Wild lettuce is a plant which its leaves, sap, and seeds are used for medicine. This plant has can replace synthetic painkillers and for many years has been used as an opium replacement. It has been called “poor man’s opium.” It Does not contain real opiates but its effects are similar to morphine
Wild lettuce is used even nowadays in France as a mild sedative. It is also is used for whooping cough, painful menstrual periods, urinary tract problems, cough, asthma, insomnia, poor circulation, swollen genitals in men, restlessness, excitability in children, nymphomania, and joint pains.
There are some ways to apply wild lettuce. You can apply it directly to the skin, you can inhale it for a hallucinogenic effect or you can use its seed’s oil.
Wild lettuce works as calming, relaxing, and pain reliever and is legal because it does not contain any opiates. Its relieving effects come from the white substance it excretes. It looks like milk and is known as lactucarium. A dose of 30 mg/kg of lactucopicrin is similar to a 60 mg/kg dose of ibuprofen.
Lactucarium works in the same way as morphine, impact directly on the central nervous system and blunt the pain feeling.
It is recommended as a remedy for migraines and for women who suffer acute pain during their menstrual cycle.
Wild Lettuce also helps to relax the body but does not upset the digestive system. It causes a dreamy effect and makes it much easier to fall asleep. It is also recommended for hyperactive children.
Here we explain some health benefits of this plant:
Asthma – this plant is mostly used for this reason. It effectively facilitates the symptoms of asthma.
Anxiety – it has very helpful properties in the case of anxiety.
Migraine / Headaches – reduces the eliminate the migraine headaches.
Pain and Tension – it can soothe the pain, reduce tension, and relax your body.
Sleep and Insomnia – it relaxes the body so you can easily fall asleep.
This plant can be used as a remedy because it does not contain real opiates. But be careful not to use it in large doses because it can lead to dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and anxiety.
How to use it:
-Cut the branch to get the thick milk.
-Add the milky sap to some alcohol. You can also use flowering tops and fresh leaves.
-By drying it you can prepare a sweet flavored tea. Use about 1.5 grams of opium lettuce sap.
-You can smoke it on a pipe, but only 0.25 grams of it, because in higher doses it might lead to adverse effects.
In the video below we explain the wild lettuce benefits: