Herbal Cigarettes DIY : Smoking Passionflower
There is a lot to say about Passionflower, but did you know that Spanish explorers first learned about them from Native Peruvians. Europeans used it now to treat anxiety, restlessness, and agitation.
There are about 500 known species of Passionflower and studies also suggest that some of these species, for example Passiflora Incarnata, have medicinal benefits.
In this article, we will explore all that the Passionflower has to offer and how it can help you.
What Is Passionflower?
Passionflower is a climbing vine native to the southeastern United States, Central, and South America. This herb has been known to be traditionally used to treat anxiety. Some even use the Passionflower as a treatment for insomnia, stress, and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder.
How does Passionflower work?
Passionflower may produce a calming and sleep-inducing effect when ingested. It may also help to relax muscles. Many people to this day still use it to treat their anxiety and sleep disorders.
Benefits and Uses of Passionflower
Traditionally, Passionflower has been used for a number of ailments, ranging from anxiety to insomnia. There is no formal scientific data that Passionflower has any tangible benefit for the human body when smoked. However, here are some of the traditional uses and benefits of this herb if taken orally:
- May help to calm your mind: early studies were done on this herb and they suggest and it may help to relieve insomnia by boosting the levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid in the brain.
- May soothe your stomach: the Passiflora Foetida has been reported to be potentially helpful with stomach ulcers
- May help with opiate withdrawal: researches found that passionflower extract plus clonidine when used as a treatment for the withdrawal symptoms were as effective as clonidine plus placebo, which is the usual treatment for withdrawal.
A lot of people are now using this herb as a base in herbal smoking blends to help recreational smokers reduce or better control their consumption of their expensive herbs like in our Zen Blend, as well as an chemical-free and entirely natural alternative to tobacco.
Dosages of Passionflower
Although this is a natural product, the dosage still needs to be decided carefully, keeping in mind the conditions of the user, their age, and overall health history. None of the benefits of this herb in herbal smoking blends has been proven to contribute anything to the body, so these advantages are relative to ingesting the product in some form or another.
However, the most common dosage for natural Passionflower products is a 400mg capsule taken orally twice a day to help with anxiety or, 45 drops of passionflower extract.
Passionflower has also been used to reduce nervousness and anxiety before surgeries. It is suggested to take 20 drops of the flower’s extract.
As noted above Passionflower is truly a multifaceted herb with lots of great benefits! It is even used in the kitchen to add fragrance to many dishes.
This herb is also a great addition to herbal smoking blends. The calming properties of the Passionflower are sure to be of help to those who decide to use it as an alternative from the typical expensive herbs and tobacco.
As part of our herbal smoking blends, you may find that Damiana is right for you.
*This article is not to be interpreted as a statement of any form by Herbes Meo Marley Inc. but merely a compendium of information compiled from other sources. These statements have not been evaluated by Health Canada, FDA or any other regulatory body. Consult your doctor before ingesting or smoking any herbal product.*
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