Argemone spp.



The Argemone species is commonly referred to as Prickly Poppies. There are about 32 species native to the Americas and Hawaii. The Argemone genus includes weed species of great importance in traditional medicine due to biological activities attributed to secondary metabolites, mainly alkaloids, distributed in all tissues of this species. .
The most known Argemone is A. Mexicana. Traditionally used in Mexico as pain killer and potent sedative. It does not contain opiates and the seeds are extremely toxic and must be eliminated from the herb before use.
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