Devil’s trumpets are poisonous flowering plants belonging to the genus, Datura which has nine species. They are also known as moonflowers, jimsonweed, devil’s weed, thorn apple, and hell’s bells. When ingested, it can cause hyperthermia, blurry vision, tachycardia, psychosis, dry mouth, incontinence, insomnia, and even death. Some become aggressive, intolerant to light, and paralyzed. Devil’s trumpets are classified as hallucinogens and they had been used for various purposes in history.
For instance, women in Italy were reported to use the plant to enlarge their pupils; magicians from indigenous groups used it to cause harm to enemies; and certain tribes utilized it in some of their spiritual practices. It is called such due to its trumpet shaped flowers and psychoactive effects.