Abrin is a poison made from seeds of the Rosary Pea plant. More deadly than the Ricin used by terrorists, Abrin has been used in Western medicine for medical research, but not as a medicine. Authorities working undercover on bl;ack market web sites discovered a man sellign Abrin and set up a buy. They busted Jesse Korff, 19, of Labelle, Fla. about whom they claim:
From November 2013 through Jan. 15 Jesse Korff produced, stockpiled and sold abrin for use as a weapon
Ayurvedic medicine (part of Indian culture) commonly uses poisons as medicine, including Abrin. But even in India the rosary pea plant seeds are mostly known as deadly. The seeds were used as a standard for currency valuations in ancient times, because the seeds were of very uniform weight, and very stable under changes in temperature and humidity. But mothers carefully taught their children: chew on one, and you will die.
According to Homeland Security, as reported by Philly.com, Jesse Korff not only knew Abrin was a poison, but sold it as a poison and instructed the buyer on using it to kill people:
Agents created a Black Market Reloaded user account, contacted the seller, asked questions about how to kill people using the drug, engaged in conversations with the seller, arranged a buy, arranged a drop-off and pick up, and basically executed a complete sting operation for the seller. He’s been arrested and charged.
According to the Mational Library of Medicine, Abrin is one of the most deadly poisons known to man:
Abrus precatorius seeds contain one of the most potent toxins known to man. However, because of the seed’s outer hard coat the vast majority of ingestions cause only mild symptoms and typically results in complete recovery. If the seeds are crushed and then ingested, more serious toxicity, including death, can occur.
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Ayurvedic Applications of Abrus precatorius plant: purulent conjunctivitis, Epithelioma, Ulcers, Inflammation, Gangrene, Gastritis, Hypertension, Nephritis, Brain tumor, Cardiomyopathies, Epilepsy, Septicemia shock, Tetanus, Purpura, Typhoid, Dysentery, Granular ophthalmia, Keratitis, Angina pectoris, Myocardial infarction, Valvular insufficiency, Cellulites, Cholera, Snake bite, Purgative, Emetic, Tonic, Aphrodisiac.