Wild Lettuce is discovered by Iranian researchers. It looks very like dandelion and a thistle. It has been used for many centuries as a sedative and natural painkiller. From the 1800s the wild lettuce was known as ‘poor man’s opium’ because it was used as substitute of opium. The Hopi Indians used it to cause a mild euphoric dream state by smoking the sap.
Wild Lettuce in its resinous milky sap has small quantities of relieving opiates. Luctucarium. Lactucopicrin, lactupicrin and lactucin are the active compounds of lactucarium and have proven to contain equal or greater analgesic activity of ibuprofen in mice.
Even though the opium lettuce still has numerous characteristics similar to opium, but does not have any opium in it. Besides offering pain-relieving benefits, it is helpful to treat coughs. It is good for treatment of symptoms of mitigation of whooping cough (pertussis).
Some uses of opium lettuce
- Sleep and insomnia
- Wild lettuce is helpful in treating insomnia.
- Migraines or Headaches
- The power of Wild lettuce is to reduce the severity and the commonly migraine headaches.
- As mild euphoric
For its opiate effects people often choose to use the wild lettuce. It still induces the feeling of mild euphoria like real opiates and does not have any opiates. It is 100% legal to use and also can induce mild euphoric dream state.
Its mild sedative effect is very efficient against anxiety.
Because of effects similar to opium, is known as opium lettuce. Besides easing the pain, it can also cause mild opiate. This particular property gives its power to calm pain.
First use of wild lettuce is to treat asthma. Today, it is still a cure for this condition. For suffers from asthma the wild lettuce helps them to reduce the asthma problems and make them less frequent and less sever.
Be careful for amount of consuming, because a big amount can lead to dizziness, anxiety, vomiting and nausea.
When wild lettuce it is broken or cut off, thick milky sap bleeds out of the stem and leaf.
Ways to use the sap:
- You can dry and consume for tea.
- For smoke or capsule form.
- Flowering and the leaves can be tinted. The sap is made into an alcohol tincture, (Lactucarium).
- In tea is 1.5 grams of the sap of opium lettuce.