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Pain Ther. 2019 Jun;8(1):151-155. doi: 10.1007/s40122-019-0113-5. Epub 2019 Feb 5.

Poppy Seed Tea: A Short Review and Case Study.

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Private Practice, Terre Haute, Indianapolis, USA.
NEMA Research Inc., Naples, FL, USA.
NEMA Research Inc., Naples, FL, USA.


Unwashed poppy seeds are widely available online through private websites or via well-known sellers such as eBay and Amazon. These seeds can be used to produce a tea that contains an opioid content sufficient to produce psychoactive effects and to cause withdrawal symptoms when discontinued abruptly, yet their sale and distribution is legal in the United States. Clinicians may not be aware of poppy seed tea and some individuals may use it habitually or as an analgesic. There is a paucity of literature on this topic, although a few cases of poppy seed tea intoxication and dependence have been reported. A clinical case is presented here.


Opioid; Opioid use disorder; Poppy seed; Unwashed poppy seed

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