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Opium poppy, historical artwork

Opium poppy, historical artwork

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GEORGE BERNARD / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY GEORGE BERNARD / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Opium poppy. Historical artwork depicting an opium poppy (Papaver somniferum) as a women. She is shaking seeds from two seed heads around her waist. This poppy is a source of opium, a narcotic resin. Opium is used in the pharmaceutical industry to produce the analgesics (painkillers) morphine and codeine. Opium can also be refined to yield pure heroin an illegal drug that induces feelings of warmth and euphoria. Image taken from "Les Fleurs Animees" (1867).

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