The Cultural Importance and Pharmacology of Datura

Lecture | May 16 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Tom Carlson, Teaching Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology and Curator of Ethnobotany, UC Berkeley

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Different species in the plant family, Solanaceae including the genera Datura, Brugmansia, Nicotiana, Atropa, Hyoscyamus, and Mandragora are used as inebriants and as medicinal plants. We will explore the cultural and pharmacological importance of Datura and related species. FDA approved pharmaceuticals e.g., atropine and scopolamine have been extracted from these plants.

Tom Carlson is a physician and an ethnobotanist. He is a Teaching Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology and Curator of Ethnobotany at the University and Jepson Herbaria at University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Carlson has conducted health-related ethnobotanical research with traditional healers representing over forty different ethnolinguistic groups in twenty different countries in Africa, Asia, Oceania, Latin America, and North America. He teaches courses and conducts research in ethnobotany and human biology at UC Berkeley.

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