sábado, 5 de febrero de 2011

Poppy: The Genus Papaver

Poppy: The Genus Papaver
Publisher: Taylor & Francis | ISBN: 0203304187 | edition 1999 | PDF | 343 pages | 13,1 mb
Extracts from the opium poppy (Papaver somniferum) have been used by man to relieve pain for at least 3500 years. The use of soporific tea of poppy capsules has also long been known in Europe, perhaps ever since the beginning of poppy cultivation. Opium is the air-dried sap of the incised unripe capsule of the poppy. The traditional production of opium still employed today, consists of incising the poppy seed capsule, and collecting and drying the extruded juice. Manufacture of morphine and other important alkaloids has been performed from opium for many years. Opium on the other hand, is a dangerous narcotic drug; it has high morphine content and opium can produce addiction by itself in the absence of any chemical conversion. Nowadays India is the only country in which the cultivation of opium poppies for opium is still legal.
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