosed.

The structure of atropine, one of the active ingredients in Brugmansia plants.
Atropine – one of the active ingredients in Brugmansia plants

The structure of hyoscyamine - one of the psychoactive ingredients in Brugmansia plants.
Hyoscyamine is one of the active ingredients in Brugmansia
The structure of scopolamine - one of the active ingredients in angel's trumpet plants.
Scopolamine is one of the active ingredients in Brugmansia (angel’s trumpet)



The effects of Brugmansia


When intoxicated with angel’s trumpet, users can experience
hallucinations, motoric restlessness, over talkativeness, convulsive sobbing and sexual excitement, as well as aggressive and autoaggressive behaviour.

People also report a total loss of memories from the period spent under the influence of the alkaloids.

Somatic symptoms are tachycardia, mydriasis, hypertonia, respiratory disturbances and vomiting, as well as a potentially life-threatening anticholinergic syndrome.

The nature of the hallucinations under the influence of these alkaloids also make Brugmansia, and other species in the genus unfit for recreational purposes. They are usually vivid, realistic (to the point that the person experiencing them perceives them as perfectly normal reality) and also dreadful in the vast majority of the reported cases.


Eur Arch Psychiatry Clin Neurosci. 2006 Oct;256(7):458-9. Epub 2006 Jun 16. Self-amputation of penis and tongue after use of Angel’s Trumpet.



Dangers of Brugmansia


The dangers of Brugmansia and nightshades in general are almost too many to list here. 

On top of the disproportionately high risks of a fatal overdose, the alkaloids in the plant make the user completely lose touch with reality and enter a state of total delirium. All kinds of risky, accident-prone behaviour (and, as mentioned before, even self mutilation) are possible in this radically altered state of consciousness. The user is potentially dangerous to himself and his environment.

Arrests, hospitalisations and accidents are common under the influence of Brugmansia.


Brugmansia health benefits


In small doses, certain parts of the Brugmansia plant were and are used in traditional medicine in different cultures around the world.

Indigenous tribes in the Northern Peruvian Andes, for instance, use Brugmansia sanguinea externally to relieve pain, especially in cases of arthritic inflammations and cramps. They also use tinctures made from the plant to treat rheumatism and certain skin rashes.

Modern medicine also uses some of the active ingredients in angel’s trumpet and other similar plants from the Solanaceae family.

Scopolamine, the predominant alkaloid in the Brugmansia plants, for example, is used to treat the following conditions:

  • Motion sickness (used as a patch behind the ear)
  • Gastrointestinal spasms
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Postoperative nausea, vomiting and sea sickness (leading to its use by scuba divers in the form of a transdermal patch)

Scopolamine is also used to widen the pupils for eye examination or eye surgery.

However, for all medical purposes, only extremely small amounts are used.



Brugmansia – dosage and precautions


As the German teen in the notorious penis and tongue amputation case reportedly brewed the deadly tea from a mere two blossoms, you should not even go near a dose that big.

Start at the absolute minimum and be sure to use the ladder method extremely carefully!  Thoroughly administer and gradually increase the dose, until you start feeling the effects. 

Also – it as an ABSOLUTE MUST to have a sober sitter staying up with you (for days if necessary, the trip can last quite long).


Angel’s trumpet trip reports


Brugmansia trip reports are dreadful and frightening to read. To get an idea about what the nightshades do to people, see some excerpts from trip reports available online:


“After consumption of the two leaves I was playing around on the computer, about half an hour, and strangely could hear the plant calling to me, through the walls of my room. She wanted me to eat more, a flower this time. My very last memories of this experience involve wandering around to the living room, and nibbling at least one flower from my plant. Evidence of the next morning would suggest that I’d eaten several. I remember dancing, spinning in circles around the room, and nibbling at the flowers. […]”

The next day:

“[…]My roommate filled me in on how I’d woken her in the middle of the night screaming, various articles of clothing were clogging the toilet, the bathtub was filled with puke, and apparently myself (I know, totally fear & loathing style). My poor roommate had to coax me out, naked except for a t-shirt, and while I was wandering mostly naked mumbling around the apartment she was on a completely uncalled for cleanup duty. It was about time for her to go to work, you see, and she kind of needed that shower asap, puke free. And the very last thing she needed was a roommate like me.”

Source: Erowid Trip Reports, Brugmansia – She Called to Me


“What did I do? For such a short question I received an extremely long and painful answer. ‘You pissed on my bedroom wall, my hallway wall, the bathroom wall, your pants, and just about anything else you could get your penis close to. You then proceeded to lay in my landlords bed, wet pants and all, got bored with that, went into the bathroom and ran a hot shower…never got in it, the water ran cold, moved back over to the toilet and attempted to shove multiple rolls of toilet paper down the ‘S’ bend, then sat in the bath talking gibberish to no one in particular. You were convinced that light is actually a form of sound that had re-wired itself into our hands and if you know how to drink it properly you’ll turn blue’ (she backed up this statement with a recording, it was undeniably my voice) this is when i started to realise that this really wasn’t a joke, and that my memory of the nights adventures and activities was completely unreliable. I had heard enough from Cindy, and felt sufficiently ashamed with my actions to shed a tear. I didn’t call my father, scared of the response I would receive.”

Source: Erowid Trip Reports, Brugmansia – I Must Be Crazy



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Last updated: 2015. 11. 24.

Simon's Brugmansia (Angel's Trumpet) Guide
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An overview of the psychoactive properties and dangers of the Brugmansia (angel's trumpet) plants.

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