Discover the lost remedies used by our ancestors for centuries. And I'm not talking about rare and complicated insights that only a botanist knows. I'm talking about plants that grow in your backyard or around your house. Very common weeds.

Lactuca virosa, commonly called wild lettuce or opium lettuce, is a plant with psychoactive effects. Wild lettuce can be found growing freely in various regions of the world including Australia, America, Southern Europe and India.

Lactuca virosa has yellow flowers and can grow to be 2 meters tall. The name of the plant stems from its “milk-juice” (lactuca) and from the word poisonous (virosa). The milky sap is bitter, and has a narcotic smell.

This sap, lactucarium is present in all species of lettuce (hence the name lactuca), but wild lettuce has the most of this juice while garden lettuce (Lactuca sative) contains the least.

Wild lettuce has been used in medicine for hundreds of years for its various healing properties. As the name opium lettuce suggests, the plant has opium-like qualities, and has been used as a substituent for opium.

Effects of the wild lettuce:

Though the effects of wild lettuce are similar to those of opium, they are decidedly milder. Opium lettuce is a sedative, said to induce  a “hypnotic state marked by strange dreams”.*

The leaves of Lactuca virosa may be boiled in water to make a tea that has slightly sedative effects. However, it is the plant’s “milk-juice” that contains the largest concentration of active compounds.

Wild lettuce may be prepared and consumed in several ways.

Consumption of the substance causes the user to feel more relaxed, often euphoric and, at higher amounts.

This is wild lettuce also known as opium lettuce... for a good reason. It has side effects similar to Morphine but milder, being by far the strongest natural painkiller that grows in your backyard.

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This milky substance inside this plant doesn't contain any opiates, but it's acting directly on the central nervous system (CNS) to lessen the feeling of pain.

Many people have used it as a replacement for addictive prescription pain medicine.Wild Lettuce is un-scheduled by the FDA, meaning it is legal to forage, to grow, and own without prescription or license... just like the Native Americans used it to heal their pain.

Check the video below for more information about this miracle plant!




    • Lisa Marie Rowberry 24 July, 2017 at 08:09 Reply

      Don’t worry, it is not poisonous and it’s effects are self-limiting. It’s very closely related to dandelion. The article is wrong- “virosa” here means “viscous”, referring to its milky, sticky sap.

  1. Ann-Marie Ianncelli 24 July, 2017 at 16:48 Reply

    I love live outside Philly in Pennsylvania anyone know where I can buy some,seed or plant?

  2. KENTON L SCHASSBERGER 25 July, 2017 at 00:46 Reply

    Dandelions are known as succulents good for salads now, and better than other greens to eat. why my sister and i have hiked and worked wilds with only water to drink. we snacked on the wild thanks to field geologist parents

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