California Poppy Safety

You may not be able to take California poppy safely if you have liver disease, kidney disease, or certain allergies. California poppy safety precautions also include potential drug interactions and the safety of taking the supplement when pregnant or breastfeeding. It is also important to buy a product that is made by a reputable manufacturer. Being aware of warnings and precautions with California poppy before taking the supplement can help minimize risks and complications.

Is California Poppy Safe?

California poppy is an herbal supplement often used to treat anxiety, insomnia, depression, and numerous other conditions. It is also used recreationally for its mild euphoric effects. You may not be able to use California poppy safely if you have:
  • Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
  • Liver disease, such as liver failure, cirrhosis, or hepatitis
  • Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
  • Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
  • Breastfeeding.
You should also be sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medicines you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Specific California Poppy Warnings and Precautions

Some of the warnings and precautions to be aware of concerning the safety of California poppy include the following:
  • If you have kidney or liver disease, check with your healthcare provider before taking any medication or supplement, including California poppy. Many medications and supplements are removed from the body using the liver and kidneys.
  • California poppy supplements can interact with some medications (see California Poppy Drug Interactions for more information).
  • It is not known if California poppy is safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women (see California Poppy and Pregnancy and California Poppy and Breastfeeding).
  • If you decide to use supplements, what you see on the label may not reflect what is in the bottle. For example, some herbal supplements have been found to be contaminated with heavy metals or prescription drugs, and some have been found to have much more or much less of the featured ingredient than their label states. 
Therefore, make sure the manufacturer of your California poppy product is a trusted and reputable manufacturer. It is a good sign if a manufacturer abides by the rules of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) for drugs. It is also a good sign if a product has the United States Pharmacopoeia (USP) seal, which means that the product has been independently tested and shown to contain the correct ingredients in the amounts listed on the label. Your pharmacist is a good resource for information about which manufacturers are the most reputable.
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