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Surgery: California poppy can slow down the central nervous system, causing sleepiness and other effects. There is some concern that California poppy might slow down the central nervous system too much when combined with anesthesia and other medications used during and after surgery. Stop using California poppy at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
California poppy appears to be safe for most people when taken appropriately by mouth for three months or less. There isn't enough information to know if California poppy is safe for longer term use.
When a person hears “poppy” and “relaxation” together in the same sentence, it’s not a huge leap to wonder if California poppy extract is similar to, or a close relative of, the opium poppy plant. It isn’t, so you can rest assured that we are definitely not recommending you brew up a cup of addictive drugs. The two plants are distant cousins, and the California version contains no opioids.
It’s common for a native medicinal to take time to work its way into mainstream culture. Acupuncture, Ayurvedic plants such as turmeric and ginger, and yoga are just a few examples of traditional tools that have been adopted by Westerners in recent years. As a wildflower that is easily cultivated, California poppy extract is a natural fit in this ever growing space. It’s inexpensive and readily available, and like most other supplements are not regulated as a drug.
California Poppy Extract Is Not Related to Opium
Due to its ability to bind with opiate receptors, the flower has been studied for its ability to assist with opium addiction treatment. Patients addicted to prescription narcotics such as Oxycodone have been able to successfully get past their addiction through the usage of California poppy tincture. Additionally, in one study those patients experienced a reduction in the pain that they were using the opiate drugs to alleviate, and were able to also get off of other medications that were less successful in combating their opiate addictions, such as low dose Naltrexone.
Neurotransmitter GABA plays an important role in people’s ability to sleep by slowing down our nervous systems and calming our brains and bodies. California poppy extract acts as a sleep aid through its interaction with GABA receptors, and is particularly useful for people dealing with chronic pain who experience insomnia as a result of it. Unlike more serious medications for sleep, when studied “the herb had no antihistaminic effects which have been associated with sedative effects of some drugs.” The dosage for poppy extract for sleep is higher than for other sought after affects like reducing anxiety or depression.
In a time when many of us are searching for ways to relax without hitting the (home) bar, there is no shortage of herbal supplements, beverages, and drink mixes claiming to relieve anxiety, deepen sleep, and improve mood available. One of these, California poppy extract, is not new to market but has seen a rise in usage in assorted products in the past year. Previously sold predominantly as a liquid extract to promote sleep, this herb is now sold in juice shots, capsules, teas, and powder forms, too. Is there merit to the claims that poppy extract can help your emotional state and overall wellness? After trying the So Good So You sleep shots and experiencing a surprising level of bliss, I wanted to find out.
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