Leonotis leonurus – Lion’s tail, Wild dagga


A large South African shrub in the family of the lamiaceae with beautiful orange-colored flowers.

Use: The darkish, green resin is extracted from the leaves or scraped off from them. The resin is mixed with tobacco or other smokable preparations. Tribal people in South Africa smoke the sticky aromatic leaves and the buds for light inebriation.

Active constituents: Leonurine, marrubiin, coumarin, arginine, rutin.

Effects: Euphoriant.

Side effects: Long-term use can, just like tobacco, lead to habituation.

Suppliers: Plants and seeds in garden centers, dried herb in ethnobotanical stores.



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