Damiana (Turnera afrodisiaca) has a relaxing effect with a euphoric high for 1-2 hours after taking, and like its Latin name suggests, is a mild but effective aphrodisiac. Damiana may be smoked or made into a tea, and the shredded version is even suitable for use in a vaporizer.
A small plant that grows from the southern USA and most of South America, damiana is believed to have been a tonic and aphrodisiac among the Maya since prehistoric times. It is still used as an ingredient in voodoo love rituals. Prior to prohibition, the inventor of Coca Cola developed a wine containing coca, cola, sweet wine and damiana.
A pack of damiana contains 50 grams.
Take three tablespoons of damiana made into a tea with half a litre (a pint) of water. Dried leaves can also be used in an alcohol extract, or smoked in a joint; damiana is a popular ingredient of tobacco substitute smoking mixes, in which it doubles the potency of other ingredients.
DAMIANA ACTIVE COMPOUNDS
The active ingredient in damiana is its volatile oil, which contains tannins, resins, and terpenes. Scientists have yet to isolate any specific components that could confer a hallucinatory effect or a high.
Damiana has no known toxicity or addiction issues; powders, tinctures and extracts are freely available via health food and sex shops in Europe and the USA.