I'm sure you know you can buy poppy seeds at the grocery store in the spice selection, buy the organic brand, I tried them didn't really care for it , just made me feel kind of sick,
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Yes, I'm quite familiar with buying seeds in grocery stores. You have to know what you're looking for, though, because not all will work. Some have been too processed / washed, and they're useless. Once you find good seeds, though, you just add your required amount into an empty container, like a gallon-sized water jug, fill with water until the water covers the seeds by a couple of inches, then put the cap on and shake the hell out of it. Keep doing it for about 15 mins. or so, and when done siphon off the water. Poppy Seed Tea. Not nearly as good as Poppy Pod Tea, but it works in a pinch. It's all about the seeds, though. Also, if you do this, use cold water, as seeds have a lot of oil in them. If you use hot water, or even warm water and let it sit for a long time, the tea becomes oily. It's quite gross. So, just use cold water. This is a very useful trick if you're in w/d and can't get anything else. At the most it will get you high. At the least it will keep you well. IF you have good, viable seeds. Again, not all poppy seeds will work because they've been too washed / processed.
Grandnote: I'm not really wanting to order. It's not like I "need" to order or anything. This is just more of a curiosity, as I've not ordered pods in years and I'd like to know if there is still a decent pod scene. My guess would be yes, there's till a scene, but not like prior to '10.
I've thought about growing, but I've not. One of these days, though, I'm going to get up the nerve and buy some terra cotta pots, some bags of Miracle Grow, and some good seeds and just try to grow a couple plants.
I know that you can plant in spring, but everything I've read said that in order to get a decent sized pod, you really should plant in the fall, so the root systems can develop, and the plant sort of hibernates in the winter, then come spring, they will bolt like crazy. You don't have to do that, but it seems like people get bigger pods that way, as opposed to planting in early spring.
Fall planting = bigger pods; spring planting = smaller pods.
Granted, I've never talked to any farmers, just vendors, but I would guess it would be more risk for the farmers to sell "poppy straw / ground up pods and stems" as opposed to intact pods, because with the intact pods, they could say it's for floral arrangements, whereas with "straw" it's kind of known that it's for concentration of alkaloids. I know that "poppy straw" is a scheduled C-II, and while pods are technically scheduled as a C-II too, they are in somewhat of a grey area because you can use them for other, legal purposes, like in floral arrangements.