Oleander (Nerium Oleander)
This plant is known for its amazing pink flowers. Many people know that this plant is very toxic, but still – they keep it as a hedge and ornamental flower in their yard. You should know that all oleander parts are deadly and contain a toxin called oleandrin and nerine. So, if it’s accidentally ingested, oleander can cause vomiting, diarrhea, erratic pulse, seizures, coma, and death, and for some people even the slightest physical contact with this plant can lead to a rash and irritation. You will be shocked when we tell you that this plant is so poisonous that some people have gotten ill from eating honey made from bees that extracted pollen from this plant. However, oleander poisoning is really rare because the plant has a very bitter taste and doesn’t encourage anyone to taste it.
Tobacco (Nicotiana Tabacum)
Did you know that tobacco is the most widely grown commercial non-food plant in the world? And, you should know that all parts of the plant, especially its leaves, contain the toxic alkaloids nicotine and anabasine, and can be fatal if eaten. Despite its designation as a cardiac poison, nicotine from tobacco is widely consumed around the world and is both psychoactive and addictive. According to the latest statistics, tobacco use causes more than 5 million deaths per year, making it perhaps the deadliest plant in the world.
This toxic plant is a native South American plant and contains three powerful toxins: atropine, hyoscyamine and scopolamine, which has mind altering properties. Its deadly properties are not so deadly on its own but more when it’s used as a biological weapon by people. In a documentary, called “Colombian Devil’s Breath”, the makers explained how this toxic plant was used by criminal gang members to turn their victims into walking zombies. It has the power to make its victims unaware of what they are doing but still completely conscious. In the documentary there were a number of horrifying stories about people who were taken advantage of under the effect of this plant. The most shocking story is that one man, who was exposed to scopolamine powder, helped thieves rob his own apartment and he even helped them load the stuff into the truck.
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