Ask Miss Grass: What Herbs Can You Smoke With Weed?
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Mixing herbs into your joint can perk up the flavor of your bud—or even enhance its magical effects. And you probably already have some of the best ones on hand.
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Dear Miss Grass,
Now that I’m home all day (because, you know, quarantine life), I’ve found that I’m smoking a little more than I used to. I don’t feel bad about it, but I also don’t want to get crazy high every time. I’ve thought about adding some tobacco to my weed, but as a former cigarette smoker I’m kinda nervous about getting back on the nicotine train. Should I just add some CBD to my weed, or, are there other smokable herbs that might be better instead? If so, can you tell me how to mix herbs with cannabis?
x Herb Explorer
Feel you. With everyone staying home these days, it’s definitely easy to smoke more weed. Which obviously we support! The stress-relieving benefits of a good ol’ fashioned J are amazing, especially during these strange times. But it also totally makes sense that there are moments when you’d want to keep things a little lighter. And, anyway, it’s always fun to shake things up.
You’re on the right track with your idea of adding something else to your J. Tobacco and weed is, of course, a classic combination, but—fun fact—tobacco can actually make the effects of weed stronger. A 2009 study found that tobacco increases the vaporization efficiency of cannabis which, in turn, increases the amount of THC inhaled by as much as 45%. Which basically means that a spliff can get you super high, super quick! Sneaky! That’s the opposite of what you want. (And although nicotine itself can be a pretty neat brain-boosting nootropic, it totally makes sense that as an ex-ciggy smoker you’d want to avoid it. And smoking unfiltered tobacco produces a lot of yucky tar.)
So that brings us to the alternatives. One super easy way to not get super high on your usual supply is to simply add some straight-up CBD flower to your joint (or bong or pipe for that matter). CBD can be a calm-enhancing wonder that can also make your high less intense; there are several studies that show that CBD can even help mitigate the effects of THC—which, incidentally, is a smart thing to keep in mind the next time you accidentally get over-baked on an edible.
And then there are also other herbs. Unfortunately, there isn’t a ton of good research that explore whether adding other herbs to your weed can make you *less* high; they may really just help your joint burn slower, like tobacco does in a classic spliff. But the really awesome thing about herbs is that many of the ones that are nice to smoke may also offer their own therapeutic or psychoactive effects—and many even share some of the same terpenes as cannabis.
So, mixing them together can not only enhance the flavor of your bud, it can also complement its other effects—or even bring new ones to the party. You know how lavender in the bath can help you relax and chamomile in a tea can help you feel sleepy? Same deal here. Plants are magical! As Dejanae Evins—one of Miss Grass’ favorite weed experts and host of our Instagram Live series High Q’s—puts it: “Mixing smokable herb blends into your cannabis ritual really emphasizes how expansive and creative we can be in the way we approach self-care.”
But before we talk about exactly how to mix herbs with cannabis—and which ones are most awesome—it’s important to point out that smoking anything could potentially harm your bod, so please be smart about whatever you light up. Definitely choose organically-grown, food-grade herbs; and, if possible, go a step further and buy ones that are also ethically-raised. That way you’re not tainting your beautiful bud with any gross, unwanted chemicals and toxins. (There are some very respectable companies, like Barbari, that offer organic herbal blends made specifically for smoking.)
Okay, back to the fun stuff. A good rule of thumb when mixing herbs with weed is to “start low and go slow”—decent advice for anytime you’re consuming anything new, by the way—with a just a sprinkle of one or two dried herbs. (Remember, some herbs, like mint, sage, and eucalyptus can impart a very strong flavor.) When using a pre-mixed herb blend, a ratio of 25% herb blend to 75% cannabis is a reasonable place to start, but if you’re feeling all what-the-hell, you can also do a 1:1 ratio, which is what Evins does. She recommends playing around with the placement of the herbs within the joint, too: “Sometimes I like to switch it up, adding a little bit of the herb blend at the base of a cone, saving the herbal tokes for last.” Like a dessert.
Check out the MG mini cheat sheet below featuring some favorite herbs to smoke along with the effects they may have when mixed with cannabis (or just on their own). Happy toking, Herb Explorer! Report back on how it goes.
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Ashwaganda – may alleviate stress and promote good vibes
Blue Lotus Flower – may enhance the relaxing, mind-opening effects of cannabis
Blue Vervain – quiets mind and boosts mood
Chamomile – may aid digestion and enhance relaxation
Damiana – may promote relaxation and euphoria; often used as an aphrodisiac
Echinacea – may help relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and support the endocannabinoid system
Eucalyptus – provides a spicy, menthol-like flavor and may open the lungs
Hibiscus – said to purify the blood; often used as an aphrodisiac
Holy Basil – may alleviate stress and reduce cortisol levels
Hops – a relative of cannabis that shares the terpene myrcene; can enhance relaxation
Jasmine – calms and balances emotions; boosts libido
Lavender – adds a beautiful flavor, contains the terpene Linalool which may promotes relaxation
Lemon Balm – mild sedative and sleep aid; evokes feelings of bliss
Mint – adds a fresh taste and might help clear respiratory passages
Mugwort – has a sage-like flavor and may promote restfulness, creativity, and lucid dreams
Mullein – cleans and soothes the lungs
Passionflower – has a sweet flavor and may also amplify or prolong a high
Rose – a few petals add a delicate floral scent and flavor
Rosemary – contains the terpene beta-caryophyllene which may help inflammation and soothe stress
Sage – can induce relaxation, help digestion, and stimulate appetite; a little goes a long way
Saint John’s Wort – brightens mood and may soothe muscle aches
Skullcap – calms nerves; gentle sedative
Yerba Mate – doesn’t affect flavor or add an extra high but makes a pleasant alternative to tobacco
Mixing herbs into your joint can perk up the flavor—or even enhance weed's magical effects. Here's how to mix herbs with cannabis. And which herbs are best.
Smoking Sage | Can you smoke Sage/Salvia with cannabis?
Smoking sage sounds weird to you?
Did you ever wonder how can you smoke sage?
How can you smoke sage with cannabis?
When it comes to incense, no other is as popular as the ubiquitous white sage plant.
This is a well-known herb that is part of the Salvia genus, which is contained within the mint family – Lamiaceae.
The White sage plant has been used for centuries to reduce depression and anxiety and is a common herb among many households throughout the world.
Read along to understand how smoking sage can help you quit smoking, why white sage is considered the queen of curative herbs, and how can you smoke sage with other herbal smoking blends.
For hundreds of years, White Sage has been considered a sacred, cleansing, purifying, and protective plant.
Types of Sage
White sage and Spanish sage are the two most common types of sage species.
Common sage, also known as Salvia apiana is found throughout Northwestern Mexico and the Southwestern United States.
This shrub is found through the vast areas that are known as coastal sage scrub or chaparral environments.
These plants grow in these environments due to their ability to withstand arid conditions.
Sage has a Spirit. The Spirit of Sage is also dedicated to offering protection, blessings, and clearing.
Spanish sage, also known as Salvia lavandulifolia, grows in Southern France and Spain. This variety is known to be a neuroprotective, as well as a stress inhibitor.
Salvia divinorum contains psychoactive properties.
The dried leaves of this species are smoked or boiled for a tea. Interestingly enough, the leaves contain compounds that allow for short-lasting hallucinations.
Benefits of Smoking Sage
The dried leaves of white sage are typically used in smoking blends to improve mood. White sage promotes feelings of relaxation and also boosts memory.
When sage smoked alone the flavor can be intense, so it is often mixed with mullein.
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There are six different types of sage vary in color and use, but all of them make a wonderful addition to any herbal blend.
The benefits are many when smoking sage , but let’s take a look at a few examples.
- Reduces Headaches
- Increases Memory and Cognitive Function
- Increases the mood and combats depression
- Relief for congestion
Smoking sage with herbal smoking blends
Tobacco replacement is usually used by people who want to quit smoking or at least gradually reduce their dependence on nicotine
Tobacco Substitutes that contain the plant’s Damiana, sage, mint is highly recommended for these people. Mainly because of the fact that all these plants have some benefits in the respiratory or lung.
Quitting smoking can be quite a daunting task, which is why it is advisable to use the tools that make it easier.
So can you smoke sage to help yourself quit smoking?
Smoking sage with cannabis or mixed with other herbal smoking blends can be a great solution for people who try to quit with the nicotine.
Health Benefits Of Sage
Research through the years has shown that sage contains a vast variety of health benefits.
The most impactful benefits are improved brain function, stress reduction, annxiety reduction, and lowered cancer risk.
Additionally, sage contains an incredible amount of nutrients. Vitamin K is an especially abundant nutrient found within sage.
Typically, one teaspoon of sage contains 10% of your daily vitamin K requirements. Aside from nutrients, sage also contains potent antioxidant effects, which is why it’s believed to be neuroprotective.
If you’ve seen sage derivatives in your toothpaste or deodorant, it’s because it also has antimicrobial properties.
Sage Tea Benefits
Additionally, there’s a wide variety of benefits associated with drinking sage-infused tea.
Reduces heavy menstruation
Relieves cold and flu symptoms
Treats candida overgrowth
Treats staph and fungal infections
Alternative to cigarette smoking
Lastly, it’s believed that smoking the white sage plant can help induce lucid dreams. Native tribes throughout the centuries have attributed the white sage plant with having the ability to induce “sacred dreams.”
Can you smoke Sage\Salvia ?
Salvia has been traditionally used to relieve symptoms associated with arthritis, insomnia, headaches, inflammation, and digestive problems.
However, it’s recently found another use – breaking the vicious cycle of addiction.
According to accounts by the Mazatecs, an indigenous group in Mexico, salvia has helped them significantly in reducing addictive behavior towards cocaine, alcohol, and other stimulants.
So for the question can you smoke sage the answer is surely yes!
Not only you can smoke sage by himself, but you can also use sage as a tobacco substitute for your joints or cigarettes. People usually prefer to mix sage with herbs like Lavender, Damiana or Raspberry leaves.
Sage can be used in the fresh form (by extracting juice directly from leaves) or in the form of tea, capsule, tinctures and mixed with herbal blends to smoke.
Now, the scientific community has become intrigued by the use of salvia to help fight addiction.
Xka Pastora is a collaborative group that includes researchers, academics, and poly makers to provide a clear understanding of the use of salvia.
Through research, salvia has shown that is changes dopamine levels that are responsible for motivation, reward, and the overall feeling of the body.
By using these traits, researchers have found that salvia can break the addictive cycle.
SMOKING SAGE CAN HELP YOU STOP SMOKING!
Instead of smoking sage, indigenous groups have burned sage for countless years. Dried sage leaves are bundled together and tied.
The bundle is then lit on fire, and the smoke that is emitted is supposed to cleanse the environment.
By cleansing the air around you with the use of a sage bundle, you can relieve various health conditions that are linked to bad ar quality.
Instead of purchasing a costly air purifier for your home, it’s far more cost-effective to string together sage.
“When life gets hard smudge it”
You’ll want to keep all of your windows open when burning sage and have a few fans to direct the smoke to certain areas.
If you still wonder how can you smoke sage or mix it with cannabis or any other smoking herbal blend, you more then welcome to contact us via Instagram or via the website.
Don’t forget that any herb has its own benefits and by smoking sage or mint you feed yourself with their own health ingredients
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