Wild Dagga Flower

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Effects: Smoking Wild Dagga can be 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.


A Cannabis Substitute? Leonotis Leonurus or Wild Dagga

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.

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 visually impressive, it also has a number of medicinal and psychoactive properties that make it an 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.

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Wild dagga is commonly referred to as ‘wild 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 is also consumed in Chinese and Vietnamese culture for its euphoric effects.

Wild Dagga Effects

Wild dagga smokers report mood enhancement, slight giddiness, increased colour perception and mental clarity.  If enough 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 an appealing legal alternative to cannabis.

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.

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Wild dagga is mostly legal everywhere except Latvia and Poland. Please note that 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.

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