Cabeza de Angel is a shrub with feather-like, flaming red flowers which belongs to the family of the leguminosae. It originates from Mexico and Guatemala and is sometimes grown as an ornamental plant in California.
Use: Calliandra was already used by the Aztecs in old Mexico. First several cuts were made into its bark, and a couple of days later the resin, which showed up, was gathered, dried, pulverized, mixed with ashes and snuffed.
Active constituents: This plant contains various substances, like tannin, a glycoside and an essential oil. Furthermore this plant is supposed to contain harmane and DMT, but I was not yet able to find a scientific proof of this claim.
Effects: Hypnotic, sleep inducing. The effects do not occur reliably. Calliandra is also being used as part of the Mexican folk medicine against diarrhea, swellings, fever and malaria.
Side Effects: None are known.
Suppliers: Seeds and plants are available in the botanical trade.