6. Hell’s Bells
Otherwise known as the less demonic-sounding jimsonweed, this plant grows naturally in North America and has been used for centuries as a home remedy but is more recently renowned for its hallucinogenic and delirium-inducing properties. Reports suggest that its use is conducive to open and free thinking and a more creative mindset.
The thing that makes this innocuous-sounding weed scarier than acid is the “complete inability to differentiate reality from fantasy,” according to the US Department of Agriculture. An extract from Robert Beverley’s The History and Present State of Virginia (1705) tells of a time that a group of soldiers unwittingly gathered a great deal of the weed to put into a salad and ate copiously. The results made for alleged “very pleasant comedy,” with one man kissing and pawing at his comrades while another sat stark naked, grinning like a monkey. However, aside from all this mischief, Beverley noted that “they would have wallowed in their own excrements, if they had not been prevented.”
If that’s not enough to scare the living daylights out of you, also know that the trip can last days, causing blindness, severe paranoia, and heart attack.