Missing Joseph and finding Water Hemlock...

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03 Mar 2012 22:14 #1109394479 by LynnGwyneth
Missing Joseph and finding Water Hemlock... was created by LynnGwyneth
Found a BIG boo boo in this one. I Googled "water hemlock" since I was curious and it turns out the stuff is *so* poisonous it can be absorbed THROUGH THE SKIN!!!

So, if Juliet Spence had chopped up the water hemlock to put into the cooking pot, it wouldn't have mattered if she had taken an emetic or not. The only thing that could help her would have possibly been activated charcoal--and that's not likely, since it was absorbed through her skin, not her stomach; or benzodiazipines to stop convulsions.

Death may happen in as little as 15 minutes.

So, I guess we could hypothesize that she had completely impermeable gloves that she magically got rid of. B)

πόλλ' οἶδ' ἀλώπηξ, ἐχῖνος δ'ἓν μέγα

Ἀρχίλοχος (c. 680 BC - c. 645 BC)

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04 Mar 2012 03:40 #1109394480 by Nenne
Curious plant this Cicuta. I talked to a bothanist about water hemlock and he claimed it was not as poisonous as described. I guess it varies with where you harvest the plant and how you prepare it. But the great danger is in how similar it looks like other very edible plants as wild carrot and wild celery.

But as my mycology teacher said 'Don't eat it unless you're 110% sure it's edible...

"My love, I would love to come with you but you must first build me a palace" :D

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04 Mar 2012 04:40 #1109394481 by LynnGwyneth
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Guten Tag, Nenne! :) (or is it Guten Morgan? :) )

Interesting! Yes, the sources I read said that it had a sweet taste and odor like a carrot. So it's something that animals and people would find appealing to eat if found in the wild.

And yes, I agree, as someone who *almost* had to have a liver transplant. (I was on the list because of cancer and then got *very* lucky.) If you aren't 100% sure -- Don't Eat It!!!! Recently, there were 3 cases of wild mushroom poisoning here in California and two died and the third required a liver transplant. :ohmy:

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Ἀρχίλοχος (c. 680 BC - c. 645 BC)

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