AKA: Eschscholtzia californica, golden poppy.
Though its alkaloids are nowhere near as powerful, the California poppy is related to the opium poppy. Despite this, it is perfectly legal to grow and, in fact, is the state flower of California.
Effects: May relieve insomnia and anxiety. It may also be used to treat nervous tension and muscle tics. The alkaloids are different from those of the opium poppy and, though they have not been thoroughly studied, are not known to be narcotic or addictive.
Works synergistically with such sedative herbs as valerian.
Precautions: Overdose symptoms include headaches, hangover-like effects the next day, and other minor side effects. As with poppy seeds, use can cause a urine test to read positive for opiates.
It should not be combined with alcohol, prescription sedatives, or other depressants.
Dosage: The usual dose is 30 drops of tincture, or a spoonful of whole dried herb in a cup of tea 2 to 3 times a day.blog comments powered by Disqus
Questions and Answers
How to make California Poppy extract?, I have some full bloomed California Poppy flowers and was wondering how to make the extract like they sell in health food stores for medical purposes?
Phils right, they are made from the seeds.
Let your garden go to seed, then as the pods begin to dry strip the seed pods from the plant and let them finish drying in a dry spot that wont be disturbed. When they are brown, work over a piece of paper and crush them with your fingers. Sort out the chaff (dried seed head) and put them in a dark glass container (or keep them in the dark) and cover them with vodka or brandy for several weeks, then strain out the seeds and bottle in tiny drank brown dropper bottles if you like.
Voila - California Poppy seed tincture
can california poppy and chamomile liquid be mixed together and ingested?, I bought liquid california poppy and chamomile, I read that they can be used for sleeping disorders. The ones I bought you mix in water and drink.......is it safe to mix them and drink them together???
as long as you use the recommended dose, there should be no problems taking them together. Perhaps the first few times take a slightly lower dosage just to see how your system responds...
How long does it take for a California Poppy To Germinate?, I Planted some 4 or 5 days ago, and im seeing nothing. Am I doing something wrong or is it supposed to take this long??
Thanks in advance!!
California Poppy Seeds are naturally a bit stubborn to germinate and wait on specific climatic, seasonal and soil conditions to occur. I have listed a link to a page to find out all sorts of goodies on california poppies and growing them you will have to scrll down to the section on them. As a side note they take 4 to 6 weeks to germinate
Is it illegal to pick California Poppy if it is in your own backyard?,
Apparently some people here think you are planning to make heroin out of your California poppies! *LOL* Although I "know" that the California Poppy, like all wildflowers, is protected in California, I actually cannot find the statute or regulation doing so. I would be astounded, however, it it applied on private property. I am confident it applies only on public lands.
Celebrating California Poppy 100th Anniversary?, Do you live in CALIFORNIA?
What is the best way to promote the
California Poppy 100th Anniversary?
Search for "California Poppy Project" on google.com to better understand my question. Use QUOTES
around the three words. Thank you.
Sighhhhh.... I used to live in California! The CA poppy is my most favorite flower!
What do california poppy need to surive?,
sunshine, water and soil! :)
How do you make an excellent California Poppy Seed Tea? I have excellent stuff, but no idea what to do.?, Is it true California Poppy will give you similiar effects to drinking Opium Poppy Tea?
Using 2 gm. of herb per 150 ml. of water, a California poppy tea can be prepared and taken as a warm drink. Read more about it here http://www.nutrasanus.com/california-pop...
what are the effect of California poppy on the human body?, is this a datura genus?
the California poppy is Eschscholzia californica. It is not of the datura genus, nor of papaver (which includes most opium-producing poppies). It will most likely do nothing for you, drug-wise.
Which has better effects: Red Poppy Resin VS. California Poppy Resin?, I am looking to buy legal alternatives and there are a few different kinds of resin extracts. Red poppy and california poppy resin are the same price. Just dont know which is more effective. Does anyone have any suggestions for any other ethnobotanicals to purchase? thank you
I have never heard of red poppy, so i would get Cali, but Opium poppy resin is far better, you can still legaly obtain the pods (its the most common type)... but what you do with it after (tea or attempted extract) depends on the country...
Opium content of California poppy?, I was told a warden of a California State Prison liked california poppy's and had them planted on prison grounds. He then learned that the inmates could get opium from them so he had them removed. Do you believe a person could get any opium from a California Poppy? Do you believe this story? I don't.
While it is true the CA poppies contain opiate the actual amount is very low.
Poppy seeds used in foods are no longer a concern for drug testing. The tests used today are able to discern concentrations from edible sources and drug/medication sources. But where there is a will there is a way.