Armenian Inebriating Tea, Lagochilus inebrians cabulicus.
This particular Lagochilus subspecies is from Armenia. Sub species are commonly used to recognize the existence of regional variants of a species; that is some degree of morphological differentiation (not as great as that between species) accompanies geographic (or ecological, or temporal) separation from other subspecies. Like all flora and fauna, the same species, has some slight specific differences in morphology, within it’s natural habitat; being found from Georgia in the Caucasian mountain range to Afghanistan in Central Asia.
All the phytochemical constituents & pharmacological actions remain identical.
We are very privileged to have been able to collect such FRESH Lagochilus material when the plant is in full bloom between June & August. This is when the plants produce the highest levels of Lagochilin and for anyone wanting to experience and utilize this plant at it’s “best” there is no other material like this. The photo speaks for itself and this is what you will get, complete fresh Lagochilus buds!!!
Dried leaves and flowers are boiled with sugar and honey to make a tea. Sometimes mixed with stems, fruits or toasted leaves. Honey and sugar are often added to reduce their bitterness. Drying and storage increase their aromatic fragrance.
Lagochilus inebrians cabulicus benth has been used since ancient times, for its intoxicating and sedative properties by Armenian, Tajik, Tatar, Turkoman and Uzbek tribesman and Shamans. It has also been used for it’s other medical, therapeutic effects in controlling hemorrhage, Anti-epileptic and anti-infective effects etc. A crystalline compound isolated from the plant and named lagochiline and thought at first to be an alkaloid was isolated in 1945 but more recent studies, in 1957, showed that it was a polyhydric alcohol, present up to 3 % of the dried plant material, has proved to be aditerpene. Maximum quantities of lagochilinus accumulate in plants is in the phase of flowering and during fruit production (May- July). Whether or not it produces the psychoactive effects of the whole plant is unknown. The versatile pharmacological effects of Lagochilus inebrians/cabulicus benth, have led to its being adopted officially in the 8th edition of the Russian Pharmacopoeia. It is employed as an infusion or tincture as an antihemorrhagic for its hemostatic effects, to reduce permeability of blood vessels and aid in coagulation of the blood. It has also been recommended for use in treating certain allergies, glaucoma, and skin diseases, and has been reported to be valuable for nervous disorders as a hypotensive, anti-spasmodic and sedative. Its properties as a sedative are due possibly to the same constituents responsible for the central nervous activity basic to the folk use of the plant as a narcotic. A tea of the toasted leaves, occasionally mixed with stems, fruiting tops and the white flowers, is prepared, with honey or sugar to lessen the intensely bitter taste of the plant.
Despite the name "inebrians," it seems that it is more of a sedative than an inebriant. The plant has hypotensive properties (i.e. it lowers blood pressure). This makes it useful for various medical conditions and procedures, but it also means that it could be dangerous for people with hypotension. Many pharmacological properties are ascribed to this plant. Effects like: reduces tension or anxiety, sedative, intoxicant and mild hallucinogenic are often reported.
Extracts and tinctures made of flowers and leaves accelerate blood coagulation. They have also sedative effect. In an experiment the Lagochilus preparation strengthen processes of internal neural braking and relieve a state of neurosis. A preparation of Lagochilus gives a strong excitation and state of well being. It renders antiepileptic action if used after strychnine, caffeine, corazole and camphor injections. It increases gastric secretions and increases digestive power. Lagochilus tincture has marked spasmolitic action when induced with carbochiline. Preliminary administration of Lagochilus tincture prevents spastic reduction of intestines caused by carbocholine.
Studies on Lagochilus tinctures/infusion has proven to be beneficial in countering Anaphylactic shock and prevents the recurrence of anaphylaxis shock, when administered for the second time.
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