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Poppy Tea

Waismann Philosophy for Opiate Detoxification and Treatment

Poppy tea is a narcotic-based tea often used for pain relief, stop diarrhea, or its psychoactive effects. It is brewed from the pods or seeds of a poppy plant where people can extract opium and other refined opiates. Parts of the poppy plant have some regulation under the Controlled Substances Act. In other words, these parts are on a schedule that classifies them as narcotic due to the potential for abuse and dependence. Generally, poppy tea sets affect about 30 minutes after ingestion and can last for up to 8 hours. Many people flavor the tea with other ingredients because its natural taste is so bitter. The tea can also be dried and then snorted or smoked.

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Poppy Tea Addiction

Side Effects

Like all narcotic pain relievers, the use of poppy tea can result in several issues, including side effects. However, side effects can vary from person to person and depend on factors including the amount ingested, a person’s sensitivity, and his or her level of tolerance to opiates. Additionally, many people experience a warming sensation shortly after drinking the tea. Other side effects include the following:

  • sensations of lightness
  • pleasure
  • elevated mood
  • feelings of euphoria
  • constricted pupils
  • flushing of the skin
  • drowsiness
  • loss of concentration
  • sleepiness
  • itching
  • nausea
  • constipation
  • stomachache

The person will often also develop tolerance, physical and/or psychological dependence, and withdrawal when stopping or decreasing regular use.

Dependence, Addiction, and Withdrawal

Frequent consumption of poppy tea can cause dependency and tolerance, which will lead to withdrawal. Dependence occurs when the body needs increasing amounts to reach the original effects. With daily use, dependency can develop quickly, but this varies from person to person. Once a person is physically dependent, poppy tea withdrawal can occur if they try to stop using abruptly or decrease their use. Withdrawal symptoms are often comparable to the flu but can also include psychological symptoms. For example, withdrawal symptoms can include cravings, anxiety, depression, vomiting, cramps, headache, and diarrhea.

Waismann Method’s Poppy Tea Detox

Waismann Method® offers safe and effective medically assisted forms of detoxification. From rapid opiate detox to other types of treatment based on patients’ health needs. The program has seen great success for over two decades, in treating addiction to poppy tea and other opiates. The medical staff manages the withdrawal symptoms in a private room of a full-service accredited hospital. The quadruple board-certified medical director uses intravenous medications to remove opiates from patients’ opiate receptors. This comprehensive management of withdrawal symptoms is key to our success in the opiate detox field.

Opiate withdrawal can be a very intense and painful experience. For that reason, many people fear seeking the help they so desperately need. Some programs attempt to manage poppy tea withdrawal by weaning them on opiate substitutes such as methadone and Suboxone. We don’t use these drugs because we know they can also be addicting. We require that our patients spend 2 to 4 days in the hospital for testing, detox, and post-monitoring. Patients are then cared for at our recovery center Domus Retreat for an extra few days to ensure comfort, safety, and effectiveness of the poppy tea detoxification.

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