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Unformatted text preview: L&S C30T Drugs in the Brain Lecture 16: Opium Papaver somniferum – opium poppy Produces sleep Flowers during summertime Schedule 2 Controlled substance Originated in Mediterranean region Eschscholzia californica — California Poppy used in herbal medicine known it has very interesting molecules Opium pods Have slits made to extract opium from them Main effects of Opium Analgesia = numbing of pain Anxiolytic= numbing of psychic pain Sedations, dream-like mental state Cough suppression No better cough medicine All contemporary cough medicines have opium derivatives Decreased intestinal mobility Pupil constriction Routes of administration of opium Oral/digestive Mekonium — chopped up poppy seed pods in water Mekon in Greek = poppy Smoking Developed in asia after the introduction of tobacco smoking “I possess a secret remedy which I call laudanum and which is superior to all other heroic remedies” ==Paracelsus (1493-1541) Laudanum now means alcohol solution of Opium Mrs. Winslows Soothing Syrup contained alcohol extracted opium Opium smoking paraphernalia Thomas de Quincey 1785-1859 Confessions of an English Opium Eater (1821) Book full of poetic prose Samuel Taylor Coleridge 1772-1834 Kubla Khan Written in 1797 First published in 1816...
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2008 for the course C 30T taught by Professor Presti during the Spring '08 term at Berkeley.
- Spring '08
- The Land