What’s the Best Way To Take Calea Zacatechichi?

31 Aug

Calea Zacatechichi Close Up Photo by Rowan

Calea Zacatechichi Close Up Photo by Rowan


If you’ve used Calea Z for dream-work before, please take a second to vote in the poll.


What’s the Best Way to Take Calea Zacatechichi?
Smoking It (Leaves, Resin, 10x, etc)
Drinking It (Tea)
Eating It (Pills)
Chewing It (Raw Leaf)
Not Sure But I Would Like to Know!
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Calea Zacatechichi, the popular “dream herb” plant native to Mexico, offers many different options when it comes to how you would like to take it. A very common question I see and often get asked is:

What’s the best Way to Take Calea Zacatechichi?

The reason behind this question is  two fold:

Many people are aware of how bitter the taste can be, so they’re looking for other ways to successfully work with Calea Z. Secondly, perhaps some ways of taking Calea Zacatechichi yield better results for dream work – naturally you’d want know what works best and go from there.

Here is what I think are the most effective methods, in order of most effective/most popular, to least effective/least popular.

Smoking Calea Zacatechichi Leaves and Resin

This includes “normal” leaves, smoking it with blended herbs such as this popular Dream Blend, which many find less harsh than straight Calea Z, enhanced leaves – such as 10x CZ Leaves, as well as smoking specially made resin, like this 20x resin.

In my experience, smoking calea leaves is the most common and effective method. If you have a water pipe, using cold water or water with ice cubes is a nice way to make the smoke more gentle on your lungs. This is what I personally do.

Drinking Calea Zacatechichi Tea

Making and drinking Calea Zacatechichi tea is seen as the “traditional” method, as this is the way natives use this herb when working with their dreams.

Calea tea is a very popular option.

One thing to note if you’ve never tried drinking Calea tea; it’s quite bitter. Here you can read more about how to make calea zacatechichi less bitter.

Swallowing Calea Zacatechichi Pills

Places like I am Shaman also offer pills you can take that are full of powdered dream herb. You can also make these pills yourself.

In my experience, this was not a very effective method. You can read more about this here in my post on making Calea Zacatechichi pills.

Chewing Calea Zacatechichi Leaves

This is the only method of ingestion I’ve not tried myself. I know little about it, having only heard of it through people writing in on this website about Calea Zacatechichi that they’ve done this before. I’d ask you to share your experience with this if you have tried such a thing.

What Do you Think?

It’s been a long time since I used any dream herbs and my own calea z experiences are less than stellar, but I just can’t get this fascinating plant out of my head. It’s traditional to work with Calea via smoking it and drinking it in a tea –  and from reading experience reports and talking to others, the consensus seems to be that this is the best method. Or is it? I’m hoping you’ll vote in the poll above to help clarify this.

2 Responses to “What’s the Best Way To Take Calea Zacatechichi?”

  1. Pro November 8, 2010 at 12:09 am #

    Calea Zacatechichi is best taken orally ALONG WITH and EQUAL amount of Salvia Divinorum, and half amount of Mugwort, optimally you should powder or grind up the 3, then make tea out of them and after the tea eat the leaves from the bottom with a mouth full of honey if you can’t stand the bitterness. I’ve heard there’s a sweet version of CZ from Japan, but I’ve yet to find it for sale.

    After ingesting, go to bed. Enjoy.

  2. Ben November 23, 2010 at 9:12 pm #

    Hi Pro! Thanks for visiting Dreaming Life. 🙂 I have never taken Calea Zacatechichi with Salvia Divinorum/mugwort, but it does sound like this would produce results (esp. w/ the salvia, obviously!)

    When you do this, do you find you feel the Salvia for a few minutes, as usual, and then just go to bed and it’s far different than having just taken a Calea Z dosage, solo? Have you done this both ways?

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