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Opium-like painkiller alternative can be found growing in your backyard

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Wild lettuce, a healthy morphine-like pain alternative growing in your backyard

Wild lettuce is a tall, leafy plant with small, yellow buds commonly found in gardens across North America and England. Also known as Lactuca Virosa, opium lettuce, or bitter lettuce, this medicinal plant has long been used in folk medicine as a substitute to opium, hence its name opium lettuce. While it has been used for centuries, it was in the 1970s that it started to gain significant popularity, both for pain relief and recreational purposes.

Opium lettuce’s pain-relieving and sedative effects come from the white substance, called lactucarium, found in the stem and leaves. Just like morphine, compounds in the milky substance act directly on the central nervous system to lessen the feeling of pain. Unlike its name may suggest, the plant doesn’t contain any opiates and is legal.

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http://www.naturalnews.com/2017-04-09-opium-like-painkiller-alternative-can-be-found-growing-in-your-backyard.html

Anyone ever tried this? Going outside to look in the morning! lol

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Never tried it. I remember reading somewhere large doses are toxic.

Read up a bit on webmd:

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WILD LETTUCE Side Effects & Safety
Wild lettuce seems safe for most people in small amounts. Large amounts, however, can slow breathing and might cause death.

Applying wild lettuce directly to the skin can cause irritation. Large amounts can cause sweating, fast heartbeat, pupil dilation, dizziness, ringing in the ears, vision changes, sedation, breathing difficulty, and death.

Special Precautions & Warnings:
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of wild lettuce during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia, BPH): Don’t use wild lettuce if you have this condition. It contains a chemical that can harm people who have trouble urinating.

Allergy to ragweed and related plants: Wild lettuce may cause an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to the Asteraceae/Compositae family. Members of this family include ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, daisies, and many others. If you have allergies, be sure to check with your healthcare provider before taking wild lettuce.

Narrow-angle glaucoma: Don’t use wild lettuce if you have this eye condition. It contains a chemical that might make glaucoma worse.

Surgery: Wild lettuce can affect the central nervous system. There is a concern that it might cause too much sleepiness if it is taken along with anesthesia and other nerve-numbing medications used during and after surgery. Stop using wild lettuce at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.

http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-342-wild lettuce.aspx?activeingredientid=342&activeingredientname=wild lettuce

Use caution and have fun :D

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On 4/9/2017 at 0:13 AM, Cinnamon said:

Wild lettuce, a healthy morphine-like pain alternative growing in your backyard

Wild lettuce is a tall, leafy plant with small, yellow buds commonly found in gardens across North America and England. Also known as Lactuca Virosa, opium lettuce, or bitter lettuce, this medicinal plant has long been used in folk medicine as a substitute to opium, hence its name opium lettuce. While it has been used for centuries, it was in the 1970s that it started to gain significant popularity, both for pain relief and recreational purposes.

Opium lettuce’s pain-relieving and sedative effects come from the white substance, called lactucarium, found in the stem and leaves. Just like morphine, compounds in the milky substance act directly on the central nervous system to lessen the feeling of pain. Unlike its name may suggest, the plant doesn’t contain any opiates and is legal.

<snip>

http://www.naturalnews.com/2017-04-09-opium-like-painkiller-alternative-can-be-found-growing-in-your-backyard.html

Anyone ever tried this? Going outside to look in the morning! lol

Yes, and it works... Feels more like a mild sedative, works very well as a sleep aid...  My grandmother would eat it like a salad...   I've noticed that the plant produces more lactucarium as the plant gets older and closer to produceing seed...  You can order seed on ebay...

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No, they call it witch weed because they rip off hillbillies with it. No high. Just fall asleep. The natural, no concentrate or anything, plant is used for teething or colicky babies.

Kratom is much better. A tsp = a loratab and it has muscle relaxing properties too. There are energetic daytime and more relaxing/sleepy night strains. We do the "gourmet" here in NM for pros & health shops, but the so-called "opium crisis" has people looking at good alternatives and we are "main stream" I guess now 😬

About to get a specially fermented one for the most relaxing effects, so that ought to be inteteresting. Be aware of some shop stuff.....way costy and old or lower % in the first place. But a great herb! 😎

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you guys and girls may find the Petersen's guide books very helpful,

they are made specific to the different areas of the USA, we have used them for years to find out what is good and how to identify them

here is the one for the western USA, I have to use the one for the southwest USA, also you can find them used for almost nothing!!

A Peterson Field Guide to Western Medicinal Plants and Herbs

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This place is covered in lactuca. They don't get as tall/big as they do in the ozarks, but prolific. You use the entire plant, cut off at the ground. 

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