INTOXICATING MINT, TURKESTAN MINT
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The effects of the plant have been largely attributed to the diterpene lagochilin. The closely related compounds lagochilin-3-acetate and lagochilin-tetraacetate are also present in the plant and might contribute to the overall effects. This herb also has hypotensive properties (i.e. it lowers blood pressure). Like Salvia divinorum, this is one of the few members of the mint family (Labiatae) that is traditionally used as an inebriant. The most commonly reported effects include relaxation, euphoria, and subtle perceptual changes.
Caution: Some vendors are selling herbs as "Lagochilus inebrians" that are not the correct species. At least one vendor has been selling a different species, Lagochilus cabulicus, falsely claiming that it is the same as Lagochilus inebrians. I have analyzed the material offered by that vendor and found that it does not contain lagochilin. Unfortunately, the problem of people selling misidentified herbs is quite common.
Authentic Lagochilus inebrians is now available from the Sage Wisdom Salvia Shop.
Several years ago, a botanist friend gave me two flowering specimens. This is a photo of one of them.