Doctors Warn Kids Not To Ingest Seeds From Devil'S Weed PENTICTON - Three teens have been sent to hospital this month -- two to intensive care -- after experimenting with a deadly hallucinogenic plant. Dr. Marian Hutcheon, the Interior Health Authority's medical officer in Penticton, said yesterday the teens were admitted to Penticton Regional Hospital after ingesting datura stramonium -- also known as jimson weed -- to get high. "Two of the school-aged children required admission into the intensive care unit," she said. Datura, a large spiky plant that blooms into a white flower, is also known as angel trumpet, devil's weed, moonflower and thorn apple. It grows wild throughout B.C., and is gaining infamy among kids for its hallucinogenic effect. But among doctors, the plant is loathed for its ability to make those who eat it or smoke it very ill with symptoms such as confusion, agitation, anxiety, psychosis and seizures. "The kids see it as a drug to get high on, but the concern is there. It can make you very sick and even kill you," said Hutcheon. "Seeds are thought to be the most poisonous part," but all of the plant is toxic. A 13-year-old girl was in hospital yesterday recovering from her experiment with the plant. Her father, Dave Houlden, told BCTV News on Global that he had to rush the Grade 8 KVR Middle School student to hospital on Sunday when she became paranoid and delusional after eating datura seeds. "I didn't know if she would have brain damage, especially when they don't talk to you too much because they don't have the answers," he said. "[Overdose], that's what she did. Death was the next thing down the road." Dave Brunelle, KVR Middle School's principal, said he's speaking with other principals in the area about arranging assemblies to make the poisonings "a teaching moment," and educate kids to stay away from the plant. "This is very new to us. It's never happened before," he said. "I'm sure the students are speaking among themselves, and maybe the teachers are talking about it a little bit in the classrooms." Penticton Mayor David Perry said he will direct his staff to look into the possibility of cutting the tops off the plants, as Kamloops did in 2001 after 10 teens were sent to hospital after eating datura seeds. "Certainly we now will want to look at a strategy to minimize the exposure to these plants," he said. "We need to focus on getting the word out to these kids."