A friend of a friend told me the best/most efficient way of harvesting poppies for opium without makin the whole process look suss is to wait till the poppies are fully matured, followed by choppin them at the base of the stalk, drying them out and extracting the gooey goodness out of them via a pot of boiling (simmering?) water and some filters...
Now I would like to hear from some AusDD BLers that have any knowledge on how the actual process works or and some first hand experiences. Im gettin mixed reports from the interwebz...
Would appreciate it if some wonderful person would post a step by step guide (or provide a link to one) on a method that works... Either way, I got a few questions:
At what stage of maturity should I chop the poppy at the base?
I use all of the 'poppy straw' (stalk, leaves and seed pod) in the process, yes?
I'm supposed to 'de-seed' the pods before I do the extraction aren't I? I want to keep all the seeds from my mammoth poppy for next season
Should I start the whole process with 'cold water' (about the temperature you would use for a CWE) before boiling/simmering/filtering on the stove?
Any tips on refining the finial product? Should I use the same method as one would with 'raw opium'? (derived from the latex)
That's all I can think of for now. Thanks in advance