3.4.4 Chamomile

Chamomile #

Binomial / Botanical Name Chamaemelum Nobile; Matricaria Chamomilla
Street Names Chamomile
Major Active Compound Apigenin (Unconfirmed)
Indigenous Source Europe; Africa; Asia
Form Dried Flowers
RoA Oral
Personal Rating On Shulgin Scale -


I’ve used everything from supermarket tea bags to tea pigs to raw chamomile flowers. Indeed, even though I didn’t really like the taste much (it was bland and relatively boring), I used to drink it regularly during the evenings simply to avoid caffeine. Unfortunately, in terms of psychoactively, I might as well have been drinking hot water. Despite my best endeavours I never got anything from it.

However, there are so many claims that it sedates or relaxes I can only assume that either it is just not for me personally or that it is somehow extraordinarily subtle or temperamental. Either way, I gave up on it a long time ago.

Note that despite this and perhaps surprisingly, Wikipedia states that it “has the potential to cause adverse interactions with numerous herbal products and prescription drugs”. A number of other side effects are also reported.