What Is Poppy Seed Tea?


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Poppy seed tea is an herbal tea made by brewing or steeping poppy seeds in water. The tea is widely used for its narcotic and analgesic properties and can be lethal if prepared or consumed improperly.

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Numerous deaths related to the consumption of poppy seed tea, which contains morphine and codeine, have been reported around the world. Poppy seeds do not contain opium, but they absorb unknown quantities of the narcotic during processing. There is no known way for home tea brewers to measure the exact opiate content of a home-brewed tea. Combining poppy seed tea with prescription drugs, including benzodiazepines and central nervous system depressants, significantly increases the possibility of overdose and death.

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