Hemp Agrimony

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What other names is Hemp Agrimony known by?

Alpenkraut, Cañamazo, Cáñamo Acuático, Cannabine, Chanvre d'Eau, Chanvrin, Donnerkraut, Dostenkraut, Drachenkraut, Dutch Agrimony, Dutch Eupatoire Commune, Eupatoire des Arabes, Eupatoire d'Avicenne, Eupatoire Chanvrine, Eupatoire à Feuilles de Chanvre, Eupatorio, Eupatorium cannabinum, Gemeiner Wasswedost, Herbe de Sainte Cunégonde, Hirshklee, Holy Rope, Kunigundendraut, Leberkraut, Origan des Marais, St. John's Herb, Sweet Mandulin, Sweet-Smelling Trefoil, Thoroughwort, Wasshanf, Waterhemp, Water Maudlin.

What is Hemp Agrimony?

Hemp agrimony is an herb. The flowering parts of the plant are used to make medicine.

Despite serious safety concerns, hemp agrimony is used for liver and gallbladder disorders, colds, and fever.

Some people apply hemp agrimony directly to the skin for wounds and skin infections.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Liver disorders.
  • Gallbladder disorders.
  • Colds.
  • Fever.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of hemp agrimony for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).

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How does Hemp Agrimony work?

There isn't enough information available to know how hemp agrimony works.

Are there safety concerns?

There's a lot of concern about using hemp agrimony as medicine, because it contains chemicals called hepatotoxic pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs), which may block blood flow in the veins and cause liver damage. Hepatotoxic PAs might also cause cancer and birth defects. Hemp agrimony preparations that are not certified and labeled "hepatotoxic PA-free" are considered UNSAFE.

It's also UNSAFE to apply hemp agrimony to broken skin. The dangerous chemicals in hemp agrimony can be absorbed quickly through broken skin and can lead to dangerous body-wide toxicity. Steer clear of skin products that aren't certified and labeled "hepatotoxic PA-free."

There isn't enough information to know if it's safe to apply hemp agrimony to unbroken skin. It's best to avoid use.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It's UNSAFE to use hemp agrimony preparations that might contain hepatotoxic PAs during pregnancy. These products might cause birth defects and liver damage.

It's also UNSAFE to use hemp agrimony preparations that might contain hepatotoxic PAs if you are breast-feeding. These chemicals can pass into breast-milk and might harm the nursing infant.

It's not known whether products that are certified hepatotoxic PA-free are safe to use during pregnancy or breast-feeding. Stay in the safe side and avoid using any hemp agrimony preparation if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.

Allergy to ragweed and related plants: Hemp agrimony may cause an allergic reaction in people who are allergic to the Asteraceae/Compositae plant family. Members of this family include ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, daisies, and many others. If you have allergies, be sure to check with your healthcare provider before taking hemp agrimony.

Liver disease: There is concern that the hepatotoxic PAs in hemp agrimony might make liver disease worse.

Are there any interactions with medications?



Medications that increase break down of other medications by the liver (Cytochrome P450 3A4 [CYP3A4] inducers)
Interaction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination.
Talk with your health provider.

Hemp agrimony is broken down by the liver. Some chemicals that form when the liver breaks down hemp agrimony can be harmful. Medications that cause the liver to break down hemp agrimony might enhance the toxic effects of chemicals contained in hemp agrimony.

Some of these medicines include carbamazepine (Tegretol), phenobarbital, phenytoin (Dilantin), rifampin, rifabutin (Mycobutin), and others.

Dosing considerations for Hemp Agrimony.

The appropriate dose of hemp agrimony depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for hemp agrimony. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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Reviewed on 3/29/2011 12:35:40 PM

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