Klip Dagga, Lion's Ear Leonotis nepetifolia

        This Leonotis species is a close relative of another popular intoxicating sedative species known as Wild Dagga ( Leonotis Leonurus ). The scientific name of this variety is Leonotis Nepetifolia. In the Caribbean this strain of Leoonotus, also known as Klip Dagga, is used as a sacred medicine. Chemical analysis of the organic material including the leaves and flowers have yielded diterpenes and coumarines. This species has been shown to posses antispasmodic effects and appears to inhibit acetylcholine and histamine. This makes it a natural anti-histamine. Like many other ethnobotanicals in the world, it's native to tropical Africa, and India.

"Entheogenic" potential or mildly psychoactive properties

         This mo-fo has commonly been referred to as a "Cannabis Substitute", which is confusing. It's an herb, not a "designer drug", or a "legal high". I personally doubt the effects of this puppy are as desirable as Cannabis, or even comparable. Never the less, the intoxicating properties of this botanical are the reason the ethno has been labeled a Cannabis substitute so many times around the web, in magazine publications, and other forms of documentation. The effects produced by the herb are caused from naturally occurring compounds created inside the organic matter. It's commonly reported to posses sedative effects. Sedatives are calming, and tranquil substances. A sedative is the opposite of a stimulant pretty much. Stimulants are substances that induce energetic states, like Coffee, Kratom, and Caffeine in general. If anything, this is more of a CBD substitute, or a high end Indica, without the "cannabis" vibes..

Nature Is A Chemist

         What a lot of people fail to realize about alternative medicine is that "ethnobotanicals" ( culturally prized plants ) actually create and contain complex chemicals that produce sophisticated and often times miraculous effects in the human body. This information is no secret and has been widely documented for a long history of time now. A few examples of modern drugs that are extracted from ethnobotanicals include Asprin, made from the bark of the White Willlow tree, and penicillin made from a fungi called "Penicillium fungi". Many fungi species are commonly known for the mushrooms they create. As far as the chemical composition goes, it contains valuable pharmacological compounds just like other botanicals.

Medicinal Properties & Constituents

         On the island of Trinidad the leaves are brewed as a tea for fever, coughs, womb prolapse and malaria. Sense it contains compounds that produce sedative effects, it is utilized as a sedative in alternative medicine. This species is also known for its antispasmodic effects and appears to inhibit acetylcholine and histamine which is why it's considered a natural anti-histamine. Antispasmodic is a term that refers to herbs, substances, drugs, compounds, or medicines that suppress muscle spasms. In general, this ethnobotanical is one that offers a great deal of relief. From suppressing allergy symptoms, to muscle spasms, to calming agitated states of being, it prooves to be a very kind strain. Below, I will discuss each specific compound found inside this ethnobotanical and their specific medicinal properties. Phytochemistry also shows it's antioxidant rich.

There is science behind alternative medicine. The compounds that Klip Dagga produces are of great scientific, pharmacological, and ethnobotanical importance. Make no mistake, holistic or "alternative medicine" is no joke, and is actually the original form of medicating. It's literally given the world many medical breakthroughs. The science behind these naturel remedies is rather complex. Unless you are studying phytochemistry in college, you won't really understand a lot of the vocabulary or terminology associated with how the mechanisms function. Keep in mind you can always find out via academic sources available online to the public. Research google scholarly..


"Diterpene, a type of terpene, is an organic compound composed of four isoprene units and has the molecular formula C20H32. They derive from geranylgeranyl pyrophosphate. Diterpenes form the basis for biologically important compounds such as retinol, retinal, and phytol. They are known to be antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory." - Quoted from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diterpenes Antimicrobilal and anti-inflammatory properties I can understand. Now we move on to the compounds known as "coumarins".


The compound known as "coumarin" naturally exists in the organic matter of several Leonotis species. Coumarin is also found in many other trees, flowers, and herbs. It was first isolated in the year 1820. That just goes to show how far back scientific studies into the actual pharmacology of plants and their medicinal potential goes back This compound is used in industry, as a precursor agent in the synthesis of multiple synthetic anti-coagulant pharmaceuticals similar to dicoumarol. I'm sure it has its own subtle effect on the properties of Lions Ear ( Klip Dagga )

Alternative Medicine Is Scientific

        A large portion of modern society laughs at the concept of herbal medicine such as Klip Dagga (leonotis nepetifolia) and others, and remains completely ignorant to the fact that these compounds have been studied for many years. These facts are readily available both on the internet, the library, and yes even in scholarly journals written by knowledgeable professionals. I have witnessed so many people that have laughed at the idea of natrually occurring medicines. That was my main inspiration for putting this page together. I wanted to inform the world of the already well documented information regarding the science behind these treasured species. That is in fact, exactly what I am doing.

Organic Lion's Ear Scientific Name Leonotis Nepetifolia

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References, Resources:

Trivedi, A., Neeraj Sethiya, K., & Mishra, S. H. (2011). Preliminary pharmacognostic and phytochemical analysis of “Granthika”(Leonotis nepetaefolia): an ayurvedic herb.

Veerabadran, U., Venkatraman, A., Souprayane, A., Narayanasamy, M., Perumal, D., Elumalai, S., ... & Perumal, A. (2013). Evaluation of antioxidant potential of leaves of Leonotis nepetifolia and its inhibitory effect on MCF7 and Hep2 cancer cell lines. Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Disease, 3(2), 103-110.

Leonotis nepetifolia. (2013, May 23). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 15:22, August 16, 2014, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Leonotis_nepetifolia&oldid=556352173

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