Nan's Nook : Archives : Botanicals : Poppy Gardens
First, some pictures of the Opium Poppy, Papaver Somniferum:
OPIUM POPPY - note the light yellow pollen in the head/pod
OPIUM POPPIES - see the green/white pollen in head/pod.
OPIUM POPPIES HEADS/PODS AFTER FLOWERS ARE GONE
OPIUM POPPIES - See NO hair on stems. Notice the ROUND shape of pods ^^^^^
Some pics of NON opium poppies, these have NO opium:
Corn poppy heads/pods, NO opium in these. Pods are not completely round
Oriental Poppy, NO opium in these. They are very hairy.
Oriental Poppy, NO opium. See the dark purple pollen on the head/pod. Also pod is not completely ROUND as in OPIUM poppies
Oriental Poppy, NO opium. See the dark purple pollen on the head/pod.
HOW TO MAKE OPIUM:
When you find the RIGHT poppies that are OPIUM poppies an not the others ones, here is what you must do:
Take a razor blade and cut around the pod so milk comes out of the pod. See pictures below:
When this milk comes out, let it DRY for several hours. The white milk will be
black or brown.
Then take and scrape off the brown/black dried milk from the pods.
Now you have OPIUM. You can smoke this, or mix it with water and drink it.
You can also take the heads and cut them up and put them in warm water, let them be there 30 minutes with lemon juice, and stirr alot. Then filter/strain the solution to get rid of plant material and drink a cup of Opium Tea.
Only use 5 pods for first time!