Papaver somniferum is the only poppy plant which produces Opium. It came from an amazing Mediterranean wild strain named Papaver setigerum. Opium is the stuff inside the poppy plants “seed pod”. Once you score it (slice it open with a knive) it will start to ooze out and when the liquid mixed with the oxygen in the air, it turns to a brownish hue. It is clear in color when it is inside its seed pod and is the magical analgesic liquid that contains morphine, codeine, noscapine, and papaverine. Thebaine is another compound found inside which has no analgesic effects. It is synthesized to make Vicodin and Oxydodone, NeoOxy and Percocet (Percodan), a pain killer without knocking you out or putting you under. But nothing kills pain and lifts your spirits quite like a ball of raw opium. It contains many other compounds that affects the way Opium relieves pain. Many U.S. soldiers have been helped to treat pain after gun shot wounds in battle and have been treated by the local mountain tribes with raw opium, and they all state that it performs a better job in great measures compared to synthetically produced opiates they received at the hospital.