From injury to illness, pain is a very common condition or sign that can take down the toughest of the tough. It’s so prevalent that we are seeing a major epidemic with opiate dependency. Sadly, with a lot of 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, instead of repairing the cause.
Regrettably, it’s getting so extensive 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 centers and rehabilitations are popping up all over, trying to fight the addiction.
Wild Lettuce As A Healthy Alternative
Lactuca Virosa is the clinical term for it, and lots of people have actually used it in place of addictive prescription pain medicine. It’s a leafy and high plant, with little 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 normally see at the grocery store. It’s also described as bitter lettuce, or more correctly for the purpose discussed here, opium lettuce.
The reason it’s known as opium lettuce, is because of the pain alleviating and sedative impacts 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 straight on the central nervous system (CNS) to reduce the feeling of pain, similar to morphine.
Although it appears to be the best kept secret, it has a history of being used as an alternative to pain relief.
Back in the 19th century, wild lettuce was already being used by some as a substitute to opium. However, it was in the 70’s that it started to gain significant popularity by those desiring a more natural remedy. People were starting to use it for both pain relief, in addition to 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 kind, it was rather bitter even with the sugar added. The most common kind nevertheless, was drying the stem and leaves to use as an herbal tea.
The tea stays popular today. But, it’s also being dried for smoking, or vaporizing. If you don’t want to grow it yourself, it can also be purchased as a dried herb, extract, or resin substance.
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 less migraines than they did before starting the herb.
- Insomnia— A frequent use of wild lettuce is by people who have difficulty sleeping. It produces a relaxed and euphoric feeling, helping a person go to sleep easier, without the addictive qualities of often prescribed sleeping aids.
- Anxiety— Wild lettuce can function 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 relieves or suppresses a cough. Also, asthmatic patients who have used opiates notice more episodes if they go through opiate withdrawal. So, using wild lettuce instead of prescription opiates, could be a better choice for them.