Poppy straw is the entire cut and dried opium poppy-plant material, other than the seeds. It is also known as also opium straw, poppy capsule, poppy chaff, poppy head, poppy pod. Morphine is extracted from poppy straw to produce the drug for medical use. Poppy straw is a major source of many opiates and other alkaloids. It is the source of 90% of the world supply of legal morphine, and in some countries it is also the source of morphine processed into illegal heroin.


Poppy Straw is often brewed into a  Poppy tea. Its variants can be said to be an incomplete and/or relatively crude form of PSC aqueous solution. There are also some home-made poppy straw extracts that are widely used among IV drug users in eastern Europe. However, the most common use for Poppy Straw is to extract the morphine and processed it into different opiate pain relieving medications. Poppy straw is also the raw material from which illegal heroin is produced.


Signs and Symptoms:

Regular use of any opium based product, such as those produced from Poppy straw, can result in the individual developing a tolerance, dependency and withdrawal syndrome. Common signs and symptoms of opium based product abuse include but are not limited to:

  • Anxiety
  • Psychosis
  • Improved self-esteem
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Lowered motivation
  • Increased sensitivity to sensory stimuli
  • Constricted blood vessels
  • Increased heart rate
  • High blood pressure
  • Increased energy
  • Decreased appetite
  • Increased sexual arousal
  • Physical agitation
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Over arousal and hyper-vigilance

Common symptoms of withdrawal include but are not limited to:

  • Physical and psychological cravings
  • Nausea
  • Stomach pain
  • Cold sweat
  • Chills
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Muscle tension
  • Shaking or quivering
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Enlarged pupils
  • Pain in the bones


Treatment for addiction to an opium-based product requires, in most cases, inpatient treatment. This takes the patient out of the environment which they commonly abuse drugs and puts them into out that promoted their sobriety. Common in patient treatment services used to help patients overcome opium-based product addictions includes but is not limited to:

  • Detoxification
  • Individual Counseling
  • Group Counseling
  • Behavioral Modification Therapy
  • Family Counseling
  • Education Lectures