It looks very like dandelion and a thistle, the wild lettuce has been used for many centuries as a sedative and painkiller. Even from the 1800s the wild lettuce was known as ‘poor man’s opium’ because it was used as a replacement for opium. The Hopi Indians used it to cause a mild euphoric dream state by smoking the sap. And it is still used today as a mild sedative in France as water distilled from it.
Wild lettuce has small quantities of relieving opiates in its resinous milky sap. It is also known as luctucarium when is dried after collecting. Lactucopicrin, lactupicrin and lactucin are the active compounds of lactucarium and have proven to contain equal or greater analgesic activity of ibuprofen in mice. The measurements of spontaneous movements in mice showed that lactucin and lactucopicrin also have sedative activity.
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It was also discovered by Iranian researchers, that even from the Victorian period the wild lettuce was used as sedative and painkiller. So, it is also possible that it was also used for eons. The Institute for the History of Science published a paper -- Lettuce, lactuca sp. as a Medicinal Plant in Polish Publications of the 19th Century, in which they stated that the strength of action of wild lettuce was weaker compared to opium, but it had no side-effects, and it also showed that the lactucarium is more efficient in curing than opium is. Even though the opium lettuce does not have any opium in it, it still has numerous characteristics that are very like opium. Besides offering pain-relieving benefits, it is also very helpful in treating coughs. It has also been used in the treatment of symptoms of mitigation of whooping cough (pertussis).
Many uses of opium lettuce
- Sleep and insomnia
Insomnia is one condition that wild lettuce is very helpful in treating.
- Migraines / Headaches
Wild lettuce has the power to decrease the severity and the frequency of migraine headaches.
- As mild euphoric
People mostly choose to use the wild lettuce for its opiate effects. Even though it does not have any opiates, it still induces the feeling of mild euphoria like real opiates. And it is 100% legal to use, and also can induce mild euphoric dream state and it does not show any results of a drug test.
It can be very efficient against anxiety due to its mild sedative effect.
Relieves tension and pain
Due to its effects similar to opium, wild lettuce is also known as opium lettuce. Besides easing the pain, it can also induce mild opiate. This particular property gives its power to ease pain.
Wild lettuce’s first use was to treat asthma. And it is still used today in the treatments for this condition, and people who suffer from asthma say that the wild lettuce has help them to reduce the asthma problems and make them less frequent and less sever.
But be careful because consuming a big amount of wild lettuce can lead to dizziness, anxiety, vomiting and nausea. So it is not recommended to put it in a salad.
Usage of opium lettuce
Thick milky sap bleeds out of the stem and leaf of the wild lettuce if it is broken or cut off. There are many ways to use the sap: it can be dried and consumed as tea, smoked or rarely in capsule form, the flowering and the leaves can be tinctured, or the sap can be made into an alcohol tincture, (Lactucarium). In tea there is about 1.5 grams of the sap of opium lettuce. It is considered to have sweet taste. Approximately 0.25 grams of it are smoked in a pipe. It is more powerful when it is smoked.