Disclaimer: While growing poppies, collecting seed and dry pods, and buying and selling of pods and seed are legal in most countries; the extraction of crude resin, and the cooking of straw (dried pods and stems) are illegal in most. Please consult with the rules and regulations of the country were you live. What you do after that is none of my business.
Real Laudanum was traditionally made with opium and many other ingredients. Amoung which were henbane, nutmeg and lots of others. This type of Laudanum is actually an alcohol extract of concentrated poppy tea that I got from Fogle in Holland.
There are numerous ways to make such a concoction. I don’t claim this is the best way, but the results of this recipe is a nice tasting liqueur with a good opium buzz. And the best thing is, there are no chemicals or fancy equipment needed.
To make two litres of Laudrum you need:
1) dried poppy straw (ca. 2.3 kg with seeds = 1.0 kg without the seeds)
2) alcohol (1 litre 80%)
3) aniseed, star anise and/or fennel
4) sugar and dextrose (=glucose)
1) several big pans
2) filter cloth (cheese cloth, or an old t-shirt)
3) several plastic buckets
4) several glass jars
6) water bath
7) some cutlery, spatula’s etc.
8) 50ml syringe or turkey blaster (optional)
Papaver somniferum are opium poppies. Other species like P. orientale, and P. rhoeas, don't contain the opiate alkaloids. Whole dried poppy pod and stems can be purchased online if you're not able to grow them yourself. Personally, I don’t buy poppies, I grow them. So, get some seeds, find a deserted plot somewhere in suburbia, and spread them.
Poppies can either be harvested green after they bloom and dried at home, or let them dry in the field. They will be dry about one month after they bloomed. But beware: heavy rainfall can flush all goodies from the pods after they've dried. Harvested green and fresh poppies should be crushed and spread out to dry to ensure mold doesn't form.
Once the poppies are dry, separate the seeds from the straw by using a kitchen sieve. Use the seeds for food or next years harvest. You can use a blender to make the straw even finer. But you don’t want it to be too powdery as this will make it harder to filter in a later step.
Americans can use Ever-Clear. Some Europeans use 80% Stroh Rum. The rum is mixed with activated charcoal, from the fish-pond-store, and left for a week or so. The rum should be clear and colourless after this, with no smell other than that of alcohol. I call this “reclaimed rum”.
Edited by coorsmikey, 09 July 2016 - 11:24 PM.
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