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True Bitter Dream Herb Calea Zacatechichi Ternifolia Seeds
Packet of 50+ home grown, organic seeds!
This is the true “Bitter” variety of this world famous ethnobotanical herb.
It has a smaller overall leaf length, its serrations or teeth are deeper, it has a much harder, woodier stem, and smaller pale yellow, not blue flower bud, and much shorter seed length than the myriad of substitutions floating about.
There is confusion, particularly in UK and the USA, where the so called “non-bitter” form (which is actually is often Chromolaena odorata or “Siam Weed”) is sold as the bitter form, often complete with incorrect pictures…
This is the real deal folks, freshly harvested from my own organically grown plants.
Not to say there is anything in particular wrong with the “non-bitter” form, just be aware it is a mildly toxic plant, it has no history of use as a dream enhancing herb, and is a 100% prohibited entry to Australia as a declared noxious weed…
If you only want the real deal bitter dream herb, the one that is not a weed, the one with the lengthy history of ethnobotanical use, the one that is correctly identified, then make sure it looks like my pics.
In Mexico the plant is used as an herbal remedy for dysentery and fever. The Zoque Popoluca people call the plant tam huñi (“bitter gum”) and use it to treat diarrhea and asthma, and the Mixe people know it as poop taam ujts (“white bitter herb”) and use it for stomachache and fever. The Chontal people of Oaxaca reportedly use the plant, known locally as thle-pela-kano, during divination. Isolated reports describe rituals that involve smoking a plant believed to be this species, drinking it as a tea, and placing it under a pillow to induce divinatory dreams. Zacatechichi, the former species name, is a Nahuatl word meaning “bitter grass”. Users take the plant to help them remember their dreams; side effects include hallucinations, nausea, and vomiting.”
Alrighty, on to propagating Calea Zacatechichi.
Growing dream herb is notoriously hard, even with very fresh seeds (although that does help a lot). For this reason, you really have to be realistic and understand that Calea is a difficult plant to germinate, the hardest to start of all the Dream Herb‘s and despite your best efforts, and my super fresh seeds, you just may not have success…
If you do get a good strike it will be in the 10-50% range. It will not be 100%, it won’t even be 60% most of the time.
No idea why, just the nature of the beast. Accept it, cross your fingers, do your best, and if you don’t have any luck then sorry folks, them’s the breaks.
It took me a while to get a decent size collection, and not everything grew the first time I tried. Calea is difficult and unpredictable in my experience, take that into account before considering purchasing.
The other thing to remember with Calea is that once you have one plant, they propagate by cuttings super easily, so 12months later you will have heaps.
All you need is just one or two little fellas to get you started.
If you need more data, just Google Calea zacatechichi (the old botanical name), Calea ternifolia (the new botanical name), Dream Herb, or Lucid Dreaming herb.
Grown by me and the Mrs organically, no chems, no nasties, no problems!!!