The flowers of the plant were thought to resemble the ‘skull cap’ helmets worn by European soldiers.
Interestingly enough, this herb has been used to treat anxiety, insomnia, and even hysteria. A native North American perennial herb of the Lamiaceae (mint) family (View our Skullcap IGTV). Cherokee used skullcap in ceremonies to mark the transition of girls to womanhood and smoked as tobacco to induce hallucinogenic visions.
Skullcap helps to enhance mood and reduce anxiety due to its active constituents baicalin and baicalein, which are known to bind to the benzodiazepine site of the GABAA receptor.
As a smoke, it enters the bloodstream more quickly and provides calming benefits similar to a sativa. Helps to rejuvenate the central nervous system when used also as a tea, vape or bath.