Laudanum

Did you know that…..

The Laudanum was widely used in Europe during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries as an analgesic ?

The Laudanum was a tincture of opium that it was taken orally to relieve pain. It composition was opium, alcohol or any other alcoholic beverages such as wine, spices such as saffron and cinnamon, and products as curious as honey or licorice.

The Laudanum was also prescribed for what we know today as Panic Attack.

The use of Laudanum was so widespread that there was many historical figures who became addicted to laudanum, as King George IV of England and the poet Thomas de Quincey.

In 1912 some countries signed a covention in Holland called the “Hague Convention” regulating the use of opium and its derivatives.

Recall that opium is smoked in China for centuries, and Hesiod tells us (eighth century BC) in his book “Theogony” that opium poppy was cultivated in ancient Greece also.

 

(Edited by María Moya Guirao, M.D.)

 

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