Did you know that…..
At the beginning of the nineteenth century Friedrich Sertürner (1783-1841), a german pharmacist, isolated an active constituent from opium ?
Morphine is the name for that drug.
Others alkaloids derived from opium are Codeine and Papaverine.
Morphine, Codeine and Papaverine have in common too that they have important medical properties, for example the Codeine is active upon the cough centre, and the Morphine is a powerful analgesic.
(Edited by María Moya Guirao, M.D.)