Aconitum, also known as monkshood and several other names, is a genus of over 250 species of flowering plants belonging to the family Ranunculaceae. Importantly, monkshood is poisonous plant that, when injected into the blood stream, supposedly has anti-lycanthropy effects. However, the events of Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed show that creating a serum from the plant only works as a temporary treatment to hold off werewolf transformation, and not as a permanent cure.


Toxicology[edit | edit source]

Monkshood contains substantial amounts of the highly toxic chemical aconitine and other alkaloids, especially concentrated in their roots and tubers. Aconitine is a potent neurotoxin and cardiotoxin


Uses[edit | edit source]

Medicinal[edit | edit source]

Traditional Medicine[edit | edit source]

In small amounts in humans, the plant is used in treatments like aromatherapy.


Syringe dropped under the staircase

Lycanthropy Cure[edit | edit source]

Monkshood is a hypothesised cure to lycanthropy; however, it is later seen that monkshood extract only acts as a temporary relief and only slows down the transformation rate.


Poisonous Agent[edit | edit source]

In larger doses and when taken internally, monkshood is extremely dangerous to humans. A fatal dose can be achieved with small amounts of extract.

External Links[edit | edit source]

Monkshood on Wikipedia

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