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Sap from the poppy Papover somniferum has been used for thousands of years to relieve pain and treat symptoms of disease.

The poppy Papover Somniferum
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Raw opium oozes from a lanced poppy seed pod grown by licensed farmers in Turkey and Iran. Poppies are grown only in certain areas of the world, and supply the entire world’s supply of opiate pain killers.

Opium oozes from a lanced poppy seed
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A brick of pressed raw opium ready to be transported for processing.

A brick of raw pressed opium
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