There are higher chances that Odyssey encountered the holy lotus while travelling to Asia. As believed Odysseus and his followers overlooked the aim of their journey and thus, commentators advice that lotus eaters contribute in the opium poppy.
Seed pods have resemblance same as of the opium poppy. This can be noticed by anyone. 24 seeds are upheld by each pod. Such snacks are found to be tastier in Cambodia.
One of the important facts about lotus plant is its medicinal properties. Lotus plant consists of nuciferine and aporphine. These morphine-like elements prove that Lethe sleep might be stimulated if the plant is ingested. There is no objection that in order to reach home, Odysseus too so long.