2021 – Although related, opioids and opiates are not exactly the same thing. They are part of the same class of drugs, but there are some key differences in how they’re created and how they interact with your brain and body. Opiates are substances naturally derived from a poppy plant. Specifically, opiates come from opium, the white liquid extracted from the poppy plant, Papaver somniferum.
Opiates have been grown and processed for thousands of years for medicinal use. These naturally derived active molecules interact with opioid receptors in your brain, which results in pain relief and calming effects.