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

BOR banner don't step on itBack 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.

Other Benefits

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

  • 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.

You can purchase seeds here. 

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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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    • 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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      • Ethel March 24, 12:23

        Don’t be mean to seekers. They are trying to dispel their own ignorance. Cruelty to seekers is counter-productive.

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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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    • NOOR March 23, 18:59

      Need some

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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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    • 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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      • Prin July 28, 00:58

        I was eating a leaf or two everytime I found a plant on the side of the road a couple times a day and never put two and two together that I had just been taken off Cold Turkey 4-6mgs of Xanax a day. I had very little withdrawal symptoms until I was no longer walking daily. It was then that I had difficulties and a couple days ago was out and about and saw the plant again. It was then that it dawned on me the correlation between the absence of withdrawal symptoms while eating it. Back to harvesting the leaves and eating them. The muscle pain associated with withdrawal symptoms is horrific. More that I’m back to using the plant I’m no longer in extreme pain and it has diminished to a very bearable level.

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        • Candibrook July 28, 15:51


          Thanks for that info! Benzo withdrawl can be deadly. As can opiate withdrawl. Well, it’s not the withdrawl but the symptoms (if not properly treated). Benzo withdrawl is more dangerous though. My husband has been on benzos for over a decade. He’s down to 1 quarter of a pill /night. He only takes that to stave off withdrawl.Knowing that this plant can help Is such a relief!

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          • Holly Hancock July 28, 18:29

            It’s been a life saver. Also he might ask his doctor about Vraylar. Non-addictive and immediately stemmed the benzo physiology symptoms, but haven’t even taken that today. Just eating three to four of the leaves about every 3-4 hours and just ordered Zazzee Wild Lettuce from Amazon. Amazing reviews and 4x the potency and extremely affordable.
            I really hope this helps. I was given benzos 15 yrs ago to counteract my RLS medication and it’s symptoms. Between Wild Lettuce and CBD oil and joint and muscle creams and paste really feel very hopeful now for a bright future, where a week ago thought I was at the end of the road.

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        • Candibrook July 28, 21:11

          Thanks again for sharing! I’m glad you found something that helps! It’s funny how things work sometimes. I think sometimes we must reach the ‘end of the road’ before we can begin anew. I’ve been there many times.
          Good luck in the future!
          Btw, he’s already using CBD oil & loves it.

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    • Dialuvsjeeps March 24, 15:09

      No not milkweed!

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    • Josh April 19, 12:57

      Exactly what i was thinking. Is milk weed the same thing

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    • RJ April 19, 23:21

      Bronxnitehikermike, look up
      *lactuca canadensis. It shows the best deta