Poppy Tea

Poppy tea is any herbal tea infusion brewed from poppy straw or seeds of several species of poppy. The species most commonly used for this purpose is Papaver somniferum, which produces opium as a natural defense against predators. In the live flower, opium is released when the surface of the bulb, called the seed pod, is scratched. For the purpose of the tea, dried pods are more commonly used than the pods of the live flower. The walls of the dried pods contain opiate alkaloids, primarily consisting of morphine.

The tea is consumed for its narcotic, analgesic, and anti-diarrheal effects. This tea is depicted both in Asian literature and Western literature, such as in opium dens. It can also be used in small amounts as an analgesic, anti-diarrhoeal, and sedative for many mammals and birds.

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Poppy Tea - Deaths
... In 2003, a fatal overdose of poppy seed tea was reported on a website written by the victim's parents, which alleged that a sample of poppy seed tea was sent for ... to have used 3.5 pounds (1.6 kg)of poppy seeds in his tea preparation as on several previous occasions ... The concentration of morphine in the tea was shown to be around 250 μg/ml and the amount of morphine which had been consumed by the individual was around 500 mg ...
Doda (drug) - Preparation and Consumption
... There are many different preparations of poppy tea ... Most methods call for the "poppy straw" material (the seedpod and sometimes the stem) only to be used ... However, there are dozens of poppy seed tea recipes ...

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