7. Opium Poppy
Opium can be extracted from the seeds of this beautiful flower by ingesting the white sap. It’s a depressant that is normally used in the production of morphine and heroin. As you probably guessed, it’s illegal to possess, but it’s not actually illegal to grow the flower itself. (Note that many varieties which don’t produce a lot of opium have been bred.)
The effects of opium include an elevated mood and suppression of anxieties or physical discomforts, making it one of the most addictive substances known to man, as its chemical structure mimics that of endorphins. Once addicted, users grow erratic, lose memories, and experience severe insomnia.
Opium-related deaths don’t just occur due to overdose but also slowly through cancer, liver disease, and high blood pressure. The scariest thing is that an opium overdose mirrors the impact of the high, so hallucinations and shallow breathing can be ignored, that is, until it causes a coma and eventually death.
There are many hybrid drugs, such as Buddha, that spike opium with other substances such as marijuana, whose risk can be even greater to an unknowing individual.