Ontario man arrested for 'doda' poppy preparation
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Reader George tipped us to this story from a few weeks back about a Candian arrest for 'doda' or 'dode', a tea preparation made from grinding the dried seed pods from opium poppies. From the CBC:
A popular but addictive preparation made from parts of the poppy flower has been found to contain enough illegal ingredients to sustain criminal charges against some of those accused of selling it.
Available for as little as $20 in some flea markets and smaller grocery stores in South Asian neighbourhoods, doda is made by grinding the husk and seeds of the poppy flower — the same plant that produces opium. It's often taken with tea or water and produces a quick high followed by a sense of calm.
More than $10,000 worth of opium pods were seized, as well as more than 38 kilograms of suspected doda. Fourteen samples of the substance were sent to Health Canada's drug analysis service for testing.
Doctors have warned that doda, which is used by some taxi drivers, factory workers and truck drivers in the South Asian community to help them stay awake, is as damaging as other illegal narcotics.
One teenager who lives just outside Toronto said he went from using one spoonful a day to consuming the drug morning and night.
"I don't like being normal. I like being high," the 18-year-old told CBC News, which has agreed not to use his name to protect his family's reputation.
I've known about the practice of grinding ornamental dried opium pods for some time, but I have never heard about this preparation being reproduced on a commercial scale. And in case you are tempted to do so, don't Google images for 'doda', you'll get back some interesting photos of Polish singer Doda Elektroda
, who's like a genius or something.