I was reading one of my favorite foraging blogs today, Berlin Plants, when I came across this link to a scholarly article published in a medical journal called The Lancet entitled, “Clinical findings in three cases of zombification.” The author writes that Datura stramonium, also known as jimsonweed, might be seriously be involved in reanimating dead people. The footnote tells us that this possibility is explored in a paper from the 1980s called, “The Ethnobiology of the Haitian Zombie” by Wade Davis at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Wade apparently later turned it into a book, which you can check out on Amazon here.
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If you’ve been reading First Ways for awhile, you might remember this post in which I interviewed a friend about his experience ingesting Datura and going on a very memorable trip. That is quite a crazy thing to do, because datura is highly poisonous and can easily kill you at low doses. It was once even used as a murder weapon. That post is also a good source of background info on datura in general.
The Berlin Plants blog is another great resource to learn about datura, as it has wonderful photos. I subscribe to that blog and really enjoy it.
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