Do Poppy Seeds Contain Drugs?
The poppy is a red flower with a thick seed pods that carry the popular poppy seeds used in cooking. Although there's been a great deal of misinformation about the ability of poppy seeds to create false positives in drug testing, more modern testing does not confuse culinary poppy seed ingestion for drug use, and you shouldn't refrain from eating or using poppy seeds in cooking because of it. If you would like to try your hand at growing your own poppy seed crop, the propagation of the culinary poppy (this is also the opium poppy) is strictly controlled in the United States. So save the gardening space for other herbs and spices. How about saffron?
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