Passion Flower



Passiflora incarnata commonly referred to “passion flower” is a native plant in the southern parts of America though currently it is grown throughout Europe.

The plant is classified as a vine with climbing properties, it is made up of herbaceous shoots, a sturdy wooden stem which may grow to up to thirty two feet above the ground, and flowers each composed of five white petals and five sepals, these flowers may either be blue or magenta in color. All the parts of the passionflower above the ground can be used as medicine.

This flower was traditionally used a calming herb for seizures, hysteria and anxiety, today it is still used as a remedy for anxiety and insomnia among other conditions this is because it increases the concentration of a chemical referred to as gamma amino butyric acid in the brain which lowers the activity of some cells in the brain hence giving a person the feeling of relaxation.


Passion flower was discovered in 1569 by a group of Spanish explores in Peru, and named it like so since it resembled the crown of thorns placed on Jesus head during the time of his crucifixion, and so they believed that this was a symbol of his passion and an indication of approval for their exploitation. In combination with other herbs it was used as sedative to promote relaxation and calmness, some kinds of passion fruits were also eaten when ripe.
Later in America, passion flower became approved as a sedative and sleep aid sold over the counter but since its effectiveness and safety failed to be proved, it was taken off the market in 1978.

Medicinal Benefits

Passion flower has a number of medical uses, this include; treatment of insomnia, anxiety, epilepsy, restlessness, gastrointestinal upset related to anxiety or nervousness, relief of symptoms associated with withdrawal of narcotic drugs, symptoms related to menopause, hypertension, palpitations, attention deficit- hyperactivity disorder, fibromyalgia and excitability.
Passion flower is also used together with other formulas to reduce pain associated with muscle turmoil and muscle tension, hemorrhoids, and inflammation of the skin since on its less effective in pain relief on its own. Passion flower is non-addictive compared to other sedative drugs.

Methods of use

Fresh or dried leaves of passion flower may be used to make tea where a teaspoon of dried herb should be boiled in a cup of water for approximately 10 minutes, then taken according to the indication e.g. drink one cup before going to bed for insomnia, The dried leaves can also be smoked and this brings a feeling of relaxation, and may reduce headaches. Other modes of use are through liquid extracts, infusions and tinctures. Passion flower extracts can be added to food and other beverages to add flavor.


Passion flowers has a number of effects beneficial to the user (as stated above). Three to four cups of passion flower tea a day considerably reduce anxiety, a combination of this herb with other drugs bring relief for pain and other conditions. Smoking the herb produce an effect of relaxation.

A combination of passion flower with clonide work best to relieve tremors and nausea.

Side effects

Passion flower may lead to some side effects like irregular muscle action, dizziness, altered consciousness, nausea, rapid heart rate, vomiting and inflamed blood vessels in few patients but it is relatively safe in recommended doses. It should not be taken during pregnancy and breastfeeding

In the united states the use of passion flower is uncontrolled, hence cultivation, possession, distribution and buying of the plant and its extracts is legal without a license or prescription.

12 thoughts on “Passion Flower”

  1. This didn’t have much effect on me apart from sweetening the flavor of my bowl. It’s a nice flavor enhancer, but I felt no other effects.

  2. Passion flowers combos very well with cannabis, making it’s high both more potent and calmer (as it works as a GABAergic and weak MAOI). I personally found its smoke very harsh, but as you get used to it its tolerable.

  3. Passion flower hasn’t done much for me. It has a sweet taste and goes down well. It’s pleasant to smoke, but has not effects on me even when I smoke a full pipe of it.

  4. I have anxiety, depression, ibs, colitis, gerd, and chronic back pain. I can’t take medication because it makes me sick to my stomach and I got a cannabis card to try that and it upsets my stomach as well. What herbs can I smoke (or use in other ways, but I prefer to smoke) to help me?

    Also my best friend has chrons disease that’s really bad and she doesn’t have many options left is there anything that can help her as well?

    Thank you!

    1. I’ll do some research, maybe someone here will be able to assist me.
      At the top of my head, I know anxiety might be the cause of depression and chronic back pain.
      I believe cannabis is right for this, you might wanna try it as an herbal tea if it upsets your stomach.

      I’ll get back to you, thanks.

      About your friend:
      I know Gotu Kola is believed to have regenerative properties.
      Gotu Kola and Yarrow Flower are mentioned in this article on bowel disease.

    2. Try yoga therapy for most of the issues you are dealing with. I teach yoga therapy & got into it because of lower back issues from a car accident. It has helped me tremendously. I have also seen yoga therapy help people with a variety of issues. I hope this helps to point you in the right direction & I hope you find a good yoga therapist. Namaste.

    3. It seems that you and I are on the same track as far as ailments. I’m registered with the state (Florida) but all the dispensaries can offer is a little bit of something for a lot of money. So I go to my guy down the road who imports from Colorado. Cheaper than legal and much stronger. That’s what I need for relief.
      As for Crohn’s disease, my younger brother passed at the age of 45 due to complications with his disease. Since there are no effective pain relievers on the market that can be had without needless and costly doctor visits in order to get a handful of real medicine, I have much sympathy for your friend. My only suggestion is pot. It can be delivered to the body in many ways so perhaps try a different route of ingestion. Best of luck.

    4. For the depression and anxiety i suggest either microdosing or macrodosing psychedelics such as LSD or Magic mushroom(psilocybin)

    1. Penn Herb is a very good website. Most stuff on the site here can be bought there cheaper than anywhere else I’ve found

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