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Analysis of the Medicinal and Recreational use of Leonotis Leonurus (Wild Dagga)

Updated on June 13, 2011

Leonotis leonurus is a species of shrub native to southern Africa with a long history of medicinal and recreational use. In this article I will investigate these usages, and the marketing of this substance.

The purpose of this article is not to recommend (or provide any opinion on) leonotis leonurus for any recreational or medicinal usage, only to provide information.

Recreational Usage

Wild dagga is know to induce euphoria, visual changes and sedation. This attracts some to use the substance for recreational purposes.

Relation to Cannabis?

While there is only a minimal biological relation between cannabis and wild dagga, the effects have some similarity.

Many have gone so far as to state that the effects of wild dagga are 'cannabis-like'.

Online Sales

Wild dagga is sold widely on the internet, often in products marketed as 'legal weed', 'legal bud' or as cannabis alternatives. Often these products include additional psychoactive herbs, to provide a more cannabis like effect.

Sales of wild dagga as a 'weed alternative' predate the Internet, with mail order companies selling the substance for this purpose since at least the last 70s.

Medicinal Uses

Wild dagga is suspected of having antinociceptive, antiinflammatory, and hypoglycemic properties. Traditionally, and in modern alternative medicine it is used to help treat arthritic inflammation and type-2 diabetes mellitus.


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