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Is it legal to grow poppies in Canada?

I find poppies overwhelmingly beautiful! I just stare at them and think about how they have altered human society … so much pain has been relived by the milk (opium) from their pods … and far too many lives have been destroyed or totally lost because of them.

The legality of poppies in Canada confuses me, it isn’t rare to see them growing in ornamental gardens and you see their seeds for sale almost everywhere. Are all red poppies “opium poppies” or are the varieties commonly seen all over Canada a totally harmless opium-free poppy? I just spent an hour reading about this on the internet and feel more confused than ever! I guess that is drug laws for ya …

Poppy blooms are very pretty but if you pick them with hopes of having them in a vase inside, they almost instantly fall apart. To enjoy them, you have to be with them outside, which I think is part of their magic!

Drugs In My Garden: My First Morning Glory

Photo of a purple and blue morning glory blossom!

The farm I grew up on always had an impressive display of Morning Glories but this is the first time I’ve grown them by myself at my cabin in the woods.

Isn’t my first Morning Glory pretty? I love these flowers, they are beautiful and the plant produces seeds containing LSA, which is similar to LSD. I know people who have had terribly experiences after eating the seeds though, so I would highly recommend not consuming them.

You can read more about Morning Glories on in the Vaults of Erowid here:

Human vs. Raccoon: Round 182

Raccoons love nothing more than to throw a party in a corn patch. They make sure to taste-test every cob. Do you think the new electric fence and no-kill trap can ruin their dinner party plans? Only time will tell … but would anyone like to make a bet? 😉

The patched-up part in the fence above the trap is from when a porcupine got tangled up in it. The electric fence wasn’t on at the time but the poor gaffer really got tangled up in it. Don’t worry, my parents where kind enough to rescue her from the fence and she only seemed mildly inconvenienced!

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