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Brugmansia: Angel's Trumpet or the Devil's?

Often times the common names given to plants are due to their physical characteristics. Take the Brugmansia genus, for example, its common name is “Angel’s Trumpet.” By taking a look at these photos you can certainly see why it could be called such. 1,171 more words

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Kratom: Legal High and Lethal Poison

Kratom is one of my favorite plants and poisons. It ranks right up there with scopolamine and the Solanaceae plants it comes from. I talk about kratom in nearly every death investigation or drug talk I give – about two a year. 1,295 more words

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Agave: And Then There was Tequila . . . and Dermatitis

Everyone has heard of tequila, or at least I hope you have. There’s nothing better than a margarita on the rocks while resting in the shade on a hot summer day . 896 more words

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Khat: History, Chemistry and Moral Panic

As of today, khat is now banned as a class C drug in the United Kingdom . . . and I’ll spare you the “I prefer dogs” jokes, they’re all pretty lame. 1,745 more words

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Anabasis aphylla and Project CHATTER: A Secret CIA Cold War Poison?

The period of time right after World War II was a dark and shady time for the United States. We had just exited hard fought wars on two fronts with the help of the Soviet Union, our ally. 1,397 more words

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Puss Moth Caterpillar: It's Cute, Furry, and Venomous

An internet friend of mine, math teacher Chris Lusto (@Lustomatical), regaled me with a tale of a buddy of his that looked like he got whacked in the face with a 2 x 4. 864 more words

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Vomitoxin: It Does Exactly What You Think It Does

The summer of 1972 was an unusually rainy season in the Corn Belt – the “I” states: Indiana, Iowa, Illinois – and many of the corn fields were infected by the fungus… 1,303 more words

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