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Prickly Poppy (Argemone mexicana)


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Prickly Poppy is a member of the Papaveraceae family, also called Mexican Poppy, Chicalote or Tlamexaltzin.

Known during the time of the Aztecs as ‘nourishment for the soul’. Used by Chinese residents of Mexico during the early 20th century as a legal substitute for opium and currently smoked as a marijuana substitute.

The whole plants exudes a yellow latex when cut, the yellow colour due to the berberine and protopine content of the latex. The seeds also contain sanguinarine and dihydrosanguinarine which are toxic and should be avoided. Our herb is wild collected before seeding and does not contain seeds.

10g dried ground herb


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