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Recently I read an article about the medicinal benefits of lactuca virosa, otherwise known as wild lettuce. I found it very interesting because I’ve seen it growing in my neighborhood. Lots of it, in fact. I remember learning that it has effects similar to opium, but since there are other ways to ease pain, I never looked into it.
Turns out, due to the opioid epidemic in the United States, many people are using it as a healthy alternative to opiates. Whodathunkit? Although it doesn’t actually have any opiates in it, apparently it affects the central nervous system the same way morphine does, lessening pain. This is definitely worth learning about, especially since it grows wild in many places. (To be clear, wild lettuce doesn’t get you high. However, it can lessen the effects of opiate withdrawal.)
Jacki writes, “From injury to disease, pain is a very common ailment or symptom that can take down the toughest of the tough. It’s so prevalent that we are seeing a major epidemic with opiate dependency. Unfortunately, with so many needing to find relief, it’s leading to a large portion of our population becoming dependent on a chemical bandage, often just masking the problem, rather than fixing the cause.” Follow the link below to read the full article.