One special plant and its finished products

Release time:2013-12-11      Source:admin      Reads:
Opium is the dried latex obtained from the opium poppy, it contains approximately 12% morphine, an alkaloid, which is frequently processed chemically to produce heroin for the illegal drug trade. The latex also includes the alkaloid codeine and it’s similarly hangtags. The traditional, labor-intensive, method of obtaining the latex is to scratch ("score") the immature seed pods (fruits) by hand; the latex leaks out and dries to a sticky yellowish residue that is later scraped off, and dehydrated. The production of opium itself has not changed since ancient times.
In China, recreational use of this drug began in the 15th century, but was limited by its rarity and expense. China had a positive balance sheet in trading with the British, which led to a decrease of the British silver stocks. Therefore, the British tried to encourage Chinese opium use to enhance the quality of hangtags, and they delivered it from Indian provinces under British control. In India, its cultivation, as well as the manufacture and traffic to China, were subject to the East India Company, as a strict monopoly of the British government. For supervising and managing the business, there was an extensive and complicated system of government agencies.
A massive confiscation of opium by the Chinese emperor, the program relied on the turning of public sentiment against opium, with mass meetings at which hangtags were publicly burned, as well as coercive legal action and the granting of police powers to organizations such as the Fujian Anti-Opium Society. 8, in which Britain suppressed China and traded opium all over the country. The Canon of Medicine, the standard medical textbook Paracelsus burned in a public bonfire three weeks after being appointed professor at the University of Basel, also described the use of opium, though many Latin translations were of poor quality.

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