Is Poppy Seed Tea As Dangerous As Some Claim?
Is poppy seed tea the latest craze for those wanting to get a high, or is it no riskier a food item than poppy seed rolls? Poppy seed rolls have been around for a long time, yet every once in a while, the alarm bells go off. There are those who believe if you eat enough poppy seed rolls, you’ll start having hallucinations, and possibly become a raging addict. If you ate enough poppy seed rolls at one time for that to happen, having hallucinations would likely be the least of your problems.
There are others who think about scraping the seeds from poppy seed rolls and saving them for a high later on. That may make a little more sense than eating the whole roll to get a high, but purchasing rolls for that purpose seems to be a rather inefficient and expensive way of collecting poppy seeds.
So what’s all the fuss about poppy seed tea? On the surface, a teaspoonful of seeds used to brew a cup of poppy seed tea might seem like a few more seeds than we should be eating at one time. One also needs to take into account that it would be possible to brew a pretty strong cup of poppy seed tea, given a larger number of seeds. In fact, there is at least one verifiable account of a young person dying from the effects of drinking poppy seed tea.
Morphine And Codeine
A cup of the brew is highly unlikely to kill someone, but poppy seeds do contain both morphine and codeine. These two narcotics can, of course, produce a high. They can also have a cumulative effect on the body. It appears that a number of young people have taken up the brewing of poppy seed tea. Some may become addicted to the brew because of the presence of morphine and codeine, others simply because they think it’s cool to drink it.
The taste of poppy seed tea has been described as bitter by some, and both foul and bitter by others. That makes it unlikely that too many are going to drink cup after cup of the brew. There are plenty of over-the-counter drugs that taste a lot better than poppy seed tea. The point is, however, there is a danger. Some will say that one death does not constitute a danger, but the cause of that death was clinically tied to the poppy seed.
The good news seems to be that there does not appear to be a widespread use of poppy seed tea, suggesting that those who try it may be reluctant to drink more than one cup because of the taste. Poppy seeds themselves, such as those found on the muffins sold in supermarkets and bakeries, contain such a minute amount of opiate as to be, for all practical purposes, harmless. The opiates such as morphine and codeine have to be highly concentrated in order to provide a high, or cause harmful effects. That is why we can eat bagels and muffins to our heart’s content without danger of becoming addicted. Bagels and muffins when eaten in excess cause us to put on weight. That is quite possibly the only danger.
Getting A High Carries A Price
Brewing poppy seed tea can be a danger because it represents a first step in trying to concentrate the opiates that are found in the seed. An even greater danger, however, may be the simple act of experimenting with various things in an attempt to get a high. People need to be aware that an unnatural high usually carries a price tag with it; the price paid being deteriorating health and well-being.
Although brewing poppy seed tea might seem to be the latest and greatest thing to experiment, the tea has been around for a long time. Serving it is a custom in some countries, where it is served as a social drink. In such cases, it serves the same purpose as a light alcoholic drink. It puts people more at ease and makes them more relaxed in a social setting. There does not appear to be any documentation suggesting widespread drunkenness has ever existed among those drinking the tea socially. It is not nearly as potent as alcohol in that respect.
Most who have tried poppy seed tea in a social setting either haven’t notice anything different or felt about as relaxed as a normal cup of tea would make them feel. It has been suggested, that some people are more sensitive to opiates than others. A cup of poppy seed tea may have a relaxing effect on one person and have absolutely no effect on the next person.
In summary, the potential effects of drinking poppy seed tea should not be minimized or marginalized. There is a danger. The danger, however, is more apt to be from the process of experimenting with drugs than from the poppy seed itself. If poppy seeds were not available, those attempting to get a high would simply try something else. If someone tries enough different ways to get high, they eventually will succeed, and eventually will pay the price.