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Papaver Somniferum, of the natural order Papaveraceae. Opium is the dried juice of white or Eastern Poppy.

The text of the original entry has been removed. Opium is very dangerous. You should never consume it or or any of its derivative products.

[NOTE: this article is reprinted from a herbalist's handbook written in the early 1800's. Do not consume this plant. It can kill you!]

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