Poppy seed tea
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The following preparation is a method of creating poppy seed tea using generic poppy seeds bought at the supermarket (which are the same type used for bagels and bread). The poppy seeds must be unwashed as the opiate alkaloids are on the outside shells.
Poppy seed tea contains varying concentrations of various opiate alkaloids including codeine, morphine, and thebaine. One batch of seeds may have significantly different concentrations than another. Because lethal overdose is entirely possible if tolerance is low and too many opiate alkaloids are consumed (especially morphine), it is important to work out a suitable dosage.
It is also important to note that some people's metabolism allows for more codeine to be converted to morphine, therefore it is recommended to start with a low dosage with work your way upwards as it is not know how your body will react.
Reports on Erowid suggest an average dose to be 2-4 large pods, so in my example 10 pods weighed 44g, meaning that ~3 pods is around 15g of powder.
Equipment and ingredients
- 1-2 pots
- Stirring spoon
- Intended dosage of unwashed supermarket poppy seeds (400 grams or more)
- Large mixing bowl
- Kettle (optional)
- Citric acid, vinegar, or lemon juice (optional)
- Grapefruit juice (optional)
|Step 1: - Pour your intended dosage of generic poppy seeds into an empty medium or large pot. Caution should be taken as the strength of one batch of seeds may potentially differ significantly from another, which can easily result in a lethal opiate overdose.
|Step 2: - Warm some water in a separate pot. It is important that the water is neither too hot and nor too cold as cold water will result in an unpleasant taste and hot water will make it harder to drink. Once the water has been warmed, pour 300 to 350mL into the pot containing the poppy seeds.
|Optional: - Add approximately half a teaspoon of citric acid into the mixture. You may alternatively use several tablespoons of lemon juice or vinegar. Citric acid lowers the PH level in morphine-based solutions. In a recent study, it was shown that the solubility of morphine increased when citric acid was added to the solution. This is an alternative step which may lead to an increase in potency of the end product.
|Step 3: - Steep and occasionally stir the pot for 10+ minutes. You will only have to stir for 10 to 15 minutes because the desired opiate alkaloids are contained in the outer coating of the seeds.
|Step 4: - Strain the seeds out of the pan using a sieve/strainer. The result should be a brown liquid.
|Optional: - You may get a second wash by pouring more warm water over the seeds in the sieve/strainer, letting it drop into an extra, empty pot.
|Step 6: - Pour the brown liquid from the pot into a glass. You may chill the tea in the fridge to cool it down before drinking.