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 in a bright field

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.


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

T 0:40 I just got out of the lazyboy after about 15 minutes (?) of being oddly unable to summon the willpower to move. I’m definitely feeling light and very calm. This is beyond placebo effect. I kinda like it. There isn’t any visual distortions or cartoon haziness like with cannabis, unfortunately. The best way to describe it is a heady lightness.

DMT Tom experience report on Erowid

Smoking Wild Dagga Flowers

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.

[…] I downed 2 bongs of Dagga to start with, waited three minutes to appreciate the effects which were quite subtle but nice. I then pulled two bongs of the Damiana and waited another three minutes for it to settle in. A fairly good buzz is flowing through my channels now. Still nothing compared to some good weed but definitely worth the dirt cheap price in that respect. Finally I topped it off with two swift hits of the Catnip. Ten minutes later and I’m tuned in very sweetly indeed. The Catnip has seemed to potentiate the other two herbs pretty effectively. Definitely a mild euphoric feeling here. I’m experiencing heightened sensitivity to light and colours are brighter too.

Psilocyber experience report on Erowid

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. It can also be combined with 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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Lion’s tail close-up


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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  1. Hello Alex. I thank you for this information that you provide. I am seeking information regarding the dosage of pure leonurine. I have access to 98% pure extract and wish to take an entrepreneural approach without causing any negative attention to the compound. I thank you for your time and contributions

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