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Get some weed?

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OK, we’re not talking about the plant most commonly associated with the term “weed”. It’s another weed altogether...
It’s known as goat weed, klamath weed, tipton weed, inola weed, hypericum, or Saint John’s wort. Its use dates back to the ancient Greeks. 
Claimed uses include kidney ailments, lung ailments, insomnia, wound healing, menopausal symptoms, attention deficit disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and depression. 
When it’s used, it’s as a dietary supplement in the form of teas, tablets, capsules, liquid extracts, and topical ointment. 
In Europe, Saint johns wort is used by millions of people. It also contains several biologically active compounds with two of these having the strongest affect: hypericin and hyperforin. 
Saint Johns Wort has been studied for its effectiveness in animals and human clinical trials. When taken alone, by those who are not on other medications, Saint John’s Wort has few side effects at it’s recommended dosages. 
Beware that St. John’s Wort can interfere with important medications. The side effects can be dangerous and weaken these medicines. 
It’s known to interfere with antidepressants, birth control pills, cyclosporine used in organ transplants, heart medication digoxin, some HIV and cancer drugs, and the blood thinner warfarin. 
Saint John’s Wort may also increase sensitivity to sunlight, anxiety, dry mouth, dizziness, gastrointestinal symptoms, fatigue, headache, or sexual dysfunction. 
But what about the evidence for St. John’s Wort effectiveness? For conditions such as ADHD, irritable bowel syndrome, smoking cessation… It’s not effective.
However, there is mixed evidence regarding the usefulness of St. John’s Wort and depression.