Calea Zacatechichi
AKA The Dream Herb

Calea Zacatechichi, or Calea Z for short, is known as the "dream herb". It is a flowering plant native to Mexico and Central America and has been used by the Chontal Maya people of Mexico in divination rituals to promote visionary dreams.

The Dream Herb is not widely used or known about, but that hasn't stopped many oneironauts (lucid dreamers) from experimenting with it to promote ideal conditions for conscious dreaming.

Disclaimer: Consult with your doctor before taking any new supplements.

How to Use It

Here are three different ways to use Calea Zacatechichi for lucid dreaming:

  1. capsules
  2. drink as tea
  3. smoke


This is my preferred method, simply because it's the easiest. Typically, I will take two 250mg capsules after 4.5 hours of sleep using the Wake Back to Bed (WBTB) technique.

If this is your first time, try one 250mg capsule to start. Increase on your next attempt if needed. I don't recommend taking them at your bedtime because you won't experience strong results. It needs to be taken when you are in REM sleep.


It wouldn't be fair if I didn't warn you how EXTREMELY bitter Calea Z tastes. 

That being said, Calea Z can be made into a tea either by steeping it's dried leaves in hot water for 10 minutes, or by adding a few drops of concentrated extract from a tincture into your beverage.


Like mugwort, the leaves of Calea Z can be smoked. I have never given this method a try (don't really intend to either) and haven't heard from anyone on how effective this is. If you have tried smoking it, please leave a comment at the bottom to let everyone know about your experience.

What to Expect

Taking Calea Zacatechichi doesn't guarantee that you will become lucid. In most of my experiences using this herb, I have had very meaningful dreams. There have been a few lucid dreams sprinkled in there as well, most of which were very profound.

I have noticed a few minor side effects the morning after taking the capsules. Usually it's nothing more than feeling a little dizzy. So, to minimize these side effects, I now eat a small snack at the same time I take the capsules. 

Where to Buy It

You won't find it on any store shelves, so you'll have to purchase it online. The selection is extremely limited since it isn't widely used. Here's what I recommend trying:

Calea Z capsules by Phytoextractum Plants and Extract (not affiliated). If you're not sure what size to purchase, start out with the smallest (28 grams). 

Note: Make sure you check your local laws. Calea Z is banned in Poland.

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