Poppy Seed Tea
Poppy Seed Tea
Poppy seed tea is brewed from the seeds of the poppy plant. The seeds can be bought at any grocery store, and large quantities can be used to produce a narcotic effect. It seems that poppy seed tea is just one more way that teens are getting a cheap “legal” high. Grocers report that poppy seeds are being stolen or bought in bulk and the Internet is flooded with sites that are selling poppy seeds.
However, poppy seed tea is not a very widespread problem. There are many factors for this, not the least of which is that heroin and prescription painkillers are cheap and easy to get these days. Also, poppy seed tea has a very foul bitter taste, and you have to drink a lot of it to get high.
So far, there has only been one reported and confirmed case of death due to poppy seed tea. The parents of the victim, who was 17, have created the site poppyseedtea.com to warn others of the dangers of drinking poppy seed tea. They report that their son had taken poppy seed tea several times, always using the same amount of seeds. On the night of September 12, 2003, he drank poppy seed tea as usual. The next morning, his parents found him unresponsive, with yellowish fluid oozing out of his mouth. The coroner’s report confirmed that he had died from pulmonary edema consistent with an overdose of opioids. The lab tests revealed a high level of morphine and the presence of codeine in the tea, as well as high morphine levels in both blood and urine.
Some pharmacology experts are skeptical about the ability of poppy seed to produce a high. They say that the amount of morphine in the tea, if present at all, is too small to create any real effects. Regardless, the web is littered with recipes and extraction methods that allow you to get high from poppy seed tea.
Whether or not the various recipes on the internet actually yield a morphine-laden drink, the class of drugs derived from the opium poppy plan is one of the most addictive groups of drugs in existence. Opiates are widely known for their abuse potential.
Effects of poppy seed tea vary widely depending on dosage, on individual sensitivity, and on opiate tolerance. Usually, the user experiences a warming sensation and a sense of lightness and pleasure. They might also experience drowsiness, mild stomach ache, lethargy, urinary retention, respiratory depression, and nausea. Constipation is another common effect of poppy seed tea.
Frequent use of poppy seed tea can result in high tolerance and dependence. The rate at which you develop dependency depends on frequency of use, dose, age, gender, weight, and any medical condition you may have. Once dependency has developed, reducing or stopping use will result in withdrawal symptoms, which can be severe. Withdrawal symptoms for poppy seed tea are similar to those of other opioids. They include sneezing, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, chills, headache, chills, insomnia and anxiety.