JustKeepWalking82 wrote:Are the poppy seeds that you drink the same as the ones in say the spice bottles by McCormick and J.R. Watkins? I am thinking about getting the ones in the J.R. Watkins bottle.
Poppy seeds vary tremendously in terms of how much opioid they have in them. My guess is that the ones in McCormick spice bottle have a lower percentage, but I could be wrong. Different varieties have much higher or lower percentages. The ones grown for food sources are not grown for the opioid in them, so the growers do not likely test them to find out if it is high or not. Or, maybe they deliberately grow ones with low concentrations to be safer. I do not know.
So, if you try this, you'd likely want to find a source that can attest that their seeds have a high concentration - otherwise you might think it didn't work, when it was really because the seeds weren't the best choice.
This leads to the problem with this approach. I'm not saying not to try it - just to be VERY careful! You could brew one batch and find that you needed X amount of seeds to give you relief. The next time you bought seeds they could be much stronger and this could make you sick. It is not likely you would die as long as you'd used opioids before, but some teenagers have. There isn't an easy way that I know of to test the strength of them. If you do it, it might help to always use the same source and buy the same kind. That's another reason that grocery store ones might not be the best option - you would never know what type you were getting.
I wish I knew a good way to do this to make sure it was reliable and safe each time. It certainly works for some people - it would be nice to have a consistent way to do it.
Whatever you do, do not tell anyone why you are buying them if you are in the US. It is illegal to use them this way in the US. I have to laugh - I garden and have grown poppies. It's legal to grow them, of course (and those seeds are treated, IIRC, to keep people from using them this way), but only to look at. If you grow them with the intent of using the seeds, it's illegal. I always chuckle at that - how in the world could anyone determine that??????
Ann - Take what you need, leave the rest
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