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As Strong As Morphine: This Natural Painkiller Grows in Your Backyard

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From injury to disease, pain is a very common ailment or symptom that can take down the toughest of the tough. It’s so prevalent that we are seeing a major epidemic with opiate dependency.

Unfortunately, with so many needing to find relief, it’s leading to a large portion of our population becoming dependent on a chemical bandage, often just masking the problem, rather than fixing the cause.

Unfortunately, it’s getting so widespread that the medical field views many of those in real need as “seekers”. So, instead of getting relief from tangible pain, people are being turned away. As a result, they are finding it illegally, and pain clinics and rehabs are popping up all over, trying to combat the addiction.

Lactuca Virosa is the scientific term for it, and many people have used it in place of addictive prescription pain medication. It’s a leafy and tall plant, with small yellow buds, and could be grown right out your door. More commonly found in North America and England, it’s a cousin to the lettuce we typically see at the grocery store. It’s also referred to as bitter lettuce, or more appropriately for the purpose discussed here, opium lettuce.

The reason it’s referred to as opium lettuce is due to the Lactuca Virosapain-relieving and sedative effects that it has been known to produce through a white substance found in the stem and leaves.

This milky substance is called lactucarium. And, while it doesn’t contain any opiates, it has similar side effects when used – it acts directly on the central nervous system (CNS) to lessen the feeling of pain, just like morphine.

Even though it seems to be the best-kept secret, it has a history of being used as an alternative to pain relief.

Back in the 19th century, wild lettuce was already being used by some as a substitute to opium. It was in the 70’s that it started to gain significant popularity by those wanting a more natural remedy. Individuals were starting to use it for both pain relief, as well as recreational purpose.

In the earlier days, people using wild lettuce prepared it a couple of different ways. One way was to cook the plant in a pan of water and sugar mix until it reduced to a thick syrup-like consistency. While this was an effective form, it was quite bitter even with the sugar added. The most common form, however, was drying the stem and leaves to use as a herbal tea.

The tea remains popular today. It’s also being dried for smoking, or vaporizing. If you don’t care to grow it yourself, it can also be purchased as a dried herb, extract, or resin substance.


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12 Responses to As Strong As Morphine: This Natural Painkiller Grows in Your Backyard

  1. Mark Schumacher says:

    Has anybody here tried it yet?

    • mary in TX says:

      not yet Mark but I have it on order…..going to switch my friend to this from hydrocodone

      • Mark Schumacher says:

        Let us know Mary, curious as hell to say the least. Problem is it get expensive as it gets more popular, but I guess you can grow it youself.

      • Mark Schumacher says:

        Just ordered a 3 oz package.

        • mary in TX says:

          I ordered the wild lettuce extract

          • Mark Schumacher says:

            Wondering which works the best, I’ll let you guys know on my end anyway. I can tell you this, Kratom work beautifully, but it’s not cheap.

            I use the “white mang da”, spelling might be off a little, there is like 30 different kinds of strengths etc. White mang da does the trick for me.

            Cant wait to try this lettuce though.

          • Henry Shivley says:

            Mark, I’ve made lettuce opium in the past and of course the wild lettuce puts out the better product. The fact is the British, during World War II, mass produced lettuce opium to deal with morphine shortages.
            Don’t hold me to this, but I believe opium is opium. The lettuce opium would definitely be clean, but I don’t know how it would fare with a piss test.
            Something to look into when deciding when and where to try it out.
            Just my thoughts.

          • Mark Schumacher says:

            Oh shit, forgot all about the piss test, damnit.. yeah, I’ve downed heaping spoonfuls of kratom right before a piss test, passed no problem. Thank God you said something, damn..

        • mary in TX says:

          Mark, I agree with Henry. I have read stories of people who failed the urine test after eating poppy seed rolls …..

  2. DL. says:

    I know this grows where I live. The problem is it looks so much like Jimsonweed (aka Datura) which is deadly in larger amounts (and a psychotic used by certain Natives and New Agers) that it is hard to tell the difference. Simply I will have to look for plants with tall height. Jimsonweed grows differently (eating it once almost killed a neighbor!)

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