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Plants not regulated under the Act

The table below is a list of plants that are not considered to be controlled under the Psychoactive Substances Act 2013, at this time.

These products are considered to produce only low level psychoactive effects and have been available in New Zealand and internationally for decades with no evidence of adverse reactions. Several are also on the natural health product draft permitted substances list.

The Authority believes it is not the intent of the Act to capture these plants.

Latin binomial Common Name
Acacia aroma Aromita, Aromo Negro
Vachellia aroma
Acacia cultriformis Knife-leaf wattle, Dog tooth wattle
Acorus calamus Calamus
Althaea officinalis Marshmallow
Argyreia nervosa Elephant creeper
Artemisia absinthium Wormwood
Calea zacatechichi, Bitter grass
Aschenbornia heteropaia
Chrysanthemum indicum Chrysanthemum
Erythrina flabelliformis Chilicote, Western coral bean
Humulus lupulus Hops
Ilex paraguariensis Yerba mate
Lactuca virosa Wild lettuce, Opium lettuce
Leonotis leonurus Wild dagga, Lion’s tale
Leonotis nepetifolia Klip dagga, Lion’s ear
Leonurus sibiricus Marihuanilla
Magnolia officinalis Magnolia bark
Mentha × piperita Peppermint leaf
Nepeta spp. Catmint
Nymphaea caerulea Blue lotus
Passiflora incarnate Passionflower
Pedicularis groenlandica, Elephant’s head
Elephantella groenlandica
Peganum harmala Wild Rue
Pelargonium graveolens  Geranium
Prunus avium Wild cherry
Salix alba White willow
Sceletium tortuosum Kanna
Schisandra Chinensis Five flavour berry
Ziziphus jujuba Jujube date

Note: All members of the Ipomoea genus are regulated as pharmacy only medicines, with the exception of Ipomoea batatas which not considered a psychoactive substance.