11.9.19

Killer hallucinogenic weed found growing on Upper West Side NYC street

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Now that’s some potent weed.

A wild spray of a hallucinogenic plant known as jimson weed — which can be deadly in small amounts and has been linked to turning people into “zombies” — cropped up on the Upper West Side before it was chopped down.

The patch of leafy greens and white, trumpet-shaped flowers grew a couple feet high in a plant bed at Columbus Avenue and West 93rd Street and was spotted over the weekend by former New York City Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe.


“What a long, strange trip: Bumper crop of Datura stramonium, aka Jimsonweed, growing in planting bed on Columbus Ave. Greenway at 93rd St. in NYC,” Benepe tweeted on Saturday. “A well-known hallucinogenic plant, it is also fatally toxic when consumed in even tiny amounts.”

The hearty weed begins blooming in the late summer, according to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. It is part of the nightshade family and related to tomato, eggplant, pepper, tobacco and potato plants — but there’s nothing delicious about it.

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