Bluish Dogbane herb
June 4 2016

Apocynum iscommonly known as dogbane and Indian hemp. Apocynum cannabinum was used as a source of fiber by Native Americans and is used as an herbal tea in China. Dogbane contains cymarin, a cardiotonic agent used to treat cardiac arrhythmia in humans.

What is in it?
Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis 2015. Application of mixed cloud point extraction for the analysis of six flavonoids in Apocynum venetum leaf samples by high performance liquid chromatography. A simple, inexpensive and efficient method based on the mixed cloud point extraction combined with high performance liquid chromatography was developed for the simultaneous separation and determination of six flavonoids (rutin, hyperoside, quercetin-3-O-sophoroside, isoquercitrin, astragalin and quercetin) in Apocynum venetum leaf samples.

Emails received
I'm a student at New York University. I'm working on a paper for class about the tobacco companies' attempts to market a medicinal cigarette. One such attempt involved putting bluish dogbane herb into cigarettes. This was supposed to reduce bronchitis symptoms and lower blood pressure. Is this at all possible based on the characteristics of bluish dogbane? Would placing medicine in a cigarette make sense for those who are so addicted to cigarettes that they can not quit? Was it beneficial to people that the companies passed on the idea?
   A. We have not yet looked into the benefit or side effects of bluish dogbane.