Laudanum, also known as opium tincture or thebaic tincture is an alcoholic herbal preparation containing approximately 10% opium and 1% morphine. It is made by combining ethanol with opium latex or powder. Laudanum contains almost all of the opium alkaloids, including morphine and codeine. A potent narcotic by virtue of its high morphine concentration, laudanum was historically used to treat a variety of ailments, but its principal use was as an analgesic and antitussive.
Laudanum was a drug made from distillations of poppies and brandy. It was used to treat the crippling pain suffered by Southron Detinan General Bell during the Detinan Civil War. Laudanum is an effective painkiller but also has psychoactive affects upon a person taking it and is highly addictive. Bell's continued pain forced him to take laudanum until he became totally dependent on it. The result was that his once-astute military judgment severely deteriorated. Unfortunately for the Southron cause, this deterioration corresponded with his rise through the ranks of Geoffrey's armies to commander of the Army of Franklin.
Laudanum was a popular analgesic in the mid-19th century. When William Legrand visited Vankirk to have his bicuspid extracted, he came prepared with a bottle of laudanum which he used when the effects of the chloroform began to wear off.