How to Improve the Potency of Wild Dagga

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How to Improve the Potency of Wild Dagga
The wild dagga will need to soak in the mason jars for two weeks. (Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Wild dagga is a psychoactive plant that can be grown and purchased legally throughout North America. Its active ingredient is an alkaloid known as leonurine, which affects the same receptor site as nicotine in the brain. This alkaloid is found in low doses in the flowers, requiring the use of large amounts to achieve the desired effect. Leonurine, however, is highly soluble in alcohol. Alcohol can be used to create a highly potent concentrate of wild dagga. Other methods of increasing the potency of wild dagga exist, but they require expensive laboratory equipment, access to restricted solvents, and may only produce a negligibly higher potency.

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Things you need

  • 3.54gr dried wild dagga flowers
  • 4 cups 91% isopropyl alcohol
  • 2 large mason jars
  • Metal strainer
  • Large metal baking tray

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  1. 1

    Divide the wild dagga flowers into two equal parts. Add one part to each mason jar.

  2. 2

    Pour the isopropyl alcohol over the wild dagga flowers until they are completely covered. Seal the jars. Wild dagga's psychoactive alkaloids have an affinity with alcohol; they are drawn out of the plant and into solution.

  3. 3

    Wait two weeks for the chemicals in the wild dagga flowers to be extracted. It takes time for the active ingredients to percolate into the isopropyl alcohol completely.

  4. 4

    Open the mason jars and strain the discoloured isopropyl alcohol into the baking tray. Squeeze as much of the alcohol out of the flowers as possible before discarding them.

  5. 5

    Set the filled baking tray in a sunny location to evaporate. This removes the toxic alcohol, leaving behind only a potent concentrate of wild dagga's active ingredients and none of the bulky, inactive plant materials.

  6. 6

    Scrape the resin off of the baking tray once the alcohol has completely evaporated. This black, sticky resin is ready for use.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not use an extract that is not completely dry. Moisture in the extract is evidence of the presence of toxic isopropyl alcohol.

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