Regardless of its causes, physical pain can be debilitating sometimes. Most of us rely on painkillers for rapid relief from acute or chronic pain. What we should have in mind, though, is that over – the-counter pain drugs that are widely available can have very serious side effects.
Of starters, Tylenol may cause liver damage, and Advil may lead to problems with the abdomen and kidneys and present a higher risk of stroke and heart attack. These health risks increase if the medications are used for a long time and in higher doses than advised by the physician.
Wild lettuce crop produces strong, opium-like ingredients.
You may find it very surprising that such powerful properties can be concealed by a humble, inconspicuous, even unattractive, looking plant that grows everywhere.
The reality that it belongs to the large family of lettuce is even more interesting.
It really seems that Nature has granted every little seed and weed a purposeful life.
Wild Lettuce, the Latin name of Lactuca virosa, has been known to herbal physicians and shamans since ancient times. The alternative name, “lettuce opium,” suggests the reason for which it was used. Many prominent Roman, Greek, and Arab doctors, botanists, and scientists such as Pliny the Elder, Avicenna, and Dioscorides have listed the opium value.
It had been used as an anesthetic in surgeries in combination with other herbs in the bygone centuries. This tall, leafy plant with tiny yellow blossoms, which some people confound in appearance with dandelion, produces a milky emulsion of bitter taste in its leaves and stems.
It is referred to as lactucarium in its dried state and includes effective pain-relieving agents called lactucin, lactucopicrin and lactupicrin. They have shown strong analgesic properties in laboratory experiments with mice, equal or even greater than those of the widely used analgesic ibuprofen.
You might think, “That sounds fine, but I don’t want to have anything to do with opioids and drugs.” Please be assured that there are no true opiates in the lactucarium – the compounds only cause sedative and pain-relieving effects comparable to opium.
The 19th century paper from the Institute for the History of Science entitled “Lettuce, lactuca sp. As a Medicinal Plant in Polish Publications of the 19th Century, gives the following description of the herbal effects: “The action of the substance was weaker than that of opium, but without side effects, and medical practice has shown that, in some cases, lactucarium produced better curative effects than opium.
What is the use of Wild Lettuce?
- It acts as a soft and gentle euphoric. Wild lettuce provides a slight euphoric feeling without a harmful drug ingredient. Therefore, its use and development is certainly lawful.
- It can relieve asthmatic attacks and reduces their severity.
- It functions as an antispasmodic, relieving muscle cramps and discomfort.
- Wild lettuce has antitussive properties. This suppresses and soothes dry coughs, and it has even been reported to soothe the effects of whooping cough.
- To alleviate headache and migraine: the incredible role of wild lettuce is not only to ease the pain, but to serve as a gentle opiate. It is a perfect organic substitute for harmful painkillers.
- To soothe the feelings of anxiety and promoting better sleep: the gentle sedative ability of wild lettuce is the right herbal medicine for these problems. It has a relaxing effect on the nervous system and boosts the mood, enabling you to fall asleep.
In which forms can wild lettuce be used?
- It can be made into a vaporizer for inhalation.
- Alcohol tincture can be produced from the sticky white sap.
- As a concentrated herbal extract or a tincture before bedtime to calm the nerves and alleviate pains.
- It has been traditionally used in the form of syrup, by cooking it with water and sugar over low heat.
- It can be smoked in combination with other herbs in very small amounts of 0.25 grams without the nicotine addictive boost.
- Tea can be prepared from its stems and leaves, or in the form of a powder. Around 1.5 grams of the sap are used as an infusion.
A word of caution:
Wild Lettuce lettuce should only be used in small doses. It should not be ingested in big amounts as it can result in very unpleasant symptoms like vomiting, lightheadedness, nausea and disrupted nervous system. It is not ment to be consumed in salads.