Opium Tea Recipe – Learn How the Best Opium Tea is Made

Opium Tea Recipe: Intro

Opium tea, also referred to as poppy tea, has been consumed for thousands of years.  It has consistently remained one of the most popular types of herbal teas.  This herbal tea is made by using parts of the opium poppy plant, Papaver somniferum.  There are two main methods used as an opium tea recipe, and both are discussed on this post.  The first method utilizes poppy pods, and the second method utilizes poppy seeds.

Opium Tea Recipe: A Complete Guide

I decided to make this a complete post detailing this powerful tea instead of only listing the Opium Tea Recipe.

Legal Status

It is imperative to check your local laws prior to attempting to obtain any part of the opium poppy plant (Papaver somniferum).  In the United States, the only part of the plant that can be legally sold and possessed without a special federal license is the seeds.  The pods are listed as a Schedule II Controlled Substance.  Most other countries have similar regulations allowing seeds and banning other parts of the plant.

Background of Use

Historical records and artifacts have been analyzed, and experts discovered that opium tea use began thousands of years ago ~ 1500 BC.  Cultivation practices also began around this time.  Opium tea helps prove that highly desirable products spread quickly even in ancient times.  Opium tea was consumed in ancient Greece and Rome.  Our ancestors originally consumed the tea to alleviate pain, but they found the powerful elixir had other positive affects as well.  They began consuming the tea to elevate their mood and combat depression.  The tea was used for evil purposes as well.  The Greeks combined the tea with Hemlock to create an extremely potent mixture that could be used to kill people.  They used this mixture as a method for execution for citizens condemned to death.  The use of the tea continued to spread and arrived in England during the Dark Ages of the 1500s.  The British eventually decided to export raw opium to China to coerce the Chinese into trade.  By this time, opium was traveling over vast distances thanks to the Silk Road.  The opium sent to China eventually caused an addiction epidemic and resulted in the Opium  Wars of the 1800’s.  The Chinese took their opium habits with them to the new world when they traveled to America to construct the expansive rail network.

Opiate Compounds

The opium poppy plant, Papaver somniferum, holds several opiate alkaloids.  The flower naturally evolved to carry these alkaloids as a defense against predators.  Humans began genetically modifying the plant to carry higher amounts of the desirable opiates.  These enhanced opiates were already the most prevalent active alkaloids found in the opium poppy plant.  The alkaloids are Morphine & Codeine.  Morphine can be used to alleviate acute and chronic pain.

Learn about How Poppy Tea Can Affect Drug Tests.

Free Opium Tea Recipe: Two Methods

As mentioned above, there are two main methods used to make opium tea.  These methods are similar but they utilize two different parts of the plant.  The more traditional method uses poppy pods, and the most popular method uses poppy seeds.  Both the seeds and the pods contain the same active ingredients, but the seeds usually have lower opiate levels.  As a result, they both have the same benefits.  To simplify this recipe, I have combined both methods into one step-by-step guide.

If you would like to see a more detailed guide, check out My Detailed Poppy Pod Tea Recipe or My Detailed Poppy Seed Tea Recipe.  These recipes are much more extensive, and they are also free.

A free video is included below.  You can skip the written opium tea recipe if you prefer watching videos instead.

Getting Started

Before we get started, you will need to decide whether you would like to make poppy seed tea or poppy pod tea.  I suggest poppy seed tea because unwashed poppy seeds are cheap and easy to find.  If you decide to make poppy seed tea, you can purchase the best unwashed poppy seeds via the Amazon Links below (click the pictures to be taken to Amazon):

This is currently one of the best bag of unwashed poppy seeds and is known to make great tasting tea. Six pounds will last a long time, even for experienced tea consumers!

This is a smaller bag 4 lb bag of the same unwashed poppy seeds mentioned above.  These seeds are very high quality, and this brand has maintained consistency.

This brand gives We Got Nuts a run for its money.  This brand, Food to Live, has been one of the best seeds even longer than We Got Nuts. It is more expensive, but most people say it is worth it.

Ingredients & Items Needed

2 Cups of Unwashed Poppy Seeds or 3-4 Small (1-2 Large) Poppy Pods

1/2 Gallon of Refrigerated Water

1 Teaspoon of Lemon Juice

32 Ounce (1 Quart) Gatorade Bottle’

Plastic or Paper Funnel

Drinking Cup

Mortar Bowl (For Pods Only)

If you are using pods, you will need something to crush them with.  One of the best tools is a mortar bowl, but you can use any method to crush the pods that you deem appropriate.  Make sure to crush the pods before you begin the step-by-step instructions.

Step 1

Use the plastic or paper funnel to pour the crushed poppy pods or 2 cups of poppy seeds into the 32 ounce Gatorade Bottle.  Make sure to pour slowly to minimize waste.

Step 2

Next, you will need to add enough cool water to cover the pods or seeds with an extra 2 inches of water on top.  I use cool water because it makes tea the same strength as warm water, and cool water has the added benefit of making the tea last longer.  Warm/hot tea spoils quicker, and spoiled poppy tea tastes disgusting.

Then, add one teaspoon of lemon juice to the mixture.

Step 3

Now it is time to screw the orange lid back on the bottle and prepare to shake it!  Verify that the lid is on tight and shake the bottle vigorously for ~ 5 minutes.  This helps the lemon juice extract the desirable opiates from the plant material and transfer them to the water.

Step 4

Slowly unscrew the Gatorade cap 1/4 turn (90 degrees).  Be careful not to loosen the cap too much; if it’s loosened carelessly then the cap could fall off and make a huge mess.  The Gatorade bottle is optimal for straining the liquid and leaving the plant material behind.

Step 5

Now, hold the Gatorade bottle over the drinking cup and turn it upside down (cap should be closest to the cup).  Gently squeeze the Gatorade bottle resulting in the liquid slowly emptying into the cup.  The plant material should stay behind in the plastic Gatorade bottle.  You can adjust the cap if you are having difficulty, or you can use an actual strainer to separate the plant material from the liquid.

Step 6

Once the liquid is emptied into the cup, the opium tea is ready to consume.  You can add honey, sugar, or another sweetener to the tea if desired.  Some people find the taste bitter and unpleasant.

I usually consume a small amount to start with, then I wait an hour before deciding whether to drink additional tea.  If the whole cup is consumed, another batch of tea can be made.  Make sure to listen to your body and remain extremely cautious anytime you consume herbal tea.

Opium Tea Recipe: Video

This is a video showing How to Make Poppy Seed Tea. You can also visit it on YouTube.


Opium Tea Recipe: Conclusion

Poppy tea is extremely powerful and should never be consumed without consulting with your doctor and checking your local laws first.  The tea can be extremely addictive is consumed regularly and/or in elevated amounts.  Remember, most powerful drinks have positives and negatives.  Consuming anything in high quantities is dangerous, but that is especially true with poppy tea.


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