A pouch of organic Wild Lettuce Lactuca Virosa with the Green Eyed Creeper Ethnobotanicals Logo on it

Wild Lettuce (Lactuca Virosa)

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Wild Lettuce (Lactuca Virosa)


You will receive 50 grams


As well as being used as a remedy for subtle pain relief, Wild Lettuce also lends itself as a naturally occurring sedative. This particular batch was wild harvested in the UK, and contains the entire plant, which was hung upside down to ensure the white sap didn’t escape.


Also known as Opium Lettuce due to the white sap commonly associated with the plant, and Bitter Lettuce for its notoriously bitter taste, the plant has been used as an alternative to opium in the 19th century, but physicians who couldn’t get their hands on opioids. Despite this name and history, wild lettuce contains absolutely no opiates whatsoever.


Lactucopicrin and Lactucin are the two main chemicals within the plant, contained within the white sap (lactucarium) that bleeds freely from wounded adult plants. It is these two chemicals that are responsible for the mild pain relieving qualities and usefulness as a sedative that Wild Lettuce has.