Calea zaquechichi ( lat. Calēa zacatēchichi , Spanish hoja de dios - “leaves of God”) - plant ; a species of the Kalea family of the Asteraceae ( Asteraceae ), growing wild in the area from southern Mexico to northern Costa Rica .
|International Scientific Name|
Calea zacatechichi Schltdl. , 1835
Economic value and application
It is used by shamans of local tribes to predict the future by means of vivid dreams caused by the plant, as well as for medicinal purposes in case of gastrointestinal disorders and as a febrifuge. The plant has a sedative and mild hypnotic effect  .
It is shown that the extract from this plant has psychoactive properties. Its use contributes to the production of bright and lucid dreams and increase the time of their recall.
Contrary to a very widespread opinion, Kaleya Zakatochichi is not a drug , and therefore its cultivation, storage or use is not prohibited in any country of the world  .
Strongly branched shrub up to 1-1.5 m high with jagged leaves at the edges, triangular-oval in shape, 2-6.5 cm long.
The inflorescence consists of a set of small white or yellow flowers tightly adjacent to each other.
The plant contains a complex of sesquiterpenes and flavonoids .
- About the conditionality of specifying the class of dicotyledons as a higher taxon for the group of plants described in this article, see the section “APG Systems” of the article “Dicotyledons” .
- Ago Mayagoitia L., Díaz JL, Contreras CM Psychopharmacologic analysis of an alleged oneirogenic plant: Calea zacatechichi // J Ethnopharmacol. - 1986 Dec. - Vol. 18, no . 3 . - P. 229-243.
- Donald G. Barceloux. Medical Toxicology of Drug Abuse: Synthesized Chemicals and Psychoactive Plants. - 2012. - p. 576.