Chronic pain sufferers are finding a safer, more effective alternative to painkillers like morphine in their backyards.
Known as wild lettuce, bitter lettuce or opium lettuce, Lactuca Virosa grows all over the place in North America and England.
Used in folk medicine for centuries, it’s making a comeback as Fibromyalgia, migraine and chronic pain suffers seek alternatives to dangerous, addictive pharmaceutical painkillers.
It’s a tall, leafy plant with small yellow flowers and a milky, white substance in its stem and leaves with opium-like qualities, but no actual opiates and is totally legal.
It’s called lactucarium, which according to Ask a Prepper “acts directly on the central nervous system (CNS) to lessen the feeling of pain, just like morphine.”
Heather Callaghan of Natural Blaze notes this is “extremely good news for those with Epstein-Barr Virus, Fibromyalgia, nerve injury, surgical pain and inflammation,” whose pain is often untouched by pharmaceutical drugs.
People are also using the plant for migraines, insomnia, anxiety and asthma.
The leaves and stems can be made into tea, smoked or vaporized.
If it doesn’t grow near you can buy it at a health food store or online as long as it’s legal, which many not be long thanks to its euphoric qualities and recreational use. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is already trying to add wild lettuce to its list of controlled substances.