Wild Dagga South Africa
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.
The generic name Leonotis is derived from the Greek words leon meaning lion and -otis meaning ear. This refers to the pubescent upper lip of each flower that resembles a lion’s ear, hence the vernacular name. The specific epithet leonurus means lion-coloured, a reference to the flower colour of some forms.
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.
Early dwellers present in South Africa such as the Hottentot tribe or Khoikhoi, smoked the dry leaves and flowers which were said to have narcotic properties bringing on a calm sensation or euphoric feeling when smoked, hence the vernacular name wildedagga meaning wild dagga. It has been reported to be similar to Cannabis but not in any way related and is very mild and not as potent. It is one of the most effective legal herbal substitutes to smoking tobacco or cannabis. Users have reported to have experienced symptoms of mild excitement and elation.
Benefits of wild dagga.
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. It can be also made into a Wild Dagga cream which used to treat skin rashes, itches and all skin problems like eczema. There are reports that it also helps in reducing blood pressure levels, fever, asthma etc. if the dosage is preferred in smoking form; it helps in treating partial paralysis too.
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 tinctures which are made using alcohol and resin extracts are also more effective as it is more concentrated.
Studies are still being done on the medicinal benefits of this indigenous South African plant.
Many people across South Africa are wanting to buy Wild Dagga either as a substitute to smoking tobacco or for its many medicinal benefits.
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