Simon’s Sida Cordifolia Guide

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Sida cordifolia (a.k.a Country mallow, Bala, Heart-leaf ,Sida, Flannel weed, Indian Ephedra) is a small shrub native to India, Cambodia, and Sri Lanka.

However, country mallow has spread all over the world and can be found in most countries.

If Ephedra sinica is for some reason illegal or not available in your country, Country mallow is the best Ephedra substitute, which you can buy online.

It contains the same alkaloids as Ephedra.

Country mallow is much milder than Ephedra, to get the same effects you need much more (see dosage).

In certain countries Ephedra is illegal but County mallow is still legally bought and sold.

/Not to mention, because Ephedra is the most popular legal stimulant, it is often out of stock or overpriced, in that case, Sida cordifolia can be a good alternative./

Sida cordifolia effects: the effects are the same as that of Ephedra and any Ephedrine containing plants:

  • mood enhancing,
  • enhancing concentration,
  • increased alertness/focus,
  • stimulating,
  • amphetamine like effects.

Just like Ephedra, this is not simply a caffeine alternative!

This is a genuine legal high that gets you “high” (the high is described as amphetamine like by various trip reports).

Be careful, because it suppresses the effects of alcohol and you can easily overdrink yourself, resulting in alcohol poisoning.


A close up photograph of a blooming country mallow plant. Sida cordifolia - a herbal stimulant and appetite suppressant - is often called country mallow or mallow flower. It is most known as an Ephedra substitute.
Sida cordifolia plant (a.k.a country mallow, mallow flower)



Sida cordifolia guide



Places to buy Sida cordifolia


Buy Sida cordifolia -USA

Buy Country mallow /shipped from the US, credit cards accepted/
Update: only seeds are available for sale, for now.


Buy Sida cordifolia -Netherlands

Buy Sida cordifolia, Ephedra alternative /shipped from the Netherlands/
Update: only seeds are available for sale, for now.



Sida cordifolia’s main active ingredients and their effects


Just like in case of Ephedra, the main active ingredient are Ephedrine and Pseudoephedrine.

Ephedra tea has typically a concentration of around 1-5% and extracts usually have between 5-25%+ ephedrine concentration.

The concentration is said to be lower in Sida cordifolia.

But exactly how less active ingredients it contain has not been established reliably.


This a picture of an Ephedrine molecule. The chemical formula of Ephedrine is: (R*,S*)-2-(methylamino)-1-phenylpropan-1-ol.
This a picture of an Pseudoephedrin molecule. The chemical formula of Pseudoephedrin is: (S,S)-2-methylamino-1-phenylpropan-1-ol.





Ephedrine and Pseudoephedrine – legal stimulant and herbal appetite suppressant


Ephedrine and Pseudoepherine act as stimulants, concentration aids, decongestants, herbal appetite suppressants, and are used to treat hypotension (low blood presure).

They are also CNS (central nervous system) stimulants similar to amphetamine and they induce the release of dopamine and noradrenalin (making you feel better, the typical amphetamine like high) but the effect compared to amphetamines is less pronounced.



Sida cordifolia – legal status


Sida cordifolia is only illegal in countries, which have a blanket ban  in place against ephedrine containing plants. These are:

 Sida cordifolia legal status
 Croatia illegal
 Finland illegal
 Germany illegal
 Hungary illegal
 Netherlands illegal



However, the law is very ambiguous, when it comes to Sida cordifolia, not to mention compared to Ephedra, Country mallow is much less regulated.

There is very little, reliable information available online regarding the legal status of Country mallow and other ephedrine containing plants (except Ephedra).

If you know more please let me know in the comments below.



Erowid – Ephedra law

Erowid- Ephedrine law

Wikipedia – Legal status of Ephedra in the United States of America

Wikipedia – Ephedrine – Legality



Sida cordifolia methods of consumption, preparation, dosage


The only known way to effectively consume Sida cordifolia is to brew a tea from the root of the plant.

For a stronger dose grind the root into a fine powder and then brew a tea  (or buy ready-made standardized root extract).


Country mallow is said to contain much less active ingredients than Ephedra (according to forum posts, could not find any studies confirming this).

However, the main active ingredient is ephedrine, therefore you can can calculate the dosage  the same way you would do it with Ephedra.

The dosage of ephedrine is between 25 mg to 150 mg when used in a hospital setting (depends on age, gender, weight, height, illnesses etc…).

Use the following formula:

(X grams) x  (Y Ephedrine concentration) = Z


X= grams of Country mallow

Y= Ephedrine concentration of Country mallow in %

Z= your dose, Z should be between 25 – 150 mg (0,025 – 0,150 grams)


Your Sida cordifolia has an Ehedrine concentration of 1% and you bought 200 grams.

200 g x 0.01 = 2 g

So, Z=2 g (2000 mg) , therefore your amount of Sida cordifolia  is enough for 13.3 strong doses.


Country mallow dosage calculator


Use the Country mallow dosage calculator to calculate dosage (opens in a new window).


UPDATE:  Due to a Google sheets upgrade, the embedded calculator is no longer working.
However, you can access the Sida cordifolia dosage calculator here
(it opens in a new window).



Dangers of Sida cordifolia


There has been absolutely no research done to determine the dangers of Country mallow mallow consumption.

However, it is known that the plant contains Ephedrine, therefore the following precautions must be taken (also do not exceed recommended safe dosage).

If used responsibly ephedrine is very safe to use as long as you don’t have any heart disease or high-blood pressure.

Ephedrine raises heartbeat frequency, causes restlessness, can alleviate panic attack, significantly raises blood pressure and can cause excessive sweating.

/Keep in mind, that blood pressure – even very high blood pressure – is largely symptom free.

If you don’t know how high your blood pressure is or whether you have any heart problems I would suggest talking to your GP (general practitioner) and have your blood pressure measured and have your heart checked before taking any ephedrine containing plants or products./

Heath benefits of Sida cordifolia


The plant is used in Brazilian folk medicine for the treatment of inflammation of the oral mucosa, blenorrhea, asthmatic bronchitis and nasal congestion.

It is also used as a healing herb in many parts of Africa for various ailments, particularly for respiratory problems.
Sida cordifolia has been investigated as an anti-inflammatory, for preventing cell proliferation,  and for encouraging liver re-growth.

A 50% ethanolic extract of Sida cordifolia tested on rats showed potent antioxidant and antiinflammatory activity comparable with the standard drug deprenyl. The plant has demonstrated anti-pyretic and anti-ulcerogenic properties.

The aqueous extract of Sida cordifolia stimulates liver regeneration in rats.




Weight loss

Sida cordifolia contains both ephedrine and pseudoephedrine.

Ephedrine is also used to treat low blood pressure and is sometimes given to people with chronic fatigue syndrome.

Ephedrine promotes modest short-term fat loss, but it is ineffective in the long term.

Source: Pubmed – Efficacy and safety of ephedra and ephedrine for weight loss and athletic performance: a meta-analysis

Animal experiments demonstrated, that ephedrine is known to stimulate thermogenesis in the brown adipose tissue, but because adult humans have only small amounts of brown fat, the possible fat loss is negligible.

According to some studies aspirin and caffeine have a synergistic effect with ephedrine with respect to weight loss.

Source: Handbook of Obesity: Clinical Applications

Ephedrine+Caffeine+Aspirin is known as ECA stack and is used by professional bodybuilders before competitions to get rid of the last remaining deposits of fat (coupled with strict exercise regime and with a very strict diet of course).

ECA stacks can be very dangerous, irresponsible use can lead to death.


Buy Sida cordifolia -USA

Buy Country mallow /shipped from the US, credit cards accepted/
Update: only seeds are available for sale, for now.

Buy Sida cordifolia -Netherlands

Buy Sida cordifolia, Ephedra alternative /shipped from the Netherlands/
Update: only seeds are available for sale, for now.



Sida cordifolia trip reports


I brewed another cup of Indian Ephedra, this time using 10 grams of root and thoroughly grinding the material.

It first hits as a general feeling of well being, and then suddenly you’re doing tasks with full mental coherency and much quicker than usual. Very reminiscent of amphetamine, but quite distinct at the same time. It’s more mellow, more euphoric, and the body load is certainly less. I consumed possibly up to 100 mg of Ephedrin in the brew, which is a strong dose, and my heartbeat is elevated but nowhere near where it would be on amphetamine.”

Source: Drugs Forum – Sida cordifolia trip report



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Some of the information presented here might be outdated or incorrect (check “last updated” below). Make sure, that if you are planning to try out any of the substances to research them yourself as well.

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Last updated: 2015. 10. 21

Simon's Sida Cordifolia Guide
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Simon's Sida Cordifolia Guide
A comprehensive guide to Sida cordifolia (country mallow, malvaceae) health effects, dosage calculator, places to buy, trip reports and more.

3 thoughts on “Simon’s Sida Cordifolia Guide”

  1. Sasson cohen says:

    Thank you for your quick response

  2. I just got extract and took 1/4 of the powder. Will this be enough

    1. 1/4 of a teaspoon is what i took

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