This is a picture of a blooming wild dagga plant (a.k.a. Leonotis leonurus)

Simon’s Wild Dagga (Leonotis Leonurus) Guide

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Leonotis leonurus, also known as lion’s tail and wild dagga, is a plant species in the Lamiaceae (mint) family. The plant is native to South Africa and southern Africa, where it is very common. It is known for its medicinal and mild psychoactive properties.

The main psychoactive component of Leonotis leonurus is leonurine.

Wild dagga is one of the most common ingredients of the pre-packaged legal potpourri and incense mixes you can buy online.

It is – although not very widely – recognised as a mild legal high, a sort of cheaper and lighter cannabis alternative. Many say, that its effects are very similar to that of cannabis, only without the anxiety and unpleasant bodily symptoms, such as dry mouth and bloodshot eyes.

However, it might disappoint someone, who’s trying to use it as a weed substitute. Although the effects are a bit similar, wild dagga is its own thing, and it should be treated as such.

It is not restricted in most countries, it can be obtained at a much lower cost than cannabis – and more importantly, legally!



Interesting facts about wild dagga:

Leonotis leonurus got its nickname “wild dagga”, because South Africans call marijuana “dagga”. Its name basically means “wild cannabis”.

Many of the species of the Lamiaceae family have been used in folk medicine. Leonotis leonurus is no different. Hottentots were particularly fond of smoking it instead of tobacco and used a decoction of its leafs as a purgative and as an emmenagogue. Early colonialists employed it in the treatment for leprosy.



Leonotis leonurus: A herbal medicine review



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Wild dagga – legal status


Wild dagga seems to be legal everywhere in the world (there is no info online of a country or state where it isn’t).



Places to buy wild dagga


This is a picture of a wild dagga plant. Right next to the picture, to the right, are places where you can buy wild dagga and wild dagga extract.
Buy wild dagga and extract online

I recommend the following place to buy wild dagga in the US.

Buy wild dagga and wild dagga extract /shipped from the US, credit cards are accepted/



This is a picture of a bag of dried wild dagga flower petals. This picture is right next to links to places, where you can purchase wild dagga petals for smoking online.
Dried wild dagga flower petals


You can buy wild dagga from the Netherlands here:

Buy wild dagga /shipped from Europe, Netherlands/




Main active ingredients of Leonotis leonurus


The structure of the leonurine compound - the active ingredient in lion's tail.
The leonurine compound – the active ingredient in wild dagga

The main active ingredient in wild dagga (Leonotis leonurus) is leonurine. It is also found in Leonotis nepetifolia, Leonotis artemisia, Leonurus cardiaca (Motherwort), as well as in other plants of family Lamiaceae.


The effects of the Leonotis leonurus


Wild dagga induces cannabis-like effects, although they are reportedly much lighter than in the case of marijuana. Some reports describe it as “weed without the unpleasant bodily symptoms, such as dry mouth and bloodshot eyes”. Another upside to it, that reviewers often highlight, is that lion’s tale intoxication also lacks the anxiety that many people experience under the influence of marijuana, especially in crowded or public places.

Some of its effects are:

  • a mild bodily “buzz”
  • uplifted mood
  • a mild sedative effect
  • a relaxed, calm feeling
  • very mild visual distortions, such as more vivid colours



Dangers of Wild dagga


Wild dagga don’t seem to cause much harm to the body, other than the soot inhaled when smoking it. It is reported, that the smoke from burning the dried leaves is somewhat hard on the lungs and throat. Dried flowers are said to be more pleasant when smoked.

Of course, overly large doses are not healthy/pleasant of any legal high.



Leonotis leonurus health benefits


Leonotis leonurus, or lion’s tail reportedly has many health benefits. Teas prepared from the herb are used for:

  • their antispasmodic properties
  • cure common cold
  • ease menstruation pains
  • relieve a headache
  • treat bronchitis

The tincture made from dried leaves, or roots, has anti inflammatory properties when applied on the skin, and is used to treat eczema.

A study also showed, that medical use of extracts from the lion’s tail plant’s are shown to be effective in treating arthritic and dermatological conditions, as well as hypertension and diabetes. The study also concluded, that wild dagga has proven anti inflammatory and wound healing properties and it is also effective in the management and control of pain.

Source: Leonotis leonurus: A herbal medicine review



Wild dagga – consumption, preparation – Leonotis leonurus tea


Wild dagga can be smoked and consumed as a tea for recreational purposes. It can be smoked by itself, or used to mix with other herbs – it is reported to blend fine with other herbal legal highs.

The flowers of the plant contain more of the active ingredient and also reportedly taste a lot better than the leaves.

There isn’t really an official recipe for a wild dagga tea out there. However, I found one in the trip reports on, that seemed legit and the effects described after drinking it were also pleasant, see below:

“I must agree with other stories I have read about Lion’s Tail in that the flowers are much better than the leaves. I made some tea out of 7 grams of dried flowers. I boiled some water (2 cups), then turned off the heat and added the flowers. I let them steep for about 20 minutes, then drank all the tea quickly (with added sugar).”


The report continues with describing the effect of the brew:

“The result was a very pleasant, strong hypnotic buzz that lasted at least an hour, with an energetic afterglow that lasted another hour or so. It was a very good buzz, and I was contentedly ‘glued’ to the couch for a long time. I have tried a lot of so called legal highs that didn’t do anything for me, but this stuff is for real.

Source: Erowid Wild Dagga Trip Report : A Strong, Hypnotic Buzz

Wild dagga is reported to mix well with and enhance the effect of other herbs in a tea. You can use it with damiana (Turnera diffusa), scullcap (Scutellaria Lateriflora), blue lotus flower and others.

There is no exact info on the dosage, but most sources suggest a dose of between 6-10 grams of dried flowers per tea. If you’re using an extract, than see how strong that is, and adjust the dosage accordingly (of a 10X extract, use around 1 gram, for example).



Buy Wild dagga


You can buy wild dagga shipped from the US here:

Buy wild dagga and wild dagga extract /shipped from the US, credit cards are accepted/


You can buy wild dagga shipped from the Netherlands on the link below:

Buy wild dagga /shipped from Europe, Netherlands/



Wild dagga trip reports


First of all, wild dagga “trip” reports are not describing actual trips, in the traditional sense of the word. The effects of the plant – whether smoked or brewed into a tea – are mild, relaxing and calming, with a few cases of mild visual distortions, e.g.: slightly more vivid colours, but nothing that would warrant calling it a trip. (Negative comments usually come from heavy cannabis smokers, who have to quit and try to use it as a substitute and don’t experience the desired effects. You won’t, this is not as strong as marijuana.)

Some excerpts from Leonotis leonurus trip reports:

“Fifteen minutes later I left to pick up my girlfriend from work. Turn signals from the cars in front of me were noticeably brighter and more annoying than usual, but nothing else seemed different. On the other hand, when I actually reached my destination and started talking to my girlfriend, I noticed my mood had improved vastly, and I was thinking much more clearly than usual (and consequently talking faster, and with more precision). Where I ordinarily would be grumpy (the topic of our conversation was a family problem that seems to never go away), I was now a buddah… detached, but emotionally invested. The rest of the evening went nicely, though the primary mood effects probably waned after a couple hours.

Conclusion: Very enjoyable substance to smoke, with unexpectedly potent mood-enhancing qualities. I will be ordering a large quantity of this in the near future.”

Source: Erowid Wild Dagga Report: Potent Mood Enhancer


“Effects (identical on each occasion): Initial effects came-on very rapidly during the first or second hit; similar to MJ’s upswing. Light-headed and light-bodied feeling (difficult for me to describe) followed by simultaneous relaxation and increase in energy, followed by a rapid mood-lift [basic MJ effects for me]. Some increased ‘pressure’ feeling on face, as reported by others, which disappeared in a short while. No unpleasant or ‘toxic’ feelings noticed. My mind seemed to remain clear and function normally (thoughts didn’t race or slow down. crazy thoughts were lacking). Colors/lights brightened in intensity and refinement somewhat, as they do whenever I use a psychedelic. I was surprised at first and REALLY liked it. […]

Now, some words on how the effects specifically differed from MJ. First, I did not experience the blatantly hallucinogenic visuals I get from a strong dose of MJ (seeing colours, mild surface-patterning hallucinations, CEVs, etc). Second, I experienced no increased anxiety or enhanced introversion; in fact, I became unusually confident and extroverted while in public with friends (restaurant and shooting pool). Third, the other senses did not seem to have been altered in any way. Fourth, lethargy was lacking. Fifth, no apparent alteration of short-term memory or impairment of attention-span in regards to external stimuli.

Overall, Lion’s Tail blossoms granted me much of the ideal ‘recreational’ aspects of the MJ experience, while denying me the ‘trippy’ effects of MJ. I believe LT flowers provide the perfect high for all situations that would make a MJ-influenced person uncomfortable.”

Source: Erowid Wild Dagga Report: The Perfect Recreational High



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Last updated: 2015. 11. 17.

Simon's Wild Dagga (Leonotis Leonorus) Guide
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Simon's Wild Dagga (Leonotis Leonorus) Guide
An overview of the effects, health benefits and dangers of wild dagga. The article also includes some tips on dosage and info on the various methods of consumption.

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