Prickly Poppy (Argemone mexicana)

The Mexican prickly poppy (Argemone mexicana) is species of poppy found in Mexico and now widely naturalized in many parts of the world. The hardy plant is rarely eaten but is used by the natives of the western US and parts of Mexico for its therapeutic benefits. The dried herb, when smoked has reportedly aphrodisiac and euphoric properties.

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The Mexican prickly poppy (flowering thistle, cardo or cardosanto as the Spanish call it) is a plant that is native to the American tropics but is now found throughout the world. It also grows in tropical Africa as well as in India and Nepal. The extremely hardy plant develops bright yellow flowers and produces yellow latex.

Little is known about the effects of the Mexican prickly poppy but the seeds are said to have a similar effect as cannabis. The dried herb, flowers and the latex juice from the plant are also reputed to have narcotic effects. In Mexico, the dried plant is sometimes smoked for its aphrodisiac and euphoriant effects.

Among the ancient Maya and the Mixe Indians of Middle America, Mexican prickly poppy juice had been used to treat ailments of the eye. The Seri Indians of northern Mexico prepare a tea from the leaves wrapped in linen that they drink for kidney pains. The tea is also said to dispel the “bad blood” which accumulates during birth. Along with using the plant for difficulties with urination, it is used to treat many other health conditions and ailments, from disorders of the gallbladder and kidneys to muscle pains and sleeping troubles.

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