Pokeweed is native to eastern North America, the Midwest, and the Gulf Coast, with more scattered populations in the far West. It is also naturalized in parts of Europe and Asia. Additionally, pokeweed poses a danger to human and animal populations via poisoning; with toxicity levels increasing as the plant matures, and with poisonous fruit. This very poisonous purple-red ripe fruit poses danger to children and animals who may want to taste it.
Much pharmaceutical research conducted is in taking known poisonous substances or new compounds, and attempting to use them in tolerable amounts to produce a desirable affect in regard to various unwanted conditions.
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