California popy is similar in effect to a lighter version of morphine.



California poppy (Eschscholtzia californica) contains the compound protopine, which has been described to be similar in effect to a lighter version of morphine.

Unlike its cousin, the Opium poppy, this flower does not contain the narcotic morphine, though its structure is similar.

Because of this, the California poppy does not have any of the addictive properties of its narcotic relative.

Due to the fact that there have been very few clinical studies of the effects of the California poppy, dosage guidelines have not been established.

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