A shrub with fragrant leaves, which grows in tropical America, Texas and California.
Use: 2 tablespoons of the leaves are brought to boil in half a liter of water und afterwards left to steep for about 5 minutes. The tea is drunk. A pipe full of the dried leaves can be smoked additionally. Alcoholic extracts are also often used.
Active constituents: Acacetin, apogenin, arbutin, damianin, pinocembrin, cineole and thymol.
Effects: Very mildly aphrodizing and euphoriant effect of about 1 to 1,5 hours. Regular, but moderate use is supposed to have a strengthening effect on the reproductive organs. Especially the mild euphoriant effect is not perceived as equally strong by all people. Some people who are used to marijuana seem not impressed by the effects of damiana. I considered both the tea and the smoked herb as pleasant during my experiments, though not as very effective. Smoked in a pipe damiana serves as a less harmful tobacco substitute, which is even cheaper than tobacco, since the bureau of internal revenue does not impose taxes on it. I can personally confirm the aphrodizing effect.
Side effects: Long lasting use of too large amounts is suspected to damage the liver.
Suppliers: Dried herb in herbal stores, seeds in ethnobotanical and seeds store.