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Simon’s Lagochilus Inebrians (Intoxicating Mint) Guide

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Lagochilus inebrians, a.k.a. inebriating mint, intoxicating mint, Turkistan mint or intoxicating hare’s lip, is a member of the mint family Labiatae. It’s official name is derived from the Greek words lagos and cheilos, meaning “hare” and “lip/cheek”. Inebrians means intoxicating, thus “hare’s lips” is actually the literal translation of its taxonomical name.

Lagochilus inebrians is a shrub with numerous stems reaching a height of 20–80 cm. It is woody at the base, with ovate leaves, pubescent on both sides. Its flowers are white or light pink and usually have five petals. Its fruits are brownish nuts.

It only grows naturally in the  Samarkand and Bukhara provinces of Uzbekistan, some areas of Turkmenistan and Tajikistan and a few other regions in Central Asia. It is, therefore quite hard to come across commercially available dried Lagochilus inebrians or its extract. It can also be relatively expensive.

Its effects, as an intoxicant are reportedly mild. It’s mostly a bodily high – a pleasant, warm, glowing feeling.

Lagochilus inebrians can be consumed as a tea or smoked. For both methods, it is possible to mix it with other similar herbs.The high caused by the intoxicating mint is associated with a chemical compound found in all parts of the dried plant, called lagochiline.



Interesting facts about Lagochilus inebrians:

As many other plants with strong or weak intoxicating properties,  the inebriating mint plant was used in traditional medicine and shamanistic rituals during the centuries.

Lagochilus inebrians, in specific, was reportedly used for its intoxicating and sedative properties by Armenian, Tajik, Tatar, Turkoman and Uzbek tribesman and Shamans for medicinal and ritual purposes.



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Lagochilus inebrians – legal status


Lagochiline is not on the list of controlled substances in any country, (if you have conflicting info, share it in the comment section). However, it is among the endangered species in most Central Asian countries – its natural habitat – therefore harvesting it is reportedly illegal.

There is only one US state that has restrictions in place on the use of Lagochilus inebrians. Luisiana State Act 159 of 2005 made 40 plants illegal for human consumption, amongst them Lagochilus inebrians.

It appears to be legal everywhere else in the US and the world.


Erowid.org – Lagochilus inebrians – Legal Status

Louisiana State Act 159 of 2005



Buy Lagochilus inebrians


It is quite hard to come across commercially available Lagochilus inebrians due to its rarity and endangered status. Seeds are generally easier to buy than the dried plant, or extract.

Buy Lagochilus inebrians US


A picture of Lagochilus inebrians, inebriating mint, turkestan mint or intoxicating mint.
Buy Lagochilus inebrians from the US!

I recommend buying Lagochilus inebrians from the US here (it is available only in limited quantities, it might be out of stock, check back later in that case):

Buy dried Lagochilus inebrians
/Shipped from the US, credit cards accepted./

Buy Lagochilus inebrians – Europe


Couldn’t find any shops that would sell intoxicating mint in Europe. Please let us know in the comments section if you know any.




Main active ingredient of Lagochilus inebrians


The main active ingredient in Lagochilus inebrians is lagochilin. The plants mild psychoactive effects are attributed to this compound, which reportedly has sedative, hypotensive and hemostatic properties.

The structure of the lagochilin compound - the main active ingredient in Lagochilus inebrians.
Lagochilin – the predominant psychoactive ingredient in Lagochilus inebrians


The effects of the Lagochilus inebrians


The desirable effects, for which the plant is used as a sort of legal marijuana-alternative are the following:

  • Intoxication
  • mild euphoria
  • relaxing effects on the nervous system
  • strong excitation
  • a general state of well being
  • subtle perceptual changes

Source: Health Service Executive South – Psychoactive Substances Manual (Edition 1.1)


Dangers of Lagochilus inebrians


Lagochilus inebrians or intoxicating mint is generally considered safe. However, due to its rarity and obscurity, there have been not much research done regarding its excessive use or its side effects. Therefore, in case of risky conditions (pregnancy, diabetes, heart conditions etc.) should be handled with caution and overly large doses should be avoided.

The reported symptoms of an overdose are nausea and vomiting. Nothing more serious than that is reported.


Lagochilus inebrians health benefits


Lagochilus inebrians, or inebriating mint does more than get you high. In fact, it has proven health benefits.

Lagochilin, its predominant ingredient was officially adopted in the 8th edition of the Russian Pharmacopoeia due to its versatile medicinal applications. It is employed as an infusion or tincture as an antihemorrhagic for its haemostatic effects, to reduce permeability of blood vessels and aid in coagulation of the blood.

It has also been recommended for use in treating certain allergies, glaucoma, hypertonic illness, diathesis, stomach ulcers and skin diseases. Traditionally, to treat such ailments, 10gm of dried plant material are ground up and added to 200ml of boiling water for about 10 minutes. It is then allowed to cool at room temperature and strained. One to two tablespoons of the liquid are drunk 3 to 5 times daily.

It has also been reported to be valuable for nervous disorders as a hypotensive, antispasmodic and sedative. Its properties as a sedative, are due possibly to the same constituents responsible for its narcotic effects.

Source: Herbalpedia – Intoxicating Mint


Intoxicating mint – consumption, preparation


Lagochilus inebrians was traditionally used internally in the form of tea brewed from the plant. Also, many of the most enthusiastic trip reports out there describe experiences under intoxicating mint teas. Here is a good recipe, if you wish to experiment with the herb.

I found a very promising recipe for a Lagochilus inebrians tea (also very recent, was published last month).

It’s prepared as follows:

  • Pour 0,5l of boiling water on approx. 4g of dried Lagochilus inebrians
  • Let it soak for 30 mins
  • Put the liquid with the dried plant into a blender and mix it for approx. 2 mins
  • Let it cool off for a minute or two
  • Strain the liquid of the fibrous parts
  • Drink it slowly (it’s the best to drink these teas slowly, as it is uncertain, whether the active ingredients are absorbed better sublingually)

The effects described include a pronounced and cannabis like body high – but without any drowsiness or anxiety. There is also a sense of euphoria involved.

To sum it up in one sentence: “a relaxed body with exhilaration of the mind”.

Source: Erowid Experience Vault – Lagochilus inebrians – Bozulbang


Buy Lagochilus inebrians


It is quite hard to come across commercially available Lagochilus inebrians due to its rarity and endangered status. Seeds are generally easier to buy than the dried plant, or extract.


Buy Lagochilus inebrians – US


Buy dried Lagochilus inebrians /Shipped from the US, credit cards are accepted, only available from time to time in very limited quantities/

Buy Lagochilus inebrians – Europe

At the time of the writing there is only one legal high shop in the US (see above) that sell inebriating mint. But let us know in the comments section below if you find any European vendors.


Intoxicating mint experiences


There are very few Lagochilus inebrians (intoxicating mint) experiences online, largely due to the obscurity and rarity of the plant. However, the ones available are largely positive. Only some users report no effects, and in their cases, it is probably due low dosage or low quality product.

You can check out these trip reports for yourself here:


Lagochilus inebrians tea and some cannabis, smoked:

“The effects were very nice. I felt sedated, but it was not the main feeling. the effects get stronger as time passed and I was feeling on a flying carpet. It was nearly stronger than Kratom, without the stomach discomfort that Kratom often brings and without the ‘opioid dimension’ of the mytraginine experience. My thoughts were a bit foggy and slowed down, but I was quietly flying. I didn’t experience any hallucinations, the pot effects were greatly modified by the Lagochilus tea. The flying feeling was from time to time nearly overwhelming, stronger in the minutes following pot smoking. I spent time watching the walls as if I’ve never seen them before. It was not like the fascination for visual textures that hallucinogens give (like, for example, a moderate dose of Salvia, Iboga or Mescaline cacti, the only entheogens I’ve tried), it was a more distant feeling, I didn’t think anything special, no ‘connection’ with the things. I was a bit stuporous, but not deeply. The lazy feeling of pot was somehow enhanced, but I was able to move. My motor coordination was a little impaired, but not heavily, I was just moving a bit slower and more carefully. My perception of time was’t modified, compared to baseline.”

Source: Erowid Experience Vault – Lagochilus Inebrians – Magic Carpet Ride


“I didn’t feel like on drugs, less inebriated but totally calm. That night, I had reasons to be upset, or a little bitter (troubles with work that day), but was just calm and happy. My mental processes weren’t slowed down, and I was less lazy than with a 5g tea. I smoked pot with cool results. It doesn’t seem to be a synergy between pot and L. inebrians.

Problems were totally unimportant and I was more relaxed than with blue lotus or with the blue lotus/alcohol mix. The opioid dimension and ‘stoned’ effect were lacking, but I felt more emotionally stable and more deeply relaxed.”

Source: Erowid Experience Vault – Lagochilus Inebrians – Less Is Better



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Last updated: 2015. 11. 26.

Simon's Lagochilus Inebrians (Intoxicating Mint) Guide
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Simon's Lagochilus Inebrians (Intoxicating Mint) Guide
An overview of the health benefits and mild psychoactive properties of Lagochilus inebrians (intoxicating mint, turkestan mint, inebriating mint). The article also presents a simple tea recipe. Inebriating mint is a legal high.

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  1. Andrea morrison says:

    I am interested in buyin two intoxicating mint plants. Do you know of any vendors that sell these plants?
    Thank You,

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