Tea for pain, in bulk
Loose tea of Wild lettuce (Lactuca virosa)
Wild lettuce, sometimes called opium lettuce, is used most commonly as a pain reliever, but it’s also purported to have impacts on specific conditions. It’s said to relax respiratory conditions such as whooping cough and asthma. Wild lettuce has sedative effects that have been used to treat all manner of issues ranging from generalized anxiety and hyperactivity to nymphomania.
It is also sometimes used topically to treat skin conditions and as a wound disinfectant.
Various sources say that it was used by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans.
Wild lettuce is native to Iran and used in traditional medicine there. One study from Iran says that that “Lactucarium [wild lettuce sap] is a diuretic, laxative and sedative agent which relieves dyspnoea, and decreases gastrointestinal inflammation and uterus contractions. It has anticonvulsant and hypnotic effects as well. In addition, the lettuce contains traces of hyoscyamine, which is probably responsible for its sedative effects.” The effects are actually relatively mild and not exactly opium strength.