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Poppy (Papaver Somniferum)

An annual herb, which is found wild in Asia, and acroos Europe - it's noted for its brilliant red flowers. Poppy's and their seeds (see below) are in fact poisonous,and should be handled with care.

When the unripe seed pods, of certain types of poppy's, are crushed, they yield a milky juice that quickly hardens - this is opium. Opium contains 25 different alkaloids, most of which are highly addictive; these include morphine, the well-known pain reliever, codeine and heroin.

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