Can Wild Lettuce Help with Pain

What is wild lettuce and how it is used? 

Lactuca virosa is a plant in the Lactuca (lettuce) genus, ingested often for its mild analgesic and sedative effects. It is also commonly referred to as opium lettuce. It is similar to prickly lettuce. They are both said to have medicinal properties. But to date, no study has confirmed this theory.

Where can I find a wild lettuce plant?

Wild lettuce can be found growing freely in most yards. It’s a common weed typically destroyed by the property owners. Lactuca virosa has yellow flowers and can grow to be 7′ tall.

How do you consume wild lettuce?

Wild lettuce is often made into a tincture, a tea, or smoked.

wild lettuce tincture

 

What are the medicinal uses for wild lettuce?

The wild lettuce plant offers medical uses when the leaves, and sap (latex), or seeds are used to make medicine.

Wild lettuce is used for urinary tract problems, cough, whooping cough, asthma, insomnia, restlessness, painful menstrual periods, muscular or joint pains, poor circulation, priapism, and as an opium substitute in cough preparations.

The seed oil is used to reduce hardening of the arteries and is a known substitute for wheat germ oil.

It is also used to kill germs when the milky sap is applied to the skin.

In some cases, people smoke wild lettuce for a recreational “high” or hallucinogenic effects.

Wild Lettuce Tea Recipe:

Steeping:

Combine the ginger, turmeric, wild lettuce tincture, cardamon, clove, and pepper in a saucepan with four cups of water. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes on low heat. Turn off the heat and add the honey and tea of your choice. (I prefer black tea). Let sit for five minutes before straining. Add the desired amount of sugar and enjoy.

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon wild lettuce tincture

2 tablespoons of grated ginger

1/2 teaspoon cardamon

1/2 teaspoon clove

1 teaspoon of turmeric

1 teaspoon honey

1 pinch of pepper

Add sugar as desired.

How to make wild lettuce tea

 

 

 

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21 thoughts on “Can Wild Lettuce Help with Pain

  • September 12, 2018 at 2:36 am
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    Wow! I never heard of this plant before. Now I have to keep my eyes wide open and look for it when I’m shopping!

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    • September 12, 2018 at 2:35 pm
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      Hello Muna,

      You can’t buy this plant in the store. It grows naturally in your yard. Or, you can buy Wild Lettuce Seeds online and plant it. It’s been a lifesaver for my husband. He uses it for mild pain and it enables him to keep working.

      Best,
      LaDonna

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  • September 12, 2018 at 3:10 pm
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    Ok. I am entirely new to this and didn’t know it existed! I am going to read more about this.

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  • September 12, 2018 at 5:17 pm
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    never heard of wild lettuce before, and given that it has so many medicinal properties, i guess, i need to keep an eye out for it.

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  • September 12, 2018 at 6:04 pm
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    I have never heard about wild lettuce before. It’s very interesting that it has so many medicinal benefits and that you can make tea out of it.

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  • September 12, 2018 at 6:30 pm
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    I have a friend that eats weeds from her yard. I would be afraid to eat from my yard as I am not familiar with the plants.

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  • September 12, 2018 at 6:50 pm
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    This is a pretty salad! I need to try some wild lettuce. I don’t think I’ve ever tried it, but I do enjoy a good salad.

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  • September 12, 2018 at 8:53 pm
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    Wow, I have never heard that wild lettuce could be used for germs. Thanks for the tea recipe. I will definitely try it out.

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  • September 12, 2018 at 9:26 pm
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    That is so interesting! I did not know that wild lettuce could be so beneficial for our health.

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  • September 13, 2018 at 5:41 am
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    I never heard about wild lettuce before. but it looks like a lot of benefits. awesome.

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  • September 13, 2018 at 6:00 am
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    Its the first time I am hearing about wild lettuce. Sooo interesting! I need to try this. Thanks for the new information.

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  • September 13, 2018 at 4:00 pm
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    I wonder if we have wild lettuce where I live? This looks really tastey! Imagine free food right in your own yard.

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  • September 13, 2018 at 10:25 pm
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    Wow, I never would have known. I deal with a lot of leg and back pain and this would be interesting to try out. Thanks for sharing!

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  • September 15, 2018 at 1:06 pm
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    I don’t know if I believe it unless I were to try it. When you suffer severe pain it seems like nothing works. I am open to try anything.

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  • September 15, 2018 at 5:01 pm
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    Wild lettuce tincture? I wonder where I can get that. I don’t think it’s common in our country.

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  • September 15, 2018 at 6:44 pm
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    Cool! I didn’t know about this at all. I’ll have to search where I can find some!

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  • September 16, 2018 at 1:10 am
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    I never heard of wild lettuce and I’m not sure I would eat weeds out of our yard. However, if I knew I had a safe supply of it, I might try the tea.

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  • September 16, 2018 at 5:03 am
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    I had once heard about wild lettuce from a gardener friend but he uses it with some other liquid substance for some kind of injurious healing.

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  • September 16, 2018 at 8:02 am
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    I had no idea you could do so much with wild lettuce. I’ve always just discarded it as a weed. Seems like it would make a great tea and help with a lot of health issues or at least help you stay on top of your health naturally.

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  • September 16, 2018 at 10:44 am
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    Wow! i thought i knew about health but had no idea about this! Thanks for sharing so amazing what lettuce can do!

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  • September 16, 2018 at 10:19 pm
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    I know about wild lettuce just didnt known it had medical benefits of sorts, this was a good read

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