Scullcap is a wonderful herb... and potent. A member of the mint family.
Although this old man doesnt have experience with Desert Scullcap, he does have much experience with plain ol' scullcap and Mad-Dog scullcap....Scutellaria lateriflora.... (which is supposed to be the strongest.... as far as I know).
Firstly: Tea is the way to go. A spoonfull or two should be dandy. Smoking this herb is.... strange.... the smoke burns the throat in a odd sort of way.
Secondly: The effects are relaxing, anti-anxiety (wonderfully so), and sedating.
Thirdly: This plant is SO nice to take when tripping. This old man had some Mad-Dog scullcap, drink some tea, and its like a weight off the shoulders, and in combo with LSD
it gave him some pleasant glowing visuals.
Fourthly: It is an excellent choice as an evening alternative to booze
. Especially night time. Although This old man has found that some weak scullcap tea in the morning has a way of making the day good. It works well has a type of "ADHD" medication... in the sense that it focuses the mind, quieting peripheral thoughts.
Fifthly: Be aware that there is a potential for liver toxicity if overused/abused. Listen to your body. This old man has never run into a problem with it though.
and a warning from LiveStrong: Do not use skullcap during pregnancy, or if you are taking benzodiazepines, antidepressants
This Old man is suprised that Scullcap isnt talk about more around these parts...