Latin name: Griffonia Simplicifolia.
Also know as: 5-hydroxytryptophan, serotonin precursor, Oxitriptan
The Griffonia Simplicifolia is a small shrub native to western Africa. The extract comes from this plant’s seeds and is commonly known as 5-HTP. 5-HTP is a compound which gets converted into serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is one of the principal neurotransmitters involved in happiness, anti-depression and sleep quality.
A typical dose of 5-HTP is in the range of 300-500 mg, taken either once daily or in divided doses. Lower doses may also be effective, although usually when paired with other substances. 5-HTP should not be taken with any neurological drug that has been prescribed for antidepressant or other cognitive purposes. This is most important for SSRI usage, wherein the combination with 5-HTP is potentially lethal.