Saffron and Opium

Thu, 14 Nov 2013 08:48:56 PST
I agree there is no indication there to say that you can extract morphine from saffron bulbs or saffron is a substitute raw material for making morphine. 

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> On Nov 14, 2013, at 10:10 PM, Youngs Aberdeen <> wrote:
> Steven,  I think you are mistaking the nature of the project -
> Where did you get the idea that morphine or any dangerous drug
> might be extracted from the saffron crocus? I saw nothing in the film
> report or text of the story to say that these crocus are on the way to
> becoming plants on a banned list - in Australia or anywhere else ?
> The idea is for the Afghans to grow and harvest saffron  to tempt them
> away from growing the opium poppies. Saffron is the only crop that can
> compete financially with the opium crop.  Clearly there will be greater
> costs in setting up the saffron farming initially but  it  must be worth 
> a try,
> I would have thought.
> M
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