Angel's trumpet psychosis: a central nervous system anticholinergic syndrome

R. C.W. Hall, M. K. Popkin, L. E. McHenry

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Abstract

The authors warn physicians that intoxication by Angel's Trumpet (Datura sauveolens) is becoming more frequent due to its use by adolescents and young adults as a legal, readily available hallucinogen. Ingestion of Angel's Trumpet flowers or a tea brewed from them results in an alkaloid induced central nervous system anticholinergic syndrome characterized by symptoms such as fever, delirium, hallucinations, agitation, and persistent memory disturbances. Severe intoxication may cause flaccid paralysis, convulsions, and death. Treatment with intravenous physostigmine reverses the toxic effects of Angel's Trumpet.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)312-314
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Psychiatry
Volume134
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1977

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