I am in Love With… “My Belladonna”

Georgia O’Keeffe’s Jimson Weed, 1936

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“Jimson weed is a plant. The leaves and seeds are used to make medicine.

Despite serious safety concerns, jimson weed is used to treat asthma, cough, flu(influenza), swine flu, and nerve diseases.

Some people use it as a recreational drug to cause hallucinations and a heightened sense of well-being (euphoria).How does it work?Jimson weed contains chemicals such as atropine, hyoscyamine, and scopolamine.

These chemicals interfere with one of the chemical messengers (acetylcholine) in thebrain and nerves.”

—from WebMD, http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-921-JIMSON%20WEED.aspx?activeIngredientId=921&activeIngredientName=JIMSON%20WEED (Accessed June 28, 2015)

…”you are in love with and you’re ready to sail…” (Stevie Nicks, Belladonna)

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