Thursday, April 21, 2011

Rare Drug Profile: Coleus

Scientific Name: Coleus blumei, pumilus

Effects:  Mild hallucinogen (visuals, enhanced dreams, euphoria, sedation)

Description:  Coleus is a brightly colored plant used traditionally by the Mazatec Indians as a substitute for Salvia divinorum. While its active components have not been identified, users report effects ranging from nothing at all to highly visual psychedelia with euphoric overtones. 

Methods of Ingestion:  Between 50 and 70 large leaves.  Can be eaten whole, smoked or brewed into tea.

Safety Precautions:  None known, though nausea may occur at higher doses.   

Sample Trip Report (from  “At this point I was excited because it was starting to kick in. After the next 10-15 minutes I started to feel extremely happy, and my body was all FUZZY (that’s the only way to describe it). All I could do was smile, and the whole time I felt like laughing, but I couldn’t. I just had that pressure feeling in my throat like when I’m about to laugh. on top of that, EVERYTHING had an aura (a glowing color around the object), and everything had a different one. And to my eyes, my skin looked blue and green around the edges of my limbs.”

Source:  Coleus Vault


  1. Mary, the coleus fx is news to me, and fascinating. I've been trying to get cultivation info online, and run into contradictory stuff, e.g. one site says they have seeds, another says flame nettle does not propogate from seeds, only from cuttings. And one garden seed source, burpee, does not give latin names so it is hard to tell if they are selling solenostemon pumllus or not... Do you have any further info?

  2. From what I can gather, it looks like the psychoactive species (Solenostemon scutellarioides) can be grown from seed or cuttings. I also read that many coleus seed packets contain a mixture of different sub-species, so double check with your vendor to make sure you’re getting the right type.

    Hope that helps! :)

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  4. I just bought a packet at Wal-Mart(Unknowingly that coleus can make you hallucinate) lol I googled how to take care of them and then I found out they had psychoactive chemicals. Anyways my question is what is the description of the right coleus that can make you hallucinate?

  5. A friend of mine ate coleus seeds, then walked up Camelback mountain with his Jethro Tull album and a gun. He left the album and the gun there, took off his clothes, and walked back. He stopped at a closed beer store that had a sign "Take home a six pack", and broke through the window to take home a six pack, then walked up to the neighbor girl's house, bloody, naked, wild eyed, carrying a 6 pack. He was taken off to the funny farm, and hasn't been the same since. Needless to say, I don't recommend this stuff.

    1. that's not coleus Anon ... that's too much Jethro Tull.

  6. Are there any allergic reactions to ingesting this? Because I recently blended about 40 leaves and I noticed blisters in my lips and sores on my chin.

  7. This is crazy. I have not enjoyed any psychoactive plants since many years. Today I stroked along the stems and leaves of my beautiful coleus plant that grew from a cutting a while ago. I must say, that I often talk to this plant when I pass by it. It somehow inspired me to do so. Then by accident I noticed its very pleasant smell on my hands. I repeated stroking it and smelled and immediately it occured in my brain that it has psychoactive powers. So I looked it up....and here I am...
    What fun.

  8. What size is considered large leaves for these plants?