African Dream Root (5 grams)


Native to South Africa, Silene capensis has served as a catalyst for deep and meaningful dreams since antiquity. The fascinating plant also helps to promote sleep readiness and boost sleep function—setting the stage for vivid dreams to occur. Simply process the dream herb, place it into capsules, and get ready to explore the dreamscape.

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Silene Capensis: The African root for deep sleep and lucid dreams

Originating from the Eastern Cape of South Africa, silene capensis has long been used by the indigenous Xhosa tribe during spiritual, shamanistic rituals. It is also commonly known in the West as Gunpowder Plant, Wild Tobacco and African Dream Root.

Traditionally, the root is reputed to induce vivid and sometimes lucid dreams that are remembered upon waking. This is why it is considered a sacred herb by the Xhosa people, and is widely used by shamans to guide their people. However, inducing lucid dreaming is a secondary effect, and only a selected few are said to be given this experience.


The main effect that everyone taking silene capensis will receive is an improved quality of sleep. Those who take this regularly will find they wake up feeling refreshed and ready for the day ahead. It can also have you waking up earlier, only needing 6 hours sleep to fully rejuvenate – 6 hours is seen as the healthiest amount of time to sleep by general scientific consensus.

Silene capensis can induce vivid and much more memorable dreams when used; but this is much rarer and will only effect some people. It can also induce a stimulating effect in some users, giving them even extra energy upon waking – but this is anecdotal.

Preparation and dosage

Traditionally, the dried root of silene capensis was pulverized into water to create a white foam. This foam was then ingested before sleeping. Because this has always historically been the way silene capensis has been consumed, most places across the internet will recommend you do the same. We have found that the best way to take it is to grind it into a powder and place it in capsules for direct consumption. This is a much more efficient way of administering and absorbing the dose.

When creating tablets, it‘s best to consume 500mg – 3g a day, during the course of a few days. It has been reported that it might take a few days for effects to be felt.
It is also worth noting that when taking silene capensis for the first time, you will want to start at 500mg, or possibly even less, until you have gotten used to it. Also, the effects don’t necessarily increase with higher dosages, for this reason, the most standard dose tends to be 1g of powder.

Chemical Compounds

The active ingredient of silene capensis is thought to be triterpenoid saponins. These not only effect the sleep, but are also known to be a viral inhibitor, an antioxidant and reduce cholesterol.

The exact chemical composition of silene capensis is still under investigation and very little research has done into its active ingredients.

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    Great quality
    More vivid dreams and even some lucid ones.


    Good quality
    Good quality 100% reccomend


    No noto nada
    Quizás haya que tomarlo durante varios días, el efecto de tomarlo solo una noche o de forma discontinuada es nulo


    Do not expect much
    I tried in total 15 gr. Weeks I drank the white foam. It is a lot of work to get a little foam and it disappears in matter of seconds. To drink this till your full takes hours. I tried different methods. After a view days my dreams where a bit more intense so 2 stars max.


    It seems to be working
    I don't have a mortar so I had to crush it in small pieces, put it in a grinder and ingest the tiny pieces of root. I only tried it last night but it seems to be working, I noticed difference and clarity in my dreams but it's too early to say if it's some kind of placebo effect


    Angenehme Abwechslung
    Beim ersten mal lange gebraucht zum einschlafen haben mit 2g angefangen. Beim 2. Mal mit selber dosis entspannende Wirkung


    Not for me
    Not for me, didnt do anything. But i haven`t recalled a dream in 6 years (cause of weed?)


    For well with a bit of patience
    I use it in the "traditional way", grinded in powder then put 250mg in half a cup of water. I put all in a small pot and shake it energetically then eat the foam with a spoon, I do it it many times then drink the water my the rest of the powder (in some african tribes they drink it in other they don't, it is up to you). I am using it in the morning on an empty stomach. The first night i already had a vivid dream... It is better to do it several days in a row, 5 or 6 to see the difference... I am really happy about this :)


    No big effect on my dreams
    And the taste is awfull, but no nausea, just the taste... dreams seem a tiny more vivid but not sure really


    Un efecto suave pero eficaz
    Las primeras 2 noches no notamos nada en especial, si acaso algo de insomnio las primeras horas y luego dificultad para despertarnos. Después, lo usamos unas horas antes de irnos a dormir y su efecto mejoró en sensación de descanso. También, usando una dosis algo mayor, pude tener bastantes "mensajes" en los sueños, incluso un sueño lúcido donde conocí a una persona real que no conocía previamente... Muy recomendable.

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African Dream Root (5 grams)
African Dream Root (5 grams)