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Product Details

  • Paperback: 77 pages
  • Publisher: Ronin Publishing; Second Printing edition (December 9, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0914171674
  • ISBN-13: 978-0914171676
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #799,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Rusty on February 9, 2000
Format: Paperback
A lovely tale of a young Chinese immigrant in South America offeres some insight to the "way of a Chinese Grower" and what the culture is like... The second half of the book goes into considerable detail as to how to cultivate the poppy, albeit on a quasi large-scale endeavor- not really for the ornamental grower. Excellent depth into pharmacologic properties, particularly chemical structure of medicinal components and traditional harvesting methods and tools.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By R. Lowe on January 11, 2006
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The opium poppy is a potent plant that has been cultivated and used for thousands of years to alleviate suffering. The use of plant substances as alternatives to synthetic medicines is resurging due to their beneficial properties and less-toxic side effects. For example, many cancer and HIV sufferers are growing opium for personal use.

Opium Poppy Garden is the only book available that describes the cultivation, harvest, and pharmacology of opium in a format that combines literary and instructional writing. The heart of the book is a tale of Che'ien, a young Chinese man who travels from Costa Rica to Columbia to grow an opium garden in the manner his Taoist grandfather taught him. The story, in conjuction with "The Cultivator's Diary" and the techniccal appendix, provide the reader with a working knowledge of this plant,
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Lorna N. Brawn on July 7, 2002
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I really liked the mix of a story of a young man's first adventure away from country and family, and the technical information needed to cultivate the opium poppy. It gave me a sense of tranquility to his endeavor, not as if it were a clandestine operation. It spoke of the roots his and other families had in this way of life. Of course, it gives you all the information you need for your own adventure. I hope there is a sequel.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lady.of.the.Woods on December 9, 2012
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I am happy to include this book in my library. It is a relatively thorough, yet simple and easy to understand, history of opium poppies and traditional cultivation. It begins with a short fictional story of a young man following in his father's father's father's footsteps, then goes into a "how-to" and short chemisty chapter. I'm sure you could find all of the info from Wikipedia and forums, but it was nice to sit down and not have to search the web.

A quick read (maybe an hour or two). What I liked most was the message of de-criminalizing plant "drugs" and instead teaching responsibilty and respect. Will pass this book on to gardener friends interested in this remarkable flower.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By PsychOut on January 29, 2013
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I bought this book many years ago and immediately bought other copies to give to friends. Not only does it tell you everything you would want to know, but it is an entertaining read as well. I just replaced my personal copy when my original became too worn from use.
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By G. Thomas on May 19, 2014
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Having just finished this small, fast read, I've discovered new bits of info to make the growing of poppies, and harvest of opium even better. Harvesting opium will last longer and more will be. We'll done William Griffith.
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