In this article, you’re going to learn how to make poppy seed tea. However, I don’t ever recommend making or drinking poppy seed tea. Why am I writing this article then?
For Harm Reduction.
Many people that have chronic pain and use opioids have had their meds cut in half or more by doctors due to recent new CDC opioid prescribing guidelines and as a result have turned to kratom for pain relief.
However, the FDA and DEA are both trying to ban kratom, and it may just be a matter of time before it becomes illegal.
Thus, kratom users and opiate addicts will no longer have this plant available to help them with their needs. And since poppy seeds are legal, I predict that many people will begin to browse the internet to learn how to make poppy seed tea.
Many individuals are already doing this, but if kratom becomes illegal, I believe poppy seed tea will become very popular, and this method of natural opiate consumption can be deadly due to the user not knowing exactly how powerful each batch of poppy seeds are.
I want to restate that I strongly recommend you never mess around with poppy seed tea because the risks far outweigh the benefits.
But I respect each individuals ability to do their own research and make their own choices, and I would rather you at least know the safest way to make the tea and the dangers associated with it, so here is how to make poppy seed tea along with the possible risks.
How To Make Poppy Seed Tea – Why I Don’t Recommend It
I’m an ex-opiate addict and current “Investigative Blogger.” What I mean by that is I like to try things like kratom, nootropics, supplements, and other things out on myself before I write an article on the topic.
This makes it more fun for me because not only do I provide high-quality information about the article topic, but I also get to write about my personal experience with it, which makes blogging a lot more fun and helps my blog stand apart from the masses.
However, now the time has come for me to write about poppy seed tea, and after doing a lot of research on it, there is no way I will make poppy seed tea and drink it so I can share about my experience in this article.
It’s way too dangerous and I don’t take these types of health risks.
I only put things in my body that I know will be safe. Drinking poppy seed tea is a gamble.
Here are a couple of moderate risks of drinking poppy seed tea:
I could honestly care less about these risks of using poppy seed tea. I’ve taken plenty of things with these risks during my three and a half years of blogging, including kratom and tianeptine sulfate, and I’ve never got addicted to anything.
But here are the main reasons why I will never make poppy seed tea or drink it:
- Unhealthy – When you use the massive amounts of poppy seeds it takes to get a poppy seed high, you are at high risk of ingesting pesticides, heavy metals, and a host of other chemicals that are way below harmful levels when consumed as directed, but potentially very harmful in high doses.
- Deadly – You can never be sure how many opiates are in a batch of poppy seeds which is dangerous because you can take too much and overdose, and many people have died from drinking poppy seed tea.
Let me go ahead and restate that final reason I won’t make poppy seed tea and try it out on myself and why I don’t recommend anyone else do it either:
“You can never be sure how many opiates are in a batch of poppy seeds which is dangerous because you can take too much and overdose, and many people have died from drinking poppy seed tea.”
I don’t know about you, but I tend to like knowing the exact dosage of opiates or opioids – either synthetic or natural – that I’m ingesting.
If you make poppy seed tea and can’t be sure how much morphine and codeine (opiates in the poppy seed tea) you’re ingesting, then to me that seems like gambling, only instead of losing money, you could lose your LIFE.
No thank you.
Not for me.
But maybe you’re a scientist or maybe you have ways of testing the number of opiates in the poppy seed tea that you make. Maybe you are highly intelligent and responsible and will start with a very small amount of poppy seed tea to make sure you can’t overdose.
In any case, here is how to make poppy seed tea, and I urge you to read more online than just this article here. Because this is serious business.
How To Make Poppy Seed Tea – Poppy Seed Tea Recipe
I found this method of how to make poppy seed tea on a forum after reading several poppy seed tea recipes online. This method of how to make poppy seed tea is also the same method that two of my past clients have used, so I know it works.
Here is how to make poppy seed tea according to the forum recipe. I have cleaned up the spelling and grammar and added pics, but other than that it’s the same poppy seed tea recipe.
1. Purchase Poppy Seeds
McCormick, Spice Islands, and any other MAJOR spice brand is bunk. Don’t waste $5 buying 70 grams of washed poppy seeds. Look for all natural, all organic branded poppy seeds.
The less handling the better.
If the seeds are in a glass jar, look for lots of cloudy residue building up on the glass – this is a good sign. Also look at the poppy seeds themselves.
Do they look very uniform in color and clean? Not a good sign (white poppy seeds need not apply here). Also, if there is debris in with the seeds this is also a good sign – the less processing the better.
Blue Bird Unwashed Poppy Seeds derived from the poppy flower are a popular brand for making poppy seed tea.
2. Find Your Dosage
I would say a good place to start the first time is to go with 80 grams of seed per 100 lbs of weight for a new opiate user. Advanced users should go with 150 grams of seed per 100 lbs body weight. And people with real opiate addictions could use more.
3. Wash the Poppy Seeds
I like room temperature water, as it is not so cold as to make the opium latex harden, and not so hot that it breaks down the latex. As long as your water isn’t on one extreme of the temperature spectrum, you are good.
Put all your seeds in a sealable container such as an empty plastic gallon of water or milk, and fill with water till there is about 20-30% more water than saturated poppy seeds (when the water/seed mixture settles, the water layer above the seeds is what you are looking at to be 20-30% of the volume of the poppy seed solution below it).
Seal your container and shake vigorously for 2-3 minutes. Imagine having a grand mal seizure with the poppy seed container in your hands. Shake it HARD and FAST!
4. Strain the Tea
I use a mesh strainer, but you can also use the screw cap on a plastic bottle in a pinch. Just have your poppy mixture in the bottle, slightly unscrew the cap (HOLD ON TO THE CAP – you don’t want all the poppy seeds to end up in your strained solution because your cap fell off..) and squeeze the bottle, hold this over a glass or collection pan of course.
5. Acidify the Mixture
Add lemon or lime juice and let the solution set (about a tablespoon of juice per 2floz of drink). Give it about 5-10 minutes to let reactions take place. This makes the drink more potent.
6. Drink the Poppy Seed Tea
Once you’ve made the poppy seed tea, it’s time to drink it. The poppy seed tea tastes very bad. So most people chug it all down rather than take their time sipping on it.
Important Information on Consuming Poppy Seed Tea
I found some very good info on reddit.com that I’m going to reprint here because it’s really good for you to be aware of this.
Here is a direct quote from Reddit from an expert on poppy seed tea:
“Poppy tea consumption can be lethal. It has already killed people. Consuming poppy tea is essentially a crude method to ingest morphine, codeine, thebaine, oripavine, papaverine, noscapine, and another ~45 additional alkaloids present on the surface of seeds contaminated with poppy latex during harvesting.
Depending on your personal metabolism, it can take up to 8 hours before full effects are noticeable, and can last for well over 24 hours. The quantity and ratio of alkaloids remain largely unquantified, with 6000-fold differences documented from the same plant material between different batches.
The potential for a 6000-fold difference makes consuming poppy tea inherently dangerous; even experienced users may get an unexpectedly strong batch, overdose and die.
It has happened before. It may happen to you.
- ALWAYS test each new bag of seeds with a tiny dose. 10 grams is a good place to start. Wait 8 hours for full effect. Never re-dose within a 24 hour period. The half-life is extraordinary long.
- NEVER combine poppy tea with any other drugs, especially CNS depressants (downers) such as alcohol, benzodiazepines, barbiturates, antihistamines, or other opioids. Many of the alkaloids in poppy tea have sedative and anticonvulsant effects. When combined with other drugs, the effects of both are multiplied (rather than added). The results are often deadly.
Most of the alkaloids have only limited information on animal toxicity, and none of the alkaloids have any information on human toxicity. We have absolutely no idea how poppy tea affects your health, short, or long term.
Do NOT assume your tolerance for any single one alkaloid has any effect on your tolerance for them all.
Meaning, IT IS POSSIBLE TO OVERDOSE WITHOUT GETTING HIGH.”
How To Make Poppy Seed Tea – Final Thoughts
There are thousands of people each month Googling information on how to make poppy seed tea. Now my article will be available in the search results and I hope it serves as a good warning of the possible negative consequences of drinking poppy seed tea.
I know people are going to make and drink poppy seed tea anyway, but at least now I know I’ve provided a free resource that contains the big risks, as well as a method of making the tea and testing it in small amounts that will be safer than a lot of the articles online with poppy seed tea recipes but not much if any info on the possible dangers.
If you have any comments or questions on how to make poppy seed tea and the risks associated with drinking it, please post them in the comment box below. Be safe, and stay healthy. I care about your well-being.