In this article, I’m going to teach you how to use passion flower for opiate withdrawal. However, I would first like to share with you my personal experience using this fascinating herb. Several years ago, I was working as a cook in New York, and I was heavily addicted to Oxycontin. I was basically spending every penny I made that was leftover from rent on pills, and every once in awhile I wouldn’t be able to afford opiates.
In those situations I would frantically text every person I thought might be able to loan me money. If I had money but my dealers were all out of opiates (that sucked), I would try to find someone that would sell me benzos such as Valium, Xanax, Klonopin or Ativan.
One day after work, I started going into the first phase of opiate withdrawal (minor symptoms), and nobody I knew had any opiates…or benzos!
I was freaking out, but then I remembered that my mom (she’s an herbalist) sent me a ton of herbs from California to make tea with. I looked through the box she had sent me and found a big bag of passion flower. At that point I remembered using passion flower for anxiety and insomnia after coming off an alcohol bender in my mid-twenties. I decided I was going to use the passion flower for opiate withdrawal anxiety, and I hoped that someone would text me back saying they had Oxycontin before the day was over.
Within minutes of drinking a strong sixteen ounce cup of passion flower tea, my anxiety was significantly reduced.
I also felt some minor mood-enhancing effects, and my uneasy stomach was calmed due to using passion flower for opiate withdrawal.
The funny part of the story:
Literally ten minutes after I drank the passion flower tea my dealer texted me to come over to his house because he had more Oxycontin for sale! I road my bike over to his house about as fast as lightening.
Note: My addiction continued, but not before experiencing the plentiful benefits of using passion flower for opiate withdrawal.
Passion Flower for Opiate Withdrawal Symptoms
Passion Flower is a beautiful flowering plant that has a long history of use among Native Americans in North America and European colonists. Throughout history as well as the present day, passion flower has been used to treat a number of health conditions. Presently there are around 14 conditions passion flower has been used for, but for the purposes of this article, I will concentrate solely on how it can help ease opiate withdrawal symptoms.
Passion flower has been shown to be helpful for:
- Gastrointestinal (GI) upset due to narcotic drug withdrawal
- Opiate withdrawal
- Nervousness and excitability
- High blood pressure
- Pain relief
Note: Passion flower can effectively treat depression during opiate withdrawal.
Passion flower contains the monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors harmaline and harmine. Passion flower also contains several flavanoids that are MAO inhibitors, including apigenin, kaempferol and quercetin. MAOs are enzymes that break down neurotransmitters and stop their messaging activity.
Thus, taking passion flower for opiate withdrawal can result in an abundance of the following mood-boosting chemicals in the brain:
- Serotonin – Makes you feel emotionally relaxed.
- Norepinephrine – Increases energy, fights fatigue, fights depression, helps the body respond to stress.
- Epinephrine – Increases energy, fights fatigue, fights depression, helps the body respond to stress.
- Dopamine – Responsible for feelings of pleasure and enjoyment in life.
Note: MAO inhibitor medications used to be commonly prescribed to treat depression. Do to their dangerous reactions with certain foods, they have been largely replaced by other types of antidepressants. Taking passion flower for opiate withdrawal depression is much safer because it can inhibit MAO enzymes without the unpleasant side effects of antidepressants.
Passion flower can also effectively treat anxiety and insomnia during opiate withdrawal.
Passion flower increases brain levels of gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA). GABA is an inhibitory neurotransmitter that acts as a “mental relaxant”. Anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) medications in the benzodiazepine class (Valium, Ativan, Xanax, Klonopin, Librium, etc.) work directly on the brain’s GABA receptors.
This can lead to the following effects:
- Reduces anxiety
- Muscle relaxant
- Helps one to fall and stay asleep
Note: These medications can be very beneficial for opiate withdrawal, however, do to their high potential for addiction, they should only be used for 3-4 days to ease the worst of the withdrawal symptoms. Also, I know it can be difficult to obtain benzos during opiate withdrawal. Fortunately, passion flower can be used as a natural alternative for treating anxiety and insomnia.
Passion Flower for Opiate Withdrawal Study
Clonidine is currently the most widely prescribed medication in the treatment of opiate withdrawal.
In a study from 2001, 65 opiate abusers were assigned randomly to two treatment groups:
- Clonidine tablet plus placebo group.
- Clonidine table plus passion flower extract group.
- The fixed daily dose was 60 drops of passion flower extract.
- A maximum daily dose of 0.8 mg of clonidine could be administered in three divided doses.
- The two groups were studied for 14 days.
- Both protocols were equally effective in treating the physical symptoms of withdrawal.
- Researchers observed that the passion flower + clonidine group showed a significant superiority over clonidine alone in the management of mental symptoms.
How to Use Passion Flower for Opiate Withdrawal
There are many ways to use passion flower for opiate withdrawal, including: capsules of dried herb, infusions, teas, liquid extracts and tinctures. The study mentioned above used a total daily dose of 60 drops of passion flower extract.
The most powerful way to take an herbal extract is in alcohol, which makes it a “tincture.”
To experience opiate withdrawal symptoms relief, all you have to do is buy a small bottle of passion flower tincture, squirt some drops into water or any other liquid (taking it straight tastes bad), and consume.
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How to Ease the Physical Withdrawal Symptoms
Passion flower can enhance mood and effectively reduce anxiety and insomnia during opiate withdrawal, but that still does nothing for the following physical symptoms:
- Sore and aching muscles and limbs
- Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)
Calm Support (Read review…) is a powerful opiate withdrawal formula that are specifically designed to ease both the mental and physical symptoms commonly experienced from detoxing off opiates. It contains strong concentrations of passion flower and other supplements to treat the mental.
- This product also contains a rich blend of powerful natural ingredients that may effectively reduce the physical opiate withdrawal symptoms.