Indian Tobacco (Lobelia inflata) Seeds
contains several alkaloids, principally Lobeline. Native Americans had
many medical uses for various Lobelia. Studies have shown that
Lobelia inflata, also known as "puke weed" may contain the greatest
concentration of alkaloids of all Lobelias, and is considered deadly
poison in extreme quantities. Indians use the smoke to treat respiratory
problems and it has been shown to be effective against asthma and is an
ingredient in some cough medicines (Dobelis). It's purgative effects have
been used to expel worms. The plant has sedative effects and is so similar
in some respects to nicotine that it is an ingredient in commercial "stop
Warning: All Lobelias
should be considered toxic.
These seeds are
meant to be cultivated for ornamental or educational purposes only.
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