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Opium poppy

Opium poppy
The opium poppy is harvested by scoring the shells of its ripening pods. This releases a milky latex that dries into a dark resin. The secretion contains alkaloids, or basic nitrogen-containing compounds, many of which have physiological effects. The most important alkaloid in opium is morphine, a highly addictive but very powerful painkiller.

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