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 turning out 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 past due as 1915, pamphlets issued through the U.S. division of Agriculture have been nonetheless declaring opium poppies as a great funds crop for northern farmers. good into this century, Russian, Greek, and Arab immigrants in the USA have used poppy-head tea as a delicate sedative and a therapy for complications, muscle soreness, cough, and diarrhea. throughout the Civil struggle, gardeners within the South have been inspired to plant opium for the warfare attempt, in an effort to make sure a provide of painkillers for the accomplice military. What Hogshire has performed is to excavate this vernacular wisdom after which post it to the world—in how-to shape, with recipes."— Michael Pollan

First released fifteen years in the past, Opium for the Masses immediately turned a countrywide phenomenon. Michael Pollan wrote a long characteristic ("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 past-time 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 advisor, americans can how you can complement their very own drugs chest with common and felony soreness drugs, with no high priced and hard journeys to the health practitioner and pharmacy.

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