What is Poppy Tea?
Poppy Tea is a beverage comprised of the crushed pods of the plant Papaver Somniferum, commonly know as the Opium Poppy plant. Poppy Tea is made from the pods of the Opium Poppy which contain certain psychoactive alkaloids. These include Morphine, Papaverine, Codeine, and Thebaine. Consumption of Poppy Tea provides a natural form of relief from chronic pain, however it may be used for recreational value as well.
Side effects incurred by increased use include drowsiness, lethargy, mild stomach ache, itchiness, slowed breathing and nausea. Nausea can be attributed to the presence of noscapine and is more common in first-time or inexperienced users. High doses of Poppy Tea ingestion can cause dangerous side effects such as death through respiratory arrest or inhalation of vomit. Constipation often results from prolonged use of any opiate including Poppy Tea.
Frequent use of Poppy Tea generally results in tolerance and dependence. Chemical dependency varies in relation to the frequency of use, dose used, gender, age, weight, and medical condition. Once Chemical dependency has developed, abrupt termination of use will cause withdrawal symptoms including leg and abdominal cramps, vomiting, diarrhea, mydriasis, headache, insomnia, cravings and anxiety. Physical symptoms of withdrawal generally subside after 4–10 days but cravings and psychological dependence may continue for longer and with varying intensity for each user.
Poppy tea is an infusion, not a true tea, brewed from poppy straw or seeds of several species of poppy. The species most commonly used for this purpose is Papaver somniferum, which contains pium.
Poppy Tea appears no different than any other type of tea, that of an amber to brownish hue.
Opium tea, popp tea
Routes of Administration:
Short – Term Effects:
- Mild stomach ache
- Slowed breathing
- Inhalation of vomit
Long – Term Effects:<
- Severe respiratory depression
- Skeletal muscle flaccidity
- Reduction in blood pressure and heart rate
- Respiratory arrest