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It's a summer flowering plant in the Papaveraceae family, which is native to Northern Africa, Macronesia, temperate zones in Western Asia and the Caucasus, as well as Europe.
The glaucine is the main alkaloid contained in the plant. He broncho-dilator and anti-inflammatory properties, acting as a phosphodiesterase inhibitor and calcium channel blocker. For these properties is sometimes used, mostly in the form of hydrochloride of glaucine, as a cough suppressant. Can have side effects such as sedation, fatigue, and can be a hallucinogen that can stimulate visual sensations particularly colorful. For this characteristic is sometimes used as a substance of abuse