Calea Zacatechichi is a Mexican herb primarily associated with vivid and bright lucid dreams. It is also called dream herb.
Calea Zacatechichi is part of the Asteraceae family. This one is related to the sunflowers and daisies. This family has over 23,000 species, which is divided into 12 subfamilies. Calea Zacatechichi falls in the subfamily known as Heliantheae. The majority of the plants in this family have pronounced flowers, with a central capitula surrounded by a ring of petals.
Calea Zacatechichi is one of the plants that breaks with this trend; it is a medium tall shrub that produces more trumpet-like, yellow flowers. In the wild it is found in Mexico and Central America. Calea Zacatechichi can grow up to 1.5 meters in height and can spread through seed and cuttings, although the seeds are known to be difficult to grow. The leaves of this plant are used to induce the dreaming effect, but the rest of the plant could also be used for this.
When you use this dream herb it will open the mind of your sleeping state. However, it has few noticeable effects when you are awake, although it may brighten colors and make sounds more pronounced. Calea Zacatechichi is most effective when you are in a deep sleep. Some people have indicated that they have been taken to bizarre alien worlds or a society of the future. Calea Zacatechichi opens the hidden creativity of your subconscious mind and with this you increase your chances of a very clear dream.
Calea Zacatechichi does not immediately induce a clear dream. It is a dream stimulant that makes your dreams much more interesting, unforgettable and more vivid. Calea Zacatechichi also allows you to participate in dreams for a long time; in actual time that may be only 30-60 minutes, but it feels like hours, maybe days in the dream world. Even people who have lucid dreams without assistance appreciate Calea Zacatechichi for her ability to enhance the experience.
You can smoke Calea Zacatechichi by putting some of the herb in a rolling paper. Then roll it into a joint. The smoke is pungent and does not taste good.
You can also use it to make tea. Most users do this. The problem is that this tea is extremely bitter. Calea is not called bitter herb for nothing. By adding some sugar or honey to the tea you can mask the taste a bit, but it will not be really tasty.
3 to 25 grams of dried leaves can be ground and drunk as a tea. If you have an extract of the dream herb, it is best to put it in capsules.