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Belladonna (Tropane) Alkaloids

Classification: Hallucinogenic deliriant

Common Names/Nicknames: Belladonna, devil’s berries, nightshade, Jimsonweed, thorn apple, moonflower, stink weed, mandrake

Active Compound: Atropine, scopolamine

Found in: Nightshade plant, Jimsonweed plant, mandrake root, other Solanaceae (nightshades) plants, prescription atropine, prescription scopolamine

Mode of Consumption: Ingestion, mucosal absorption (ocular), injection

DEA Scheduling/Legal Status (in US): Unscheduled. Legal with prescription only


Hallucinations, delirium, amnesia, reduced bloating, increased heart rate, dilated pupils


Memory disruption, confusion, coma, fatal overdose

Dangerous Drug Combinations: 

Potentially fatal mix with cocaine, amphetamine, and other stimulants. Potentially fatal combination with alcohol, barbiturates, methaqualone, benzodiazepines, and other drugs that suppress breathing. Possibly dangerous combination with antidepressants, ecstasy, and other drugs that affect serotonin levels

Special Considerations: 

Tropane alkaloids are rarely abused because they tend to produce an unpleasant high and are incredibly toxic, carrying high risk of fatal overdose

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