Botanical name: Lactuca virosa
Part used: leaf, root
Action (karma): relaxing, sleepy, dreamy, anxiety, cigarette cough, harm reduction of opiates, hysteria, lung congestion, opiate withdrawal, opiate substitute, sea sickness, sedative, soothes nerves, stomach pain, sunburn, vivid dreams
Dose: Best smoked for effect
Contraindications: Ingestion of lettuce opium may coat the stomach wall and reduce the digestive process, it may also suppress sex drive. Best smoked for effect.
Ref: ‘Ayurvedic Medicine by Sebastian Pole; ‘Ayurvedic Pharmacology & Therapeutic Uses of Medicinal Plants’ by Vaidya V.M. Gogte; ‘Yogi of Herbs’ by V. Lad & D. Frawley; ‘Herbs Are Special’ by Isabel Shipard.