For an upcoming Opiated Shamanism entry, I was hoping to cover the Yellow Horned Poppy and its main alkaloid, glaucine. (Before anyone speaks up, I'm aware that Glaucium flavum is not all that closely related to Papaver somniferum and that glaucine isn't an opiate. Bear with me... ).
Based on some cursory web.research, it appears that glaucine could be a very useful OTC cough suppressant. It's less prone to abuse than codeine or dextromethorphan: most reports from people who have tried the stuff recreationally have been generally negative. Unfortunately, I'm doubting it will ever be approved in the States because it wound up in some "party pills" as an active, albeit not particularly enjoyable, ingredient. And to make matters worse, the quack medical industry has jumped on board with claims that glaucine can "reduce cellulite" and "help with opiate withdrawal." (Hey, it's a poppy, isn't it?)
I'd be interested in learning more about the actual therapeutic effects of glaucine: I'd especially like to hear from people who live in countries where glaucine is used as cough medicine.