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Is Wild Lettuce a Smokable Herb?

Wild Lettuce can be used as an herbal smoking blend, for an herbal bath, tea and aromatherapy dry blend.

Wild Lettuce was historically smoked as an alternative to using Opium in the 19th century. 

The relaxing euphoric feeling makes falling asleep much easier when you smoke, sip, vape or steamed it. Wild Lettuce has a mild sedative effect which makes it great for anxiety. Used as a tea, smoke or tincture to treat insomnia.

Medicinal Effects

Wild Lettuce is a tall, leafy plant with small bright yellow flowers. Its best known medicinal property is its mild sedative and pain reliever effect. The leaves and stems has a milky substance called Lactucarium, considered similar to Opium. Eventhough the substance contains no actual opiates.1 These effects earned wild lettuce the common name of “Opium Lettuce”.

Terpene Profile

Its analgesic and spasmolytic properties makes Wild Lettuce a tranquilizer. It contains sesquiterpene lactones lactucin and lactupicrin (lactucopicrin); b-amyrin, germanicol, and lactucone. All which studies have shown to help with asthma, cough, insomnia, headaches, pain, sore muscles and menstrual problems.2 

Wild Lettuce In History

The Egyptian fertility god “Min” was  the god of Magic Plants. The Egyptians illustrated him with stalks of Wild Lettuce and celebrated him in festivals. 

Wild lettuce is found as an ingredient in many European potions and rituals. The Emperor, Augustus of Rome, was said to have been cured of a serious ailment by an infusion of Wild Lettuce.

In the mid 19th century, the industrial trade of Lactucarium flourished as it was a common medicine for headaches and as a cough suppressant.3

Blends with Wild Lettuce


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