Standardized: wild lettuce
Lactuca virosa L.
Plant Family: Asteraceae
Wild lettuce is not a vegetable but actually a woodland member of the sunflower family. The common name "lettuce opium", as it was known in the earlier official pharmacopoeias, refers to the potent milky latex produced by the stems and leaves.
Aerial parts (leaf and stem)
Capsules, teas, tinctures. Fresh green leaves are sometimes added to salads.
Specific: No known precautions.
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