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Cicuta spp

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Cicuta sp., particularly Cicuta Maculata,  commonly known as water hemlock contain cicutoxin which directly antagonizes GABA-A receptors, resulting status epilepticus as soon as 15 min after ingestion.

Usually victims are adult foragers who mistake the plant for wild carrots or ginseng.

If soon enough after ingestion, can consider lavage. Benzos for seizures.