Yeah, yeah, I know. Willow bark. I’m talking about the stuff in my medicine cabinet. Are there actually huge willow farms out there where the bark is harvested to make aspirin? Or can the chemical be synthesized on its own?
If that question proves too easy to answer, how about other OTC pain relievers like ibuprofen or tylenol? Where the heck do they come from?
And suppose I’m walking through the forest, trying to work off a serious hangover, when I spy a willow tree. Approximately how much of the bark would I need to consume in order to get an active dose (let’s say 500 mg)?