Rhoeadine is an alkaloid present in the red poppy (Papaver rhoeas L.) with properties of mild sedative and bechiche. The brute chemical formula of this alkaloid is: C21H21NO6.
In any case all kinds of Papaver contain rhoeadine, but the abundance and distribution of this alkaloid, along with others, varies considerably from one genus to another.
However, the greatest concentration of this alkaloid is found in the red poppy or rosolaccio which is an annual herbaceous plant belonging to the Papaveraceae family.

Among the various alkaloids contained in the red poppy, the main one is rhoedina, with mildly sedative properties, in fact an infusion obtained with 4 or 5 petals per cup, was once traditionally given to children before going to bed so as to induce them a better sleep.
Recent research has shown that these alkaloids, including rhoedin, present in Papaver rhoeas are mildly toxic, for this reason it is not recommended the usual intake of extracts and infusions obtained from this plant, in particular to children and the elderly.
Rhoeadine has been the subject of research in the treatment of morphine dependence; the results would give important and promising indications of this molecule in the treatment of patients suffering from morphine dependence.

Warning: The information reported is not medical advice and may not be accurate. The contents are for illustrative purposes only and do not replace medical advice.

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