In this page you’ll find the most useful psychoactive herbs for affecting dreams and other altered states of consciousness. Psychoactive herbs are plants with the power to affect one’s state of consciousness.
Warning: Consult with your physician before using any of the below plants.
Calea zacatechichi is used to induce lucid dreams.
Most potent effects come from drinking a cup of Calea tea and smoking it just before bed.
Dreams will provide insight and clarity.
Maidenhair Tree (Ginkgo biloba)
Ginkgo biloba‘s leaves and seed kernel contain diterpene lactones, sesquiterpene lactone, and flavonol glycosides, which produce anti-inflammatory, vasodilator, relaxant, digestive bitter, and uterine stimulant actions.
Ginkgo works by increasing blood flow and neural transmission in the brain and improving circulation, thereby improving cerebrovascular function and protecting and enhancing brain function. It is a memory herb. If your inability to remember dreams is caused by cerebrovascular dysfunction or blood flow issues, ginkgo may help.
Ginkgo‘s main indication is to treat cerebral insufficiency, a disorder characterized by difficulties with concentration and memory, absentmindedness, confusion, lack of energy, and tiredness. Presumably, since we all experience cerebral insufficiency at times (which explains why some people do not recall dreams), Ginkgo may help as part of a memory improvement herbal formula taken for a minimum of 1-2 months.
Lion’s Tail (Leonotis leonurus)
Commonly referred to as “wild cannabis” or “wild dagga,” cultures from South Africa, China, and Vietnam have been known to smoke this herb for its euphoric benefits, often as a social substance for giddiness and laughter.
Mexican Tarragon (Tagetes lucida)
Native to Mexico and Central American, Mexican Tarragon’s dried leaves and flower heads contain anethole, chavicol, coumarin, estragole, isorhamnetin, methyleugenol, and quercitin, which are said to promote relaxation and sleep, relieve tension, elevate the mood, and enhance/increase/alter dreams.
The effect may last up to 3 hours when ingested orally and can be phenomenologically described as a lucid state of awakeness, in which noticeable effects include clarity, alertness, closed-eye visuals, body warmth, body tingles, feeling of well-being, and some time distortion.
Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris)
The leaves and roots contain volatile oil, lactones, flavonoids, coumarin derivatives, and triterpenes, which produce bitter tonic, stimulant, nervine tonic, and emmenagogue actions.
Mugwort can be used as a mild sedative and may be useful for calming nerves and easing depression and tension.
Used at nighttime whether by smoking or infusing in hot water (cover until drinking to avoid evaporation of volatile oil), this dreaming herb is known to help induce lucid dreaming and intensifying dreamscapes. Read more.