Common Names: Acrid Lettuce, Bitter Lettuce, German Lactucarium, Green Endive, Lactuca Virosa, Lactucarium, Laitue Amere, Laitue a Opium, Laitue Sauvage, Laitue Scariole, Laitue Serriole, Laitue Vireuse, Lechuga Silvestre, Lettuce Opium, Poison Lettuce
Scientific Name: Latuca Canadensis
Common Uses: Whooping cough, asthma, Urinary tract problems, cough, “Hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis), trouble sleeping (insomnia), restlessness, painful menstrual periods, sexual disorders,muscle and joint pain. Kills germs, when latex is applied to the skin.
*Warning: Do not drive or operate machinery, may cause drowsiness.Excessive doses may causeinsomnia or increased sexual drive.May cause dermatitis or internal poisoning. to ragweed and related plants: Wild lettuce may cause an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to the Asteraceae/Compositae family. Members of this family include ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, daisies, and many others. If you have allergies, be sure to check with your healthcare provider before taking wild lettuce.
Origin: Waste places in the United States. Originally from Europe.