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Effects: Calming and relaxing. Feeling of light-headedness

Pros: Mild calming effect. Induce a feeling of euphoria. Psychoactive and healing properties.

Cons: Even if it may be used as a cannabis substitute, the high is less potent.


Wild dagga (Leonotis leonurus), also known as Lion’s tail, is a large broadleaf evergreen shrub belonging to the mint family (Lamiaceae).  Native to South Africa, this robust plant can reach heights of 2-3m and a 1.5 wide.A Cannabis Substitute? Leonotis Leonurus or Wild Dagga

It is most commonly found growing wild amongst rock outcrops in South African grassland habitats.  Wild dagga is very striking during its prolific autumn flowering stage, with bright orange cluster flowers arranged in whorls along the flower stalk.   While Wild dagga is an impressive plant visually, it also has a number of medicinal and psychoactive properties that make it a attractive plant.

Wild dagga has an amazing array of applications and a very strong connection with South African people.  This plant is widely used in traditional medicines to treat a wide range of ailments.

The roots are used to treat stings and bites, including snake bites.  External mixtures are applied to remedy boils, itches and other skin complaints, as well as muscular cramps.  Wild dagga mixtures are also consumed to help high blood pressure, jaundice, haemorrhoids, dysentery, fever, headaches, influenza, asthma and coughs.   Leaves are also smoked to help treat epilepsy and partial paralysis.

Wild dagga is commonly referred to as ‘wild cannabis’. This is because this plant has very similar effects to those experienced when using cannabis.  Calming and sedating sensations are felt when the flowers are consumed as a tea, while euphoric reactions occur when the flowers are smoked.  South African tribes have traditionally smoked wild dagga flowers and leaves for its euphoric effect.  It is not only South Africans that have long appreciated the benefits of wild dagga, as this plant features strongly in Chinese and Vietnamese culture for its euphoric effects.

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Wild dagga smokers report mood enhancement, slight giddiness, increased colour perception and mental clarity.  If enough Wild dagger flowers are smoked, mild visual hallucinations may also occur.  All these effects are associated with smoking the flowers.  It is possible to gain similar effects by smoking the leaves, but a much larger quantity is needed.  Although this plant is appealing for its euphoric effects, it also has great value for its calming properties.

The Wild dagga flowers can be brewed into a tea and consumed to experience the plants relaxing and soothing effects.

The properties of Wild dagger flowers make this plant a appealing legal alternative to cannabis.  The fact that this plant has been traditionally used for such a long time is testament to its amazing properties.

If looking for a natural high, wild dagga flowers are considered versatile because they can be smoked independently for its own euphoric effects or combined without other herbs to create variations in euphoria and exuberance.  In essence, wild dagga flowers make an excellent herbal catalyst to enhance the effects of other products in a herbal blend.


Wild dagga is completely legal. The main active alkaloid is leonurine and this is responsible for the plant’s psychoactive properties.  Leonurine is most highly concentrated in the flowers of the plant.

Where to buy Wild Dagga flowers

Curiously, like damiana, Wild dagga flowers are not carried by Amazon suppliers.
Luckily you can get it from trusted retailers like these:

Bouncing Bear Botanicals sells wild dagga flowers as well as 5x, 10x and 20x extracts. Direct link

Arena Ethnobotanicals

Arena Ethnobotanicals only carries the flowers. Direct link


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