International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Datura Stramonium L. - Narcotic, Anodyne or Poison?
Dr Marlene Julyan

The plant species Daturastramonium L.,which is a member of the Solanaceae family was well known to the Greeks and Romans as a soporific, narcotic and anodyne. Modern pharmacology and phytochemistry ascribe these properties to the plant’s possession of with tropane alkaloids. We can now understand how the ancient herbalists determined a particular dosage to achieve a desired effect.

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