Exploring the Mexican Dream Herb: Calea zacatechichi

Calea zacatechichi: The Mexican Dream Herb

Calea zacatechichi is widely considered one of the premier oneirogenic “dream herbs” available today. It’s used by lucid dreamers to enhance the vividness and cohesiveness of dreams and help facilitate one’s ability to lucid dream.

What is Calea zacatechichi?

Calea zacatechichi is a small shrub native to Mexico and Central America. It’s smoked or consumed as a tea to enhance mental clarity and facilitate lucid dreaming. This plant is found from northeastern Mexico (Nuevo León, Tamaulipas) down to Colombia and Brazil. It thrives in a wide range of environments, including tropical and temperate environments.

Calea zacatechichi Specs:

Active Ingredients: Sesquiterpene lactones
Level of Risk: Low
Common Names: Ahuapatli, Çacachichic, Prodigiosa, Thle pela kano, Zacatechichi, Zacate de perro, Hoja madre, Hoja de dios
Most Common Side-Effects: Sedation, nausea, vomiting, waking unrefreshed
Duration of Effects: 3–6 hours
Legality: Legal in most parts of the world except Louisiana (USA) and Poland

Calea zacatechichi Traditional Uses

Calea has a long history of use in Mexico and Central America, where it grows naturally, especially among the Chotal Indians in Oaxaca. It was used by shamans for ceremonial and divinatory purposes due to its psychoactive and dream-enhancing properties. This herb had other uses as well, including digestive disorders and fevers.

Effects of Calea While Asleep

The strongest effects of Calea happen while we’re asleep. In psychoactive doses, Calea leaf can dramatically enhance both the vividness and memorability of dreams. It makes dreams feel longer and reduces some of the “fogginess” that can make dreams hard to comprehend. One of the more unique characteristics of Calea is that it can also make dreams feel more cohesive — that is, it makes dreams easier to understand and...

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