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Botanical name: Calea zacatechichi
Other names: Dream herb

Calea zacatechichi is a Mexican herb commonly used in folk medicine to treat dysentery, fevers, gastrointestinal complaints and respiratory disorders such as asthma.  

The native Chontal people of Oaxaca call it thle-pela-kano, and use it for divination rituals which involve smoking the plant, drinking it as a tea, and placing it under a pillow to induce divinatory dreams.

Current popular use confirms Calea leaf is a viable smoking alternative, giving a dreamy effect. As a tea it may induce lucid dreaming. The following day, some ‘lucid dreamers’ report feeling a wonderful sense of well-being and clarity of mind and senses.

Reference: HHH, 8th ed., by Ray Thorpe, ”Researchers from National Medicines Institute Describe Findings in Irritable Bowel Syndrome.”

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None known (except for its intense bitterness).

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