Written by Lee Stevenson, sorry I am a lousy editor.
This is not medical advice this is for educational purposes. If you are ill please seek the aid of a qualified and experienced functional medicine practitioner.
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.
Lactuca 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.
It is very good for killing pain. It works through the opioid receptors but is not addictive. Lactucins is the ingredient that has the pain killing effects. It is also a sedative so it should not be used when driving or working. When I was researching this I was surpised that chicory also contains lactucin.
Lactones like lactucin helps to reduce inflammation.
Prickly lettuce also stimulates healing in the brain and is neuroprotective.
It has been used to treat Hooping cough.
Many call it health lettuce now. It is very high in minerals and vitamins A and K.
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.