|Figure 6 -- A variety of asthma cigarettes were available.|
Atropine was first derived from the belladonna plant in 1833. By 1867 Atropine was isolated by von Bezold. It was then determined to be a component alkaloid of the various nightshade plants found in India, including the datura strammonium, atropa belladonna, and the hyoscyamus niger (black henbane), and Lobelia inflata (According to encyclopecia.com)
Early studies showed atropine was the potent component in the plant, the same component that dried secretions, increased heart rate, opened air passages, and produced a hallucinogenic effect. It was the ingredient that that made the nightshade family of plants so sought after.
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