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Steep, Not Boil
by Fool
Citation:   Fool. "Steep, Not Boil: An Experience with Poppies (exp27035)". Erowid.org. Sep 22, 2003. erowid.org/exp/27035

12 buttons oral Poppies - Opium (tea)
Let me start this out by saying I am NOT a hardcore drug user and do not want to be, I've smoked my fair share of pot and I drink, thats about it.

I got interested in trying Poppies after an experience with Codiene got me a little bit interested in opiates.

I bought a bundle of 25 dried poppy pods on a friday, they showed up on a monday, I tried 3 attempts with them to get effects. The pods where ground up very fine in a coffee grinder so as to get the most out of them.

Attempt 1: took 3 pods and boiled in water (incorrectly I later found out) for a while and drank the substance, it did nothing... except I DID notice one thing... it gave me horrible gas... almost 'chest pain' level gas.

Attempt 2: 8 pods boiled in water (again incorrectly and this I would pay for later on) and drank, again I felt very gas filled and disgusting, this time so strong I vomited (once)...


now at this stage I was ignorant that the boiling of the pods destroys the alkaloids within the poppies, so I thought 'ahh the worst it does is makes ya sick' and I thought 'I'll up the dosage and get really lit' ... I had no idea what was in store for me on a 12 pod dose.


I took aprox 12 poppies worth of the material and decided I would set it in hot water over night and drink the cold tea the next day.

The next day passed and at about 7:00 in the evening I took tea out and stranged the material through cheese cloth and into a container...

I downed the muddy brown brew in about a half hour... I didnt feel much effects except the gas so I figured it was a dud just like before...and that I was an idiot for even trying this... boy was I mistaken.

The sick feeling steadily increased and I felt worse and worse, I was sitting in a chair day dreaming and feeling a little spaced out when the gas really hit me and I had to go vomit... well when I got up from the chair I knew I was high because I couldnt even move correctly and the pain in my stomach felt detached from my body... it was extremely weird... I just barfed all over the place and crawled to my room... I remember laying on the floor feeling so incredibly wasted I couldnt even move...and the pain actually felt good in some sadistic way...it was like the last shred of feeling left in my body... I thought I was going to die and I was so high it was scary (in retrospect it is scary, at the time I was too screwed up to know better)...I mean I cannot express this enough that I felt so 'out of it' and dreamy...

I fell into a deep, dream-filled sleep and had incredible dreams... I woke up about an hour later and vomited again... this continued all night long and lasted into the next day...

I was constipated for about 4 days... it was horrible... absolutely horrible..

all in all? I say screw poppy tea... it was the worst drug or alcohol related expierence of my life.. I thought I was gonna die and I found out later on I *COULD HAVE* died, easily...12 strong poppies had me pukeing and high for over 6 hours and sick for 8 or 9... thats a wicked experience... I'm afraid to ever go near any opiate again and I'm glad of this fear...

Exp Year: 2003ExpID: 27035
Gender: Male 
Age at time of experience: Not Given
Published: Sep 22, 2003Views: 29,407
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