3.4.17 Rhodiola

Rhodiola #

Binomial / Botanical Name Rhodiola Rosea
Street Names Golden Root; Rose Root; Aaron’s Rod; King’s Crown; Arctic Root
Major Active Compound Rosavin; Salidroside
Indigenous Source Europe; Asia; North America
Form Powdered Root
RoA Oral
Personal Rating On Shulgin Scale +*


Rhodiola Rosea has been used in traditional medicine to treat a variety of disorders, but primarily with respect to this book, anxiety and depression. Its root contains about 140 chemical compounds although contemporaneously rosavin is often extracted for these purposes.

I sampled this on the second day of a visit to Australia, whilst (as usual) I was suffering from significant jet lag. The packet was labelled Rhodiola 3, and 3% Rosavin, with Super Concentrate capitalized on the rear.

At about 1pm a colleague poured some of the powder into a gel cap. This wasn’t a measured dose, but given my condition and that I was feeling wretched my judgement was impaired and I consumed it anyway.

By 2pm I was experiencing a mild heady sedation, which wasn’t unpleasant. I was being driven down the M1 towards Brisbane, and it produced a generally relaxed blanket over the jet lag. At 3pm I noted the impression that if I was lying in a bed rather than sitting in a car this would have helped me to drop off. I generally felt sleepy and relaxed in a less jet-lagged and more positive sort of way.

Overall this was a mild but decent anxiolytic ride, which faded over the following hours.