Smoking Wild Dagga - Benefits, Risks and Info

Smoking Wild Dagga - Benefits, Risks and Info - SPLIFF

Can I Smoke Wild Dagga?

Yes you can smoke Wild Dagga and many people like smoking wild dagga as a natural tobacco alternative as an ingredient in herbal smoking blends or as a complement to their favorite legal herb.

The vibrant orange petals of this smokable flower native to South Africa are either mixed with other legal smokable herbs like Damiana, Rosemary, Chamomile or Mullein as part of herbal smoking blends.

Unlike cannabis where you smoke the flower buds, people also smoke the dried leaves and flower petals of the wild dagga.  

Besides that, you can infuse the stems and roots of wild dagga into tea. This is a common practice among many users who don't want to waste the trim. Of course, it is important to understand what the high brings with it to understand if smoking wild dagga is your cup of tea. 

Effects Of Smoking Wild Dagga 

Now that you know you can smoke wild dagga, you must understand the effects of smoking wild dagga to make an informed decision. 

As can be seen from the numerous first-hand testimonials on website such as Erowid, smoking Wild Dagga can have a variety of effects from :

  • Occasional hallucinations 

  • Feelings of mild euphoria 

  • Heightened perceptions 

  • Possible paranoia and anxiety 

  • Giggling 

  • Short-term memory loss 

Many South African tribes have historically used wild dagga flowers for their excellent euphoric effect. As a result, you might notice an improvement in your mood, and it might even bring about mental clarity. Besides that, the wild dagga flowers are a fantastic herbal catalyst that can enhance the effects of other products inside an herbal blend, much like smoking blue lotus . 

Is Wild Dagga Psychedelic?

People report that there is a psychoactive effect from smoking Wild Dagga, and that the high from inhaling wild dagga smoke can last between fifteen minutes and several hours with an intensity ranging from the usual THC high up to a salvia like effect where there is a much more intense response from the psychoactive properties. Of course, the intensity and the duration depends on how much you smoke.  


What is the difference between Wild Dagga and marijuana?

Leonotis leonurus or wild dagga also commonly known as lion’s ear is a big broadleaf evergreen shrub that belongs to the mint family known as Lamiaceae, can even resemble wild cannabis from afar. This exotic dagga plant is an incredible sight to see and can reach a height of two to three meters.  

You will commonly find wild dagga in the habitat of South African grasslands as its bright orange flowers reacts positively to a full sun exposure. The plant looks its best during the autumn flowering month, where bright orange cluster flowers show.

Of course, wild dagga looks great, but it has also been used since time immemorial by native tribes for traditional medicines, some people going as far as claiming wild dagga has health benefits like being an alkaloid with anti-inflammatory properties and even that the dagga plant may have psychoactive properties akin to THC, although we were not able to verify any of those claims with formal scientific evidence.

Like with any other herb you can smoke, if you are thinking of smoking wild dagga we highly recommend consulting your doctor before doing so, and of course we do not condone smoking lion’s ear if you have pre-existing health conditions or if you are pregnant, or combined with any drug.

Is Wild Dagga Legal?

Wild dagga is completely legal in most countries including Canada and the USA and also sold under the names Lion’s Ear or Lion’s Tail.

You can buy Wild Dagga pure in dried leaf, dried flower, powder, tincture and extracts, in online shops or your local herbalist, but be sure to control the quality by verifying their technical product sheets! 

Wild Dagga is also not part of any controlled substances act in the US, which means that all parts of the plant and its extracts are legal to buy, cultivate, possess, and sell without a prescription or a license. However, if someone is selling this as a supplement, they must conform to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or any relative counterparty in other countries like Health Canada for their northern neighbors.  

Photo by Nataliya Vaitkevich from Pexels

Remember that although wild dagga is legal almost everywhere in the world, there are countries where the dagga plant is outlawed like Poland and Latvia. So, you can easily use it if you are from any part of the world except these two places. 

Benefits Of Wild Dagga 

Wild dagga is not a plant new to humans, as it has been used for centuries for many of its healing properties. For example, the roots of wild dagga are used to treat snake bites, stings, and bites from other animals. Besides that, many people use external wild dagga blends and mixtures to remedy skin issues, such as itches, boils, muscular cramps, and more.  

Of course, the benefits don't stop here as the plant offers so much more to users. The mixtures of wild dagga can also be consumed to help with:

  • Asthma and coughs 

  • High blood pressure 

  • Influenza 

  • Jaundice 

  • Headaches 

  • Hemorrhoids 

  • Fever 

  • And dysentery 

How long does it take for Wild Dagga to work?

Smoking wild dagga leaves is usually done rolled in joints with cannabis, smoked in bong with marijuana or in herbal smoking blends as a natural tobacco alternative.

It is also used as a treatment by natural healers to help treat partial paralysis and epilepsy in patients although they report that the method of ingestion can have a significant impact on the time it takes for wild dagga to work from a few minutes to a few hours, and a wide difference in the intensity of effects. 

From Harmony Herbals

Remember that the way you take wild dagga will determine the benefits you can reap. For example, when you consume the flower as a tea, you will supposedly benefit from the sedating and calming sensations of the flower. 

Many people in Chinese, Vietnamese, and South African cultures smoke wild dagga leaves for its euphoric effect. 

Can You Smoke Klip Dagga? 

You might also be wondering that can you smoke Klip dagga because both Klip and wild dagga are from the same family. The good news is that you can smoke wild and Klip dagga as a legal substitute for marijuana (hemp, cannabis, or ganja). Smoking the Klip dagga dried herb will apparently give you a euphoric effect and boost your mood in no time according to first-hand accounts found on Reddit and Erowid, although no scientific studies support those claims. 

On the other hand, the flowers are the most potent part of the plant. You can apparently use this as a relaxing herbal tea or in herbal smoking blends if you want an effect.

Is Wild Dagga Safe?

When it comes to smoking anything for a high, many people wonder about its safety. That is why it is natural to wonder if is wild dagga safe. The answer is that mostly yes, it is safe to use wild dagga as an herbal blend, calming tea, or even smoking it as a substitute for cannabis, although smoking any herb is inherently bad for your body due to the inhalation of toxic compounds like tar, carbon monoxide and a wide list of phenols that are the result of the combustion process.  

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If you are a cannabis user, you will find the herb incredibly safe and similar to cannabis in terms of flavor, although the effects are quite different. On the other hand, if you haven’t smoked anything and this is your first time, it might be wise to start small and see how it affects you. After that, you can increase your dose depending on what you want. 

Unlike cannabis, you can also smoke the wild dagga leaves, which you can also soak. So, if you are looking for a euphoric herb to smoke, it doesn't get better than the wild dagga. If you want to calm down, you can drink it as tea too, which means you can get the best of both worlds from wild dagga. 

Final Thoughts 

That was your complete guide to smoking wild dagga and the benefits of smoking wild dagga. If you are uncertain about this smokable herb, you can definitely check out other tobacco alternatives and instead Smoke Hops, Smoke Thyme and even Smoke Rose Petals!

*This article is not to be interpreted as a statement of any form by Spliff but merely a compendium of information compiled from other sources. These statements have not been evaluated by Health Canada, FDA or any other regulatory body. Consult your doctor before ingesting or smoking any herbal product.*

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