Hops have become famous for the role they play in beer. The unique "hoppy" flavour is loved across the world. The female flowers of the hops plant have a characteristic resin, similar to cannabis. High in the terpene myrecene, hops has a wide range of medicinal attributes in the same chemicals that give its flavour.
Medicinally, hops is used as a sedative, nuscle relaxant, and estrogenic. Myrecene, and other phytochemicals help to promote parasympathetic nervous system dominance to combat states of high stress and insomnia.
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Main Herbal Actions:
- Bitter tonic
- Nervine Relaxant
The classic use for hops is in beer making. It is one of the main ingredients int he beverage, and is responsible for beers unique flavor.
Medicinally, hops is used for nervous conditions for its ability to relax the mind, and initiate sleep. It is hypnotic, and anxiolytic, making it useful for anxiety, especially when it is affecting sleep.
Hops also have estrogenic qualities, making them useful for treating symptoms of menopause or other female complaints linked to low estrogen.
Strobile (Female flowers), resin
Hops is native to Great Britain, but is now cultivated across the world for their use in beer making.
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Constituents of Interest
- Wild hops
Hops is a member of the cannabis family, with the most noteable member being the marijuana plant. There are about 11 genera in this family, with 170 different species. Most of the plants in this family have few common characteristics, but share a common ancestor. The hops plant is similar to the marijuana plant, however, in that they both have psychoactive constituents in the resin of the female flowers.
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Clinical Applications Of Hops:
Hops is a reliable sedative for decreasing SNS dominance in both an acutely stressed, and chronically stressed individual. It's useful for anxiety, muscle spasms, and insomnia.
The estrogenic effects of hops makes it useful for some cases of PMS, abnormal uterine bleeding, and menopause.
Caution advised when using hops with depression. Recommended to avoid this combination due to the sedating effects of hops.