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The Psychoactive Effects of Tarragon Oil
Tarragon oil (Artemisia dracunculus, also sometimes called Estragon) is a psychoactive oil that sometimes contains up to 90% methyl chavicol (estragole) depending on the location and chemotype of the tarragon. French Tarragon and German Tarragon are high in methyl chavicol.
Terragon’s psychoactive effects are nearly identical to those of sweet basil oil (the methyl chavicol chemotype). Both of these oils contain methyl chavicol as the main active oil.
I have not tried tarragon oil, but have tried sweet basil oil of the methyl chavicol chemotype. The effects I got were mild sedation, euphoria, and mild psychedelic visual effects which are all attributed to methyl chavicol. More details on basil oil’s psychoactive effects are found in the Basil Oil thread.
There are a few chemotypes of tarragon that contain little or no methyl chavicol. Russian Tarragon contains about 50% sabinene, 30% methyl eugenol, and 30% elemicin, and no methyl chavicol. It contains more elemicin than nutmeg oil and elemi oil combined! This is one oil I would love to get hold of. I can’t find it though.