The seeds can be pressed producing oil for lubricating machinery and for used in the production of paint, soap, linoleum and ink. The oil can be used as a laxative much to the absolute horror of children who had to drink it--ug.
Deadly toxins called toxalbumin ricin & alkaloid ricinin are found in the skin of the beans. If children are around the garden please remove the flower panicles before they bear fruit.
These toxins cause nausea and vomiting, headaches, stomach aches, bloody diarrhea, fever, shortness of breath, cold sweat, seizure and death. This sounds like the side-effects of many medicines, doesn't it?