Humulus: Hops effects on the nervous system
by Paul Bergner
Medical Herbalism 6(1):13
Summary: Hop (Cannabidaceae)(Cannabaceae) extracts were administered to mice of equal weights and age at doses of 100mg, 250mg, or 500mg/kg 30 minutes before each test. Standard animal tests showed a sedative effect on motor activity, increased anticonvulsant activity, analgesia, enhanced sleep-inducement, and, at the highest dose, a significant fall in rectal temperature.
Commentary: Hops (Humulus lupulus) (Cannabidaceae)(Cannabaceae) has a well known reputation as a nervine. This research has reiterated what is well known, and added information about temperature reduction. It is no surprise that a relative of Cannabis would be used to relax the central nervous system.
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Humulus lupulus extract on the central nervous
system in mice. Planta