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We are at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx on a gorgeous sunny day.
And I am here with the vice president of science.
Doctor Jim Miller.
We're at the wild medicine exhibit sponsored by Pfizer and you know.
Some plants just loom larger in the human mind and imagination in history than others.
And I think the one we're about to talk talk about is one of those really great big plants the opium poppy.
Where even star witness way I -- -- it's hard you know because it's been used for thousands of years it's long been known that that.
The milky sap that would come out of these.
Could be used to -- and treat pain.
Morphine coach dean have ever seen up morphine is that is the active compound that you get out of -- -- -- -- -- It's semi synthetic derivative OK okay so this is a source of very important -- -- most of our analysts are a large.
Amount of our she's pain killers.
Are either based on these compounds or are synthetic -- -- with structures that are quite similar to.
And now I think I've read someplace that -- late dwellers were using opium poppy like 101000 years ago.
This goes way way back -- had just to split -- probably native to the -- of the western.
And in the Mediterranean area.
-- now grown all the way from there it to China.
And and and widely used both this it as as a source of this and -- sorcery and it will drugs as well now I know that.
There was a previous time in our history and in world history when smoking opium.
Was a much bigger thing -- I guess it is now and what they do believe the the flower pots and and use the -- collect the sap.
Now I'm assuming that opium poppy for medicinal purposes has cultivated is that correct yes it is most of the production of -- milky -- for the production of drugs -- -- plants that are cultivated in Tasmania I'm all whistler.
Here learning new things about important medicinal plants at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx.
I -- Chris kill them for Fox News health.
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