while back our friends at Azarius.net send over a package of smartshop products to sample. This review is about the Herb of the Gods Hops extract you can find in their online shop.
Truth be told, when I opened the package I had no idea what it was. Of course I had heard about hops before, but never used in this way. According to the summary at the Azarius website:
Hops (Humulus lupulus) is a plant with a stout root, heart-shaped leaves and cone-like flowers. Romans ate the young shoots in the spring in the same way we do asparagus. Hops was first used by breweries in the Netherlands in the early fourteenth century. Hops has been used traditionally for nervous disorders.
The therapeutic use of hops in Europe dates back to at least the ninth century. Before that it was used in making beers and breads, and also as a salad vegetable (DeLyser and Kasper, 1994).
In Germany, Hops is licensed as a standard medicinal tea, and about 70 prepared sedative medicines contain hops extract. In Germany and the United States, Hops infusions, tinctures, and dry extracts are used in sedative preparations for anxiety and unrest (Leung and Foster, 1996; Wichtl and Bisset, 1994).
Hops can be used for for mood disturbances such as restlessness and anxiety as well as sleep disturbances.
The British Herbal Compendium indicated its use for excitability, restlessness, disorders of sleep, and lack of appetite (Bradley, 1992). The German Standard License for Hops tea infusion indicates its use for disturbed states such as restlessness and disorders of sleep (Braun et al., 1997).
Take one drop about an hour before the desired effect. The dosage may be increased and combined with other calming herbs such as Valerian and/or Passionflower.
Oleoresin Lupulinae (liquid resin – CO2 extract)
And so it took a while before I gave this a first try. Mostly because I saw potential in it as a sleep remedy, when my regular herbs wouldn’t suffice. I tried it myself, as well as some close friends who were going through restlessness and needed sleep.
To me, the thing about smartshop products like this one, is to figure out whether it works or not. Or if it’s just a placebo.
it did the job where a heavy indica strain or hasj couldn’t
Now whether or not it’s a placebo, I’ve actually found the Hops extract work like a charm. Not only for myself, it’s too the feedback I’ve been getting from my friends.
Over the last week, I used it twice about 45 minutes before I went to bed. Ensuring to enclose it in a spoon of yogurt (the hops extract is really gross on it’s own), it did the job where a heavy indica strain or hasj couldn’t. Whereas at first my heart was racing from excitement of things to come, about an hour later I found myself asleep. I recommend doing your before bed ritual just after you take the extract and read a book until you notice you’re at rest and can go to sleep.
And that’s something I appreciate knowing. If cannabis isn’t sufficient, this hops extract will put me to sleep.
Like to try it yourself? You can order a 10ml bottle online for €7,95.