Radula Marginata- A Therapeutic Plant

Radula Marginata is a rare species of the Radulaceae family found in New Zealand. It is a moss that creates the same effect as marijuana. This moss-like plant is most commonly known as Liverwort. It has been a popular interest of most researchers and scientists. Many think that Radula Marginata has medicinal characteristics that can cure many serious ailments. 

The composition of Radula Marginata is such that it has the same effects as the complex ingredient tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) present in Cannabis Sativa. These compounds can regulate how a person feels and reacts. This plant got significant attention among scientists when Jurg Gertsch wrote about it in the famous journal, Science Advances. 

Effects of the plant

As professionals are inclined to study the nature of the plant further, scientists have established that Radula Marginata can be used as an oil to cure pain caused due to muscle strain and glaucoma. Its effects show a possibility for recovering appetite in many people.  

It contains a substance called ‘perrottetinene’ which acts as an anti-inflammatory painkiller for the body.  It has a lesser psychoanalytic effect, which helps in easing anxiety. It is a better alternative against steroids. This means that it has a natural pain-absorbent.

Studies are yet to find any consequences of using Radula Marginata. Theorists have estimated that this plant will become a best-seller for medicinal purposes. The soothing and calm smell of this moss hints that it will be of great interest and value for incense manufacturers. It is legal in most countries. 

Ethnic significance 

Radula Marginata is found in the northern part of New Zealand. The roots of this moss might be used by the native population for lowering body temperature and for recreational purposes. Only social media is proof of this usage as people from New Zealand have discussed it on their accounts. 

It is said that Maori people used Wairuakohu, a traditional name for Radula Marginata because they believed that the moss cured ailments related to digestion and liver. Scientists have yet to say anything about this. 

In reality, the ethnic importance of this plant cannot be stated clearly due to a lack of information. The mention of this fungi-like plant goes back to 1994 when a Japanese researcher described this plant’s properties. 


People harvest this plant in the wild environment. Its dried form is used for making herbal products such as incense and liquid extract. The harvest of this product is ethically and legally allowed with no particular restraints. The most common solvents for this plant are alcohol and glycerin. 

Many have contested the economic importance of this plant. It has even been dismissed as a non-beneficial entity for human consumption. However, 2018 onwards, the craze for this plant has escalated as companies demand to use it for scents, medicines, etc.

One thing is clear– Radula Marginata is going to set up a new history for medical uses once researchers have assessed all its properties and molecular characteristics. Till then, use it as an incense to enjoy its calming scent.