A complete guide to cultivating and harvesting the beautiful opium
The opium poppy is a potent plant that has been cultivated and used
for thousands of years to alleviate suffering. The use of plant
substances as alternatives to synthetic medicines is resurging due
to their beneficial properties and less-toxic side effects. For
example, many cancer and HIV sufferers are growing opium for
"Opium Poppy Garden" is the only book available that describes the
cultivation, harvest and pharmacology of opium in a format that
combines literary and instructional writing. The heart of the book
is the tale of Ch'ien, a young Chinese man who travels from Costa
Rica to Columbia to grow an opium garden in the manner his Taoist
grandfather taught him. The story, in conjunction with "The
Cultivator's Diary" and the technical appendix, provide the reader
with a working knowledge of this plant.
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