Opiates

Poppy Tea

Poppy tea is a narcotic-based tea that is often used for pain relief, to stop diarrhea or for its psychoactive effects. It is brewed from the pods or seeds of a type of poppy from which opium and other refined opiates can be extracted. Parts of the poppy plant are regulated under the Controlled Substances Act. This means that these parts of the plant are included on a schedule that classifies narcotic drugs according to their potential to lead to abuse and become habit-forming. Generally, effects from poppy tea set in about 30 minutes after the tea is ingested and can last for up to 8 hours. Many people flavor the tea because it is bitter. The tea can also be dried and then snorted or smoked.

Poppy Tea: Side Effects, Tolerance, Dependency and Withdrawal

Like all narcotic pain relievers, the use of poppy tea can result in issues that include side effects, tolerance, physical and psychological dependence and withdrawal when regular use has stopped. Side effects can vary from person to person and can depend on factors including the amount ingested, a person’s individual sensitivity and his or her level of tolerance to opiates. Many people experience a warming sensation shortly after drinking the tea. Other side effects include sensations of lightness and pleasure, elevated mood, feelings of euphoria, constricted pupils, flushing of the skin, drowsiness, loss of concentration, sleepiness, itching, nausea, constipation and stomachache. Frequent consumption of poppy tea can cause a dependency and tolerance, which is when the body becomes used to the opiate and increasing doses need to be taken to feel effects. With daily use, dependency can develop quickly, though this varies from person to person. Once a person is physically dependent, poppy tea withdrawal can develop once use is stopped abruptly. Withdrawal symptoms are common among most opiates and can include cravings, vomiting, cramps, headache and diarrhea.

Patients Rest Comfortably During Waismann Method’s Poppy Tea Detox

The Waismann Method of rapid detox is a safe rapid opiate detox program that has seen great success in treating addiction to poppy tea and other opiates. We use medications administered intravenously and these cleanse the opiates from patients’ opiate receptors. This takes less than two hours and during it, patients are resting comfortably under general deep sedation. When they wake up, they have no conscious awareness that the procedure accelerated the withdrawal phase. This management of withdrawal symptoms is key to our success in the field. Opiate withdrawal is known to be very intense and many patients fear recovery because they know they must go through it. Some programs attempt to manage poppy tea withdrawal by weaning them on opiate substitutes such as methadone and Suboxone. We don’t use these because we know they can also be addicting. We require that our patients spend 2 to 4 days in the hospital for testing, detox and post-monitoring. Patients can choose to return home after this or they may decide to extend recovery in our Domus Retreat aftercare facility.

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