Article edited for scientific accuracy by Illuminate Labs Blog Editor Taylor Graber MD
Soul Drops is a company which makes “sacred plant elixirs” with “loving shamanic energy”. Right off the bat this doesn’t sound very believable or scientific.
In this article we’ll review Soul Drops products, explain some dosage and safety issues, and offer some superior alternatives.
Dosage and Safety Issues
Soul Drops does not publish a Supplement Facts label on any of its products detailing dosage. This is arguably illegal, and definitely against FDA requirements for herbal supplement manufacturers.
There is a list of ingredients for each product but no associated dosage. This is unsafe in our opinion, because consumers need to know how much of each ingredient they’re getting to determine if it’s a safe dose. The company even sells an “Extra Strength” version of each product. How are we supposed to interpret what that means with no dosages?
No Scientists on Team
If you want to formulate an effective product, your company will ideally have actual scientists involved with the formulation, especially if it’s a proprietary blend like the products Soul Drops sells.
There is no mention of any scientists on the team, and it appears the company is run by one person: a woman by the name of Vlada Talan. She has no licensed medical credentials, and her website claims that she “sought to learn a process of intense energy healing called Cosmoenergy.”
This is pseudoscientific nonsense and you should be cautious buying products from people making claims like this. There is no evidence that this individual has the relevant knowledge or credentials to formulate an effective and safe herbal supplement.
Misinterpreted Microdosing Claims
Microdosing is a term which refers to taking very low doses of psychoactive compounds like LSD or psilocybin. Typically the dosage is below the level that induces a hallucinogenic effect.
There is actually a significant amount of promising research regarding microdosing, and it may be a safe and effective treatment for resistant conditions like major depressive disorder when administered in a clinical setting.
However, there is no evidence that microdosing compounds which aren’t psychoactive (like Soul Drops) has any benefit.
Just like you wouldn’t “microdose” a smoothie by taking half a sip of it, there’s no evidence that “microdosing” regular herbal supplements has any beneficial effect. This type of misinterpretation and misleading health claim is what often happens when you have someone with no medical background starting a company which makes medical claims.
Taking an underdosed and ineffective amount of an herb isn’t “microdosing”. It’s a waste of money.
Soul Drops includes exotic botanical ingredients. Their “Sol” product includes ingredients like elemi and ajmoda. We haven’t seen any evidence that elemi aids in any of the health claims they’re making on their product page, like “invigorating energy boost” or “supports calmness”.
Another Soul Drops product called “Cosmos” claims to “promote self awareness” and “enhance lucid dreaming”. Of course they provide zero evidence of these absurd claims.
The “Cosmos” product contains two ingredients of note: abuelo sanango and wild rue. Both of these may be unsafe depending on dose. Wild rue has been associated with “many reports of intoxications following ingestion” based on medical research.
Abuelo sanango is a rainforest botanical which has very little safety or toxicology data.
Not only do Soul Drops products make unsubstantiated claims, but they also contain some ingredients which may be harmful depending on dose.
There are safer and better alternatives to Soul Drops products. Their “Sol” product is marketed as a nootropic, since it claims to affect clarity and connection. We published an extremely thorough research review of natural alternatives to Adderall detailing five compounds which are proven to be nootropic in function, and are safe to take.
Soul Drops’ “Lun” product is marketed as an anxiety reduction agent, claiming to “bring relaxed energy” and “help transition from day to night”.
If anxiety reduction is your goal, you may want to investigate CBD, which is a compound actually proven in medical research to be safe and effective for anxiety. We recently reviewed Bluebird CBD which is the only CBD brand we recommend, because they publish extremely thorough independent tests of their products proving they’re safe and accurately labeled.
There is no association between our two companies, we just respect supplement companies that actually provide science-backed products.
Soul Drops is a brand run by someone who has no medical background, refers to themselves as a shaman, and which makes ridiculous health claims with no basis in reality.
We have a deep belief in the power of plant medicine, but we urge consumers to choose plant medicines which are actually proven in scientific literature to be safe and effective.
Soul Drops products are not only likely to be ineffective based on the lack of published dosing, but may actually be harmful due to ingredient inclusion choices. We recommend that consumers avoid this brand.