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Botanical Name: Leonotis leonurus
Other Names: Lion's Tail, Lion's Ear
Info: Often called "Lion’s Tail" is a plant species in the Lamiaceae family. This plant is an evergreen shrub native to South Africa where it is very common. Its known for both medicinal and psychoactive properties within the plant. The main psychoactive component in Lion's Tail is leonurine. The name wild dagga links this plant to closely to cannabis as the name dagga was derived from the Khoikhoi people of south-west Africa.
Identification: This shrub grows 3-6 feet in height and about 1-3 feet wide.the leaves of this plant are broadly triangular with serrated edges, The stems of this shrub are more of a square shape as they go up the plant very similar to cannabis.
The flowers of this plant are tubular and orange in color with a sweet drop of nectar in the base of the flower tube. This vibrant flower attracts nectivorous birds that help to cross-pollinate this species.
Uses: The main active component leonurine has both antioxidant and cardioprotective properties and has shown to significantly improve myocardial function
The dried leaves and flowers can be smoked or made into a tea for a mild calming effect, In some users the effects have been said to be similar to the effects of THC, Except it has a much less potent high. It has been often said to bring euphoria and visual changes.
Caution: The cons to this herb are in some cases there has been Dizziness, Nausea, sweating and sedation. Always use precaution when trying new herbs.