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Unwashed poppy seeds can be used to produce a tea that contains an opioid content sufficient to produce psychoactive effects and to cause withdrawal symptoms when discontinued abruptly. Their sale and distribution is legal in the United States. Clinicians may not be aware of poppy seed tea and some individuals may use it habitually or as an analgesic. There is a paucity of literature on this topic, although a few cases of poppy seed tea intoxication and dependence have been reported. A clinical case is presented here.

What is a Detox?

Those suffering from poppy seed tea addiction or withdrawal symptoms can find relief and help in addressing their use. The entry stage to seeking such recovery for those who are addicted or physically dependent is medical detoxification.

Detox is defined as the removal of toxins from the body.

When a drug - like poppy seed tea - is stopped suddenly after a person has developed a dependence on it, the brain may suffer a kind of rebound effect, where it tries to restore balance quickly, causing significant withdrawal symptoms.

During your detox at Relieve Medical Detox, we will use medications to detox your body safely and comfortably. Your detox may include the use of alternative medications to manage withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings as well.

In addition, each patient will undergo an evaluation that is then used to inform their detox progression, as well as potential next steps to stay clean from kratom.

Call us at 480-549-2220 to learn more about our outpatient kratom detox treatment.

Benefits of Medical Detox

The goal of our outpatient medical is to help to reduce the intensity of withdrawals through the use of medications.

If other substances are also being abused, medications may need to be altered to avoid complications or undesirable drug interactions. We offer inpatient detox at our sister company, Scottsdale Detox.

Since poppy seed tea is not a controlled substance, it is often not included in regular toxicology screenings that may be performed upon entrance into a detox program. It is important, therefore, to indicate to treatment providers if poppy seed tea is in your system, as well as any other drugs or substances, so that medications used during medical detox are safe and effective.

General Poppy Seed Tea Information

Is it legal?

Unwashed poppy seeds are widely available online through private websites or via well-known sellers such as eBay and Amazon. Their sale and distribution is legal in the United States.

Is it safe?

Unwashed poppy seeds are abused for their opioid effects. Some users boil the seeds to produce a tea, which is consumed for the purposes of perceived “natural” pain relief. Others produce the poppy seed tea from unwashed poppy seeds purely to obtain a “high”. Unwashed poppy seeds are a danger to the user and their abuse may result in unpredictable outcomes including death when used alone or in combination with other drugs as reported in the scientific literature.

In the United States, at least 12 deaths. have been reported in the scientific literature associated with use of unwashed poppy seed tea. Unwashed poppy seeds are widely available online and through private websites.


Consider an outpatient medical detox program to ensure a safe and comfortable detox process. Our treatment helps ease symptoms during withdrawal to make detoxing as painless as possible. Call us at 480-549-2220 to learn more about our outpatient detox treatment.

The Next Step...

If you or your loved one is ready to take the next step to be free from opioids, please call us today at 480-549-2220!