B&W Sunday: The Big O Party
This Sunday I was thinking about making some opium poppy tea. 😉
Fancy a cup, anyone?
When I look at a delicate crimson poppy flower I tend to forget that its capsule contains seeds used to produce the most potent analgesic and the most addictive narcotic in the world.
Here are a few facts about the opium poppy:
- It was first grown in the western Mediterranean (southern France and Italy) some 4000 years BC,
It is cultivated in some parts of Europe, Latin America, Tasmania, in several countries of Southeast Asia and Latin America, but the only country authorised to produced gum opium is India.
- The opium poppy was the cause of the 19th century opium wars between England (later France too) and China which resulted in ceding Hong Kong to the British.
- The principal alkaloid and powerful active ingredient in opium is morphine which has proved to be the the most efficient pain killer ever known.
- The most potent drug, heroin (from German “heroisch,” which means “heroic, strong”) is produced from morphine.
- In the language of symbolism the poppy represents Morpheus, the Greek God of dreams.
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