Myths and Truths About Opium Poppy Seeds

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					For those that are fascinated about the origins of the opium plant, and
are interested in cultivating their own garden of the infamous Papaver
Somniferum plant, finding them online is not too difficult a task.There
are many website retailers that make these types of opium poppies seeds
available but they usually state that they are for ornamental or baking
purposes. Although, it may be assumed that a good number of buyers may be
purchasing them for other reasons as well this does not make them
illegal.It is altogether plausible to successfully cultivate opium poppy
pods directly from the seeds which are easily available in the spices
aisle of your local neighbourhood grocery store. Furthermore, poppy
plants can be obtained from nurseries, specializing in the growth of such
popular plants, but keep in mind that the specific kind of poppy species
that grow opium may not be available.American drug laws do not
differentiate between the opium poppy plant and opium itself. So if one
ever attempts to cultivate opium plants on their own they become liable
and will be charged with a felony for possessing Level II narcotics. Some
examples of such narcotics are methamphetamine, cocaine and morphine.
Whether you are growing a single poppy for fun or 50 poppies for
crafting, either way you can still be charged with a felony for
possession according to USA laws. However, one does not need to worry too
much as it is very unlikely that they will be charged for mistakenly
growing opium poppy plants. Rest assured that there is kind of a small
loophole where there has to be a certain degree of knowledge which is
incorporated into the law. If one unintentionally participates in illegal
behaviour it may strengthen the defence of that person should it ever
come to a point where they are charged. Nevertheless, if one knowingly
grows opium poppies, regardless of the fact that they intended on
cultivating them for opium or not, they have disobeyed the law and may be
subject to stern penalties and punishment.One has to be acutely aware
that this type of 'possession' is only applicable if you have the
specific species called Papaver Somniferum growing amongst your crop. If
you are entertaining the thought of legitimately cultivating poppies from
poppy seeds, there are a variety of other types that are available which
do not contain any trace of opium at all. A good example of such a poppy
seed species is the popular the California poppy. The type of weather
that is the most suitable for poppy plants extends from a dry desert all
the way to prairie conditions. Since it is such a versatile plane,
varieties of poppies can be found in almost every corner of the
world.Opium poppy seeds that have been properly cultivated can also be
observed to mature into a multitude of beautiful colors and shades. In
addition, planting such opium poppies seeds are a very good patriotic
expression since the poppy flower has frequently been used to represent
veterans of wars throughout history. This reason for this is that it is
partially due to the famous poem that was created about Flanders Field in
Belgium. Organizations or war veterans have utilized the poppy for an
array of fundraising opportunities or even meaningful recognitions. The
poppy flowers' popularity may also be attributed to the continual stories
and myths in regards to poppies on the war torn battle fields of
different countries. Based on the unyielding myth, these particular opium
plants once stood snow white but changed to a blood red color after a
fierce battle between two adversaries.This type of law and penalty may
seem a bit severe as one can be charged a felony simply by growing the
plant but the law is severe for a particular reason. Opium, also known as
opiates, has been problem to humanity for many hundreds of years ever
since its discovery. The ancient civilization of Mesopotamia was most
likely the first nation to discover and actually grow poppies
specifically for the purpose of opium which can be documented all the way
back to around 3000 BC. They had actually given a name to this distinct
flower which literally means 'joy plant'. This name obviously gives the
impression that the original use for opium poppies was not only for
medicinal purposes but rather recreational.As time progressed doctors
began to discover the medicinal purposes of opium poppies seeds, which
ultimately gave the flower the name 'Somniferum' which means sleep
inducing. Moreover, these doctors also uncovered other uses of the opium
plant such as the effective pain relieving properties that opium
possesses. Since opium poppy seeds were finally beginning to be used for
proper medicinal purposes, a whole new world of uses opened up and the
opium poppy pod plant found itself in almost every known medicine, elixir
or potion. Even though the opium may have cured a patient from whatever
afflicted them but now the patient had other problems, namely an
addiction to the opiates. As a result, the consumption of opium started
to grow rapidly and the shift from medicinal to recreational purposes
reared its ugly head once again. Since opium poppy seeds are considered
to be a natural form of product there are currently many doctors who have
no issues in prescribing the drug and patients have no anxieties about
consuming the medication.

				
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