Damiana is a smoking herb used to promote sexual energy, as a mild stimulant and to help with mood and relaxation. It is a good choice for people looking for alternatives to tobacco. It can be smoked or made into a tea. It can also be brewed into a tincture and added to drinks. Damiana is sometimes mixed with cannabis to make herbal cigarettes.
Damiana has been used for centuries to improve mood, sexual arousal and for its relaxing effects. It is believed to be the most potent aphrodisiac available without prescription and it can enhance sexual function in both men and women. It also has sedative properties and it can aid with insomnia. Damiana is considered an adaptogen which means it helps the body cope with stress and tension. It can help with weight loss and it has been used to treat anxiety. It is an anti-inflammatory and can reduce pain. It may even reduce depression and is often prescribed for women suffering from PMS or symptoms of menopause.
Several studies indicate that damiana can increase libido. Some women say that it increases their orgasms. It has been reported that damiana can also boost testosterone and prevent or delay aging of the reproductive organs.
There is little scientific evidence to support the claims of the aphrodisiac properties of damiana. Nonetheless, it is often included in cannabis-mimicking products for smoking (also known as "spice") that are widely available in places where marijuana is illegal. These herbs contain other chemicals such as synthetic cannabinoids and are not recommended for use by pregnant or nursing mothers.