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Salvia divinorum, a dissociative hallucinogenic sage

A list of plants that are used as hallucinogens. Some of them have been used entheogenic for millennia. The plants are listed according to the substances they contain.


Cannabis plant
Main article: Cannabis

Cannabis (Marijuana) is a popular psychoactive plant that is often used medically and recreationally. Cannabis is also unique in that it contains a psychoactive substance, THC, which contains no nitrogen and is not an indole, tryptamine, phenethylamine, anticholinergic (deliriant), or a dissociative drug. Cannabis plants tend to vary, with different strains producing dynamic balances of psychoactive cannabinoids (THC, CBD, etc.) that cause different strains to produce markedly different effects, popular strains often being hybrids of both Cannabis sativa and Cannabis indica. Some universities and research firms currently study the medicinal effects of cannabis. Many jurisdictions have laws regulating (or outright prohibiting) the sale and use of medical cannabis to treat pain, insomnia, and stimulate appetite.


DMT Molecule in 2D
DMT Molecule in 3D

Many of the psychedelic plants contain dimethyltryptamine (DMT), which is either snorted (Virola, Yopo snuffs), smoked, or drunk with MAOIs (Ayahuasca). It cannot simply be eaten as it is not orally active without an MAOI and it needs to be extremely concentrated to be smokable.


Species, Alkaloid content, where given, refers to dried material


  • Acer saccharinum (Silver Maple Tree) was found to contain the indole alkaloid gramine (not active and extremely toxic) 0.05% in the leaves, so it is possible that other members of this plant family contain active compounds.[1]



Fabaceae (Leguminosae)[edit]

1,2,3,4-Tetrahydro-6-methoxy-2,9-dimethyl-beta-carboline, Plant,[43] 1,2,3,4-Tetrahydro-6-methoxy-2-methyl-beta-carboline, Plant,[43] 5-Methoxy-N,N-dimethyltryptamine, Bark,[43] 5-Methoxy-N-methyltryptamine, Bark,[43] Bufotenin, plant,[43] beans,[42] Bufotenin N-oxide, Fruit,[43] beans,[42] N,N-Dimethyltryptamine-oxide, Fruit[43][46]

Caesalpinioideae subfamily[edit]





Poaceae (Gramineae)[edit]

Some Graminae (grass) species contain gramine, which can cause brain damage, other organ damage, central nervous system damage and death in sheep.[66]



  • Punica granatum "DMT in root cortex;"[61] The dried stem and root bark of the tree contain about 0.4-0.9% alkaloids.[70]





Species, Alkaloid Content (Fresh) - Alkaloid Content (Dried)


Harmaline, a Beta-carboline

Beta-carbolines are "reversible" MAO-A inhibitors. They are found in some plants used to make Ayahuasca. In high doses the harmala alkaloids are somewhat hallucinogenic on their own.



























Plants containing other psychoactive substances[edit]


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Salvinorin A
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Salvia divinorum

Salvinorin A, 0.89-3.87 mg/g, also Salvinorin B and Salvinorin C[95]
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Catha edulis

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Foeniculum vulgare


Justicia pectoralis

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Laurelia novae-zelandiae


Artemisia vulgaris

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Turnera diffusa

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Magnolia virginiana

The leaves or bark have been placed in cupped hands over the nose and inhaled as a mild hallucinogen
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Corydalis solida, Corydalis cava

Bulbocapnine, Nantenine, Tetrahydropalmatine
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Piper methysticum


Lagochilus inebrians

Lagochilin is thought to be responsible for the sedative, hypotensive and hemostatic effects of this plant.
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Tagetes lucida

Anethole, Chavicol, Coumarin, Estragole, Isorhamnetin, Methyleugenol, Quercitin
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Lactuca virosa

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Glaucium flavum


Galbulimima belgraveana

Galbulimima belgraveana is rich in alkaloids and twenty-eight alkaloids have been isolated. Himbacine, himbeline, himandravine, himgravine, himbosine, himandridine, himandrine, G.B. 1, G. B. 2, G. B. 3, G. B. 4, G. B. 5, G. B. 6, G. B. 7, G. B. 8, G. B. 9, G. B. 10, G. B. 11, G. B. 12, himgaline, himbadine, G. B. 13, himgrine, G. B. 14, G. B. 15, G. B. 16, G. B. 17 and G. B. 18.

Zornia latifolia

Zornia latifolia, is mentioned in Food of the Gods as "an hallucinogenic substitute for cannabis". It's nicknamed Maconha brava because locals use it as a cannabis substitute.

Argemone mexicana

Used by Chinese residents of Mexico during the early 20th century as a legal substitute for opium and currently smoked as a marijuana substitute.
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Argyreia nervosa (Hawaiian Baby Woodrose)

Seeds contain high amounts of LSA (also known as d-lysergic acid amide, d-lysergamide, ergine, and LA-111), often 50-150X the amounts found in Ipomoea violacea.

Tabernanthe iboga

Ibogaine in root bark[97]

Tabernanthe orientalis

Ibogaine in root leaves[97]

Tabernanthe pubescens

Ibogaine and similar alkaloids[97]

Tabernaemontana sp.

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Trachelospermum jasminoides

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Nymphaea caerulea

Recent studies have shown Nymphaea caerulea to have psychedelic properties, and may have been used as a sacrament in ancient Egypt and certain ancient South American cultures. Dosages of 5 to 10 grams of the flowers induces slight stimulation, a shift in thought processes, enhanced visual perception, and mild closed-eye visuals. Nymphaea caerulea is related to, and possesses similar activity as Nelumbo nucifera, the Sacred Lotus. Both Nymphaea caerulea and Nelumbo nucifera contain the alkaloids nuciferine and apomorphine, which have been recently isolated by independent labs.[citation needed]

These psychoactive effects make Nymphaea caerulea a likely candidate (among several) for the lotus plant eaten by the mythical Lotophagi in Homer's Odyssey.

Used in aromatherapy, Nymphaea caerulea is purported to have a "divine" essence, bringing euphoria, heightened awareness and tranquility.[citation needed]

Other sources cite anti-spasmodic and sedative, purifying and calming properties.

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Leonotis leonurus

Both leaves and flowers (where most concentrated) contain Leonurine. (Effects reminiscent of marijuana)
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Leonotis nepetifolia

Both leaves and flowers (where most concentrated) contain Leonurine. (Effects reminiscent of marijuana)
Active Chemical Unknown
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Calea zacatechichi

Produces vivid dreams after smoking. It is also employed by the Chontal people as a medicinal herb against gastrointestinal disorders, and is used as an appetizer, cathartic anti-dysentery remedy, and as a fever-reducing agent. Its psychedelic properties do not become apparent until the user is asleep.

Silene capensis

Produces vivid dreams after smoking.


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D-lysergic acid amide and lysergic acid amides in the seeds; up to 0.12% total[99]
Rivea corymbosa
Seeds contain D-lysergic acid amide, lysergol, and turbicoryn; lysergic acid alkaloids up to 0.03%[100]
Some Mirabilis sp. (Actually in Nyctaginaceae family)
LSA[citation needed]

Apocynaceae family:

Aquifoliaceae family:

  • Ilex guayusa, which is used as an additive to some versions of Ayahuasca. According to the Ecuadorian indigenous, it is also slightly hallucinogenic on its own, when drunk in high enough quantities.

Euphorbiaceae family:

Loganaceae family:

Lythraceae family:

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