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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  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 detailed pictures and descriptions that I’ve come across in all my research. (aka wild lettuce. Can also find it under *lactuca virosa – both are wild “opium” lettuce).
      Hope this helps and best of luck with your foraging!

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    • Meadow April 25, 02:00

      I would love to know more about the herbs and healing plants. I’m from KY as well.

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    • gforce April 30, 02:32

      ladydi, what helps me come off pain meds when I run out is cherrytussin codiene syrup. Old country pharmacies will sell you over the counter 4 oz a month. 2 tsp is 20 mg codiene. I know its opiate but if you make it last, only one dose in am or one in am and one at night, you ween off slower and don’t go thru the “sickness”so intense. Its hard to find, chain drug stores do not sell it without prescription. Old independants “the pharmacist” prescribes it. Hope this helps!

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    • Rhino April 30, 18:52

      What do you know about mountain tea.and other KY herbs I am out around flat gap

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    • Frank May 8, 08:33

      Hahaha….. 😂 😂 😂 😂

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    • Nick May 11, 07:15

      They’re just severely O C D and probably don’t even know it.

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    • FlowerStrong May 11, 16:43

      Pappicus, not sure if you’ll see this but if so could you email me I’d love to learn a little from you. I’m a 33yo female Air Force veteran with chronic pain and some mental stuff. My hubby as well, and we’re really wanting to heal ourselves naturally without Western medicine as all they’ve done is made us much worse. If you don’t mind emailing me, or anyone who is knowledgeable in natural medicine and herbs please feel free as well, looking for any guidance, info, or direction:) we’re getting back to our native roots, hopefully absorb as much as we can before our dear ones pass with their knowledge of nature and the land as I see others in this string have gone through. Bless you all and thank you for the needed laugh 😳

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    • Jola May 11, 22:06

      Thank you. Hadnt heard of wild lettuce.

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    • pumba101 May 12, 17:19

      You are obviously a frustrated wally have a lovely day moron

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      • Michael July 14, 14:59

        Haven’t heard the term “Wally” since leaving the U.K.
        It’s one term that’s so descriptive instead of using lots of other words!
        My American spouse has also started using the term amongst her friends and gets lots of laughs!

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    • Jp0577 May 13, 00:51

      Plz give me you are i fo id like to buy

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    • Men May 15, 14:00

      What is the normal dosage of the wild lettuce

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    • Pam May 21, 10:42

      Cbd ok oil don’t work I have three bottles of it that I ordered off line and used one whole bottle it didn’t help the pain at all…

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    • HelloGorgeous19 May 21, 11:41

      Be careful though! Using Kratum too long (like longer than 2-3wks.) can be come addicting like everything else.

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    • Catwoman May 21, 19:12


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    • Birdie May 22, 02:58

      I really do not believe this is any form of milkweed. Early in the article, it mentions Lactuca Virosa which is not milkweed. Unfortunately, I can’t remember the botanical name for milkweed right now.

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      • Plant lady July 20, 04:16

        Asclepies is the milkweed famjly

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      • Davinciwoman September 16, 13:54

        Its not milkweed. The stalk on this wild lettuce is bigger than milkweed. About as big around as bigger celery stalk. Its kind of crunchy like a celery. The flowers look like dandelions. They grow in the southeastern part of the US. They are usually just growing among weeds. They are about 10-12 inches high.

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    • Hokie May 22, 09:55

      Kratom is what I use.

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    • Sas May 24, 03:24

      I google everything!! I have been trying to learn more natural ways also!! Good luck!!

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    • Yooper May 24, 16:54

      I have it wild all over my farm I can send you some FREE

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    • LLCURRAN May 25, 17:50

      I would like to know how to use the dried raw product of the Wild Lettuce that I buy from my herb supplier, also how to identify it as a growing plant.

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    • Pickle May 27, 21:30

      Another name that is used for it is milk thistle.

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    • Kolyn June 8, 05:35

      I have had excellent results with kratom. I did a lot of research before trying it. I use it conservatively, I have no desire to “get high” I only want pain relief. I found a kratom supplier that has lab testing on each batch she gets in, so I am pretty confident I am not getting a contaminated product. I started with small doses, to be assured how I would react. I take a variety of strains to lower chances of addiction or building a tolerance. I find it lasts longer than opiods. I stopped taking opiods for about a month before I tried the kratom, I had heard that since both kratom and opiods work on the same receptors in the body there is no benefit to combining and may be possibility of overdosing be taking together. I am a fan of kratom. It takes some research to figure out which strain helps for your condition. Some strains are more sedating, some stimulating, some help with depression or anxiety. There are combinations that help with several symptoms. I suggest asking people what results they have had, purchase some kratom, start with small doses, I would suggest no more than 2 grams at one dose. One gram would be safer if after a couple hours you have no negative reaction then take another gram. It seems for most people a dose lasts 5-6 hours. A dose of about 5 grams is considered mild to moderate. Do not start that high. Those who run into issues and are using “recreationally” take half an ounce or even a full ounce. It takes awful. People have very creative ways of getting it down. I put mine in capsules, but it takes a lot of capsules. Look up The Kratom User’s Guide, it is available free on internet.

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    • Cati June 11, 06:40

      Amen. Enough.

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    • Amarie77 June 11, 09:37

      Hi u have lupus too would like to talk about natural remedies for our pain.

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    • Miss Ana June 11, 17:33

      What is: Permisian ? I looked on the internet and found nothing! I have Lambs Quarter growing in my garden, (I planted one and the wind did the rest!) I harvest it daily and use it in my recipies. I also have Mallow and in winter, use stinging nettle, these are also very nutritious wild plants. While I have your attention I know of 4 nightshade vegs that people with pain should not eat, they are: tomatoes and any tomato product, white potatoes, I now eat sweet pots, they are not in the same family as white pots. Also, all peppers and eggplant. Another product that is helping me tremendously is:a good quality Turmeric powder along with freshly ground pepper and coQ. (these help the Turmeric get into the cells) I use these daily for Rheumatoid Arthritis and take no prescription pain meds. I hope this info is of help to someone.

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    • Country June 14, 02:56


      If you are serious, I would compensate you for some seeds.

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    • michigoose June 16, 11:37

      No, different plants. Different leaves, flowers; milkweed is toxic (except Monarch butterflies live solely on it, so let it grow). Check images for both wild lettuce & milkweed, to see the difference.

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    • angf117 June 17, 00:35

      you are an asshole…..and you cant spell…

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    • bamboochik June 17, 17:25

      No it is not!

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    • bamboochik June 17, 17:27

      No, it is Lactuca virosa….NOT milkweed.

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    • Jeannie June 20, 09:54

      These are both wonderful resources!!

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    • rhhorn June 21, 00:50

      Milkweed is in no way the same thing as wild lettuce.

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    • BigDog June 25, 23:52

      Milkweed is what we always called it on our farm but we never used it for anything!

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    • Roger Hornaday June 26, 12:46

      Dandelion is a totally different plant than wild lettuce. Dandelions are harvested when they are in the bud stage to make salads with the leaves and buds with bacon bits and vinegar and mayo dressing and are not bitter when harvested at that stage. They also don’t have the prickly spines on the leaves like wild lettuce and the flowers look totally different. We have dandelion, wild lettuce and wild milkweed, as well as butterfly weed, which is a part of the milkweed family growing in our yard, and grow wild herbs and wildflowers, so please Google “dandelion, wild lettuce and wild milkweed” before misleading others into thinking they are the same thing.

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    • Nikki June 30, 15:55

      Yes entertaining!!

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    • Mountain Knowledge July 2, 04:33

      Jojo, you can literally just chew on leaves, or boil them to cook, or even dry them and make a tea. Keep in mind that the milky substance in the stem and leaves is where the medicinal properties comes from. Also, it is in the lettuce family therefore you can absolutely just pick and eat it… However it has a very bitter flavor.

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      • Joy September 18, 20:45

        Amen!! To Moonglow, took the word’s right outta my mouth! Its really easy to be a bully on line I guess…these folks are twisted and obviouly unhappy. VERY. 😊
        Back in the covered wagon days, moms taught us “If u have nothing nice to say, say nothing at all!” And we respected elders.
        People today have no idea….run over the top of you and DONT CARE. Pray for them, send them the white light, who cares about spellng and grammer while in horrible pain!

        FOR PAIN…ALSO WATCH NETFLIX about an herb called kratom!!
        I just learned about this, UNBELIEVQBLE RESULTS FOR THOUSANDS , So theyre trying to make it illeagal!!
        Also, what the fda is doing to americans is unbelievable.
        I could hardly believe it!

        THANKS TO ALL for the comments❤❤❤

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    • The Doctor July 3, 02:50

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    • Kathy J July 6, 16:43

      They think they are sounding intelligent. Or enjoy picking on people because it makes them feel powerful. Insecurity is a terrible thing.

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    • Kathy J July 6, 17:24

      Don’t be ugly.

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    • Katjhy J July 6, 17:41

      Is there a recipe for that? I always heard Milkweed was poison. I am always interested in recipes for grow- your- own- food plants.

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    • Erika244 July 9, 00:49

      Amen, I too am a disabled veteran and you are so right with everything you have stated. The VA doesn’t give damn about us.

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    • Ignorance is a disease July 11, 20:43

      If Making fun of people makes you feel smart and great inside you are doing an amazing job. If you have nothing to say about the subject go else where!

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    • Bill July 11, 23:46

      This stuff does NOT relieve pain. Don’t believe any of this bullshit from these illiterate people.

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    • Catwoman July 23, 19:17

      I would be interested. Can I get some info from you??

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    • Catwoman July 23, 19:18

      Can I get some info from you??

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    • Candibrook July 29, 17:30

      I’m originally from the hills of WV ! Hillbilly & Native American roots. I’ve passed a lot on to people I know. But I’m interested in foraging for my own stuff now. I was comfortable with it until my husband & daughter brought home flowers . They were pretty. We put them in water. Later, my MIL texted us from work around 12am. “POISON HEMLOCK ….”
      She was freaking out. It WASNT hemlock, but it’s cousin. I knew it looked familiar lol. I felt like it was a warning though- to be careful. Just because it’s in the back yard doesn’t mean you are safe to invest, ya know? You mentioned being a forest witch (or something along those lines). Would you be interested in sharing info on herbal remedies?

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    • Cat August 5, 13:52

      I would like to connect and learn from you

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    • Cd August 10, 04:25

      I believe part of the problem here in identifying the plant is the fact that the common names for plants vary from region to region. I know of 3 totally different ( unrelated ) plants that are called “milkweed” in different parts of the country. Before you ingest ANY medicinal plant, be sure you know and can recognize what you are taking and how to prepare it properly. No, this is NOT dandelion and it is not asclepais. Look carefully at the pictures and pull up additional pictures of the SAME plant until you are SURE. Remember, both medicines and poisons are produced by plants. Also, even medicinal plants, when taken incorrectly, may kill you. Think of digoxin (lanoxin, digitoxin) which comes from the foxglove plant. Too little does no good, the correct dose changes and regulates your heart rate, too much kills you.
      BE SURE YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE TAKING. BE SAFE. If you aren’t sure, do some more research or don’t take it at all.

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    • Doon August 16, 16:21

      Definately not milkweed

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    • Dietervonkunth August 20, 04:59

      Try kratom or take a trip to mexico tobuy your pills.

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    • Sharee August 26, 23:34

      No its not milk weed. Milk weed is a vine with heart shaped leaves.

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    • Sharee August 26, 23:50

      Amen sister!!

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    • WHOLEHEALERS August 28, 13:46

      Would LOVE to talk with you about being a wood witch;) also i have family in ky.

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    • Len August 30, 14:58

      What part of the country do you live? I’m in Pennsylvania and would like to know where I can get some of the WILD LETTUCE, I’m going to try making some of this medicine. I don’t believe in prescription drugs.

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    • Judy September 12, 22:51

      This plant is not milkweed. Milkweed has broad thick leaves and is bitter tasting.

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      • Mel October 20, 05:12

        You are right it’s not milkweed, milkweed is asclepsia, it’s what the monarch butterflies use. Wild lettuce is very different.
        Please be very careful when trying native herbs. There are things like wild Hemlock that is very poisonous! Research carefully!
        I suffer from chronic pain also. This thread is very interesting and I’m going to look into wild lettuce.
        Blessings to all who suffer from chronic pain it can ruin your. I do believe Mother Earth has cures for everything. It’s a lost knowledge. MK

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    • Freckled Flower September 15, 12:12

      Not nice but KIND!

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    • Recordweb September 16, 12:55

      No not milkweed

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    • Elaine October 28, 00:42

      LOL “you don’t retain what you read?” I thought that but you said it. Have you ever tried this wild lettuce? If so does it do what the article claims?

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    • M L October 29, 16:52

      Brilliant – U likely have bright light all around u!
      No one else even thought of harmful GMO’s!…Thank you for reminding us!!

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    • T October 31, 22:19

      Hi Ann: I live in Canada and would love to find out how to deliver this to you. I think it would be illegal for us to mail seeds or plants to you. However, this plant grows wild up in the northern country and probably in the states just below the Canadian border as well. Hope you can make contact with someone there.

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    • NDN December 5, 02:46

      If you watch the video it’s explained from “picking about fifty leaves” to “pour in a jar and keep in medicine cabinet until needed”.
      Kratom is a miracle plant as well. Search Reddit for information.
      There is a type of info on Pinterest concerning foraging, herbalism, home apothecary along with various prepper topics!

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    • NDN December 5, 02:54

      Kratom is a miracle plant as well. Search Reddit for information. There is even a group for people coming off opioids, heroin, methadone & subboxin (sp?). People have written up instructions of getting ready to quit, how to time it, types of kratom to purchase, good to eat, exercise & shower schedules.
      Lots of newbies to the regular group would ask. Then someone typed up the how to list, then a dedicated sub (Reddit sub: akin to a Facebook group or page) was formed.
      Best of luck!!

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    • NDN December 5, 03:04

      Pinterest has loads of information on wild lettuce including images.

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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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    • 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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    • Jim March 23, 19:18

      Other Metals are only a problem in CS if the electrodes used are not PURE 99.99% Silver.
      Sterling Silver for example, can be toxic if used to make CS.

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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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    • Ethel March 24, 12:32

      My grandmother gave paragoric to me for colic in 1968 and I’m 49 now with a basically healthy digestive system.

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  4. sawdust Bob March 20, 16:36

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

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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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    • Mike March 23, 21:12

      You are absolutely right , got into a big hurry killing off the indigenous natives and laughing about their medicine bag and was so much fun calling them uncivilized

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    • Betti March 24, 05:33

      I have found Arnica cream to be very good for speeding up the healing of bruises but have not found it helpful for muscle ache as claimed.

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    • Donel March 24, 14:50

      Arnica has blessed my family for 18 years. Homeopathic tabs and liquid from Pure Herbs only. All other creams, lotions junk.

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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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    • 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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    • 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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  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,

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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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    • gforce May 3, 06:28

      If you wever go to Fort Macon in the North end of Atlantic beach, NC there is a Toothache tree on the right just b4 the gate. there used to be a sign but they took it down as the many tourists (including me) would break off a peice to chew on, the tree was severely mutilated. Supposed to be what the indians used for toothaches!

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  12. 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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  13. Nickname March 23, 04:30

    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 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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  14. deenie1219 March 23, 12:55

    Catnip is a wild plant. Just nibbling on a leaf spaces me out. In only a minute it hits me hard. The effect lasts for 20 minutes.

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  15. deenie1219 March 23, 12:59

    Yep, it grows to be much higher than dandelion, up to 6 feet.

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  16. Angie March 23, 13:14

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

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  17. 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 !

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  18. 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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  19. Tjw121 March 23, 21:35

    Getting relief from pain us not getting high…

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  20. 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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  21. bones March 24, 00:38

    last year had a full on love affair with Lactuca Seriola

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  22. Trickywoo March 24, 01:09 gives extremely good info on wild edable plants, and their use!

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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. port6 March 24, 13:00

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

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  26. wilowgreen April 30, 23:37

    wild lettuce is NOT dandelion or milkweed. it is taller than dandelion & has different shaped leaves. It looks nothing like milkweed except it is green. People look at the picture!
    Can’t afford a herbal book go to the library, or goggle it.

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  27. gforce May 3, 06:45

    If you wever go to Fort Macon in the North end of Atlantic beach, NC there is a Toothache tree on the right just b4 the gate. there used to be a sign but they took it down as the many tourists (including me) would break off a peice to chew on, the tree was severely mutilated. Supposed to be what the indians used for toothaches!

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  28. gforce May 3, 06:50

    So I can eat the leaves but do not eat the milk from the stems or the stems? And eat leaves fresh? Thanks for the info.

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  30. Jeanna (Gina) May 21, 13:26

    @ slick papaver somniferum is a poppy plant not wild lettuce! @ nemesis it is also not a dandelion. The scientific name for a dandelion is taraxacum. Scientific name for wild lettuce is lactuca canadensis, and doesn’t even look like a dandelion. Just because the flowers look similar does not mean it is a dandelion.

    Come on people you should not speak on something if you don’t know what you are talking about. Please…… Make sure you do your own research, make sure you are informed, and do not ever just trust the word of someone you don’t know…..especially when it comes to stuff like this. Slick is up here trying to give you an actual opioid that will show up on drug screenings, and nemesis is trying to potentially hurt you. While dandelions can be used for herbal remedies when prepared properly in small amounts only, the leaves are know to cause damage to the body and the stems can kill a child if injested.

    Again always do your own research, on the internet from “multiple” sources not just one, always consult a professional there are sites online you can go ask a profession about plants they will even identify plants for you if you submit photos. Go to your local nursery if they have info on a certain plant or flower (even if trying to protect your pets, because kilts and a few others are toxic to animals.) As long as they have the info you are looking for they will be willing to give it to you.

    Joann is also trying to hurt you, you people are not putting any supporting info on here for what you are saying, you know how many people will read this and think they can just go pick milk weed and eat it. Milk weed can be consumed only if cooked and it has to be done a certain way, it is yet another toxic plant. Please please please people do research before trying ANYTHING.

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  31. Jeanna May 21, 13:42

    Please please please do your research people from multiple sources not just one. I’m not trying to say herbal remedies are bad or not to do them but you seriously need to do research before trying any herbal remedy. Never just listen to what another person is on here telling you. Slick is on here saying it is papaver somniferum, that is a poppy planting contains actual opioid that you can od on and will show up in a drug screening. Nemesis is saying it is a dandelion……no it isn’t the scientific name for a dandelion is taraxacum, they can be used for herbal remedies in small amounts if done correctly, some parts of the plant are dangerous. The scientific name for wild lettuce is lactic canadensis…… not the same there nemesis. And Joann and a few others are talking it eating milkweed……yes it can be eaten but only in small amounts, only if cooked and only if cooked properly. Milk weed is toxic………..please please please do your research!!!!!!!

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  32. Jeanna May 21, 13:53

    Thank you for stressing the importance of researching before doing anything.

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  33. Jerry May 22, 13:05

    Wild Lettuce Leaf (Lactuca Virosa)
    I buy mine in powder form on Ebay and it’s cheap

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  34. rtuy June 16, 23:56

    no it’s not the same as dandelions what dandelions grow up to 7 feet. so many morons in this world now

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  37. Yosemite June 29, 18:09

    What is the dosage? Max dose?
    Is here an over dose?

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  38. Homesteader July 4, 16:35

    I am very Hesitant on this. Reading some of the other “names” called for wild lettuce is my concern. Specifically “milkweed”. from what I am reading, they are one and same. BUT this concerns me. common Milkweed is poisonous. In the plant kingdom, normally bitterness is taken as a warning that its poisonous. Also some plants are only edible when they are “young”. PLEASE Use with extreme caution. There are so many plants that look alike; some may be edible and others very toxic. One home guide websites states: “Milkweed species in the genus Asclepias contain cardiac glycosides that are poisonous to humans, …. Humans can eat milkweed, but its toxicity depends on its species, age, how it is prepared and how much is eaten.” Common milkweed in its Latin name is Asclepias syriaca, Wild Lettuce is Lactuca virosa. Even tho some places are calling it “milk weed”, Wild Lettuce shown is NOT common Milkweed. If you order seeds.. Please.. please order from a known source and use the Latin name.

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    • rhhorn July 12, 00:31

      Wild lettuce, milkweed and dandelions are totally different plants. They don’t even look alike. Dandelions only grow about 6 to 10 inches tall, have yellow flowers and are used in salads, not for pain control. Wild milkweed grows up to 7 feet tall, has oval shaped leaves and is very poisonous. Wild lettuce grows up to 3 or 4 feet tall, has jagged thorny leaves and white flowers. They are more like a thistle than a dandelion or milkweed. Too many people are trying to act like they know what they are talking about, but I have all 3 growing in my yard and can say from 69 years of experience that I know the difference between them. I also had an aunt that had an medicinal herb garden that taught me all about identifying medicinal herbs that grow in the wild. Here is an article from Web MD that tells all the uses for wild lettuce:

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      • Donna W August 14, 21:00

        Adenosine? Like that used when having a nuclear stress test? The stuff that makes your heart race and feel as if you are having a heart attack? Did anyone else read that?

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      • ed September 14, 00:38

        Wild lettuce grows much taller than 3 or 4 feet. I have plants that are averaging 8 feet! I am drying some leaves for tea tomorrow.

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  39. Candibrook August 28, 16:37

    This thread has gotten too hard to follow. Unfortunately, I haven’t the time to weed through all of the banter & other comments. I can’t even find my original comment. I believe it was for the wood witch in KY.
    Everyone is talking about the difference in these plants. I’ve been at this naturopathy thing a while. Wanted to go to school for it, but couldn’t find one back then.
    I know what dandelion is. That’s what confused me. I have 2 different plants in the yard that look like lettuce. One of which has really taken over the yard. I tried googling, but you see conflicting pictures & info. I just want to talk to someone who actually knows the difference.
    Aside of wanting to Learn about this stuff, we have a lot of pain to deal w in this house. My husband and I can not take (& do not want to) opiates of any kind. I just want something that works & wont have 100 awful side affects that require even more medication to deal with! Please help!
    You can contact me on twitter : peacelovencandi
    Or jlcfusion
    OR Pinterest :jlcfusion
    Or on Instagram jlcfusion
    I’d rather not put my email on a public forum , but will give it over once contacted. Thanks!

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  40. Yosemite September 4, 00:11

    I have asked before and received no answer or een an acknowledge my question……..
    How much makes a dose? One can easily overdose on any drug …even aspirin….even water, though water is a bit difficult to do but it can happen…….
    This is the main problem I have with wild plants and herbs….. used for medicine or medicinal purposes…. especially when one ingests it………Poultices are not really an issue though………

    The various disagreements about which plant is which is also another problem with 100%…….

    What Defines a single dose?

    How often in between doses? Example every 4-6 hours?

    What defines a maximum dose NOT to be exceeded?

    Obviously making a tea or boiling the leaves in liquid form would be the easiest form I suppose or just eating the leaves raw. Also boiling the leaves would leech out the pain killer and other items

    The next obvious question as a painkiller does it also cause muscle relaxer or sleepiness? Helping the person get some proper rest…….I know that pain being gone alone does help one get proper and much needed.

    Can this plant be abused like other painkillers?

    I mean how hard these questions to answer?
    Thank You in Advance for your Help and Time!

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  41. Snorteverything September 8, 17:24

    Can you snort it lmao?!

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  42. Jake September 27, 12:05

    Candie, The “doctor” was arrested for trading prescriptions for sex. Lost his license and basically threw away his entire life all for a quickie just stupid But on a brighter note I was accepted for treatment at a pain clinic in Wisc that actually tries to find and fix the cause of the pain rather than just mask it with drugs so I am very hopeful and like you now that I am off all those drugs I don’t wanna go back

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  43. Gaby September 29, 07:23

    Very interesting article.

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  44. Mike October 5, 16:30

    Allot of you suffering from chronic pain would see improvements from cleaning up your diets. I removed all dairy, legumes and sweeteners from my diet and most of my joint pain faded away. It’s hard at first, as most of us don’t realize how much of the food that we are being supplied has all of those ingredients in them, as well as grains. Our bodies don’t need such massive amounts of these ingredients and they are poisoning us with them as they are fillers as well as addictive ( like sugar ). Legumes Rot in your gut instead of digesting and therefore cause bloating and swelling in our joints. Wheat contains a narcotic of which slows down our matabolism and dairy actually blocks our bodies ability to up take calcium naturally.

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  45. Qtpye October 6, 16:15

    I would very much like to SEE a picture of this plants roots. So I could be sure which of the two plants growing in my yard that look very similar to this. One has roots almost as large and long as a carrot. The other has been referred to as dandelions which I knew the English eat as greens.

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  46. PUTCHA PRASAD October 13, 00:18

    I am interested to know the details and analyse it further.

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  47. Kirah November 15, 10:13

    Is this safe for pregnant women and children? What about toddlers?

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  48. DS November 23, 11:31

    I would appreciate to know about the mode of use(external / internal) of the wild lettuce.

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  49. BuddhaRandom July 19, 00:31

    Wild lettuce has roughly 65-75 different plants in it’s family tree depending on who you ask and what you read. Some cross with other wild lettuce, most do not. It grows all over the world, and carries with it the same medicinal properties, albeit there may be some variation in strength.

    In Colorado there is the Serriolla, Canadensis, Virosa, and less common the Tatarica which is the only one that differs in flower color, it’s purple rather than yellow like the others. No doubt there are more here, but I’m most familiar with the ones listed. All of which are in the Lactuca (Lettuce) family. You could say they are the great grandparents of the lettuce we have today; as the article suggests.

    Some like the Serriolla can be confused with a thistle due to it’s spines under leaf; a good test is to pull a leaf or prick the stem. If you see the lactucarium, I.e. the white latex or milk you most likely have a wild lettuce. Some other species of plants do in fact produce a milk like substance, such as the dandelion and the milkweed, however they look different save for the former, but the dandelion is also edible and quite the hard worker in the body.

    If you have a latex allergy DO NOT USE THIS PLANT! If your unsure, the best practice is to leave it alone. However rubbing a small amount of the milk on your skin can often give you an indication of allergies within usually 24 hours. If after sufficient time has passed and your fine, try a small amount on your tongue. Again wait 24 hours. Itching and rash are sure signs of an allergic reaction, however when the plant or the extracted milk is smoked, it can cause a tingle on the tongue for some people even if no allergy is present. Be careful and go slow if you are not sure, but my best advice is to get an allergy test or just move on.

    The best time to harvest the plant is when it’s flowering. That’s when it’s at it’s most bitter point, because it’s protecting itself. Please always allow some flowers to seed and go in the wind. Those seeds have a purpose and your gonna want meds for next year right? So do I, so let it seed please. Your not loosing anything by doing so. You can also place them on the ground, but don’t burry them; or you can keep some in the fridge for next year.

    The young shoots can be eaten before they are too bitter, but be warned they can cause uncontrollable diarrhea if you eat too many. Wild Lettuce can also cause hallucinations at high doses, often in combination with the before mentioned diarrhea. The average person would need to consume quite a bit and this symptom is uncommon.

    What’s a normal dose for me may be too high or too little for you. If your not familiar with working with wild plants it’s best to buy a ready made (commercial product) extract and cut the suggested dose in half and start from there. If money is tight, there are lots of good videos about wild lettuce online explaining how to make the extract in various forms. I suggest starting with a a teaspoon and wait at least 6 hours and see how you feel. Take note of of you feel beforehand, some effects might be rather subtle at lower doses.

    Never cook wild lettuce above 140 degrees Fahrenheit. You’ll kill off the medicine. Some plants need high heat for extraction, Wild lettuce does not, which brings me to my final point.

    Always identify the plant your working with and do your research. Try many different sources of information before consuming it, or in some cases, before you touch it. Some plants like sweet yellow (and white) clover are edible unless they’ve been infested with mold. At which point they become a toxic anticoagulant and can cause your blood to become too thin, thus killing you. Be safe, be kind, excuse the typo’s.

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  50. Davinciwoman September 16, 14:16

    The stalk on this wild lettuce is bigger than milkweed. About as big around as bigger celery stalk. Its kind of crunchy like a celery. The flowers look like dandelions. They grow in the southeastern part of the US. They are usually just growing among weeds. They are about 8-12 inches high.

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