Prickly Lettuce also Known as Opium Lettuce.
This is not medical advice and should not be taken as such. It is for information and educational purposes. Know your plants before using them. If in doubt don’t.
Luctuca Virosa is in the lettuce family it is wild lettuce. It contains the highest amounts of Luctucarium a pain killer that has sedative effects. It is chemically similar to opium but is non addictive. Luctucarium is the white milky substance you see when you peel a leaf from a head of lettuce. Domesticated lettuce seeds are also high in it. Prickly Lettuce has a bitter taste but I kind of like the taste. It has been shown to have anti inflammatory properties.
There have been incidences of overdosing but none fatal that I am aware of.
Has been shown to fight malaria.
Information on preparation and usage.
There are a variety of wild lettuce and most are not as potent as L. Virosa.
It also contains vitamin A.