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  • Such is the title I now apply to this photograph, whereas it was just an untitled floral close-up before today. Untitled that is until I learned about them.

    This is something I thought I should share on every social venue I'm involved with, across the board.

    I posted a photo set of these on tumblr yesterday, and referred to them as ‘giant morning glorys’. Well,... today, a friend on tumblr; dreamsinthyme, helped me to identify them,… they're Moonflowers.

    Once I knew what they were, I did some research on them. They bloom only at night. They are also mildly poisonous, and some are a source of hallucinogenic compounds.

    For anyone stupid enough to want to try them out, the white ones aren’t going to give anyone a high, only the purple ones do that. They will both cause severe diarrhea, cramping, heart palpitations, extreme salivation, (drooling) along with various stages of skin rash, twitching, vertigo, and itching, all combined with breathing difficulties and loss of consciousness, not to mention visual blurring due to pupil dilation, disorientation, nausea, vomiting, and a host of other health problems and discomforts, the list of which could fill a library shelf.

    There is a growing problem with them in some localities, as young people have discovered that they are an unregulated drug. They are causing though, a lot of hospitalizations wherever they are being abused. The flowers and seeds are being brewed into a tea, and then ingested. So far, no long term or permanent damages are being reported by any health officials anywhere.


    This isn’t quite the same as smoking banana peels though, kids. These will mess you up!

    If one doesn’t mind appearing to be a slobbering, spastic, incoherent aids victim in the final stages of the disease, all the while shitting yourself uncontrollably, this might be just the drug for all the stupid people in the U.S.,…And it’s completely legal!

    They are beautiful to look at, and perhaps they’re best kept that way.

    Just shows to go ya, ya learn something new every day.

    The first article I came across is; Suspected Moonflower Intoxication --- Ohio, 2002: @ http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5233a2.htm
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