Wild Lettuce and Lactuca Virosa Guide
“My friend ordered this for me,at first I dont think it even givs me a kick.But!I was so wrong!It was so relaxing!If you mix it with calea,even better!Love It! Best herb ever! Try it and BELIEVE it!! ”
":-) Again a good natural herb , good for smoking with tabocco , ore drinking in tea , both ways will make you feel real relax , try it you`ll see ! "
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- iner world
"...i must say after actually smoking the extract i was pleasantly surprised i was very calm and tranquil i did indeed get a buzz that i actually liked. A weed like high i guess you could say but its not exactly the same. It wasn't harsh, quit smooth compared to what i expected. "
"i had a migraine for 3 years that even doctors couldnt get rid of. and i just add like half a teaspoon to my teabags when i make tea. and it cured me i cant drink the tea all day and not have to worry bout overdose and it gives me a calm mellow feeling and no migraine. "
" As always, Azarius provided excellent service. "
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- JJ, KS
"you can make small insicions in the stem and a milky white sap will come out much like opium (why it's called opium lettuce) and you just get some to drip on your knife and transfer it to a bowl let it dry and then smoke up!!!...I thought it was just like opium too, even tastes a bit like opium"
“ordered from these guys [Botanical Spirit] and got my first order in 2 days...premium stuff weighed out... i am very happy...thats customer service and care...”
"I ordered from Bouncing Bear Botanicals, and was impressed with the speed with which it was processed and shipped. In fact, when I received the box I wasn't sure what it was at first, because I thought there was no way I could place an order online on a Tuesday and receive my package that same week. I just placed another order..."
"It is fabulous stuff when smoked on the aluminium, really a nice stoned feeling. Get a little sweaty but very potent. Highly recommended and very legal. "
"“this is sweet. really really nice stuff:) the tea itself is quite nice, REALLY helps with the sleep, and even the buzzing in my ears. it's just a gentle, warm soft sleepyness it brings on. together with half a glass or so of wine, the best sleep you ever had! or just lie on your bed listening to music, erases all nervous thoughts. NICE! "
Wild lettuce, or Lactuca virosa, is a plant in lettuce (Lactuca) genus taken often for the mild psychotropic effects (sedative or hypnotic) it has, quite similar as commonly described to the effects of opium. However, besides the opium-like effects, it is also notable that the plant also has excellent antioxidant properties due to its flavonoid content. Apart from Wild Lettuce, this member of the lettuce family is also known as the Bitter Lettuce, Opium Lettuce, Laitue vireuse, Rakutu-Karyumu-So, and Poisonous Lettuce. The Wild Lettuce can be locally found in the southeastern and eastern portions of England and have been reported to grow wild in some parts of North America, although planned introduction has taken place in Washington, DC, Iowa, Alabama, and California.
The Wild Lettuce mainly flowers from July to September, a biennal plant quite similar to the Prickly Lettuce. The difference the Wild Lettuce has with the Prickly Lettuce is that the latter is former is taller, capable of growing up to 200 cm. It is also stouter, with leaves spreading out. As for the achene of the Wild Lettuce, it is purplish black and does not have bristles at the tip while it has the same pappus as the Prickly Lettuce.
The history of the Wild Lettuce is said to be traceable down to the Egyptians of the ancient times. Min, the Egyptian god of fertility, is closely tied to the Wild Lettuce as seen in a lot of his depictions where he is holding the plant. As such, the plant in their time was heavily regarded as a sex enhancer and aphrodisiac. The Romans also favored the Wild Lettuce, with Augustus claiming that the plant saved his life and Roman naturalists even writing extensively on the topic of the plant.
In the 19th century, Wild Lettuce was used whenever doctors couldnt get their hands on opium. In 1911, Great Britains Council of the Pharmaceutical Society extensively studied the plant and discovered that there are two chemicals responsible for imparting the properties the Wild Lettuce has. These chemicals are lactucin and lactucopicrin.
Until the 1940s, pharmaceutical companies set to work producing Lactucarium. Studies on the Wild Lettuce ensued and it was revealed that it was both a cough suppressant and mild sedative. When a Wild Lettuce leaf or stem is broken, milky sap oozes out. When this sap dries, it is called as Lettuce Opium, although it really doesnt contain any opiates. The sap can easily be extracted a number of ways but the most popular method is to soak the plant in alcohol. After several weeks pass, plant material is strained out. The remaining extract is Lactucarium, consumed by dissolving a few drops of the extract into your tea.
In the 1970s, there was renewed interest in Wild Lettuce. And today, it is un-scheduled according to the standards of the Food and Drug Administration, meaning that while the plant is heavily associated to have similar effects as opium, it is legal to own, purchase, and grow your own Wild Lettuce without having to acquire a license or prescription.
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