Citation: Morpheus. "24-Hour Headache: An Experience with Poppy Pod Tea & Ephedrine (exp73104)". Erowid.org. Apr 23, 2021. erowid.org/exp/73104
I found a place on well known popular auctioning site where you can buy dried poppy pods of all sizes and species. My first experience with one the pods that looked perfect, but weren't potent at all. My next experience was with Gianthimum pods. I heard they were very potent, so I went ahead and ordered 150 of 'em.
They arrived in a box with no foam packing or anything. They looked very hideous and some of them had spots of dried opium on the outside as if they had been pricked with a needle before drying. The ones that look the worse turned out to be the most potent. But I eventually ground them all in a blender to make a homogeneous mixture. Of course before that it was necessary to cut open each one and remove the seeds, and also check the inside to make sure it was OK. Only one of the pods looked terrible inside, so it was discarded. From about 25 pods, I got about a quarter pound of seeds. So I ended up with about a pound and half of seeds. I takes at least a quarter pound of seeds to make one cup of tea that has any effects, but that varies.
The pods all came with stems, but I broke those off and saved them in a separate bag also. So the poppy straw I made was just from the pods themselves, no seeds, no stems. The weight of each poppy was about 4 to 6 grams. Some were only 5 inches around, and some were 7. The average concentration of morphine in ratio to the dried pods is .1% which means for every 5 grams of pod material, I would get 5mg of morphine.
And indeed I found that to be the case. I was experienced with morphine pills, so I knew what 5mg felt like, and what 20mg felt like. From these pods, I would say every 5 grams felt like at least 2 morphine pills -- very potent.
I had my nice big bag of ground up poppy pods, and I would take 20grams out, and put it in a 2 cups of water that was previously boiling hot, but not boiling anymore. After letting it sit for 15 minutes to cool off, I then filtered it through a coffee filter. It was necessary to use 2 filters, because the first filter will be full of poppy mush, and I needed to squeeze it, then toss it out and use another filter for the remaining tea I was filtering.
Now this tea is terrible to taste, but I simply use this 2 cups worth of tea with frozen mixers like I would do with alcohol. But in place of the water or alcohol, I just put in the tea. I would make strawberry daiquiri mixes or tangerine or even my favorite the Bacardi Mojito; that one works the best because of the mint flavor that helps cover up the taste of the poppy tea.
After combing the mixer and the ice and the poppy tea in the blender, it would end up being about 4 cups, perfect! That means each cup contains 5 gram of poppy pod. I would drink 1 cup, and I would start to feel it. I would drink 2 cups and could really feel. If I drank the whole blender of all 4 cups, I would be so opiated I could hardly keep my eyes open.
So since I was so tired, I figured I would take just 1 pill of ephedrine at 25mg. This did the trick all right, and I could breathe again real nice, and I felt awesome.
But then I tried to look for experience reports, and there was only 1. And that guy said it gave him a 24 hour headache. Well, I use to get bad headaches when I was little boy, then I prayed to God to make them stop, and I never got another headache again. So I figured I'd be fine. But the next morning when I woke up around 3pm, I had a pounding headache. And it lasted until 3pm the next afternoon. And my skin was very dry, and I could tell I was extremely dehydrated.
So lesson learned! Yes ephedrine makes morphine feel twice as strong, and makes breathing easier, and kept me awake, and I felt like a God, but the headache the next day was unbelievable.
One last note about poppy tea: I become extremely constipated, and no laxatives will help me. As long as I am on the morphine, I will be constipated, and for the next couple days after I use it. I will eat very little, and when I do, I eat just apples and vegetables. NO MEAT! No bread. Nothing but fiber from fruits and vegetables, particularly apples help. Poppy tea will keep me constipated for days. That's why I don't understand how the hell people can get addicted to opiates.
I've never been able to get addicted to any opiate because I can never use it more than once a week.
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