March 29, 2012 in History
The seeds which form the basis for many opiate derived drugs is more widely spread than initially thought. Poppy seeds, the specific kind used for heroin, opium, and other drugs, are in numerous gardens all over the United States. The specific genus is the scarlet poppy, its Latin name Papaver somniferum.
These are indeed the same kind of seeds sometimes found on bagels, which is why employers who use drug tests request that employees not eat any bagels with poppy seeds. Though it might seem strange, a person can technically be arrested for taking one of those seed, if they are of the opium variety, found upon a bagel and planting it. You could look like a candidate for treatment at a residential drug treatment facility should you eat them before a drug test.
The plant best known for putting many people in drug rehab can actually be grown quite easily in the less exotic climates normally associated with the United States. Though the southeastern parts of Asia make for the best conditions with which to grow the flower, California makes for just as good a place as Asia. It is not the foreign and unusual plant that people often think it.
James Hogshire was the first person to inform the united states about such information. In his book , Opium for the Masses, he describes how to procure the seeds, plant, and grow them. He even includes an ancient recipe for a special opium tea.His efforts did not go unnoticed by law enforcement. The Seattle Police Department sent in a 20 person team to search his apartment. Though he was charged for the poppies he had in his home, bought from a florist, the charges against him were dropped.
Growing the infamous poppies, erstwhile known as the Plant of Joy and Mawseed, are actually very easy to plant and raise. In order to make the seeds grow in a more even manner, planters actually mix the plants with sand and throw it out on a field without dumping soil on them. Small little plants will start to grow given about ten days. Most gardeners and florists grow the plant for its beauty and for the chance to grow something rare, rare because of what it can produce is supposed to be a banned substance. They do not grow it for the chance to exacerbate the problem for which so many people need treatment for drug addiction.
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