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Accidental Contact Dose: Mild but Disturbing
Belladonna
by Rick O'Shea
Citation:   Rick O'Shea. "Accidental Contact Dose: Mild but Disturbing: An Experience with Belladonna (exp79669)". Erowid.org. Feb 14, 2018. erowid.org/exp/79669

 
DOSE:
  oral Belladonna (fresh)
    ocular Belladonna (fresh)

BODY WEIGHT: 230 lb


Saw 2 deadly nightshade plants one foot apart and 1.5m high; examined one out of curiosity.

Location Central Scotland- end of June. There were small buds in early pre-flowering state. I squashed one between finger and thumb. Clear juice expelled onto fingers. I uprooted plant and examined root- taking deep sniff, noting strong weedy bitter odour. I moved on and forgot about it. Picked and tasted some wild sorrel. Perhaps ingesting traces of forgotten belladonna juice from hands. I would have touched my eyes at some point probably too.

Half an hour later went quickly into trance-like state. Sensations of moderate confusion and panic. The state deepened rapidly, I was worried because I didn't know how far it would go and it was unexpected. I felt the World had become sinister and passers-by held dark intent. Birds were threatening and I felt they might drop out of the sky and attack. A strange young man (he was actually strange, I didn't imagine it) walking ahead started to annoy me by his presence and I imagined that same malevolence within him as with birds. I visualised taking extreme violent measures against him knowing it was fantasy and I would not- but disconcerted by my extreme thoughts.

There was giddiness and slight imbalance in the legs. I felt drowsy and lethargic. I could function almost normally. Next day when I awoke I felt short of air and heavy. It was difficult to wake. I had strong and vivid erotic dreams near waking time. I still did not feel right all day- same hypnotic state and some confusion, and constantly aware of it. Outside, considerable paranoia among crowds, the feeling of malevolence from some (however this town is an angry, bitter place in actual fact).

I was compelled to tell an acquaintance who asked casually after my health, about my predicament. I knew it was kind of inappropriate but then I remembered belladonna's reputation as 'truth serum' and felt this was responsible. Interesting. I felt compelled to spill my guts about anything that niggled me from the past. Disagreeable memories arose. Mild mood swings, guilt and depression. Waves of drowsiness and a sense of being in a slightly wrong and unpleasant version of reality. I don't use drugs anymore and I dislike this dopey state, I want my clarity back. It's like being on a sedative with sinister overtones. Reading is a little more difficult, slight blurring and eye strain.

This is nowhere near a trip but I get a hint of the drug's potential. This is the mildest end of the scale and an accidental dose-
This is night 2- I find myself being repetitious and still don't feel right after about 27hrs. I may be very sensitive to the plant: Perhaps it affects different people in different ways, I was prone to depression and mood swings in the past. Perhaps this specimen was super potent: I have no idea, and likely neither do you, the reader. Caution and be careful about handling it- wash your hands afterwards. It really could be potent.

Exp Year: 2009ExpID: 79669
Gender: Male 
Age at time of experience: Not Given 
Published: Feb 14, 2018Views: 3,595
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