Similar to Opium: The Best Natural Painkiller that Grows in your Backyard

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Have you ever used wild lettuce? It’s one of the greatest natural painkillers, and people use it for its sedative effect.

Wild lettuce is pretty similar to thistle and dandelion, but it’s definitely more powerful than synthetic painkillers.

Also known as “poor man’s opium,” wild lettuce was used as an opium replacement in the 19th century. Today, French use distilled water from this plant as a mild sedative. The Hopi Indians smoked its sap to fall into a mild euphoric dream.

The milky sap is abundant in lacturacium, a sort of pain-relieving opiates. These are later collected and dried. Lactupiricin, lactucin and lactucipiricin are some of its main compounds.

These have strong analgesic effect, and showed a stronger effect than ibuprofen in mice. According to scientists, lactucin and lactucopiricin have a sedative effect.

Researchers in Iran revealed that opium lettuce was used as a painkiller and sedative long before the Victorian period.

The paper of the Institute for the History of Science, released under the title Lettuce, Lactuca sp, as a Medicinal Plant in Polish Publications of the 19th Century, states the following:

“The action of the substance was weaker than that of opium but free of the side-effects, and medical practice showed that in some cases lactucarium produced better curative effects than opium”.

Wild lettuce can be also used in the treatment of cough. It has shown to relieve the symptoms of pertussis.

Health benefits:


Wild lettuce was first used in asthmatics. It mitigates the symptoms, and provides instant relief.


Patients diagnosed with anxiety can use the sedative effect of wild lettuce.

Migraine / Headaches

Wild lettuce relieves the pain, and reduces the frequency.

Pain and tension

The popular opiate soothes pain, reduces tension, and relaxes both the body and mind.

Sleep and insomnia

Wild lettuce can be of great help to insomniacs. It relaxes the body, and improves sleep quality.

This plant offered more than healing properties, and people used its opiate effect to enjoy a mild euphoria. It contains no real opiates, and its use won’t put you in jail.

However, when used in uncontrollably high amounts, wild lettuce causes dizziness, nausea, vomiting and anxiety.

How to use wild lettuce?

Cut the plant, and squeeze out the milky sap. Add it in alcohol, and make a healing tincture. Use the flowering tops and fresh leaves instead of the saps if you find it easier.

Let the wild lettuce dry, and make yourself a nice cup of tea. You can also use 1.5 grams of opium lettuce sap. You will be amazed with the sweet flavor of your tea.

Smoke 0.25 grams, and don’t use any more than this, otherwise you may experience adverse effects.

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