The dried flowers and leaves of the damiana plant are commonly smoked as an aphrodisiac. It’s also a popular addition to smoking blends since it has a flavor similar to marijuana. Native Americans traditionally brewed a relaxing tea, which also had powerful aphrodisiac effects. 

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Effect: Mildly relaxing + Aphrodisiac

How is it?: A bit harsh on the throat, smells like cannabis

Pro: Cheap base for herbal blends

Best with: Kanna, Passion flower, Mullein

Benefits: fight coughing, treat constipation and improve digestion, also an aphrodisiac.



Damiana (Turnera diffusa) is a small shrub with tiny yellow flowers. It is known for stimulating libido and is often used as an aphrodisiac as well as a relaxant. It is also known as herba de la pastora and Mexican damiana. It is native to Texas, Mexico, and Central and South America. It is primarily harvested for its leaves which are used to make tea.

History and Use

Damiana has been long used as a relaxant and aphrodisiac. Native Mexican Indians were known to drink sweetened Damiana tea and it is believed to be one of the original ingredients of margaritas.

The use of Damiana as an aphrodisiac has continued into modern times. In fact, recent studies have shown that it does cause an increase of sexual activity in rats, though it has yet to be scientifically tested on humans. Damiana is used both for its libido stimulating effects as well as for the somewhat narcotic effect it causes. The effect of the tea is believed to be similar to the high obtained from smoking marijuana but milder.

Common Uses


The relaxing effects of the Damiana plant is said to be similar to the initial relaxation of smoking marijuana, but Damiana is legal in most places.

As an Aphrodisiac

Damiana has long been used as an aphrodisiac. The plant has a stimulating effect on the libido and many users claim it can restore libido and desire as well as increase sexual energy. As an Antidepressant:

Legal High

Damiana is believed to have an antidepressant effect.

Damiana is often smoked or made into a tea in order to obtain a legal high similar to that of marijuana, but milder.

Methods of Use

As an Infusion or Tea

The dried leaves of the Damiana plant are often used to make tea. This is the most common method of consuming or using Damiana.

As a Smoking Blend

Damiana is often used as a legal substitute for marijuana. The leaves can be dried and smoked or bought as a prepared powder. The effects of Damiana can be obtained both from tea and from smoking. Superpotent resins extraction can also be smoked.

As a prepared tincture

As the effects of Damiana become more popular and more widely known, the herb has been used more and more in herbal remedies. It can be bought as part of an herbal supplement. It can also be bought as a simple tincture and added to drinks to provide the effects of the herb without the taste.


The effects of Damiana are centered around the libido.

People who use Damiana report:

  • Increased libido
  • Feeling more energetic
  • Feeling less anxiety
  • Improved sexual fitness
  • A feeling of euphoria or legal high

Side Effects

Damiana is not recommended for people with diabetes, a history of breast cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s or other psychiatric disorders. It should not be used by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.


Damaina is legal to grow, buy, sell, own, and use in most places. However it is restricted in Louisiana as of 2005.

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11 thoughts on “Damiana”

  1. I did not know that the damiana herb can also be used as a relaxant. My aunt suffers from anxiety and she does not like to take any medicine. I will suggest to her to try damiana so that she can control her illness.

  2. Not really feeling anything different after smoking 2 joints. I feel a bit energized but other than that no effects.

  3. Mixed with mullein and a little rum essence damiana helped me kick tobacco smoking, and then habitual smoking altogether. I have blended various herbs but I keep coming back to damiana for its gentle ‘high’. “High’ isn’t the right word. It just shifts you a little sideways. Mullen for body, damiana for effect, rum essence for flavour, smoked in a corn cob or briar pipe. These days I am happy to cut a little weed or tobacco into the mix. When I was younger everything had to be full on. As I get older I have learned to appreciate subtlety and essence. I just wish I had learned to appreciate sooner, I would have got a lot more done and saved a heap of cash.

  4. I just recently bout damiana..it smokes good but a lil harsh on the inhale, gives a mild relaxing high…nothin inebriating ..light buzz
    On the pther hand i bought skullcap an it sucks ..stings and irritates lungs unenjoyably and practically gives off no head high or effect
    Recommend mixing with passion glower or mellian

  5. I’ve been using damiana for a few years now to help with my anxiety. I started out smoking it, and now I use a portable vaporizer. It really does help with it.

    I had to stop taking my Xanax, because I became addicted to it, and was looking for a good substitute. I found it in damiana. I occasionally mix it with passion flower for a stronger effect.

  6. Yes smells like cannabis, and tastes like cannabis, and you do get mildly “stoned” but without the severe negative common feelings with normal cannabis (such as over tiredness, red eyes, confused, doped out, paranoid) . I wouldn’t smile it in public as it smells so like cannabis, so nice for a weekend relaxer at home.

  7. Used to be a regular marijuana user, but due to financial constraints had to quit that habit. What I do now is smoke a damiana/mullein leaf combo. Leaves with a centered sense of well being WITHOUT the tiredness. Roll it like a joint or stuff in it a power hitter. And yeah, this stuff keeps you regular too.

    No you’re not going to get a “POTHEAD” with this. This of is as WEED LITE. Legal and costs of fraction of the price. Hell, what’s not to LOVE?

    1. I’m looking for a mj like buzz that’s not sprayed with chemicals n stuff like that will damiana work for me? My job does randoms so had to quit smoking mj.

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