One of the latest crops currently being grown in increasingly large amounts in the UK is poppies. Papaver somniferum was first planted as a commercial crop in 2002, and since then seas of these white flowers have sprung up across Dorset, Lincolnshire, Oxfordshire and Hampshire, and these flowers are used to produce White Morphine.
White seas because while we might think of poppies primarily as being a red flower that is linked to Remembrance Day, the kind being grown commercially are the white kind (technically very pale pink, but they’re called white). It’s this strain that are used to make pain relieving medication like codeine and morphine.
But what’s so great about this rise in UK production?
Well for one thing it reduces the environmental and the economic costs of transporting these drugs into the UK from India and Tasmania (two places where we source much of our morphine from). And as well as the environmental benefits, producing morphine in the UK instead of importing from elsewhere will also benefit our economy.
This is all good news for the NHS and migraine sufferers!
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