Originally Posted by Petri6
's opinion this in no way negates what the previous poster said. The seeds themselves do not contain alkaloids, but alkaloids end up in their outer coating when they are separated from the pods (as SWIM has understood, this separating is done by first crushing the pods with the seeds inside them).
Clearly this must be amisconception - i'd invite anyone with enough space to grow a few plants and who has good seed available to go ahead and try for themselves - grow them, wait for the seed to be ripe and carefully open up the pod from above with no chance of leaking sap into the seeds. Make seed tea and report back...
The way seed is industrially harvested and the moment it is harvested from poppy
pods widely varies from one producing area to the other - in many cases the producer will harvest seed and dry pods at the same time and there's as good as no sap in the pod anymore at that point. Since seeds are most often washed in a water bath and dried before being packaged for consumption (precisely because one doesn't want to sell opium
-sap covered seeds in a supermarket), there's as good as no chance that the eventual sap residue eventually coating the seeds remains on the seeds after the washing process, and certainly not in sufficient amounts to be responsible for the effects.
Also, seeds are passed through a sieve before wasing in industrial production, in order to remove other plant material. When sap comes into the seedpod, it will form a clump of seed and dried sap, which is pretty solid in my experience and way too big to pass the sieve anyway, and will most likely be discarded with the rest of the byproducts which will be thrown away or sold as gross raw material to pharma-companies for medicine production.
Furthermore, when harvesting pods for ornemental purposes, one can be certain that the seed will not be removed by crushing the pods.
Even when slicing the pods for opium manually, especially if it is done right, there's only very little chance to get sap on the seeds since one doesn't want to breach the inner skin of the pod and lose material.