People have used poppy tea for centuries, both to relieve pain and for its psychoactive effects. Modern consumers use poppy tea to soothe diarrhea, relieve pain and for sedation. Poppy tea is known as Koknar in Eastern Europe and is included in certain social ceremonies and gatherings. Learn More About Poppy Tea Uses
Poppy tea is made from the same plant as opium - Papaver Somniferum. Opium is made by cutting a small slit in a living poppy plant seed pod. In contrast, poppy tea is brewed from dried poppy plants and seeds. The walls of the dried poppy seed pod contain trace amounts of morphine. The dried poppy seeds and straw are steeped in hot water or mixed with other liquids to infuse the narcotic alkaloids into a fluid form. Potency varies greatly from plant to plant, so there is no standardized dose for poppy tea.
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The morphine alkaloids in poppy tea bind to pain receptors to send messages of pleasure and euphoria to the brain. Poppy tea changes the way your brain perceives pain. Poppy tea reduces diarrhea by acting on the smooth muscles of your digestive tract to slow down the passage of stool.
Poppy tea effects typically set in about a half hour after consumption and last for up to eight hours. These effects include sensations of warmth, pleasure, elevated mood and feelings of euphoria. The consumer may also experience drowsiness, loss of concentration and sleepiness. Unpleasant effects include itching, constipation and headache.
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Do not consume poppy tea if you are allergic or sensitive to other opiates. Like other narcotics, poppy tea can cause your breathing to become slow and shallow, in a condition known as respiratory depression. Avoid poppy tea if you have ever struggled with dependence on other opioids.
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You may experience side effects while taking poppy tea. Side effects include drowsiness, mild stomach ache, lethargy, itchiness, slowed breathing and nausea. Stop taking poppy tea if side effects become severe or do not go away on their own.
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If you suspect that you or someone you know has taken an overdose of poppy tea, seek emergency assistance immediately. Contact your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222 or go to the emergency room. While at the hospital, you can expect emergency, life-saving treatments including activated charcoal, artificial respiration, fluids, laxatives, medicine to lower poppy tea levels in the blood, medicine to reverse the effect of the poppy tea or a tube through inserted the mouth into the stomach to wash out the stomach.
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Poppy tea is a Schedule II drug, which means it carries a significant risk for abuse and physical as well as psychological dependence. Pharmaceutical companies legally manufacture poppy tea for licit use as a pain reliever but abusers obtain poppy tea through forged prescriptions, bogus prescription call-ins to pharmacies, "doctor shopping" as well as theft from pharmacies and friends. Read More About Poppy Tea Abuse
You may experience unpleasant withdrawal symptoms when you stop drinking poppy tea. Symptoms vary in intensity from person to person. Withdrawal symptoms include cravings, vomiting, cramps, headache and diarrhea. Read More About Withdrawal from Poppy Tea
Dependency and addiction to poppy tea is often difficult to overcome on your own. Today, there are many qualified in-patient and out-patient treatment facilities where trained professionals can minimize withdrawal symptoms, detoxify your body and give you the tools you need to live drug-free. Talk with your doctor about detoxification, rehabilitation and counseling therapies to treat addiction to poppy tea and other opiates. Learn More About Poppy Tea Detoxification Programs