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Can Poppy Seeds Get You High?

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Poppy seeds produced from the opium poppy plant, Papaver somniferum, were discovered in ancient times, around 5000 B.C. Poppy seeds began to grow in popularity after being used for baking, cooking, and medical purposes. Although they taste good and hold healing properties, can poppy seeds get you high?

Do Poppy Seeds Contain Opium?

There are narcotics in poppy seeds. However, the amount is meager. The seeds used for everyday gatherings are from a plant, producing opium or psychoactive chemicals. Morphine and codeine are found in the plant, including the poppy seeds. If many seeds are consumed, it’s possible to test positive on a drug test.

According to Dr. Christopher S. Baird, typical poppy-seed food contains only a few grams of poppy seeds and, therefore, only a few micrograms of morphine. A single initial dose of medically-prescribed morphine contains 5,000 and 30,000 micrograms. This means a person who has no tolerance for morphine can eat many poppy seeds without feeling any drug effects.

You can, however, get high from poppy seeds by drinking one cup of it in tea. Effects after drinking happen quickly, usually around fifteen minutes, and can last for hours. After a drug test, it’s difficult to decipher a poppy seed eater or an opiate user. Again, poppy seeds are found in pastries, bagels, salad dressings, and more.

How Many Poppy Seeds to Get High?

If you are wondering, “can poppy seeds get you high,” the answer is yes. Typically, drinking poppy seed tea will trigger the drug effects, and a person will experience symptoms. But eating poppy seeds is still dangerous, especially if you need to take a drug test for work or another important matter. Eating a couple of poppy seed-coated bagels or muffins can result in a positive drug test.

According to a study regarding opioid exposure associated with poppy consumption, there were 19 deaths reported to poison control centers in the United States in 2021. Due to the deaths and amount of false-positive drug tests, it’s advised to leave opium use for medical purposes.

Can You Smoke Poppy Seeds?

After understanding what are poppy seeds used for and the potential risks if ingested, is it worth consuming? Poppy seeds hold micros of codeine and morphine, and technically, if a person desires to roll poppy seeds into joint paper, then the possibility of getting high increases. However, the extract is found to be potent in tea, and a person is more likely to choose drinking poppy seeds rather than smoking since the effects are guaranteed. Smoking poppy seeds is possible but not advised since addiction can occur.

Learn About California Detox Center’s Addiction Programs

Now you know that poppy seeds can get you high. At Banyan Palm Springs, we are committed to your well-being. Our team of experts is prepared to guide you through the withdrawal process safely. We offer medically monitored detox to help those struggling with opioid addiction and other types of addiction. Banyan’s special programs include a SMART recovery program and intervention services for addiction.

If you or a loved one is struggling, then an opiate detox may be just what you need to begin the journey to long-term recovery. Our experienced medical staff understands the importance of meeting your recovery goals and needs. We want to see you on your way to sobriety.


Please, don’t hesitate to contact a team member at Banyan Treatment Centers Palm Springs by calling 888-280-4763 and ask about our special levels of care to get started today!



  1. WTAMU - https://www.wtamu.edu/~cbaird/sq/2014/11/12/do-poppy-seeds-contain-narcotics/
  2. NIDA -  https://nida.nih.gov/news-events/emerging-trend/opioid-exposure-associated-poppy-consumption-reported-to-poison-control-centers-us-food-drug


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