Poppy Tea Detox

Poppy tea detoxification cleanses the body of the toxic effects of poppy tea. Poppy tea detoxification brings a drug-dependent body to a drug-free state.

Poppy Tea

Poppy tea has been around for centuries, used as a pain reliever, for its psychoactive effects, and as part of traditional ceremonies. Today’s poppy tea consumers use this brew to soothe diarrhea, ease pain and cause sedation. Some people in Eastern Europe still use Koknar, or poppy tea, at important cultural events.

Consumers use the opium poppy plant, Papaver somniferum, to make poppy tea. Makers create opium and poppy tea from the same opium poppy plant, but use different methods to extract the active opiate ingredients from the plant. Drug manufacturers get opium but cutting a small slit in the seedpod of the living poppy plant then scraping off the opium sap that oozed out and dried on the outside of the plant. Consumers usually smoke the dried opium.

Growers allow poppies to fully mature before drying the plant, known as straw, for use in poppy tea. The walls of the dried poppy seedpod contain trace amounts of morphine. Poppy tea makers steep dried poppy seeds and straw in hot water or other fluids to infuse the narcotic alkaloids into a liquid form.

The opium poppy plant contains many alkaloids. The most active alkaloid ingredients are morphine, codeine, and thebaine. Drug manufacturers use these alkaloids to create semi-synthetic opioid pain relievers, such as oxycodone and hydrocodone sold as brand name painkillers OxyContin and Vicodin. Any product containing these alkaloids, including poppy tea, can cause physical dependence requiring detoxification.

Potency varies greatly among poppy plants according to location, agricultural techniques, and natural weather patterns. Pharmaceutical companies are able to concentrate opiate alkaloids to make them more powerful and stabilize dosages to control their effects. This stabilization also makes the effects of detoxification more predictable. There is no way to standardize the potency of poppy tea, so poppy tea detoxification can cause a wide variety results between patients.

Poppy tea works like its alkaloids and its semi-synthetic derivative brand name medications. These drugs bind to special opioid receptors in the nervous system to change the way the brain perceives pain messages. Scientists classify any drug that works this way as an opioid, including poppy tea.

Opioids cause other neurological reactions, with the most immediately noticeable being sedation, relaxation, and euphoria. 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. These effects make poppy tea and other opioids a prime target for recreational drug abuse. Poppy tea may cause other unpleasant effects including itching, constipation and headache.

Other, less evident, neurological effects cause subtle changes in how the consumer thinks, feels, and behaves. With regular use, these changes become more permanent to alter his ability to work, take care of children or other responsibilities, and interact with others. Left uninterrupted, opioid abuse can lead to joblessness and financial ruin, divorce or loss of child custody, homelessness, criminal activity and incarceration, illness, overdose, and death. Poppy tea detoxification interrupts this negative progression.

Poppy tea works like other opioids to slow diarrhea. Opioids stiffen smooth muscles around the body to make some organs rigid and less functional. Poppy tea affects the smooth intestinal muscles responsible for pushing stool through the digestive tract; opioids slow digestion enough for the body to absorb the excess water in diarrhea. This effect on gastrointestinal muscles may cause digestive issues during poppy tea detoxification, including vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal cramps.

Other organs contain smooth muscles affected by poppy tea and other opioids, including the muscles along blood vessel walls that control blood pressure. The skin uses smooth muscles to create goose bumps; the eyes use smooth muscles to constrict and dilate the pupils to make them smaller and larger. These effects become evident during poppy tea detoxification.

Opioid Dependence, Poppy Tea Detoxification and Withdrawal Symptoms

According to Institute of Addiction Medicine, almost 2 million Americans are physically dependent on opioids like poppy tea. Each of these individuals must engage in detoxification to reach an opioid-free state. Poppy tea detoxification causes unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.

Dependence and Detoxification

When someone uses poppy tea regularly for more than a few weeks, his body adjusts to the toxic effects of opioids. In time, his body even begins to depend on a certain level of opioids to feel normal - the individual becomes opioid-dependent.

When an opioid-dependent person stops using poppy tea, his body struggles to adjust to the new norm and eliminate the toxins left by chronic opioid use. Clinicians refer to this as detoxification. Detoxification can also refer to the medical process of lowering opioids and reducing the ensuing withdrawal symptoms.

Poppy Tea Withdrawal Symptoms

An opioid-dependent person experiences poppy tea detoxification through unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms begin a few hours after the last dose:

  • Stomach cramps
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Headaches

Opioid detoxification can also cause muscle aches, insomnia, lack of energy, and increased blood pressure or pulse. Withdrawal symptoms vary in intensity between people. While objectionable, withdrawal from poppy tea is not usually fatal.

Left uninterrupted, withdrawal symptoms persist for five days or longer before fading away on their own as the body completes the poppy tea detoxification process. These withdrawal symptoms do not reappear unless the individual returns to an opioid-dependent state.

Someone can reduce the intensity of withdrawal symptoms with non-opioid drugs. He can use, for example, Imodium to ease diarrhea and an over-the-counter analgesic to relieve headache and muscle aches. The individual could stop withdrawal symptoms completely by drinking more poppy tea or taking another opioid, but this relapse would reverse the effects of detoxification and return the person to an opioid-dependent state.

Benefits of Poppy Tea Detoxification

Poppy tea detoxification is an important step in the recovery process but, by itself, does little to change the behaviors or cultural pressures that may lead the patient back to chronic poppy tea consumption. Poppy tea detoxification stops withdrawal symptoms permanently, which allows the individual to focus on rehabilitation. Detoxification clarifies thought patterns, helping patients to make reasonable decisions about recovery. Poppy tea detoxification restores cognitive function and improves social and psychological well-being.

In addition to detoxification, most opioid-dependent people benefit from some degree of rehabilitation to learn how to identify situations that could lead to poppy tea consumption. Rehabilitation also teaches him how to refuse poppy tea when offered. Detoxification facilitates the patient’s entry into rehabilitation and helps him stay there long enough to reverse some of the neurological effects of chronic poppy tea use. Poppy tea detoxification reduces the occurrence of relapses and decreases the severity of drug use when relapses do occur.

Types of Poppy Tea Detoxification

Less than 10 percent of people dependent on poppy tea get professional assistance from a specialty facility, such as a hospital, outpatient clinic, mental health institution, or dedicated detoxification clinic. Most people try self-care, working with a private doctor, going to an emergency department, or while incarcerated.

All of these are viable choices, as treatment relies heavily on personal needs. One person might be dependent on poppy tea for only a short time and experience moderate withdrawal symptoms; this individual can probably perform poppy tea detoxification at home, without anti-withdrawal drugs or the guidance of a professional. Another person may have consumed poppy tea for years and have severe withdrawal symptoms or complications that make inpatient care necessary.


Some people perform self-detoxification at home, without the help of anti-withdrawal drugs or the guidance of a physician. Individuals wean themselves from poppy tea by drinking smaller amounts or weaker brews each day until they are no longer dependent on opioids.

Cold turkey

Others might suffer persistent withdrawal symptoms that make tapering impossible. These individuals might try discontinuing poppy tea abruptly, known as “quitting cold turkey” because of the way the person’s skin looks during detoxification: pale, cold, and clammy with goose bumps.

Natural remedies

Using natural remedies can reduce the severity of some withdrawal symptoms. For example, cayenne slows diarrhea while ginger soothes nausea. Yoga, massage, and meditation, helps with sleep and body aches.

Some people develop homemade treatment plans using prescription and non-prescription drugs to ease withdrawal symptoms caused by poppy tea detox. The Thomas Recipe calls for benzodiazepines like Ativan or Xanax to calm anxiety and promote sleep, L-Tyrosine for malaise, Imodium for diarrhea, and vitamin B and hot baths for muscle aches.

Medical Detoxification

Medical detoxification, sometimes called medication-assisted detoxification, uses opioid or non-opioid drugs to control the onset of poppy tea detoxification or manage its withdrawal symptoms. Outpatient clinics and inpatient facilities use different medications to perform poppy tea detoxification.

Outpatient clinics use opioid replacement drugs to ease symptoms during poppy tea detoxification. These replacement drugs, such as methadone and buprenorphine, mimic the effects of poppy tea closely enough to reduce withdrawal symptoms. At therapeutic doses, methadone and buprenorphine do not get the consumer high.

Clinicians start patients on a relatively high induction dose of the replacement drug then reduce daily doses during the tapering phase until the patient is no longer opioid-dependent.


A German chemist synthesized methadone for the first time in 1939 while searching for a safe and effective opioid pain reliever. Doctors around the world still prescribe methadone to relieve pain but physicians in the U.S. usually reserve this drug for the treatment of opioid addiction and dependence.

In addition to medication-assisted detoxification, outpatient clinics offer methadone as part of a maintenance program where the patient uses method to control symptoms while he participates in rehabilitation. He then engages in methadone detoxification after rehabilitation teaches him how to live without drugs. About 100,000 Americans use a methadone maintenance program; each of these individuals comes to a methadone clinic each day to consume a beverage containing methadone.

When used as part of medication-assisted detoxification, a clinician will start the patient on 10 to 15 mg of methadone then dosages by 10 mg each day until the patient no longer experiences withdrawal symptoms. Once the physician determines a safe and effective induction dose, he decreases subsequent doses by 10 mg each day until the patient is no longer dependent on opioids.


Outpatient clinics sometimes prescribe buprenorphine as part of a maintenance program or as an aid to tapering. Buprenorphine is a sublingual drug; the patient takes buprenorphine by placing a tablet under his tongue, where it dissolves and enters the bloodstream at the appropriate rate. Someone could abuse buprenorphine intravenously by dissolving the tablet before injecting the drug into a vein.

Buprenorphine is available under the brand name, Subutex.


Pharmaceutical companies discourage intravenous buprenorphine abuse by adding naloxone to the brand name preparation, Suboxone. When taken sublingually, naloxone does not affect the consumer. Intravenous use, however, neutralizes the effects of buprenorphine so the consumer does not get high. Furthermore, intravenous naloxone use causes withdrawal symptoms in opioid-dependent consumers.

Someone can seek the help of a hospital specialized detoxification facility, which usually use non-opioid drugs to lower opioid levels and ease withdrawal symptoms. This type of care is appropriate for anyone who has suffered an overdose or who has other health issues that prevent outpatient or self-care. A person battling multiple substance abuse problems, like alcoholism or co-existing dependence on non-opioid drugs, should participate in inpatient care. Inpatient care helps those who cannot complete poppy tea detoxification through less restrictive approaches.

Rapid Detox

Rapid detox is a safe and effective approach to poppy tea detox, bringing the patient to an opioid-free state much sooner than any other approaches. Anesthesiologists administer sedatives and anesthesia before giving the patient the usual detoxification and anti-withdrawal drugs, so patients doze in a comfortable “twilight sleep.” Patients awaken a few hours later, with no recollection of the uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms that may have prevented success in the past.

Our detoxification center: Who we are and what we do

We are a dedicated group of anesthesiologists and other professionals who receive additional training in detoxification procedures. We have helped thousands of patients achieve an opioid-free state since opening the doors of our fully accredited hospital more than a decade ago.

We screen patients for any illnesses that could cause complications. We then create a personalized treatment plan that may include rapid detox. Once a patient accomplishes poppy tea detoxification, he can continue recovery in our qualified aftercare clinic.

Comparisons of the Various Approaches to Poppy Tea Detoxification

Self-detoxification is the least expensive and most private approach to poppy tea detoxification. Outpatient care reduces withdrawal symptoms and complications, but some patients have trouble tapering from methadone or buprenorphine and this can prolong the duration of the opioid-dependent state.

Inpatient poppy tea detoxification provides the greatest protection from withdrawal symptoms and complications, and brings the patient to an opioid-free state in a relatively short time.

Rapid detox is the most humane and efficient approach, bringing the patient to an opioid-free state in hours in a physically and emotionally comfortable way. Patients have no memory of poppy tea detoxification and withdrawal symptoms.

Possible Complications during Poppy Tea Detoxification

While poppy tea detoxification does not cause death, underlying medical conditions and co-existing substance abuse problems can cause dangerous complications.

The greatest complication is relapse. Some patients relapse during poppy tea detoxification while others return to poppy tea after completing the detoxification process.

Self-Detoxification Possible Complications

Extreme vomiting and diarrhea can cause dehydration and imbalances of sodium, potassium, and other electrolytes. Poppy tea detoxification can increase blood pressure or pulse that can worsen some types of heart disease.

Outpatient Detoxification Possible Complications

Patients may become dependent on methadone or buprenorphine and remain on these drugs for months or years. Methadone and buprenorphine may be unsafe, especially when used improperly or mixed with alcohol or other drugs.

Inpatient Detox Possible Complications

While inpatient care provides maximum protection from complications, some patients may have trouble while withdrawing from poppy tea and other substances, especially alcohol, benzodiazepines, sedatives and anti-anxiety drugs.

Rapid Detox Possible Complications

Rarely, a person can suffer an allergic reaction to the drugs used in rapid detox. Sedatives can cause breathing problems in some patients, and patients receiving anesthesia can sometimes experience swelling, bruising, or infection at the injection site.

Myths about Poppy Tea Detoxification

Poppy tea has been around for centuries, so there is a lot of information about detoxification available but myths still prevent countless people from getting the help they need to complete poppy tea detoxification. Patient education reduces the severity of withdrawal symptoms, reduces the likelihood of complications, and improves the chances of recovery.

Self Detox Myths

Myth: Self-detoxification from poppy tea dependence is always safe for everyone.
Fact: Self-care can produce severe withdrawal symptoms and complications, making poppy tea detoxification potentially unsafe.

Outpatient Detox Myths

Myth: Methadone is too strong for use as an aid to poppy tea detoxification.
Fact: Methadone helps reduce relapse.

Inpatient Detox Myths

Myth: Nobody needs hospitalization for poppy tea detoxification.
Fact: Some medical conditions or co-existing substance abuse problems can make inpatient detoxification necessary for some people.

Rapid Detox Myths

Myth: Rapid detox is too sophisticated for poppy tea dependence.
Fact: Dependence on poppy tea can be as difficult to overcome as any other substance abuse problem. Rapid detox is appropriate for poppy tea detoxification.

Myth: Complete poppy tea detoxification takes days or weeks.
Fact: A reputable expert can perform rapid detox in one to two hours.

Poppy Tea Detoxification during Pregnancy
Women who are opioid-dependent face a higher risk for certain medical disorders, including anemia, blood infections, heart disease, depression and other mental disorders, hepatitis, pneumonia and gestational diabetes, or widely fluctuating blood sugar levels during pregnancy. Opioid-dependent women are at higher risk for contracting and spreading infectious diseases, including sexually transmitted diseases, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.

Opioid dependence increases risk for complications during pregnancy, labor and delivery. Hemorrhage, inflammation of the membrane surrounding the baby, separation of the tissue between the mother and baby, slowed fetal growth, premature labor and delivery, spontaneous abortion, fetal death. Methadone reduces these complications.

Detoxification is unsafe for pregnant women. Methadone is currently only approved treatment plan for pregnant women, although a 2012 U.S. Government study published in the New England Journal of Medicine calls buprenorphine “an acceptable treatment for opioid dependence in pregnant women.”

Self Detoxification and Pregnancy

Self-detoxification from poppy tea can be dangerous for a pregnant woman and her unborn baby. A pregnant woman should consult with a doctor before attempting even tapering.

Inpatient Induction to Methadone Maintenance during Pregnancy

A doctor will probably admit the pregnant woman to a hospital to start methadone maintenance therapy. He will likely start her on a relatively low induction dose of 10 mg to 20 mg on the first day and increase daily dosages based on her response, usually with daily increases of 5 to 10 mg with a maximum of 60 mg daily. Hospital staff will perform fetal monitoring to evaluate the baby’s response to methadone. The mother can expect to stay in inpatient care for about three days before the hospital releases her to outpatient care where she will continue treatment until she delivers the baby.

Inpatient Induction during Pregnancy

A pregnant woman may start methadone treatments as an outpatient. She will come to the clinic twice daily, first to receive a dose of methadone and again for evaluation. She can reduce her visits to once a day after her clinician establishes a safe maintenance dose. She may suffer withdrawal symptoms late in pregnancy; her clinician will increase dosages as necessary.

Any time a baby is born to a mother who takes methadone during pregnancy, the hospital will keep the baby under close observation for 72 hours after delivery. Regular use of methadone, poppy tea, or any other opioid during pregnancy may result in neonatal abstinence syndrome, or NAS, in the newborn. NAS causes withdrawal symptoms during the baby’s first weeks or months of life. Babies born with NAS also suffer from low birth weight, seizures, breathing problems, feeding difficulties and death.

What is the best method to detox from poppy tea?
The best method of poppy tea detoxification depends largely on the individual’s personal needs. Some people suffer only minor withdrawal symptoms and require little supervision, while others struggle with complications and need a great deal of professional support.

Anyone contemplating treatment should assess the degree of his own dependence, potential for withdrawal symptoms and complications, and his ability to abstain from poppy tea or other opioids. He should then choose the least restrictive form of poppy tea detoxification that is still likely to deliver him to an opioid-free state safely and effectively.



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