Top 5 Ways to Make Poppy Tea Stronger

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Poppy seed tea is becoming increasingly popular, and more people are starting to purchase poppy seeds regularly.  The price of purchasing bulk poppy seeds isn’t too high, but the amounts can add up over time.  Luckily, there are several cheap ways to Make Poppy Tea stronger.  These tips will work for both poppy pod tea and poppy seed tea.  These tips can be used to make poppy tea stronger and save money!

This post is for informational purposes only, I do not suggest growing or ingesting poppy plants in any form.  It is dangerous and can lead to addiction and even has the possibility to be fatal especially consumed in large amounts.  Avoid consuming with other prescription meds, and speak with your doctor prior to drinking any forms of herbal tea.

Choose the Best Poppy Seeds

One of the first steps to make delicious poppy seed tea is to choose the correct poppy seeds.  One brand has recently set itself apart from the others, Blue Bird Poppy Seeds.  Check out my Blue Bird Video Review for more info or click the picture below to visit the Lone Goose Bakery website to purchase.

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Here are the Top 5 Tips to Make Poppy Tea stronger.  As stated above, these tips can be used to effectively strengthen both Poppy Pod Tea and Poppy Seed Tea.  You can learn How Poppy Seed Tea is Made on my separate post.

Make Poppy Tea Stronger Tip #5: Use Best Poppy Seeds

As stated above, the easy way to make your poppy tea stronger is to make sure you are using the best unwashed poppy seeds.  I have already suggested the Blue Bird seeds, but you can explore other options as well.  To make sure you are using the highest quality seeds, check my List of Best Poppy Seeds.  Checking this list is absolutely free, and it verifies that you are obtaining the most current recommendations.  Quality seeds come at a higher price, but they are worth the money if you select the right brand.

Make Poppy Tea Stronger Tip #4: Quinine

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Tonic water is a carbonated drink that includes quinine.  Quinine helps potentiate the alkaloids in poppy tea which can make it stronger and last longer.  Drink 12 ounces of tonic water 30-60 minutes prior to drinking your poppy tea to make it stronger and last longer!  I have included an Amazon link below:

Schweppes Tonic Water, 6-Pack, 10 oz Bottles

Make Poppy Tea Stronger Tip #3: Grapefruit Juice

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Grapefruit juice also potentiates opiates such as poppy tea.  Drinking 8 ounces 30-60 minutes before consuming Poppy Tea can make the effects stronger and last longer.  You could even mix it with your poppy tea in order to help the flavor.  I have included an Amazon link below:

Make Poppy Tea Stronger Tip #2 : Lemon Juice

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Lemon juice is included in my guide on How to Make Poppy Seed Tea.  The reason I include lemon juice is that the acidity helps pull the alkaloids from the poppy seeds.  This makes your poppy seed tea stronger and it also adds lemon flavoring o your drink which can help it taste better.  I have included an Amazon link below:


ReaLemon 100% Lemon Juice – 2/48 oz. btls. by ReaLemon [Foods]

Make Poppy Tea Stronger Tip #1: Cimetidine

I’ve found that cimetidine is the BEST at potentiating poppy tea by making it stronger and last longer.  Cimetidine is sold in the United States under the brand name Tagamet.  It is extremely easy to take your recommended dosage of this antacid in the form of 1-2 small pills.  Take cimetidine 30-60 minutes before you drink your tea and it will make the effects last up to 50% longer.  I have included an Amazon link below:

Tagamet Acid Reducer, 200mg, 30-count Tablets, 30 Count

Make Poppy Tea Stronger Bonus Tip: Empty Stomach

If you drink your tea first thing in the morning with an empty stomach, it will increase the percentage of alkaloids present in your blood stream and make each drink much stronger.  It is a good way to start your day off in a positive way.  I like to mix my tea the night before and keep it in the fridge overnight.

Science Behind Making Poppy Tea Stronger

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Similar to other opiates, Poppy Tea is metabolized by enzymes CYP3A4 and CYP2D6. Therefore its clearance (or how long the drug lasts) can be altered by inhibitors of these enzymes.  Several of the items listed above are inhibitors of CYP3A4 or CYP2D6.  There is a difference of these enzymes naturally occurring from individual to individual, which is why opiates affect people differently.

The use of these inhibitors can raise tolerance over time, so you may want to use these temporarily in order to minimize the increase in tolerance.


Hopefully you have learned some of the best tips to make poppy tea stronger.  These methods and tips are extremely cheap, and they can be used to save poppy tea consumers a substantial amount of money.  Remember, this guide is for informational purposes only.  I do not suggest consuming any form of poppy tea.

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Make Poppy Tea Stronger: Comments

Have you tried any of the methods suggested above?  Do you have other ways to make poppy tea stronger?  Please share your knowledge by leaving your tips in the comments section below!


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