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do, lettuce

I knew that the ancient Egyptians considered lettuce to be an aphrodisiac—I even mentioned it in an Osiris/Set fic once—but I always assumed that it was one of those wacky things with no physical basis whatever which are so common in ancient medicine.

Then I learned from the latest episode of Q.I. (series L, episode 15, "Long-Lost") that wild lettuce contains psychotropic chemicals that have been bred out of domesticated lettuces, and decided that we have been going about trying to get people to eat more salad the wrong way all along.

I mean, sure, they say the psychotropic lettuce is more bitter than regular lettuces, but those already aren't particularly sweet and I would never eat them by themselves, whereas I think I would be more likely to eat a salad if it promised me "mild hypnotic or sedative effects which are often described as being similar to those of opium," and I don't think that I'm alone in this.

Perhaps this is what those women alone with salad have been laughing about all along.

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I don't get the "woman laughing with salad" meme. Oh well.

A bitter greens salad with a lemon vinagrette and salt sounds great, ESPECIALLY if it also promises opium-like effects. At the very least, opium-like effects in SALAD would help solve the quandary of opium-induced constipation.
They're all stock photos. I realize that this isn't so much an explanation as an explanation of why there can be no explanation. I'm not sure everyone involved in producing stock photos has actually met a human before.

That sounds delicious. I wonder how hard it is to grow wild lettuce? It can't require too much coddling if it grows wild.
Dandelions are basically a wild lettuce. So yeah, provided more invasive weeds (like dandelions) don't crowd them out first, they should be an easy crop.
Apparently wild lettuce is also a galactogogue, so I recommend post-partum salads for all new mothers. Pain management, gut management, and milk management all on one bitter plate!