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Effects:  Sedative, downer, more powerful than damiana

What it feels like: resin that smokes well, Unfortunately it smells like cannabis when smoked.

Pro: Cheap, alternative for cannabis, especially when an extraction is used

Best with: Alone

Benefits: Anti-anxiety, help for sleeping


Scullcap is also known as Scutellaria lateriflora, madweed, scute, scutellaria, or skullcap. It is a perennial herb that has its natural habitat in Northern America. It has ridged leaves and small flowers that range from white and pink to purple and blue. This herb grows well in a shady environment such as in thickets, rich woods and wet ditches. The parts of Scullcap that are above the ground are mostly used as a herbal medicine. Scullcap can easily be grown in your own backyard garden in moist soils. This is because it not only serves as a useful herb but its flowers will beautify you garden.


Scullcap is a very powerful medicinal herb. It has been used for thousands of years to treat various ailments. It was historically used by the Northern America Indians for relieving anxiety, insomnia, neuralgia, to reduce childbirth pain and as a recipe for treating rabies. In China, it was traditionally used to treat high blood pressure, cold, fevers, hypertension, headache, vomiting of blood, intestinal inflammation, expelling afterbirths among other conditions. It is still being used to date as a relief from these conditions.

In modern medicine it has been shown that the scullcap has the ability to inhibit viruses and bacteria, lower the level of blood pressure in the body (by dilating blood vessels) and lower fever. Scientific research has also shown that this plant is useful in treating many mental disorders. A wide range of nervous conditions such as epilepsy, hysteria, anxiety stress, withdrawal from tranquilisers and barbiturates etc. can be treated using the skullcap. This herb can also be infused to treat throat infections, headaches, coughing and to induce sleep. It is also used to promote menstruation. The scullcap is used in the treatment of addictions of harmful drugs such as alcohol, tobacco and cocaine among others.

Scullcap is available in the market in many dried forms. It is sold in the form of capsules, teas, tablets and tinctures.

Side effects

Just like any other drug scullcap should be taken with caution. Overdose of this herb causes confusion, stupor, twitching and giddiness. Make sure that you follow the advice from the experts. Overdose can cause damage to the liver because of germander. In fact if you are a victim of any liver problem it is recommended that you take this herb in very small amounts or not take it at all. Pregnant women should not use this herb because it can cause a miscarriage.

Clearly the scullcap has so much to offer to us. Since it is a direct product of nature, it has no side effects on us unless it is abused. Always take the correct amounts. This herb is a true gift of nature hence we should never hesitate to treat the numerous health problems that we encounter in our daily lives using it.

19 thoughts on “Scullcap”

  1. I see it is best when used alone. Is this because it can get cancelled out or cancel out other herbs or is it bad to use with other herbs? I ask because I’m looking to use this in a mix with mugwort, white sage and wild dagga. I plan on doing a mix like 35% mugwort 35% white sage 15% wild daga and 15% skullcap.

    I was wondering if this sounds like too much. I am lookin to make a mix to have a good spiritual connection. I plan to use this to meditate with.

  2. “Since it is a direct product of nature, it has no side effects on us unless it is abused.” Urm….. This is silly and dangerous thinking, a lot of the deadliest poisons known derive from all natural things including plants.

    1. Yes, a cigarette is reasonable, Scullcap might be a bit hard on the throat so you can start with a smaller quantity.

  3. I’m looking for options to slowly phase cannabis out because it’s just far to expensive to afford these days. A friend gave me a small pouch of Scullcap to try. I was curious about what you’d recommend for a smoking dosage.

  4. one thing,if scull cap is considered a benzo will I if taking a drug test and i take this “scullcap” will i drop positive for benzo?

  5. I love studying herbal medicine but haven’t looked much into smoking as a treatment yet. Thank you for sharing your knowledge on the uses and effects of smoking skullcap. I would be interested in seeing books, websites and studies you’re using for further reading. Some people really love smoking despite the potential health risks associated with smoke inhalation in general. If I could learn more about how to help them improve other aspects of their health by inhalation which they already enjoy, then I could help more people make their way to optimum health!

  6. Jacob Dougherty

    “The scullcap is used in the treatment of addictions of harmful drugs such as alcohol, tobacco, cannabis sativa and cocaine among others.”

    Viable medical and other scientific evidence proves that cannabis (sativa) is in fact not a “harmful drug”.

    1. It depends of what you are looking for:
      For a fast “high” -> smoking the plant or its extracts is what I’d recommend
      For it’s full medical benefits -> 2 droppersful of tincture in a cup of hot tea will be better for your health

      1. Sorry for all the questions alex hope you can forgive me . One last thing I ain’t really a smoker I am more of a Tincture guy. So will I still feel the same feelings in tinctures as smoking???

    2. In my experience tinctures effects can be felt quickly when administered under the tongue and held for at least 30 seconds, by topically applying a few drops to the affected area, or for general effects applied to the back of the neck, feet or hands. Topical or oral ingestion of tinctures can provide noticeable effects that will not hit as hard and may be drawn out longer than compared to other non-smoke inhalation methods. I haven’t smoked this herb specifically but have experienced fast, relatively longer lasting relief from using tinctures orally and topically compared to steam inhalation or diffusion. It depends on the person taking it what methods are better for them.

  7. Skullcap is considered a benzo, and thus should not be mixed with alcohol, other depressants or stimulants unless one wants to become ill

    1. Do you have any idea if there is risk of death by respiratory depression with any other depressants? Or is it too weak to do so?

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