You can buy California poppy from the on-line store at www.wyldeabouthealth.com . The California poppy on this website contains the dosage required for effective pain relief. The brand is EnteriPhyte. It is a concentrated extract and not a liquid. You will find the concentrated extract easier to take than taking a relatively large volume of a 70% ethanol-based tincture. The challenge is taking, in a single dose at night, 2 to 3 grams of the dried herb top. It is important to take the California poppy in a single dose to obtain a sufficient amount to block the pain. Taking smaller amounts over time will not help block the pain.
If you buy products from a naturopathic clinic, they can obtain the EnteriPhyte brand for you.
If you buy products from a health food store, ask for the CuraPhyte brand. You can also go to www.curaphyte.com to order the products.
If you buy products from a regular pharmacy, ask for the Vitalis brand. You can find this brand at www.wampole.ca .
If you are being treated by a physician, ask the physician to prescribe Pavosic. This brand is also available through pharmacists; it is sold behind-the-counter in pharmacies.
If you want a liquid California poppy, St. Francis Herb Farms has a quality product. You can order from the website www.stfrancisherbfarm.com . Keep in mind that you will need to take the equivalent of 2 to 3 grams of dried herb top in a single dose at night for the full benefits. Tinctures are usually made with non-dried plant material so you will need to adjust the amount accordingly. The supplier should be able to tell you the equivalent amount based on dried herb weight. It may require approximately 50% more product.
All the above brands (EnteriPhyte, CuraPhyte, Pavosic, and Vitalis) are based on dried herb top. These are concentrated extracts so a single capsule or tablet will contain the equivalent of between 2 or 3 grams of the dried herb top.
Response by Guy Chamberland M.Sc., Ph.D.