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Overview Information

Corn poppy is an plant with bright red flowers. People use the dried flowers to make medicine.

Corn poppy is used for breathing disorders, insomnia, cough, pain, and other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

In foods, corn poppy is an ingredient in some "metabolic" teas. Some people eat corn poppy as a vegetable.

Do not confuse corn poppy with poppy seed, which is used in food and to make opium. Also, don't confuse corn poppy with another type of poppy called California poppy.

How does it work?

There isn't enough information available to know how corn poppy works.


Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

  • Breathing disorders.
  • Insomnia.
  • Cough.
  • Pain.
  • Withdrawal from heroin, morphine, and other opioid drugs.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of corn poppy for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

When taken by mouth: Dried corn poppy flowers are POSSIBLY SAFE for most adults when taken by mouth as a medicine in appropriate amounts. Traditionally, tea prepared with 2 teaspoonfuls (about 16 grams) of dried corn poppy flower seem to be safe when taken 2-3 times daily. But corn poppy flower is POSSIBLY UNSAFE when used in large amounts. Eating large amounts of corn poppy flower (about 250-500 grams) may cause nausea, vomiting, seizures, changes in heartbeat, and even lose consciousness.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Children: The FRESH leaves and blossoms are POSSIBLY UNSAFE for use in children. They might cause side effects such as vomiting and stomach pain when eaten. There isn't enough information to know if DRIED corn poppy flowers are safe for children to use. It's best to avoid use.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking corn poppy flowers if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.



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The appropriate dose of corn poppy depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for corn poppy. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

View References


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  • Hillenbrand, M., Zapp, J., and Becker, H. Depsides from the petals of Papaver rhoeas. Planta Med. 2004;70(4):380-382. View abstract.
  • Pourmotabbed, A., Rostamian, B., Manouchehri, G., Pirzadeh-Jahromi, G., Sahraei, H., Ghoshooni, H., Zardooz, H., and Kamalnegad, M. Effects of Papaver rhoeas extract on the expression and development of morphine-dependence in mice. J Ethnopharmacol 2004;95(2-3):431-435. View abstract.
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