Saffron and Opium

steven hart
Wed, 13 Nov 2013 14:32:56 PST
What a pity, if saffron was able to be practically & economically used for
chemical extraction for morphine substitutes. It will end up on
various banned substance lists around the world.. Here in Australia we have
some of the strictest rules in the world : (  It would be banned here for
sure or regulated & we would see a pretty home garden species that couldn't
be used for this purpose because quantities are so low you would never
extract enough at home & possibly some of its family will end up banned in
home gardens too..

Recently a number of species were listed here, some prohibited like peyotes
cacti, some wattle the Aboriginies used for 60,000 years to enter the dream
time or ?, & some strictly regulated with poison labelling like
brugsmansia.. These were banned for a while but grower & nursery protest
helped a compromise & the labelling was I enforced instead of a blanket
ban.. Anything able to be used as a commercial or home drug is listed here
with the same enforcement penalties as illicit drugs  .... I would hate to
see saffron disappear from our gardens, if it does im sure many others will
follow as various chemical properties are tapped over time...

Im fingers crossed the project fails, the world has more than enough
morphine to out weigh our hospital needs world wide..

On 14 November 2013 06:59, Judy Glattstein <> wrote:

> A BBC World report, about efforts to encouraging the cultivation of
> saffron instead of the massive amounts of opium poppies.
> A brief 3 minute video that begins with the saffron, then segues into
> the opium business.
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Steven : )
Esk Queensland Australia
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