Opium for the Masses: Harvesting Nature's Best Pain Medication

Opium for the Masses: Harvesting Nature's Best Pain Medication

Jim Hogshire


"Contrary to normal trust, there is not any federal legislation opposed to starting to be P. somniferum."—Martha Stewart Living

"Regarded as 'God's personal medicine,' arrangements of opium have been as universal within the Victorian medication cupboard as aspirin is in ours. As overdue as 1915, pamphlets issued through the U.S. division of Agriculture have been nonetheless declaring opium poppies as a very good funds crop for northern farmers. good into this century, Russian, Greek, and Arab immigrants in the United States have used poppy-head tea as a gentle sedative and a therapy for complications, muscle ache, cough, and diarrhea. through the Civil struggle, gardeners within the South have been inspired to plant opium for the battle attempt, on the way to ascertain a provide of painkillers for the accomplice military. What Hogshire has performed is to excavate this vernacular wisdom after which put up it to the world—in how-to shape, with recipes."— Michael Pollan

First released fifteen years in the past, Opium for the Masses immediately grew to become a countrywide phenomenon. Michael Pollan wrote a long function ("Opium, made easy") approximately Jim Hogshire in Harper’s Magazine, surprised that the typical plant, P. somniferum, or opium poppies, which grows wild in lots of states and is accessible at crafts and pastime shops and nurseries, may be made right into a drinkable tea that acts in a fashion just like codeine or Vicodin.

With Opium for the Masses as their consultant, american citizens can tips on how to complement their very own drugs chest with average and criminal discomfort drugs, with no high priced and hard journeys to the surgeon and pharmacy.

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