Wild lettuce is a popular and ancient plant. It has exceptional medicinal properties that everyone seems to have forgotten. A former and extensive use of this vegetable arouses controversy and interests today.
Lately, wild lettuce was used as a substitute for opium, in 1880 precisely. This is the reason why it was sometimes called “poor man’s opium”, in reference to the very strong analgesic effect of opium.
The passive curiosity of wild lettuce
Wild lettuce has been used by the Hopi Indians to induce sweet euphoric states from time to time and still used today in USA, as a relatively light sedative.
This lettuce is hybrid of a dandelion and a thistle, with the property of being able to relieve pain successfully due to its milky sap.
Moreover, Lactucarium is the name of the milky sap of the wild lettuce, not forgetting that the main active lactucarium compounds are called lactupicrin, lactucin and lactucopicrin, with equivalent analgesic effects to the ibuprofen (Advil), as was demonstrated on laboratory mice.
This plant was also used during the Victorian period and its effects were transcribed on paper in Polish publications of medicinal plants of the 19th century.
Although wild lettuce does not contain opium, it has the same properties and effects to relieve pain, but how should we consume it to enjoy its painkilling properties?
Consumption of wild lettuce as a natural analgesic (with 6 different effects):
Wild lettuce has a mild sedative effect that makes it ideal for relieving anxiety.
Wild lettuce has long been used as a treatment for insomnia.
To relieve pain and tension
Wild lettuce is also called “opium lettuce” because of its similar effect to opium. It is perfect for relieving pain and tension.
Wild lettuce is able to reduce the frequency and severity of migraines.
Wild lettuce was originally used as a treatment for asthma. Even now, many people claim that their use of the lettuce grass avoids several serious problems related to asthma.
To cause euphoria
The opiate effect is the little charm of wild lettuce. Wild lettuce produces a feeling of soft euphoria, very similar to soft and opiate drugs, although it does not contain real and effective opiates. Not only that its consumption is legal, but it provides a similar effect to opiates without causing you to lose your reasoning.
Eating wild lettuce at high doses can cause nausea, vomiting, anxiety and dizziness. So, it is probably best not to use it in salads.
How to use wild lettuce as a natural analgesic?
When a stem or leaf of wild lettuce is broken or cut, it will pour a thick milky sap. This sap can be transformed into an alcoholic dye (Lactucarium). Alternatively, fresh leaves and flowering leaves can be tinted, dried and taken in a tea, inhaled like smoke, smoked like a cigarette or less often taken in the form of capsules.
About 1.5 grams of opium salad sap should be infused into a tea. It has a sweet taste. About only 0.25 grams are allowed to be smoked in a pipe. The effect is considerably more powerful when this sap is smoked.