Did you know that Hops is actually related to Marijuana? This would explain why when sipping beers like Heiniken and Grolsch, there is a hint of Cannabis flavor that can be detected and enjoyed. The two herbs share more than flavor, blood, and aroma. They also have some identical pharmacological properties. Like Ganjah, Hops too consist of the flowering tops of a female plant, only it's the Humulus lupulus species in this case.
I think it would be very interesting to see Hops and Cannabis used together in an infusion, and later in the article I will get more into that. First, let's look at the scientific research into Hops as a 'herbal medicine'. Aside from its use in the production of beer, it also has a history in medicine. It has anti-bacterial properties, anti-anxiety properties, relieves restlessness and is beneficial for insomnia, according to research. It's ideal for use in dream infusions and other Shamanic brews.
Hops is also being researched for hormone replacement therapy, and for use in relieving symptoms associated with menstruation. The herb has also been used as an aphrodisiac for men. Aphrodisiacs are drugs, plants, or medicines that act as sexual stimulants, or enhance sexual pleasure and stamina. In ancient times it was also utilized as a pain reliever. I think it goes great with Maca, Ginseng, and Cowage for use as an aphrodisiac. For pain, I find it Amazing when combined with Kratom, and other people tell me it's great with Indica strains of Cannabis.
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Plants have been used as medicine for centuries, with great success too. Many people wonder how a plant could possibly work as a medicine, and find the concept of natural medicine to be nothing more than absurd. What these individuals don't know is that plants like Hops do produce compounds with pharmacological value, and this has been well known and documented for a long time now. Even Aspirin comes from a plant, specifically the bark of the White Willow tree. Please take the time to browse the academic journals out there before buying into the lie that 'there's no scientific eviedence to support the use of medicinal plants'
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Dimethylvinyl carbinol is the name of a chemical produced by hops that is believed to be responsible for its sedative qualities. Other constituents produced by the plant are humulone, isohumulone, humulene, natural phenols such as xanthohumol, isoxanthohumol, and an estrogenic phytoestrogen known as 8-prenylnaringenin. It contains asparagin, a chemical with diuretic qualities. Finally, lupulone; lupulin, are two other constituents found in Hops with a mild sedative/hypnotic effect.
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I'm a bit random on this blog so.. I wanted to quickly share a dream infusion of mine that uses Hops.. All of the ingredients are legal except the main one.. One day when I retire to Colorado, I will make this with the special ingredient included! Make sure to do your homework before mixing random plants on your own! Not all combinations are safe because of MAOI's and SSRI's, etc.
The mixture includes: Cannabis ( leaves, roots, seeds, stems, flowers, both male and female plant material ), Hops, Echinacea, Goldenseal, Pau'darco, Yucca Root, Passion Flower ( Or Ayahuasca Vine in small amounts ) Imagine all of this made into a potent tincture using Everclear! This infusion focuses on two aspects of healing: psychological, and physiological. I imagine the synergy of the two plant siblings would be incredible coupled with the cleansing potential of the other ingredients! Not to mention that Hops alone has been recently studied for potential anti-cancer and anti-viral effects!
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