Hmm...where does one get seeds for those guys?
I just ID'd two big ol plants I originally thought were milk thistle. They are about chest high, perfect for harvesting. I'm saving all their seeds and pretty excited to try out a natural pain killer. (I am in NO shortage of nagging biting pain these days as my arthritis sets in where they worked on me) So, just a background on Opium lettuce. actuca virosa is a plant in the Lactuca (lettuce) genus, ingested often for its mild psychotropic (specifically hypnotic or sedative) effects which are often described as being similar to that of opium.[SUP][/SUP] It is related to common lettuce (L. sativa), and is often called Wild Lettuce, Bitter lettuce, Laitue vireuse, Opium Lettuce, Poisonous Lettuce, or Rakutu-Karyumu-So. It can be found locally in the south east and east of England. In the rest of Great Britain it is very rare, and in Ireland it is absent. It is also found in the Punjab Region of Pakistan India and Australia where it grows in the wild.
In North America, it has been documented as introduced in California, Alabama, Iowa, and Washington, DC, and grows wild in other parts of the continent.[SUP]
I have seen that they still to this day prescribe this AS opium to patients in France. Seeing as it's natural, free and perfectly legal, not to mention I got two big ass plants of it, this should be a very interesting venture. I'll let you know if it does anything or if it's a joke.