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California Poppy : Usable?

Discussion in 'Ethnobotanicals' started by Metalcore322, Jul 31, 2007.

  1. Metalcore322

    Metalcore322 Silver Member

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    Swim was wondering if anyone could help him.

    He has an entire garden full of (now-flowering) California Poppies and he was wondering if they can be used as a drug. If so, what methods would be best and what part of the plant would he have to use? Swim was thinking about smoking it and if thats not good enough, maybe some sort of extraction.

    Swim just prays he doesn't have to use the roots... :(
     
  2. Heretic.Ape.

    Heretic.Ape. Platinum Member & Advisor

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    They can be used as a mild sedative but do not contain the alkaloids characteristic of poppies used for medicinal (and recreational) purposes.
     
  3. Metalcore322

    Metalcore322 Silver Member

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    Is it the flower thats used or other parts?
     
  4. Heretic.Ape.

    Heretic.Ape. Platinum Member & Advisor

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    I can't remember... I think it was the flower that native americans smoked but if I were swiy i'd google it to be sure (or have you tried the forum search engine yet, there's probably something around here about it?).
     
  5. Metalcore322

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    There's barely anything about it here and for one to Google California Poppy is a dreadful experience. Thx for the info, I believe it's the flowers anyway.
     
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    California poppy leaves were used medicinally by Native Americans, and the pollen was used cosmetically. The seeds are used in cooking.
    Extract from the California poppy acts as a mild sedative when smoked. The effect is far milder than that of opium, which contains a different class of alkaloids. Smoking California poppy extract is claimed not to be addictive.[citation needed]
    A tincture of California poppy can be used to treat nervousness and, with larger dosage, insomnia.[citation needed]


    exert from http://www.answers.com/topic/california-poppy


    CALIFORNIA POPPY (Eschscholtzia californica)
    Material: leaves, flowers, and capsules of common wildflower
    Usage: Materials are dried and smoked.
    Effects: Very mild marijuana-like euphoria from smoking lasting 20-30
    minutes. Concentrated extract of plant may be more potent when
    ingested or smoked.
    Contraindictions: No apparent side-effects. Not habit-forming.
    Appears to be innefective when used again within

    exert taken from http://www.textfiles.com/drugs/lglhigh.txt
    24 hours.
     
  7. Thirdedge

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    You can use either the leaves or the flower petals. Smoke or make a strong tea or combine both. You can also boil up a strong tea, strain, then reduce to resin, leave in sun to dry for smoking.
    Effects are mild sedative, but a monkey once told a friend the resin is ok spread on some Cannabis and smoked in a bong.