Corn Poppy

Reviewed on 6/11/2021
Other Name(s):

Amapola, Copperose, Coquelicot, Corn Rose, Cup-Puppy, Grand Coquelicot, Headache, Headwark, Lalpost, Papaver rhoeas, Pavot Coquelicot, Pavot des Moissons, Pavot Rouge, Ponceau, Rakta Posta, Rakta-Posta, Rakta Khakasa, Red Poppy, Rhoeados Flos.


Corn poppy is an herb. People use the dried flower to make medicine.

Corn poppy is used for breathing problems, cough, disturbed sleep, and pain.

In foods, corn poppy is an ingredient in some “metabolic” teas.

How does it work?

There isn't enough information available to know how corn poppy works.


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Uses & Effectiveness

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Breathing problems.
  • Disturbed sleep.
  • Pain.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of corn poppy for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).

Side Effects

Dried corn poppy flowers are POSSIBLY SAFE for most adults to take by mouth as a medicine.


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Special Precautions & Warnings

Children: The FRESH leaves and blossoms are POSSIBLY UNSAFE for use in children. They might cause side effects such as vomiting and stomach pain when eaten.

There isn't enough information to know if DRIED corn poppy flowers are safe for children to use. It's best to avoid use.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking corn poppy flowers if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.


Sedative medications (CNS depressants)Interaction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination.Talk with your health provider.

Corn poppy leaf extract might cause sleepiness and drowsiness. Medications that cause sleepiness are called sedatives. Taking corn poppy leaf extract along with sedative medications might cause too much sleepiness.

Some sedative medications include clonazepam (Klonopin), lorazepam (Ativan), phenobarbital (Donnatal), zolpidem (Ambien), and others.


The appropriate dose of corn poppy depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for corn poppy. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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