(Lactuca serriola)
extracted by tincture in food grade alcohol

Anodyne / Antispasmodic / Expectorant / Sedative

Plant Description:
Wild Lettuce is not a garden vegetable but actually a woodland member of the sunflower family Asteraceae/Compositae). The whole plant is rich in milky juice that flows freely from any wound. It has a bitter taste and narcotic scent.

Historical Notation:
Wild Lettuce (Lactuca sp.) was traditionally used in the 19th century by physicians as a sedative to relieve tension, anxiety and insomnia causing restlessness disturbing convalescence when opium extracts were not available. In the United States, the plant experienced a resurgence in popularity in the 1970's. Today the plant is unscheduled by the FDA, meaning that it is legal to grow, purchase and own without prescription or license.

Constituents - Chemicals & Nutrients:
Flavonoids (strong antioxidant properties), sesquiterpene lactones, N-methyl-B--phenethylamine, lactucopicrin, lactucin, apigenin, luteolin, quercetin, coumarins, mannitol, and hyosycamine.

Used as a sedative for short term or intermittently to relieve tension, anxiety, nervousness and insomnia.

Take 1 to 2 teaspoons in a cup of warm water. The effects of ingesting Wild Lettuce tincture is similar to opium, although no opiates are present in the plant. Effects are felt quickly but do not last long — between half an hour to a couple of hours.

Ingesting large amounts can slow breathing, cause sweating, fast heartbeat, pupil dilation, dizziness, ringing in the ears, and vision changes. If you feel the beginning of any of these symptoms, stop using Wild Lettuce and drink water to help flush the system. If you have any conditions that may require surgery, stop using Wild Lettuce at least 2 weeks before the scheduled surgery. Do not ingest Wild Lettuce if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, have the eye condition narrow-angle glaucoma, or have allergies to related plants such as ragweed.

Note: This information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgement of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare provider. It should not be construed to indicate that the use of this extract is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare provider before taking this tincture.