Datura can be any of the nine poisonous vespertine flowering plants belonging to the Solanaceae family. They are also locally known as Devil’s Trumpets. Datura was traditionally used for the treatment of asthma and as a strong analgesic in operations and bone setting. Juice extracted from the leaves of the plant can be used to cure ear ache.
It is a very powerful hallucinogen and deliriant. It very widely used in spiritualism and religion for the intense visions it produces. The effects of using Datura have been known to last anywhere between three days and one week. In some cases, blurred vision, dizziness and disorientation have lasted for many months.
It is legal to cultivate, buy or possess Datura in the United States. It can be sold without a license or prescription.
Ingestion of the plant or its parts can be poisonous enough to be fatal. So extreme caution should be exercised when it is used as a medicine.