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Leonotis leonurus

Leonotis Leonurus (Lion's Tail/Wild Dagga) is a broadleaf evergreen shrub and a member of the mint family (Lamiaceae) native to southern Africa.[1] Its fiery orange flowers are used as a marijuana substitute and herbal high alternative which has slightly sedative and euphoric properties, though the smoke is reported to be quite harsh on the lungs.[2] Anecdotally, it tends to differ from marijuana in that rather than the possibility of anxiety and introversion which can happen with large doses of marijuana, lions tail seems to induce the opposite by causing extroversion and a relaxing yet not lethargy-inducing effect.


[top]Introduction to Lion's Tail

[top]Using Lion's Tail

[top]Ways of administration

Lion's Tail (Wild Dagga) is drunk as a tea (infusion), or the flowers can be smoked.

[top]Effects of Lion's Tail

Lion's Tail (Wild Dagga) has a mildly sedating effect... an effect reported to be similar to smaller quantities of marijuana.

According to reports ... this ethnobotanical is more relaxing and sedating than 'high' inducing. Multiple reports from different sources indicate that Wild Dagga can act to potentiate other substances.

The active alkaloid in Lion's tail is leonurine, which, following research, may be as addictive as nicotine when used regularly. There is an array of sources of information for leonurine, as it occurs in several related plant species and these are used as traditional medicines by multiple peoples around the world.

Based on anecdotal reports, the most frequently observed adverse effects are related to the mode of use. The smoke is reported as being harsh and dry, so mouth, tongue and throat irritation results. When drunk as a tea, numbness or tingling in the mouth has been reported.

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(a) addictive properties of leonurine: various internet resources
(b) numerous internet sources and resources.

Contributors: gonzochef, Brill, Alfa
Created by bananaskin, 09-06-2010 at 13:18
Last edited by gonzochef, 20-11-2015 at 19:05
Last comment by gonzochef on 20-11-2015 at 19:08
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