Review Erowid at
Help us be a "Top Rated Nonprofit" again this year and spread
honest info (good or bad) about psychedelics & other psychoactive drugs.
("Share Your Story" link. Needs quick login creation but no verification of contact info)
I Brewed It Strong
Lemon Balm
Citation:   Mr. Yukk. "I Brewed It Strong: An Experience with Lemon Balm (exp99198)". May 9, 2019.

24 oz oral Lemon Balm (tea)
I had heard that lemon balm could have a sedative/anxiolytic effect, and, such being one of my favorite classes of drug, picked two giant bundles from my garden (where it grows freely, and I had always enjoyed chewing the leaves or adding them to iced tea). I hung them to dry in the shed and then forgot about them for a few months.

When I rediscovered them, I decided to chuck one whole bundle (about the size of a basketball, though only tied at one end- stems and all, a few ounces at least) into a large pot and simmer with about a quart of water. As it softened I was able to smash all the plant matter down below the surface of the water. After an hour I removed the herbs and let the liquid cook down to about twenty-four ounces. The result was very dark, almost coffee-like.

The flavor was not bitter or unpleasant, but I mixed about five ounces with cola and it was much improved.

Being an experienced user of benzodiazepines (esp. alprazolam and etizolam) and other 'downers'/GABA agonists, I can safely say that there was a definite anxiolytic effect from this brew. I felt less annoyed and anxious about a stressful domestic situation within twenty minutes.
I felt less annoyed and anxious about a stressful domestic situation within twenty minutes.
I went bowling and felt quite loose and relaxed, even though we were on a lousy lane with sticky pins. I would compare the effect to a small dose (say, .5 mg) of alprazolam combined with a very small dose (say, one tiny puff) of marijuana, but much more clear-headed. They lasted about three hours.

Very positive experience in my opinion. I have four or so servings left at that dosage, but will try a bit less and then a bit more for a clearer overall picture.

Exp Year: 2013ExpID: 99198
Gender: Male 
Age at time of experience: 35
Published: May 9, 2019Views: 3,393
[ View PDF (to print) ] [ View LaTeX (for geeks) ] [ Swap Dark/Light ]
Lemon Balm (590) : Therapeutic Intent or Outcome (49), First Times (2), Various (28)

COPYRIGHTS: All reports copyright Erowid.
No AI Training use allowed without written permission.
TERMS OF USE: By accessing this page, you agree not to download, analyze, distill, reuse, digest, or feed into any AI-type system the report data without first contacting Erowid Center and receiving written permission.

Experience Reports are the writings and opinions of the authors who submit them. Some of the activities described are dangerous and/or illegal and none are recommended by Erowid Center.

Experience Vaults Index Full List of Substances Search Submit Report User Settings About Main Psychoactive Vaults