Overview

Tree tobacco is a shrub that grows to be about 5 meters high. It was originally found in Argentina, but now grows worldwide. The leaves of tree tobacco contain a chemical called anabasine. This chemical makes tree tobacco leaves poisonous when taken by mouth.

People use tree tobacco for boils, fever, headache, pain, sore throat, and as an insect repellant, but there is no good scientific evidence to support any of these uses.

How does it work ?

The leaves of tree tobacco contain a chemical called anabasine. Anabasine acts like a stimulant when taken at low doses and like a depressant when taken at high doses. This chemical also makes tree tobacco leaves poisonous when taken by mouth. Tree tobacco also seems to repel insects.

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