As a gardener and avid reader of articles and books related to gardening and horticulture, I’ve more than once stumbled upon a curious assertion that the Bread Seed Poppy, Papaver somniferum, is actually the Opium Poppy and therefore illegal to grow. I didn’t give the claim much credence, because the seed is sold openly by such venerable establishments as Thompson and Morgan, Burpee, Park Seed, Cooks Garden Seeds, and many others.
yeah lilli i think you would do better direct sowing poppies. my experience is that if that root is bothered at all then the plant dies. i winter sowed some in newspaper pots. we had a dry winter and none of them germinated.
here when it gets hot the poppies go dormant. do they go dormant in more temperate places?
i wondered about these poppies. i do love the flowers of the opium poppy. when homeland security came to my house i had opium poppies blooming all over. they either didn't know what the flower was or they didn't care. and i wasn't volunteering information. and it sounds like that with the government having so many other problems that this one might not be high on the list. besides any time they want you they have that law to use against you anyway.
i would hate to lose this flower from my garden. i didn't know their was opium in the seeds though. or that they could cause a positive on a drug test.
and larry....do you really have "volunteer" marijuana plants in your yard? that blows me away. you said hemp. so some hemp does not have thc?
i think the plant is very beautiful. i have never even seen a real one. what IF you didn't pull them up? surely the authorities know that they are there growing in all your gardens?
Hi Barb--Nice to hear from you! The marijuana, raised in our area as hemp for ropes during WWII, escaped from the fields and has naturalized. Check out the side note in brown in this article: http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/1886/. I should add that eventually, the hippies figured out a way to concentrate the thc from the Amana hemp, and the recipe made its way through underground newspapers of the era.
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Barb, I have successfully started poppies in peat pots and moved them out to the garden. Not the pellets, but the 4" pots. And I agree, I'd love to be able to grow hemp just because I like the look and scent of the plant.
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
LOL! How can I get some seeds for those illiegal poppies. I want to grow them just to say I grew them? :)
My son said a kid in school got in trouble for wearing a t-shirt that has a marijuana leaf on it. I told him if he had one of those shirt and they questioned him, just tell them it's a Texas Star Hibiscus. If they don't believe him have 'em look up the photo.
Some people out in the country grow marijuana in scattered spots in areas of their own or other people land. They're crazy to do that, but even if the neighbors notice something, they usually keep quiet. I wouldn't if any was put on my place!
You all will love the above link. Latex is concentrated form. A pod or two for tea won't give you a high, maybe constipation and relief from rheumatic arthritic pain. As to the seeds, you will die of stuffing yourself before any opium kicks in . As to the straw part, well everyone has a right to be idiotic once in a while.
You need at least forty plants to get enough opium gum for one fix so a few plants growing in the garden is stretching the imagination a bit.
Cannabis is a controversy. It has no harmful side effects except that you have to smoke it on a carrier like tobacco which might cause symptoms of false Tuberculosis. Depends on how much a person smokes. Cannabis leads to withdrawal behavior at the most, a person will withdraw from society and not cause destruction. The up side to it is that there is no better pain killer cum anesthetic(mild). The down side to it's use is that if a person goes in for surgery, then the anesthetist might end up in a lunatic asylum. The patient requires very heavy doses repeatedly for anesthesia to work which is against all text books .
There are Field Poppies also which do not contain as much opiates. I think we have six varieties of Papaver in Pakistan. Anyone interested I will put down their botanical names. http://www.google.co.uk/#gs_rn=21&gs_ri=psy-ab&pq=khus khus&...
Phonetically they are same in the local language. Khus Khus entered the lexicon of cooking/cuisine due to Australian influence but even here Khus Khus is Poppy seeds and Khus ke Tatti is the grass.
Long ago I lived in North Africa for a few years, but I didn't know anything about Vetiver Grass then. I got some about 5 years ago, after a friend told me about it. When googling for info on it, I came upon the term khus khus. That reminded me of the word couscous, which is one of my favorite foods! I never knew khus khus is used for poppy seeds!