There was a time when I knew quite a bit about the herb called the “yellow root” goldenseal. It had quite a reputation after all in my alma mater college town, home of Kent State University. It attended school there for a few years. Never graduated from there though. I was too busy partying hard and blossoming into a woman and screwing up to pay much attention to school.
I’ll tell you what though. I will NEVER have the kind of fun I had back in college ever again in my life. There is just a certain freedom, a certain mind set that you have at this exciting time in your life, and a sort of innocence and altruism that you can never quite get back to when you’re older.
I digress. Goldenseal had quite the reputation around town because it was often scouted for college kids who had to take a pee (urine) test and pass it for the drug cannabis – AKA blunt, aka pot, aka marijuana.
Goldenseal has the reputation of cleansing out your system and helping remove the chemicals that would show up in your urine if you had smoked pot in the past 48 hours or so. Read some of our past stories about marijuana : Medical Marijuana Community Up in Arms
But there was always some doubt and controversy about how long ago the pot smoking had to be in order for the goldenseal to be effective in flushing the stuff out of your system. I’ll still never know – no one seemed to know for sure back then either. Back then, there was really no internet – not like it is today, that’s for sure, so all we had to rely on was word of mouth and the good sense of our fellow potheads.
There are other uses for goldenseal though. This root is often used to help cure the common cold faster and bone up the immune system as well. One of the reasons for this may be that if helps flush the system of toxins and so forth so much more quickly than it would normally flush from your body.
Goldenseal also has antiseptic and antibacterial properties as well. It can be used to clean sores, wounds, and some minor skin conditions. It is even used occasionally to treat cases of diarrhea in people.
So you see, goldenseal isn’t just the “pot flushing herb” any more. It has many other uses beyond the pre-urine test dash for safety!