WILD LETTUCE
WILD LETTUCE

WILD LETTUCE

WILD LETTUCE
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Wild Lettuce;*   Lactuca Virosa

anesthetic and sleep aid  Herbal Smoke

Often found written as the names Bitter Letuce and Opium Lettuce, Wild Lettuce Leaf was widely used in the 19th century among many doctors as a sedative when opium could not. It also experienced a resurgence of popularity in the 1970s, where it was widely used recreationally for those psychotropic properties it possesses that are similar to opium, despite the fact that the leaf contains no opiates. The greens are also sometime harvested and added to salads, with the leaves having a somewhat more bitter taste.
Medicinally, many herbalists still prescribe it as an anesthetic and sleep aid. The oils extracted from the leaf are sometimes used in a tea to aid in sleep, with other drinks sometimes being fashioned for this purpose by soaking the leaves in alcohol. Recreationally, wild lettuce leaf is also quite popular in alternative smoking blends, where the psychotropic and sedative qualities help the smoker relax.

Wild Lettuce Leaf was also often used among Native Americans as part of rituals, where it helped to achieve visions and trance states, as well as aided in more vivid dreams.
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