Chamomile is an ancient medicinal herb. Chamomile has been used for centuries as an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and mild astringent. Egyptian Hieroglyphic records show that chamomile was used for at least 2,000 years. Even modern studies in preclinical models have shown chamomile to work as an anticonvulsant (1). These anticonvulsant effects may work similarly to the cannabinoid known as Cannabidiol (CBD). Chamomile can bind to GABA receptors in the brain which might be responsible for this sedative effect (2).
For those who suffer from insomnia, neurological disorders, and even PTSD induced anxiety, pairing chamomile with cannabis may produce a synergistic effect (3). This effect may be stronger when strains high in CBD or CBG are used, as these strains tend to increase feelings of body sedation and mental relaxation. Next time you are thinking of medicating with Cannatonic, S.A.G.E. #21, or Kush X, why not pair it with a cup of chamomile tea? The results may be pleasantly surprising.
Originally Featured in Breakwater Treatment and Wellness July 2017 Newsletter
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2. Avallone R, Zanoli P, Corsi L, Cannazza G, Baraldi M. Benzodiazepine compounds and GABA in flower heads of matricaria chamomilla. Phytotherapy Res. 1996;10:177–179.
3. Shinomiya K, Inoue T, Utsu Y, Tokunaga S, Masuoka T, Ohmori A, Kamei C. Hypnotic activities of chamomile and passiflora extracts in sleep-disturbed rats. Biol Pharm Bull. 2005;28:808–810.