Opium Plants

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Opium Poppy Flower

 

This are just like any other plant and can even grow in your garden. Botanically speaking it's Papaver Somniferum plant, as everyone know its against the law but if someone really likes this red blossoms there is a good alternative to see blooming poppies and this is Papaver rhoeas, looks very similar to the opium poppy but has nothing in it which could be misused.

Seeds of both varieties and other plants in this direction are widely available throughout the world even through internet shops.

The seeds could even be available in a good stocked spice shop since they are used as spices for various food.

In Germany and Austria there is a popular small white bread  where the people in the bakery scatter  black poppy seeds  and bake it, when it is fresh, the pastry is delicious.

Many years ago I took some pastry with me when I went to Saudi Arabia (work assignment) not being aware of this, they guys at the airport searched me and found the pastry, there was a big bla bla around since they didn't know about this no narcotic version and I didn't know that this has botanically something to do with it.

It's similar to hemp,

the US government declared as a drug but there is hemp and hemp which looks very similar but the active narcotic substance is only in one of them. A that time the US president had a deep relationship with DuPond and they just invented the artificial fiber, they worked together to get hemp banned and after DuPond had the whole fiber market and made gigantic profits, its typical corruption on highest level. The flower plant is also available at nurseries and similar.

The thing is, in most countries the plant itself is not illegal only the resulting substance is illegal but growing it knowingly is again illegal, got the message?

A poppy flower

have been throughout history a symbol represent war veterans as we know from the Flanders Field in Belgium where some of the worst battles were fought in the WW1. Myths tell that this particular opium plant once stood snow white but morphed into blood red color after a fierce battle.

The ancient civilizations of the Middle East,
Babylon, Sumer etc. were most likely the first who used the opium for various applications, one was for pleasure as the name indicated translated somehow "joy plant", this was already over 3000B.C. Over time the
medical possibility of opium was discovered and the substance was mainly used as a painkiller and gave the name in Latin which is Somniferum means inducing, to get it to the point, don't use it gets you and all others around you into deep trouble because it changes your brain and you don't know anymore what you are doing finally and all started not with a opium poppy but but some people who are to weak in character to say no!

Poppy Flower
Poppy Flower in the north
Opium Poppy
Opium Poppy
ready for harvest

Opium Poppies
Harvesting drug for production

   
 
 
 
   
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