Similar to Morphine: The Best Natural Painkiller that Grows in Your Backyard

Jacki Andre
By Jacki Andre March 20, 2017 15:09

Similar to Morphine: The Best Natural Painkiller that Grows in Your Backyard

From injury to disease, pain is a very common ailment or symptom that can take down the toughest of the tough. It’s so prevalent that we are seeing a major epidemic with opiate dependency. Unfortunately, with so many needing to find relief, it’s leading to a large portion of our population becoming dependent on a chemical bandage, often just masking the problem, rather than fixing the cause.

Unfortunately, it’s getting so widespread that the medical field view many of those in real need as “seekers”. So, instead of getting relief from tangible pain, people are being turned away. As a result, they are finding it illegally, and pain clinics and rehabs are popping up all over, trying to combat the addiction.

Wild Lettuce as a Healthy Alternative

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Wild Lettuce (Photo Source)

Lactuca Virosa is the scientific term for it, and many people have used it in place of addictive prescription pain medicine. It’s a leafy and tall plant, with small yellow buds, and could be grown right out your door. More commonly found in North America and England, it’s a cousin to the lettuce we typically see at the grocery store. It’s also referred to as bitter lettuce, or more appropriately for the purpose discussed here, opium lettuce.

The reason it’s referred to as opium lettuce, is due to the pain relieving and sedative effects that it has been known to produce through a white substance found in the stem and leaves.

This milky substance is called lactucarium. And, while it doesn’t contain any opiates, it has similar side effects when used –  it acts directly on the central nervous system (CNS) to lessen the feeling of pain, just like morphine.

Even though it seems to be the best kept secret, it has a history of being used as an alternative to pain relief.

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Historical Use

Back in the 19th century, wild lettuce was already being used by some as a substitute to opium. But, it was in the 70’s that it started to gain significant popularity by those wanting a more natural remedy. Individuals were starting to use it for both pain relief, as well as recreational purpose.

In the earlier days, people using wild lettuce prepared it a couple different ways. One way was to cook the plant in a pan of water and sugar mix, until it reduced to a thick syrup-like consistency. While this was an effective form, it was quite bitter even with the sugar added. The most common form however, was drying the stem and leaves to use as an herbal tea.

The tea remains popular today. But, it’s also being dried for smoking, or vaporizing. If you don’t care to grow it yourself, it can also be purchased as a dried herb, extract, or resin substance.

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Other Benefits

Here are the more popular reasons people are gravitating towards this natural pain killer and medicinal plant:

  • Migraines – People who use it for this purpose claim that they experience fewer migraines than they did prior to starting the herb.
  • Insomnia – A frequent use of wild lettuce is by people who have trouble sleeping. It produces a relaxed and euphoric feeling, helping a person fall asleep easier, without the addictive qualities of commonly prescribed sleeping aids.
  • Anxiety – Wild lettuce can act as a mild sedative, allowing people with anxiety to find a reprieve from the stress it causes.
  • Asthma and Cough –  Wild lettuce has antitussive properties, which alleviates or suppresses a cough. Also, asthmatic patients who have used opiates notice more episodes if they go through opiate withdrawal. So, the use of wild lettuce instead of prescription opiates, could be a better option for them.

In addition to the above benefits, wild lettuce produces a euphoric state, similar to opiates, even though it does not contain any actual opiate… so it’s perfectly legal.

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Jacki Andre
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  1. Nolan Conley March 20, 15:57

    Wow… I’ve got loads of that stuff growing on my property. I had no idea it was beneficial!

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    • rio March 22, 04:46

      Milk weed

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      • Jean March 22, 17:01

        Thought it looked familiar. Does that have BIG leaves too? Think we called it something else too. Do you know how to prepare it? You don’t just eat it do you?

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        • Debi March 25, 11:27

          It’s also called “prickly lettuce”.

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        • DaveMan50 March 25, 14:49

          You don’t retain what you read? It’s vary bitter. Fresh is boiled in water and sugar. Or dried and used as a tea.

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          • Yep March 26, 13:24

            You don’t know how to spell “very?”

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            • Mearoyals March 27, 03:30

              Lmao in still laughing 😂 this isvtge funniest comment scroll I’ve ever seen ! Oh shut my side hurts ! 🎶 Brandy she worked in a bar get laid and then the sailed away she was a ho 🎼 loved that bitch she had it going on plus a song bout it 😂 can’t stop laughing and I ain’t took nothing not even milkweed hahahahaha ah shut I pee a little

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            • jmoneyeee March 29, 04:05

              Lololol….. can’t spell VERY, anyways been using for years, can of opiates with it….
              yet I feel over given up no relief, and if I want to get high, I’ll chew it while drinking 3 cups of tea

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              • kunta kenta March 29, 23:16

                They can’t spell.. you can’t speak. :/ What the hell did you say anyway? 🙂

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                • Kitten April 1, 04:27

                  Lmfao

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                • Girlgonerude April 21, 16:24

                  😊😊😊😊 this feed has been the most entertaining 3mins of my day …good info tho

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                • JoJo May 15, 14:43

                  That I totally agree on.
                  But for real people… I would love to know how to recieve the benefits from this plant.
                  My mother and father were part Native American and used many home remedies on 10 of us growing up. But they passed away when I was young, and unable to aquire these remedies.
                  Any help would be greatly appreciated.
                  And no i cant afford the book… Been trying to take care of family bills.

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              • Mee Tu April 3, 21:37

                Yew gize our sew hilhaireus

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            • Mr.j March 30, 11:48

              Lol

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            • Terri April 1, 16:20

              Rude

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            • dj April 5, 23:39

              Apparently Yep can’t follow an intelligent conversation on the subject matter.

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            • Jason April 29, 14:19

              Lol

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            • Duchess April 29, 17:43

              how very kind of you to call the man out on his misspelled
              word.

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            • Pisces May 18, 11:54

              Good come back.No need for someone to be sarcastic for no reason.so VERY…. GOOD.on the comeback.lol

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              • Junegarnet June 8, 22:32

                You don’t retain what YOU read? Very is spelled with an ‘e’. There is no need for sarcasm when you post. Also, you don’t start a sentence with a conjunction. U wekkum

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            • BronxnitehikerMike June 6, 17:27

              omg there are just too many people that are either ignorant idiots or that are uneducated in this field such as myself..i am leaning more now than when I was a kid towards a holistic, medicinal,all natural way(what ever it’s called) to heal ailments and help relieve pain and to further go on I am also looking into it for mental issues as well…natures remedies were here long before man made pharmaceuticals,they just take longer to get into the system and work once it’s properly derived to do so..i might sound like i’m very smart by my spelling and words that I use.i am in some ways and in others i’m not…learning is a daily process…I love to learn new things daily once I can establish that it’s 100% accurate and true..we need to know the truth but anyway, I am going to google what you say here and see for myself..there are too many that are calling it different names and such besides calling each other names too,lol!..the ones that are really show what an idiot that don’t want to learn out of laziness they themselves are.one should never post a ‘fact’ that isn’t true unless they do research on it to share it with others..how could someone want to purposely or not share info on something important that they don’t know for sure themselves?..some are human and are trying to be helpful and that’s ok while others are just pricks.oh and to those that want to buy seeds check to see if they are gmo’d seeds.which in my opinion would be mucked up seeds not beneficial to but possibly harmful.IDK, it’s something that i’m curious about since we are living in a gmo food era that you read about in the papers…maybe not because the plants don’t feed our nation,but once Monsanto and other seed companies find out if this plant is or will be used in future meds they will get their hands on and ruin it… another alternative that i’m really leaning towards is CBD and maybe a little mix of thc..this cbd sounds very promising for the future.i have only begun to learn about it and already I heard on a website that it too could also be mucked up by modifying it in the future.don’t know for sure if it’s true yet but definitely possible.

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              • Lisatrox June 13, 00:59

                can message me? I want to ask you about something
                Thx
                Lisa

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              • Roxanne June 14, 00:48

                I use cbd,n it works very well,n I am very interested in the purchase of this lettuce to grow for I am trying to find something better than wasting my time with these doctors,that really just want to keep passing the buck to someone else…

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                • sickofbeeingguiniapig June 23, 22:20

                  Me took.So sick of Drs.If you have insurance your passed around.to all their friends.If you take the meds your prescribed your an addict.I am tired of being practisced on..Everyone has a different diagnosis and after 40 surgeries…Sick to death of the money grubbing docs who have preconcieved notions because all your medical records are computerized.Take the money…no work required.If you don’t. Have insurance your left to die

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              • Babydoll June 27, 12:33

                I get you and maybe you will see my message but i get several and im not a billionaire yet maybe next week when i patent my holistic herb special blend

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            • Junegarnet June 8, 22:29

              You don’t retain what YOU read? Very is spelled with an ‘e’. There is no need for sarcasm when you post. Also, you don’t start a sentence with a conjunction.

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            • Sis June 14, 17:06

              Who cares if wards are spelled wrong. What are you the spell checker police.

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          • Wolf March 26, 14:58

            Gee … from some of the comments in here, a fair percentage of you should stick with keeping the health food store in business

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            • Old prepper March 30, 23:26

              Wolf; I agree. The LEFT, on here are so ‘smart’. why are they posting on here? If they know all, of these things already? As always, the trolls want to ruin everyone’s fun.
              I do not see anyplace, to edit one’s comment. Then spell check,can put in words or not. If anyone knows about EDIT, please tell me. I misspell somethings, HUMAN.

              I should have called myself, a LONG TIME PREPPER,,,not old.

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              • Stuff May 8, 14:25

                “Somethings” is actually two words when used in the context that you used.

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              • BrucenOregon June 2, 13:09

                We are looking into using “Wild Lettuce” as an alternative to the pain meds my wife takes daily.
                1.No, she is not an addict, 2. Due to 3 auto accidents she has permanent damage to her back. 3. In the governments wisdom they will soon make it impossible for her to get her medication as prescribed by her Dr.

                We have it growing all over the place but in researching how to identify it correctly I am seeing very different images of “Wild Lettuce” So can you recommend a book or a source that will help identify the different varieties of it?

                AND BTW anyone who feels the need to pick my post apart go pound sand.

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          • Slut March 26, 17:20

            Typical. Gotta run somebody down every time you get a chance. Ok. So here’s my chance. You’re a jerk.

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          • Mr.J March 30, 11:46

            Your so condisending . No need to be rude…

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          • Old prepper March 30, 23:18

            Daveman50; that is frustrating to read, is it not? ALL IS WRITTEN OUT. I think some people do not understand the written word, or retain like you said. READING COMPREHENSION. More typical of the ‘LEFT’ mind. ☺
            Then, they, come back with ugly comment. Typical.

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            • LaFlowerlady March 31, 14:57

              I have been following this for a few days. There is real information here if you really want to learn. If you just want to spend time trying to make prior comments seem petty, get a life. People who use this site are on the most part really interested in learning how to better themselves without depending on “our leaders” that do not give a rip. Just want more involvement in our every day lives. KEEP UP the good work.

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              • Dad April 2, 22:20

                My lady, I feel that I must defend the human race, most are (left or right) tend to be a little arrogant,judgemental and lack the desire for knowledge. ” Curiousity did not kill the cat. It was stupidity.” Thank every one for the useful information. USAF Vietnam.

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              • Linda April 10, 11:54

                Thank you well said , I’m trying to find out about this plant, at first I thought it was a dandelion, but as child we had milk weed growing every where, but I can’t remember if it had yellow flowers or not. So what is another name for this plant? Can I get a no nonsense answer please I’m here to learn. Thank you

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              • bcarlton April 30, 00:47

                Where’s the like button? 🙂

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              • Cat June 9, 00:53

                Thank you. My sentiments exactly. What states can you find this plant? I saw pictures, but they look like alot of weeds I have seen. I have major health issues and suffer from chronic pain. I want an alternative to opiates.

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            • Lobosmommy March 31, 18:31

              Why does this have to become your political arena. Can’t we just learn about natural remedies as intended?

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              • Terri April 8, 12:10

                Thank you, Lobosmommy!!! Where and how did some of of these people get politics out of Davman50’s comment?

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          • Suziesview April 1, 14:00

            I was thinking same thing

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          • Sativa saint April 1, 21:16

            Calling out someone on reading comprehension & you can’t even spell “Very”, fuckin moron! Dumb liberal

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          • Sponge April 6, 13:46

            dude, you’re harsh…

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          • primrose April 17, 15:50

            Ouch!

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        • onie March 26, 08:02

          we Call it dandelion and a similar plant called puha, Rub itunder running water to get the bitterness out then boil with in with brisket after it has cooked, Boil up kiwi style

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        • RAB March 27, 22:22

          you can eat it straight if you want, or make a tisane (tea) or make a tincture (vodka), or dry it, or freeze it.

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        • Kid rock addicted March 28, 21:19

          Jean, Dave Man50 seems to be a smartass. Did you notice? Some people just have to say something a Dickhead would.

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          • Old prepper March 30, 23:46

            Kid rock addicted; NO, HE IS NOT. We get frustrated with people, not knowing how to, READ. IT IS ALL THERE. Then you come back with the question, that is already ANSWERED. Annoying. Then the SPELL CHECKERS ON HERE. NOT NEEDED. That is what is rude. We have no edit button to change words. And, you just self described, yourself. Why did you have to comment?

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            • Cat June 1, 15:58

              Did it ever occur to the people Insulting this person, that spellck has a way of CHanges the spelling as it’s being sent? Here’s another theory, maybe they are in so much pain it obliterates thier ability to think? I have early onset vascular dementia and in pain , always. Only people who are lnsecure pi k on others. It gives them a false sense of security and power. Stop the hate. Let’s stay on topic Please!!!!!

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        • Qwiktree April 25, 02:47

          Did you not read the article?

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      • Safrabro March 22, 19:09

        NO… Not Milkweed. Milkweed is poisonous.

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        • Lactucaman March 22, 20:56

          The plant in the picture is L. virosa, milkweed looks quite different. I know, because I took the picture :D. This particular specimen was one of a few I found growing in the Shenandoah valley in the west of Virginia. Visit http://www.wildlettuce.com for information and extracts! It’s my life’s work and I’m working on getting more products and a blog on there. I’m happy that there is so much interest!

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          • KATHY L NEWSOM March 23, 01:24

            we make milkweed soup using the purple flowers

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          • Mish March 24, 22:06

            Wow that’s awesome

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          • Lisa March 26, 02:42

            Isn’t this also called Dandelion as well? If that’s the case, I have it all over my yard! lol

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            • Eleana March 27, 01:36

              It is definitely NOT dandelion. Dandelion leaves all come from the ground level, not going up a stem. The flower shoots from the same place at ground level.

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              • Moldy_Irish March 27, 16:47

                Dent de lion, tooth of the lion, is a common plant with many medicinal uses. Indians in this area have used it for curing skin cancers, put the milk of the leaf, or stem on a skin cancer till it goes away, many times in just a week or two. Tea can be made, poultice can be made for wounds, flowers mixed with honey make a good stomach, and throat medicine. .
                Manzinilla, can also be used as a dressing for a wound, or tea can help for sleep.

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                • Granny March 29, 08:30

                  It is also a liver detox.

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                • Old prepper March 31, 00:05

                  Moldy Irish; Good information. For those, who don’t know, Manzinilla, is Chamomile blooms, or TEA. I used to gather those blossoms in Europe as a toddler. My mom used to call me “THE HERB DEAR.” It is supposed to help with sleep, and be calming.

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              • Gene March 30, 02:22

                The points on a true dandelion leaf point back toward the base of the plant. If they point away from the plant it is not a dandelion. And I make dandelion wine but it is a lot of work in preparation because you only use the little yellow petals of the dandelion flower and it takes forever to pick and process them. I just dried some dandelion roots today in the toaster oven.

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            • Marika March 28, 12:57

              This is not milkweed not dandelion although the flowers look similar. This plant grows 4-5 feet tall

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          • cindi March 26, 03:05

            Let me know how to get dried ,or plant etc

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          • Matty March 28, 17:40

            I suffer with chronic pain but I have to work I am sick of opiates.. I would like any extra information you have..

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            • sweetpea March 30, 18:11

              Research Kratom

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              • Tracy March 30, 22:33

                Stay away from kratom or some call it kramptom. . It caused fluid on my daughters brain. Amount other things. It was outlawed in other countries.

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            • Cat June 1, 16:03

              Did it ever occur to the people Insulting this person, that spellck has a way of CHanges the spelling as it’s being sent? Here’s another theory, maybe they are in so much pain it obliterates thier ability to think? I have early onset vascular dementia and in pain , always. Only people who are lnsecure pi k on others. It gives them a false sense of security and power. Stop the hate. Let’s stay on topic Please!!!!!

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            • sissy June 13, 00:50

              Kratom it’s an awesome herb give it a try, it works great for opiate withdrawal and energy mind and focus and it’s wonderful for pain. It generally makes you feel better but without the high.

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              • lydialove June 25, 21:18

                Kratom can cause kidney and liver problems – it sent a friend of mine to the hospital.

                Be cautious, just because it’s “natural” it’s not always safe.

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          • Lawrenzo March 28, 17:53

            So, is it the common dandelion ? If so, what is the best time to harvest and do you take all the upper parts and leave the roots so it will grow back? Do you have a favorite method of using it? Tea or boiled? Guess I will stop digging them out of my garden if it really helps chronic pain.

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            • Old prepper March 31, 00:20

              Lawrenzo; NO. please re-read the original information.
              Or go to the photographer, pictures with link provided.

              Author;; ↓
              The plant in the picture is L. virosa, milkweed looks quite different. I know, because I took the picture :D. This particular specimen was one of a few I found growing in the Shenandoah valley in the west of Virginia. Visit http://www.wildlettuce.com for information and extracts! It’s my life’s work and I’m working on getting more products and a blog on there. I’m happy that there is so much interest!

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          • chris82 March 28, 19:38

            Thank you for the information. I hope to see more of your work soon. I would love to read more as my husband is trying to detox from pain meds but still needs help with pain control. As a family we could stand to be a bit healthier. Thanks again

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          • Glocraft March 29, 02:01

            Milkweed is not poison my mother in law use to cook milkweed green with bacon or salt pork

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          • Ila March 30, 12:55

            I grow milkweed in my yard for butterflies but it doesn’t look anything like this is there different types of milkweed and do all milkweed have this benefit

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          • Aleda March 30, 13:47

            I would love to get my hands on some!

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          • Handful March 30, 19:43

            Lacuaman, did you get a blog started? I am very interested in medicinal herbs and plants.

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          • Old prepper March 30, 23:49

            Lactucaman; Thank you for the intervention. PEOPLE WERE really getting OFF TOPIC. I will go to your link.

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          • nIcnak68 March 31, 02:20

            I’m surrounded by it 😀

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          • Ethan Freeman March 31, 15:20

            Thank you for providing quality follow up research info!

            I found this everywhere after reading, and highly appreciate being notified to it’s benefits 😀

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          • webbsway April 5, 03:16

            Thank you for the information

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          • Suzy April 11, 15:34

            It looks so much like dandelion leaves, but does it flower all the time or is flowering seasonal? I’ve had to use dried poppy pods to make tea for my chronic pain and they are expensive and hard to order. Wild lettuce seeds are $25 on Amazon and I’m on a tight disability budget. I live in Phoenix, but was wondering how easy this plant is to find or locate via nurseries or where my relatives live (IN, FL, SC). If I find a plant that has these yellow flowers and wide dandelion looking leaves, do I just cut the stalk to see if the milky substance flows and then know it’s wild lettuce? I’m so grateful for your post and info on this. Could change my life. Do the flowers also have the same properties as the stems and leaves? Which has strongest ingredient?

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          • storm2k12 May 9, 23:23

            Where in the Shenandoah Valley are you? I’m not located too far away.

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          • TinMan May 30, 21:06

            Hi can u help me to identitfy it. I have pulled up t 3 different possibilities but from your pics that you have supplied. But each time either the leaf or the flower looks different. Could I send you a pic via my email address, so you can take a look at it

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          • Cat June 9, 01:02

            Forgive my ignorance, but the wild lettuce that is bought in the supermarket have the same affects that the kind that is grown wild? I see it called bitter lettuce too. If it doesn’t, Where. Do I get​ it? It looks like a like alot of what I see, not lately though.

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        • Snowy March 23, 03:07

          I grew up being told milk weed was poisonous??

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        • DaveMan50 March 25, 15:04

          The picture used is to show that the sap is like milk weed.
          My tortuous loves Dandy Lyon flowers. Milkweed doesn’t hurt her.

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        • Linda April 10, 12:06

          Thank you for your response, I was thinking milk weed because of the white liquid coming from the stalk of the plant. Then I have no idea where to find this plant growing near where I live in Ky . thanks so much again Linda

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      • Gerry March 23, 03:14

        That isn’t milk weed. Milk weed have fluffy plumes.

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        • DaveMan50 March 25, 15:09

          Dandy Lyon, Long thin leaf with jagged edge. Flower is bright yellow. Seeds develop from a tall stem and are umbrella flyers. (Milk weed)

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      • Kevin Schmidt March 23, 08:03

        Wrong! It doesn’t even look like Milkweed. Don’t talk about things you know nothing about.

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      • Rosetaz March 23, 13:30

        This is not Milk Weed.

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      • Billy March 23, 13:58

        No Sow thistle

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      • penelopepitstop06 March 23, 23:38

        No it is not milk weed. Milk weed is poisonous. Please see what real wild lettuce looks like before you use it. It is also not Summac as it is also poisonous and has milk in it’s stalk.

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        • Scottishlife March 24, 21:36

          Not all sumac is poisonous, in New England the most common sumac is that with red berries or “drupes” the dried drupes of some species are ground to produce a tangy crimson spice. Poison sumac fruit are creamy white and part of a cluster.

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          • Oltop March 25, 03:05

            When I was a kid growing up in the Ozark mountains we would eat the red berries of the sumac bushes. They had a very tart taste to them. Luckily it never made any of us sick.

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            • Mary March 27, 02:17

              Red berries from Sumac are very high in Vitamin C

              I have prickly lettuce growing all over my gardens…they’re my worst weeds!

              What does the tea taste like when brewed from dried leaves?

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      • Dialuvsjeeps March 24, 15:09

        No not milkweed!

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      • Em March 24, 18:13

        It is not milk weed, milk weed is poisonous

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      • Henry March 25, 02:27

        This is not milk weed. Totally different plant.

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      • skip March 25, 05:13

        I always knew it as Milkweed…glad you said so.

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      • Deuely March 26, 15:51

        Is this what this plant is? Or is this something like it?

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      • Irish50gal March 27, 18:07

        No..Nit milk weed… Similar milky latex

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      • Marika March 28, 12:54

        This is not milkweed

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      • Tanya March 29, 16:55

        It’s not the same plant.

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      • Lobosmommy March 31, 18:34

        So is it definitely Milkweed?

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      • GUNNEY April 1, 03:42

        NO,,,, MILK WEED IS DIFFERENT AND ONLY BLOOMS ONCE EVER FEW YEARS AND IS SHORT…. BY LATE SUMMER WILD LETTUCE CAN BE 6 FEET TALL. LEAVES ARE SIMILAR TO MAPLE OR SHARP OAK TREE LEAVES IN SHAPE.

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      • AussieAngel April 1, 22:42

        It’s not milkweed. Milkweed grows taller and has tiny white flowers, and it is a plant the Monarch Butterflies seek to lay their eggs and incubate them on. This is more like the dandelion (Australian) as it too has flat broad leaves and yellow flowers on tall stalks that come from the centre of each plant. Don’t use the wrong thing, as you could get incredibly sick if you are thinking of trying this remedy. It is a common garden weed, but do your research to keep safe, please. I think many herbal remedies can be very beneficial. Cheers all.

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      • Prairie Herbalist April 2, 20:13

        This is not milkweed.

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      • Prairie Herbalist April 2, 20:14

        This is not milkweed.

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      • Minervs April 3, 10:25

        No not the milkweed you may be thinking about that butterflies like to eat.

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      • Caro April 5, 20:28

        That’s what we always called it.

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      • Caro April 5, 20:34

        You all worry me. One of you tells me it might be addictive and someone else says it almost killed her. What am I supposed to believe?

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      • Erowid April 6, 20:04

        Milkweed roots contain the lowest amount of toxins. The toxins are highest in the bitter, milky sap, found throughout milkweed stems and leaves, hence the vulnerability of grazing animals. Sheep, cattle and sometimes horses may be poisoned by milkweed when they eat it in bulk. These poisonings usually happen when animals are penned in corrals with nothing to eat but milkweed, which grows almost anywhere, or when they eat hay containing large amounts of milkweed. Milkweed is also toxic to poultry.

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      • CertHerbalist April 16, 15:36

        It’s not milkweed, which has the scientific name Asclepias. This is WILD LETTUCE which has the scientific name Lactuca Virosa.

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      • Jenna May 5, 03:48

        Lol..its not milkweed!!It’s a weed i wanted to say prickly lettuce almost like dandelion..I have been there and done that long road with my daughter with opiates and benzos and believe me anything even medicinal marijuana would work better than that pill factory big Pharma

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      • Indian Angel May 13, 15:00

        No milk weed is different, but this does have a milky juice that comes from it.

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      • Cherri June 25, 14:03

        That is what I thought, I used to put caterpillars on it when I was a kid to watch them become monarch butterflies

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    • NOOR March 23, 18:59

      Need some

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    • Mamaw March 24, 01:10

      It looks like dandelions. Is that what it is??

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    • Shady March 24, 01:55

      So can it be used to help with the withdraws that opiates produce when coming off of them

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    • Hippyray March 25, 03:42

      it can also lead to antipalatic shock whioh i did from something that looked similar and it was of the milk from the plant that only got on my skin my eye lid stuck together for over a day i couldnt open it i developed a nasty rash i ran a fever and threw up went to hospital they told me had i waited any longer i could of died now ive poked plent yof smot ive done lsd and every other drug under the sun in the past but ive learned not to play with fire without tlaking to a doctor first about anything dont just buy into this article ask first!!!

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    • Hippyray March 25, 03:43

      it can also lead to antipalatic shock whioh i did from something that looked similar and it was of the milk from the plant that only got on my skin my eye lid stuck together for over a day i couldnt open it i developed a nasty rash i ran a fever and threw up went to hospital they told me had i waited any longer i could of died now ive poked plent yof smot ive done lsd and every other drug under the sun in the past but ive learned not to play with fire without talking to a doctor first about anything dont just buy into this article ask first!!!

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    • onie March 26, 08:00

      we Call it dandelion and a similar plant called puha, Rub itunder running water to get the bitterness out then boil with in with brisket after it has cooked, Boil up kiwi style

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      • Mary March 27, 02:18

        Red berries from Sumac are very high in Vitamin C

        I have prickly lettuce growing all over my gardens…they’re my worst weeds!

        What does the tea taste like when brewed from dried leaves?

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    • Daz March 27, 09:06

      Funny through reading comments I would strongly recommend not touching anything, your a bunch of characters, love it

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    • midnightspcl March 27, 17:02

      Chaga the up coming health food

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    • Lori March 30, 04:05

      Cut.Tie it with jute and hang it up side down in garage til its all dried out !

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    • Janny April 3, 06:07

      Dear Nolan– I am very interested in this remedy as I have suffered severe pain from Osteo Arthrites for years. Would it be at all possible for you to send me some seeds so i can grow it myself? Please? I am on several prescribed pain meds plus get Epidural & LSI Joint shots every 2 months. I am still in severe pain, iregardless! I have also just been diagnosed with Small Fiber Neuropathy which causes whole body severe pain & puts me in bed for days at a time… I thank you so much for your time & ask again, please, please send me some seeds. I will be heading to the Health Food Store in the meantime… Thank You!!

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      • KBo April 8, 07:34

        See Mie’s earlier message

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      • Stuff May 8, 14:37

        “Somethings” is actually two words when used in the context that you used.

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      • Stuff May 8, 15:13

        Janny – sounds like you have paraneoplastic polyneuropathy.
        It is very painful and misdiagnosed 9-out-of-ten times. I have not found anything that helps. There are (mostly) women that suffer with this after CA and chemo treatment. It certainly hasn’t gotten as much attention as other CA related issues (or ED in men) for that matter. Falling is often a major problem and leads to other health related complications.
        Have become disenchanted with all the charlatans wanting to take what little money I have to fill their own greedy pockets. Let me know if you find something that actually works for you.

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      • YOUTUBE DR. PETER GLIDDEN May 13, 13:26

        Janny, YouTube Dr.Peter Glidden and your condition. There is a cure for what you have.

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    • Suzy April 11, 15:58

      What state do you live in and would you be willing to send some for me try out? I’d gladly pay shipping & handling. I’m in AZ, disabled and trying to find some natural alternatives for my many symptoms. I’d be very grateful. Thank you and blessings.

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    • PAIN!!!!!!! April 29, 00:34

      Unfortunately, I don’t have any here in southern Colorado or at least I don’t recognize it. We had it when I was a kid on the farm on the front range. Is there someplace where I can buy it and get a start?

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    • grace June 5, 15:13

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  2. Sandy March 20, 16:21

    Please post a clearer picture of the plant. It kinda looks like dandilion in this picture

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  3. Florida Man March 20, 16:33

    How is it used? Do you just eat it? I keep all of the extra pain killers from my doctor in the freezer to try and keep them good in case of emergencies. That’s one big problem with being prepared. There is no legal way to secure opiates and antibiotics and even when you can they have a relatively short shelf life. More information like this please.

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    • Jim March 20, 17:17

      The antibiotics used for veterinary purpose are in-fact the same drug prescribed for humans. It is a matter of dosage that commands prudence. I buy tetracycline without question at local feed store. I also have a copy of “Physician”s Desk Reference”. NO-I don’t consider using these versions of anti-biotic except in emergency.

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    • Dragonchow March 20, 17:37

      Animal antibiotics are available to the public. Due dilegence internet research will show you the way. Opiates…eh, not so much.

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      • Jim March 20, 18:05

        You bet-yes I think people are going to experience real problems ahead if wounded or injured. Opiates were legal in the 19th century across counter in the form of laudanum and paragoric. Hopefully in a national/societal breakdown Americans can protect medical infra-structure.

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        • Tim March 21, 18:38

          Paragoric was available over the counter, if you went to pharmacy in 1oz bottles well into the 70’s and 80’s.
          You could also get Turpinhydrate, a codeine cough syrup in 1oz bottles.

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          • Lindy March 22, 01:53

            I used Paragoric on my daughter’s gums when she was teething in 1968. When we went to Kansas on vacation we found that the State had made it available by prescription only.

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          • kristaphee March 25, 00:07

            You still can, in Canada. Also, Robaxin (a muscle relaxant) with 8 grains of codeine in it, too. You can buy them OTC but have to ask the pharmacist for them.Also, Tylenol or aspirin with
            8grains of codeine.

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          • goldie March 25, 11:13

            I grew up always knowing when needed the paragoric would be right on the door of the fridge! We never abused it.Nice to have the freedom to be responsible to ones own being…knowing when and when not to use it! What a help it would be today!

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        • Ken March 21, 18:42

          can Ibuy some seed, so Ican grow this plant in my yard… I live in Eastern NC…

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          • shanna March 22, 14:05

            amazon has it as seeds and in a loose tea

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          • jp March 22, 15:26

            can you get seeds for the wild lettuce

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          • SAMG March 22, 15:43

            Yes. EBay. You can also find extract in some health food and vitamin shops. I have it growing all around my yard and pastures.

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            • Suzy April 11, 16:06

              Ebay is really expensive and I can’t grow stuff because of disability and live in Phoenix. Would you consider sending a plant or two for me to try? I’ll gladly pat shipping and handling. Once I try it then I may be able to invest in it, but without knowing,, my budget would be wrecked. Thanks either way!

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          • stan March 22, 15:59

            Look up the latin name on the internet, amazon had seeds for sale though I didn’t look at the site. Stuff is all over in NW Wi.

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          • Ethel March 24, 12:29

            Where can one buy the seeds?

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    • Preacher March 20, 21:31

      Inject-able Penicillin is also available at farm supply stores. Some vet type medicines actually must meet higher standards that medicines designed for human use, from what I have heard and read in the past.

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    • steve March 21, 17:23

      My pain management doctor told me to take the expiration date on pain meds and add 10 years. they will still be good

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    • connie March 21, 22:45

      you can purchase fish antibiotics, I know people who use them.

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    • Merry Chris Bishop March 21, 23:13

      you can buy Penicillin at your local feed store. It is the same thing your dr pscribes

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    • Jess March 22, 17:18

      Pharmacy anti-biotics do more harm than good. We make Colloidal Silver and have proven time and time again that it works on us and our pets very fast and vets do use the silver especially on those high end race horses Be well, be safe and have no fear.

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    • JodiRph March 23, 21:42

      Putting drugs in the freezer actually decreases their shelf life. Most room temperature drugs are only stable between 36-78 degrees Fahrenheit. Extreme temperatures makes them less effective.

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    • divad March 24, 16:16

      Does putting medicines in a freezer keep them from losing their strength?

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    • Ray March 25, 15:52

      florida man actully meds of any nature are good alot longer then you think i take many meds for epilepsy and other things i have such an over whelming amount of meds that come prepackaged such as limictal for sezuires ibupofen protonix and others that are bottled by the manufacturre ive ripped the labels off of them when done with the bottle so i cna shredcx the label only to find under the label the p[harmac y prin ted a lebal that the manufacturer printed the bottle read dispose 1 year from date of fill lkets just say nov 2016 under that label i saw exp: 2019 so dont panaic about shelf live you can assume any meds you have are still good for atleast a year after the experiation date

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    • Naughtyb April 11, 02:06

      My mother in law is a registered nurse and she said you can keep any unused medicine for 1 year after the expiration date and it will Still be good. It may lose some potency but will still work and won’t hurt you. After that you should dispose of them.

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    • Martin May 11, 17:17

      Feed stores often have 750mg antibiotics in capsule form for use in aquarium fish health. The last I bought was amoxicillin in a 100 count bottle otc with no prescription. There are two other penicillin based antibiotics that I can’t remember the names of. Maybe ampicillin was one of them.

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    • Martin May 11, 17:21

      Feed stores often have antibiotics in capsule form for use in aquariums for fish health, these are available otc without a prescription.

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  4. sawdust Bob March 20, 16:36

    Sounds like a miracle solution to me. I’m going to get
    some.

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  5. Bev March 20, 17:02

    I am finding that, more and more, we need to get back to “the old ways.” Our forefathers knew a lot about what plants treated certain conditions. Needless to say, their knowledge was probably from indigenous people who depended on local plants for whatever was wrong with them. The old ways with plants were the best when they can be used in place of modern medications. In some cases this isn’t possible, not because there isn’t a “plant for that”, but because we don’t know enough about plant medication.

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  6. Jim March 20, 17:12

    Very interesting post! I use arnica as a pain killer and it does relieve headache and arthritis pain. So-if wild lettuce has the same kind of properties it is well worth investigating. Many people, myself included, have experienced nasty side-effects from pharma/pain killers.

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  7. Terry March 20, 18:34

    Where can you buy the dried to use as a tea the wild lettuce

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  8. Sandy S. March 20, 18:39

    The article mentions that wild lettuce induces a mild euphoria, but it fails to mention if the plant is physically addictive like opium and methadone.
    IS the plant physically addicting, causing withdrawal symptoms when discontinued? Can it be used to help the transition to sobriety for opium addicts?

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  9. Bob March 20, 22:19

    I think we always referred to it as milk weed.King snakes would sunk the juice out when bitten by a poisonous snake as remedy.If it’s good enough for a snake it’s good enough for me.

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    • Fiddlehead March 21, 17:02

      milk weed is a totally
      different plant

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      • Knarf March 22, 15:49

        Milk weed and wild lettuce r 2 different plants yes. But if u look at the pictures better there 2 different plants showing. The milk weed has a jagged pointy leaf and a single thick stalk. And the wild lettuce has a slightly jagged leaf with a rounded tip. And a branching stalk. And neither of them have anything to do with snakes, except a snake might slither through them on its way home lol.

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    • Lily March 21, 17:24

      Never heard of that old wives tale! That’s a great one. 🙂 And since I’ve been keeping and studying snakes all my life, I can tell you that it is just that… An old wives tale. There is no way any snake would do something like that. Even if they could, it would be totally ineffective against snake venom. Also, wild lettuce and milkweed are two different plants. Neither are useful against or for snakes. 🙂

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      • catman2u March 24, 14:39

        Glad you made the comment to spare me the time. The things people say and believe are true. Mind boggling. The idea of a snake, a 100% carnivorous animal sucking on a pplant. Sheesh.

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    • freedom March 21, 17:29

      This is an absolute lie.
      As an avid snake catcher and owner of both king snakes and copper heads and have witnessed first hand the biting of a king snake by a copperhead and the king snake lived.
      They are naturally immune.

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    • Bobb March 22, 12:25

      Rats are good enough for snakes. Do you eat rats?

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    • SuperGram March 23, 04:46

      Scroll up to see that someone posted that milkweed is poisonous

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      • catman2u March 24, 14:44

        I don’t even know about the milky stuff but the leaves of milkweed are at the least toxic to birds. It IS THE REASON that Monarch butterfly larva (aka caterpillars) ONLY eat milkweed. The predator kingdom has learned to stay away from the larvae infused with the toxins.

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    • G March 23, 13:47

      There are many plants called milkweed because of their milky sap but, only a few are true milkweeds.

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    • Copenhagen March 25, 03:13

      A King snake actually has natural defensive properties in its body to fight poison from say a rattle snake.

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    • MamaBear March 26, 11:56

      You have GOT to be kidding!! Milkweed is a VERY different and POISONOUS plant. PLEASE don’t confuse the two!!
      (And kingsnakes do NOT do that; old wives tale!!)☺✝🙏🏼🐾

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  10. JP March 20, 23:54

    Hello, you mentioned drying for tea and boiling to prep for use, would there be a way to use it if you were out camping/picnicking and a need arose for immediate use of a pain reliever?
    Thank you,
    John

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    • Crafty March 22, 21:20

      If you are near a willow tree…….aspirin. boil willow bark and drink it for pain. With most herbs, what you can do with dried …… you can do with fresh.

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  11. tania March 21, 06:33

    We called this milkweed as a child and it is quite bitter.

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    • JPM March 21, 12:38

      This is not the “milkweed plant”. It oozes a milky like substance “like” milkweed but once you see the plant, you’ll know it.

      It grows 7-10 feet tall, strong hollow stem, leaves are narrow, long and jagged, small yellow daisy type flowers when it blooms. The plant grows very fast and very tall throughout the summer.

      To get the “sap”, just slowly peel a leaf downwards. For me, I just lick the end of the leaf and use my finger to wipe up what’s dripping off the plant. It IS bitter. Depending on how bad the pain is, more than one is necessary at times. I am NOT a doctor, this is just what works for me.

      I have them growing all over my property and just discovered them last year so am transplanting them to a central location for easier harvesting rather than running all over my property trying to harvest them.

      You can cook the leaves down, put in some Vit E and keep in fridge for a few weeks, or you can freeze a bunch and take out what you need for a tea.

      Hope you read the part where I am NOT a doctor. It’s not habit forming, at least for me but I use it very seldom.

      Another plant you may want to look in to is called “Toothache Plant”. You can chew the leaves or the seed head and it numbs your mouth and tongue for about 15 mins, depending on how much you chew it. It’s a lifesaver for that unexpected toothache or cold sore. Kinda like benzocaine on steroids…lol. I’ve made a tincture out of it and it’s one of God’s gifts.

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    • Herschel March 21, 18:17

      Milkweed is a totally different plant…

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  12. Gandamack March 21, 12:15

    Any links to sources for the dried product or seeds?

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    • Nickname March 23, 04:30

      Lactucaman
      March 22, 20:56
      The plant in the picture is L. virosa, milkweed looks quite different. I know, because I took the picture :D. This particular specimen was one of a few I found growing in the Shenandoah valley in the west of Virginia. Visit http://www.wildlettuce.com for information and extracts! It’s my life’s work and I’m working on getting more products and a blog on there. I’m happy that there is so much interest!

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  13. Marie March 21, 12:37

    Fantastic post, thank you so much!

    FYI, recently bought a book called “The Survival Medicine Handbook: A Guide for When Help is NOT on the Way,” by Joseph Alton MD. It’s got all sorts of useful home-remedy-type info in it, like this. Discusses dental problems too. Sometimes the author is brutally honest, and says that in a collapse-scenario, with no modern hospital facilities, this or that type of illness or injury will simply not be treatable.

    Quite an expensive book IMO, but I’ve found it’s well worth it.

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  14. Linda S March 21, 15:15

    The milky secretion of Lactuca virosa is a poisonous latex & should not be considered safe for self medication. I am an herbalist with 40 years experience & have seen extreme reactions to this plant.

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    • Herschel March 21, 18:20

      I have eaten wild lettuce for years along with the rest of my family with no ill effects.

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    • schees1 March 21, 19:52

      I completely agree with Linda S. I am an Agriculturalist and different people react differently to different plants. To some people, the sap is toxic. To others, it works as a mild pain killer. It may not work at all, it depends on your body. I can see this plant disappearing in people’s fromt yards now because everyone thinks it’s a cheap and easy pain killer to get high from.

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    • Sindee March 21, 19:53

      That’s what I found out from my research in the 90s. I guess some people can eat poison and it won’t affect them while others lick on honey and drop dead, so it depends on the person taking the rick. I keep to well known plants and herbs and spices for my “bush meds.”

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    • Star March 22, 09:25

      Ohhh, that wouldn’t be good for me then as I’m allergic to latex. 😥

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  15. nitakola March 21, 17:03

    This isn’t milk weed, although milk weed does have the same “sap” as this plant. Milk weed has purple flowers and grows the seed pods at the end of it’s growing season.

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  16. Puffmuffin March 21, 18:57

    I think this is what my mother and grandparents used to call “milkweed”

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  17. Cindy March 21, 19:00

    Where can I buy it already prepared. Need for insomnia. But need a site that is respectable and label the product.

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  18. Linda March 21, 19:34

    Does this work if applied externally, or does it need to be digested internally?

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  19. Big Jim Jr March 21, 19:35

    Just be careful to not confuse this with Tansy Ragwort which is deadly. They look similar, especially to an untrained eye.

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  20. D March 21, 20:25

    Would this plant grow in the tropics?

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  21. Bay March 21, 22:13

    What zone does this grow in?

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    • JPM March 21, 22:18

      I’m in the Ozarks, MO side, grows great here

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      • Bronwyn March 21, 23:19

        Does this Grow in Florida? How would I identify it? What part of Mo are you in? We’re thinking of moving to the Blue Eye area.

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        • JPM March 22, 02:14

          We’re in Ozark Co. From the description I gave above, use a search engine to look for pictures of Wild Lettuce. It gets very tall and leaves are sorta spiney, different shades of green with a deep red on the edges.

          Blue Eye is north of us and west I believe. Love living here with early spring I’m already planting in the garden…use to live out west and only had 2 1/2 to 3 months of growing season…here…I get 8 months…not too shabby!

          I don’t know why it wouldn’t grow in FL…plus is drought resistant which is a plus.

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        • Mamaw March 24, 01:23

          I wonder how it would work on me..morphine makes me throw up, but it’s always been given by needle. Think I will try some anyway. Alot of my family have chronic pain like I do.

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  22. Anoula March 22, 01:14

    So if it’s not milkweed what name does it go by? And where can it be bought dried . Also where does the lettuce grow . It looks like dandelion with fuzzballs in this picture

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  23. jewels March 22, 03:57

    Does one make an extract with alcohol? Explain how you prepare this plant for medical purposes.

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  24. jo March 22, 08:44

    in northern Illinois we called it milk weed as kids if we hit it looked like milk coming out but thicker.

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  25. Kels March 22, 12:27

    Cam someone please post a link on where to get some of this already made? I live with severe chronic migraines. I would be willing to give this a shot.

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  26. HB March 22, 15:23

    Similar to sow thistle. Be careful not to confuse with the toxic groundsel plant with flowers that never open.

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  27. Allen March 22, 17:05

    Does it grow in tall stalks? How do you tell the difference between it and dandelion? The one picture with what appears to be a thick stalk with purple and the white stuff oozing out looks like what is called “milk weed” by a lot of people.If it is the same thing then I have a jackpot.

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  28. Lactucaman March 22, 19:40

    You can find many extracts and more at http://www.wildlettuce.com !

    Make sure you know the difference between the different species of Lactuca, as well, don’t be fooled by a similar plant called Sonchus. Wild lettuce is not milk weed, by the way. The best ones I have found for making extracts are L. Virosa and L. Serriola.

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  29. Sherry March 22, 22:52

    I am wondering if a tincture or extract made from this plant would be effective. If boiling it down with sugar and it is still bitter I would think any tea made from it would be bitter as well.

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  30. CJ March 22, 23:07

    How do I find plants or seeds to grow this?

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  31. Tj March 23, 04:22

    it’s still legal until the government steps in when they find out people are using it, then they will make it illegal and throw you in jail for having it.

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  32. Angie March 23, 13:14

    Keep these coming studied natural medicine abroad and we need to educate all

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  33. Herschel March 23, 13:54

    I have never seen wild lettuce grow to 4-6 ft. tall. That is the milkweed plant. Milkweed grows that tall but not wild lettuce. Wild lettuce hovers on the ground and grows 6-10 inches tall and about that big around similar to dandelion. it does secrete a very small milky substance but nothing or not nearly as profuse as the milkweed plant.

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    • Lactucaman March 23, 19:20

      Wild lettuce is a biennial plant. In the first season you only get a rosette. In the second season it bolts and can shoot up nine feet, believe it or not. The person who wrote this did their homework because they did get it right. The plants photographed are L. virosa, not milkweed. I know, because I took one of those pictures. Find products and more at http://www.wildlettuce.com !

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  34. Mnherbalist March 23, 21:04

    I wish you had given better directions for proper ethical foraging rather than whack it all down and use it for tea.

    If you only take a few leaves at a time you leave some for the rest of us. Taking the entire plant to dry doesnt just take the plant but also disrupts a very prolific seeding cycle. Better really to collect seeds and grow it yourself in the backyard.

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  35. T3 March 23, 22:37

    Is this also what farmers consider thistle?

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    • JPM March 24, 12:44

      Here in the Ozarks, thistle grows tall, yes, but is a much denser plant, leaves and stems, and the flowering top is purple. And yes, farmers hate it.

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  36. bones March 24, 00:38

    last year had a full on love affair with Lactuca Seriola

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  37. Trickywoo March 24, 01:09

    Eattheweeds.com gives extremely good info on wild edable plants, and their use!

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  38. Shady March 24, 01:53

    So can it be used to help with the withdraws that opiates produce when coming off of them

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  39. port6 March 24, 13:00

    looks more like hog weed witch is a really big problem in western ny

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  40. Plant Guy March 25, 05:36

    We call it prickly lettuce here. It’s not to be confused with Milkweed, which is something else entirely>

    https://www.google.com/search?q=is+milkweed+poisonous+to+humans%3F&oq=is+milkweed+poisonous+to+humans%3F&aqs=chrome..69i57.9271j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

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  41. IKE March 25, 11:52

    WANT INFORMATION ON USE OF WILD PLANTS.

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  42. SadieBelle March 26, 18:56

    Does anyone know any herbs that would help with whooping cough, COPD, Asthma and low immunity?

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  43. NattyElk March 27, 13:32

    This plant needs to be used with caution .It is not deadly but can make you very sick . not that I am discouraging anyone from using it . just use with caution

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  44. Tia March 27, 15:16

    Don’t do it. Wild lettuce can have medicinal qualities but it also can be fatal . Most milky white sap is toxic.

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  45. Rob March 27, 19:17

    Thanks. Have been dealing with constant pain for five years now. Will try this.

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  46. Libby March 27, 23:57

    How to find seeds as I do not have access to this

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  47. KCdeeah March 28, 05:21

    Here’s a page with lots of pictures of it. Scroll down a bit on the page. That site is calling it Lactuca serriola…
    http://www.survival.org.au/bf_lactuca_serriola.php

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  48. Macy March 28, 11:50

    Ummmm…not to be TOO obvious, but I can buy Poppy seeds for my garden, too. I have no idea how to process them into an actual, usable drug, but HEY! Google!

    I was told by training staff when I was trying for my CDL to avoid bagels with poppyseeds for the duration of our training period.

    Apparently, every poppy seed has a trace amount of opioid within it. Not enough to actually do anything, but if you eat them all the time it can show up as a positive on a drug test!

    Wild lettuce would be better, ha ha.

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    • Old prepper March 31, 00:53

      Macy; My mom told me story’s how the women in Europe, used to boil the SHELLS, the poppy seeds were found in and gave that to the baby’s to drink , so they would sleep in the slings on their backs , while the women worked in the fields. I would say, some baby’s never woke up and the mothers would never know, why. Use with caution.

      After they bloom, they form the poppy seeds encased in a shell. That is what you boil.

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  49. Sheila March 28, 19:21

    It looks like lettuce that has bolted, which means flowers&goes2seed.all lettuce when it bolts secrets that milky substance and therefore is bitter. Usually u eat lettuce when it’s young b4 it flowers and starts 2grow upward and b4 it secretes this bitter milky substance.

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  50. Cat March 28, 22:11

    I used to be an Operations Manager. Part of my responsibility included all the HR as well as sending new hires off for pre-employment drug testing We had a candidate…a young clean-cut, dean’s list kid…in other words, not your typical drug abuser prototype who failed the drug test. I thought he would just about pass out when I informed him of this!

    Upon further investigation, it turns out the kid ate a Lemon-Poppyseed muffin EVERY DAY for breakfast, lol!!!

    Just like Macy said, it showed up as a trace amount of opium as if he may have done opiates at some point within the past several months. The lab explained that this scenario with poppy seeds in the diet showing up like that…especially when eaten on a regular and/or frequent basis, is not all that uncommon however. Crazy, right?!

    Just makes it really hit home that the drugs we put in our bodies are REALLY made from some of the normal foods we’re eating every day as well as those plants/flowers that might be growing in our back yards.

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  51. Susie March 29, 00:43

    i hve these every where and didn’t know what they are. They wil siick you fingers if bare handed. And it does not look like a dendelion or milkweed. Thank you for sharing the use of wild lettece

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  52. Drew March 29, 02:44

    Is this the same as what the ol’ timers call poke salat

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  53. Drew March 29, 02:45

    Is this the same as what the ol’ timers call poke salat ???

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  54. USMCM14 March 30, 03:09

    HAHAHA now all those worthless druggies are going to be digging up everyone’s yard !!!

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  55. ukdirector March 30, 17:57

    Not Dandelions then and it’s not milk weed.
    So is it a relation of the Triffids and if it is, doesn’t that make you go blind, or am I thinking of something else.

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  56. Missy March 30, 20:39

    ugh! I just got rid of my weeds last weekend…. I had no idea we could use it. The white stuff is so sticky that its hard to wash off. Interesting, thanks for this tip!

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  57. Kris March 31, 08:28

    How can I get this? I’ve been on opioids for years and will soon be taken off them due to the government cut backs.

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  58. Lactucaman March 31, 15:59

    Hello all! A couple of people mentioned me and my site, but I don’t think I can answer everyone because I think there is a limit on how many posts you can make per day.

    Yes, the image is L. virosa. After ten years of working in the field, (pun intended!) my eyes are trained on it. There are several species of wild lettuce, L. serriola, L. canadensis, and on and on. There are also varieties of the different ones, like L. altissima is a variety (or maybe even the same thing) as L. virosa.

    You can tell it’s virosa for several reasons. Virosa tends to have a bluish hue to it. The stalks are almost always singular, where serriola has stalks that can grow almost like a bush. It’s also important to know the difference between it and Sonchus oleraceus. Sonchus is waxy and does not have the dense stalk that virosa does. The point is that there are many distinguishing features of virosa and it really doesn’t look anything like milkweed.

    I took that particular picture way up on a mountain in Virginia, a couple hours from DC. It grows kind of scattered here and there around the US. It kind of finds climates it likes. One person asked about the blog. It should be up soon!

    Thanks for the interest everyone! I working away on stock and getting the blog up!

    ~ Lactucaman

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  59. vandy March 31, 19:03

    Is it safe for someone who’s on anti-anxiety and depression meds?

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    • OLD MAN April 4, 03:34

      I HAVE HAD TWO BACK SURGERY OVER THE YEARS
      AND I HAVE TO TAKE PRESCRIPTION PAIN MEDS FOR BACK PAIN
      WILL THIS HELP TO WHERE I WILL NOT NEED
      THE PRESCRIPTION PAIN MEDS
      BECAUSE I WOULD REALLY LIKE TO GO TO NATURAL REMEDIES IF POSSIBLE
      AND WHY I HAVEN’T ANYONE AS HEARD ABOUT THIS BEFORE
      AND IS IT SAFE
      AND CAN YOU TAKE IT EVERY DAY IF NEEDED

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  60. jojo April 1, 03:29

    So is it better with dog P or not

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  61. manpower April 5, 20:53

    i have teied almost every form of it for pain it does not work and if it did do you actualy think that it would be leagal. every natural pain med i know of that works is illegal and i have been searching for about 20 years.

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  62. Erowid April 6, 20:09

    Here we present eight patients aged between 12–38 years referred with various manifestations of wild lettuce toxicity. All of them were managed successfully and discharged after a full recovery.

    Patient 1 exhibited a decreased level of consciousness, agitation, dry mucosa, mydriatic pupils, urinary retention and hypoactive bowel sounds. Patient 2 had ataxia, blurred vision, red conjunctiva and severe anxiety. Both patients were members of a climbing group and after taking a complete history, it became obvious that they had ingested a great deal of the herb “wild lettuce”. It was said that in the region they used to go to occasionally, the herb is eaten raw as a vegetable. The second patient developed dizziness, nausea and vomiting gradually and lost consciousness. After that episode, all members of the group were called to the emergency department.
    Patients 3 and 4 experienced hallucinations, sympathetic hyperactivity, nausea and vomiting, and were referred to the hospital 2 h later.
    Patients 5 and 6 were admitted with normal vital signs, dry mucosa, mydriasis and anxiety, headache, dizziness, vomiting and blurred vision.
    Patients 7 and 8 presented with agitation, severe sweating, flushing, euphoria, abdominal cramps, urinary retention and normal vital signs.

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  63. Mar April 13, 14:01

    It looks like dandelions?

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  64. lonewuluf April 21, 13:48

    That is not dandelion We use to eat dandy when I was small lad. Mom would cook them until they were tender. tasted like spinach. with vinegar on it My Great Grandfather was a medicine man in our tribe. He had notes about some cures. This plant was one of them/ I just wish I could read the language

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  65. mary April 29, 21:47

    My mother called it dock! She used to give it to us! We grew up in wv, there was a lot of stuff like that she gave us. Willow for fever and head ache!

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  66. SmooshsmooshShnooky April 30, 03:21

    Smokin da weed! How bout dah🤜🤛😆

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  67. samuel May 3, 17:23

    I am really trying to find accurate pictures of this plant. I am guessing very few people know how to take identifying photos. Just looking at some leaves, does not help much when there are listed hundreds of variations. I have a photo of atleast 3 different plants all exhibiting the same cahracteristics of said plant, and by no means do they look alike, so I guess i test them myself

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  68. John May 7, 07:37

    I believe you are all talking about minors lettuce. It was even used as a pain medication during the civil war. The leaves and stalks of the plant were crushed and allowed to soak in a container with clear liquor to produce a suspension used for pain when opiates were in short supply.

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  69. Papajim May 8, 16:59

    why concern your self with this plant.
    29 states have already legalized medical maraijuna, and the department of justice been denied any fed money to be used to enforce fed, laws it the states. 1 for congress 0 for Jeff Sessions. Wait for it or go on line and get now. Medical Maraijuna Inc., North America Holdings. People people all with pain and a lot of other ailments. You have a computer then get on the internet and find these places.https://www.cannabiscare.ca/ or find out about CBD oils and other helpful stuff from the once called gateway drug. No side effects order it online and they will ship it to you in a plain box, or start in the penny stock market like me and you will find all kinds of interesting things about maraijuna and how and why it was classed as a type III drug the govt. was made to lie to the people by a man called Randolff Herest along with some banker and paper guy named Mellon along with the Dupont co. so they could use all the land with trees that Herest bought to use the trees for pulp to make his paper. You see Hemp has many uses and paper is one and is a renewable source and Herest or Mellon didn’t want to lose their money from the great tree deal. Even the Declaration of Independence was written on Hemp. Do your own research, history and find out for your self. I know I had a back operation in 1976 and have lived with chronic pain for 41 years not to mention my, C.O.P.D. and all the rest of my L discs are bad, so if you want some medical help from a weed then use Maraijuana, it works, as we said in the day (Don’t trust the man). I own eight stocks one with over a million shares. My best hopes for all who are suffering and can’t get the right stuff from your DR.
    Well its Ta Ta 4 now.

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  70. Papajim May 19, 14:28

    this is to Stuff sometimes you can and some times u can’t. u r a moron. this articel is about pain reliefe
    not spalling or grangma.
    If your post was not about my post then i’m SORRY. If it was than you are still a moron

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  71. Papajim May 19, 14:49

    This is for Chell Blair if you ae reffering tp my post of a different from papajim then yes you can get CBD in many forms from the internet. Check out North American Holdings Inc. or look for Hemp Companys or look for CBD
    Marijuna Company of America might help.
    Also you can invest in these companys USMJ MCOA
    HEMP ICBU these are all penny stocks and remember there’s allways a risk however I own almosr two million shares in USMJ ( North America Holdings ) and 3,000 in MOCA. if you are not asking about my post then have a great day and no extra for the education. ta ta for now papajim

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  72. Barb May 20, 22:43

    Side effects?

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  73. Papajim May 21, 13:10

    If anyone wants to know about side effects from CBD , I will tell u to look on the internet. 1) MedicanNews Inc.
    2) Cannerbranders Development. 3)Cannaconsumer. Maraijuana Observer.Is you want to know more then subscribe to these and you will find links to other sites. The best thing to do is find s Dr. in CA, or COLO. and ask them. as far as I’m concerned if there are any side effects at all then it wont be any near as bad as my Doctors medicine. And if your not asking about CBC or medical maraijauna, that ok because you can use this information also.
    Well it’s ta ta 4 now.
    papajim
    If you want to talk to me my e-mail is papajimguitarman@gmail.com I would be more than happy to assist a fellow prepper, and thanks for the read.

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  74. grace May 25, 22:17

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  75. tree May 31, 06:20

    😂 interesting comments…. any way do u eat the flower also…. I have lots of those things I’m ma property….

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  76. Rink June 2, 10:51

    Spelling Police , hahahaha , idots !

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  77. Rinkadink77 June 2, 10:52

    Spelling Police , hahahaha , idots !

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  78. Stuff June 10, 15:01

    I have been using the commercial product for over a month. IT DOES NOT WORK!
    I say, it does NOT work. It has been a waste of money that could be put to better use.
    People that desparately seek alternate solutions for pain management are being taken advantage of.

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  79. Papajim June 14, 19:30

    If this plant doesn’t work,and THC or CBC or any other herb, still help with your health issue, then

    TRY USING THE FORCE

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  80. FRANK TERRY June 16, 11:08

    Herbal supplements have existed for thousands of years and can be traced during several different cultures. As for now. Herbs are now used to cure diabetic, herpes, chronic pain, asthma and even hiv. I love herbs so much. Most times, injection and drugs are just a waste of time. I was cured of HIV last year with the use of herbs, i suffered from HIV for 13 years but with the help of DR. OSAS herbal medicine, i was cured within few weeks of using the herbs which he sent to me through courier delivery service. I don’t know the kind of health problem you are facing right now but i assured you that you will be cure if you contact Dr. OSAS and explain your problem to him, that issues will be solve within few weeks, Contact Dr OSAS through his Email address: drosasherbalhome@gmail.com or WHATSAP/CALL him on +2349035428122. website http://drosasherbalhomecure.webs.com

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  81. Bella June 16, 11:12

    My father has COPD,diagnosed 2 years ago,His speech is bad not able to talk and experience shortness of breath,i spent a lot of money on his medication till a point i was so frustrated,My friend zom Luz told me about , Native Herbal Clinic, who cured his parents of Copd, i contacted this Native Herbal Clinic and purchase the herbal medicine, then they sent me the herbal medicine through courier service, when i received it my father applied it for 2 weeks as prescribed and was totally cured of COPD within 2 Weeks of usage. Contact via:
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  82. Dee June 16, 18:55

    Hello, i have the “sticky extract resin from wildlettuce.com. I bought this for a medical condition that has pain ranging from moderate to severe at times. No whete can i find a sugested amount to take. I cant smoke so i wanted to disolve it in hot water with organic honey. Any sugestions would be more appreciated than you know… thank you.

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    • Dee June 16, 20:00

      Never mind, i should have read up more on this first, i read it can cause nausia, and by the smell of it i can guess why. I could never swallow this, i would be sick as a dog really quick! DOWN THE TOILET IT WENT! still hoping to find something that helps, ive read good things about a turmic blend. Thank you anyway:-)

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  83. Bruce June 19, 13:53

    Well we finally tried the wild lettuce leaves as a tea. The results were: positive effect on the chronic pain=poor
    Buzz effect=not worth the trouble.
    The taste was horrible even with honey. My wife won’t smoke it and I doubt I will try to smoke it either. Moving on to other possibilities to help with chronic pain.

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