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Side Effects of Saffron

Crocus Sativus is considered to be slightly toxic. This is because the corms and stigmas of the plant are known to contain toxic substances. The essential oils found in the stigmas and the bitter picrocrocin is known to trigger large amounts of income poisoning. However generally, saffron is safe to use as a spice or dye.

People who consumer more than 5 grams of saffron at a time may develop Kolliker. Kolliker can cause spontaneous skin and mucus membrane bleeding, dizziness, stomachache with vomiting and also diarrhea. Also, it is a possibility for a person to induce convulsions or a collapse. This collapse will be associated with a decreased blood pressure and pulse rate.

In past times, saffron was even used in abortions. With a dosage of more than 10 grams, a woman would then suffer severe bleeding which will contribute to the eventual loss of the child. Also, its symptoms are quite similar with severe poisoning.