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A neurotoxin found in the nectar of certain rhododendrons and related plants, such as some laurels of the genus Kalmia, and in unpasteurized honey produced from such nectar, and causing temporary effects such as nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and irregular heartbeat if ingested.

[New Latin (Leucothoē) grayāna, species name (after Asa Gray) + toxin.]
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pungens forests within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, soaked in deionized water, and filtered to obtain extracts that probably included water-soluble grayanotoxins, a potential allelochemical common in members of the Ericaceae.
According to the article, this particular type of honey can contain substances called grayanotoxins, some of which may cause low blood pressure, slowed heart rate, vomiting, dizziness and other symptoms.
Add a little honey for sweetness, but beware the maddening aftermath -- if that honey is contaminated with compounds called grayanotoxins.