Opium poppy analysis

Opium poppy analysis

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Opium poppy analysis. Scientist analysing the alkaloid content of opium poppy seed heads (Papaver somniferum) using high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). This poppy is the source of opium, a narcotic resin that contains the alkaloids morphine and codeine. These are used by the pharmaceutical industry as painkillers (analgesics). Opium can be refined to yield pure heroin, an illegal drug that induces feelings of warmth and euphoria. Frequent use leads to an increase in tolerance and addiction. Photographed in France.

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