Med. Prop. and Action. Very slightly narcotic. The amount of active ingredients is very small but uncertain. The petals in the form of syrup are chiefly used as a colouring agent.
Offic. Prep. Syrupus Rhados (Red Poppy Petals oz. xiij.; Refined Sugar lb. ij. 1/4; Distilled Water Oj. or q. s.; Rectified Spirit fl. oz. iiss. Prepared by adding the Petals gradually to the Water, heated in a water bath, and macerating for twelve hours; pressing out and straining the liquor, and dissolving in it the Sugar by means of heat. When nearly cold, the Spirit is added, and as much Water as shall make the product weigh 3 lbs. 10 oz. Sp. Gr. 1.330.
Dote, fl. drm. j. or more.