British opium poppies
In the nineteenth century opium poppies used to be grown in Surrey, Britain as a source of medicine.
Grow opium poppies
Opium poppies grow well in the British climate - why not try it? Most seed companies in Britain stock opium poppy seed, and the poppies should even grow from poppy seeds sold for cooking, though they may not have such attractive coloured flowers.
India is the only country that alows the legal production of raw opium on a large scale for export. Cultivation in India is confined to a few regions. Opium is harvested by making a cut in fruit capsules and collecting the milky sap that oozes from it.
The pain-relief medicine codeine is derived from opium poppies.