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Top 10 Tobacco Alternatives For Joints

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Tobacco is the most common accompaniment to cannabis, but it isn’t for everyone. Here are 10 herbal alternatives to put in your joint.

Rolling a joint with tobacco is pretty common practice. No matter where you go in the world, someone, somewhere will be rolling the mix. It’s no surprise really, it can prolong the life of your smoke, add flavour, and should you be so inclined, give you a hit of nicotine.

If you want to avoid tobacco but still enjoy the smoking ritual, it’s easiest to go pure. Well dried bud makes for a great joint, but it quickly gets expensive as you need a lot of material.

Luckily, nature offers a massive selection of alternative herbs that can be used to help a spliff burn slower. Plus, each species offers its own unique effects and flavours.

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Rolling a joint with is tobacco is pretty common practice. No matter where you go in the world, someone, somewhere will be rolling the mix. It’s no surprise really, it can prolong the life of your smoke, add flavour, and should you be so inclined, give you a hit of nicotine.If you want to avoid tobacco but still enjoy the smoking ritual, it’s easiest to go pure. Well dried bud makes for a great joint, but it quickly gets expensive as you need a lot of material. The following are the 10 best herbal alternatives for tobacco.

1. Damiana

Damiana (Turnera afrodisiaca)
Turnera Afrodisiaca

(Turnera diffusa) will add some serious sensuality to your joints. Belonging to the Passifloraceae family, the shrub grows in its native range from Southern Texas all the way to South America and the Caribbean. The herb was used traditionally as an ingredient in Mexican liqueur. Damiana offers distinct hints of mint and spice, but the flavour isn’t overpowering, so it won’t mask the wonderful scents of your chosen cannabis strain.

Legend has it that damiana can kindle the libido. Whether true or not, the herb can definitely spice up your spliffs before some romantic activities with your partner!

Damiana

2. Wild Dagga

Wild Dagga (Leonotis Leonurus)
Leonotis Leonurus

, also known as Leonotis leonurus, is a perfect tobacco replacement if you’re looking for more peace of mind than a joint alone can deliver. The evergreen shrub, which belongs to the mint family, is native to South Africa where it grows in abundance. Cannabis is referred to as “dagga” in the region, and therefore locals view wild dagga as a type of wild cannabis (although it is different).

The herb produces subtle soothing effects, making it an ideal tobacco replacement when blazing in the evenings. Its flavour is generally unobtrusive, allowing the flavour of your cannabis to shine. Overall, smoking wild dagga with weed is like adding an extra bit of relaxation to your experience.

Leonotis leonurus

3. Blue Lotus

Blue Lotus ( Nymphaea Caerulea )
Nymphaea Caerulea

Adding (Nymphaea caerulea) to your spliffs will make you wonder why you were ever using tobacco in the first place. Not only does it contribute to a smooth and even burn, but it offers a mystical vibe! Cultures have revered blue lotus’ effects for thousands of years. Egyptian artwork often depicts the water lily during “party scenes” involving dancing and rituals.

Many users report the herb’s impressive ability to still the mind. Adding blue lotus to a spliff before bed may also increase your chances of lucid dreaming—the phenomenon of becoming conscious during a dream. With its mild yet exotic aroma and pleasant effect, the word “serenity” comes to mind when enjoying a blue lotus-laden spliff.

Blue lotus

4. Passionflower

Passionflower (Passiflora Incarnata)
Passiflora Incarnata

is one of the most alien-looking plants on Earth. This gorgeous life form is known for its deeply relaxing effects. Native to the Americas, Southeast Asia, and Oceania, the fresh and dried leaves and roots of the passionflower plant have long been used by Native Americans to brew a relaxing tea. Featuring a grassy, earthy, generally mild taste, the leaves of this herb are a great way to extend your weed stash without taking away from the smoking experience.

Use passionflower as a tobacco substitute in the evenings and during days off to still your thoughts and reach a place of relaxation and presence. The herb makes a particularly good choice before meditation and yoga.

Passionflower

5. Skullcap

Skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora)
Scutellaria Lateriflora

Despite its morbid name, can lighten your spirits and help you chill out. American skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora) belongs to the mint family and is native to North America. Long used by Native Americans for a variety of purposes, dried and fresh skullcap is used today to help individuals relax and unwind.

Skullcap may take the edge off a cannabis high with its soothing effect. The herb also provides an earthy, slightly bitter taste that pairs well with fruity and earthy cannabis strains. This is a unique pairing to enjoy as its smoke gives off quite an interesting aroma.

Skullcap

6. Catnip

Catnip (Nepeta Cataria)
Nepeta Cataria

, also known as Nepeta cataria or catmint, has become well-known for its psychoactive effect on felines. But humans can benefit from the herb too. However, it doesn’t quite have the same effect. While it sends cats into a manic state, catnip has a subtle effect on humans. Catnip is a perennial herb native to southern and eastern Europe, the Middle East, Central America, and China.

The herb infuses joints with a bitter and earthy taste, and it works in the opposite manner to tobacco. Where tobacco stimulates the mind, catnip slows things down. Add catnip to your joint when seeking chilled-out vibes.

Catnip nepeta cataria

7. Greengo

Greengo
Greengo

makes for an ideal tobacco substitute. With a strikingly similar consistency and burn rate to tobacco, it features its own unique blend of plants. Crafted from papaya, hazel, mint, and eucalyptus, Greengo offers a much fresher and more satisfying taste than tobacco, along with much less tar.

Unlike tobacco, Greengo doesn’t work as a stimulant. This allows the pure effects of your chosen strain to shine through. Greengo burns incredibly smooth and ensures your joints last long enough to satisfy your smoking buddies. More than most of the herbs on this list, Greengo is extremely aromatic and makes for a delicious smoke.

Greengo tobacco substitute

8. Kratom

Kratom
Mitragyna speciosa

The leaves from the tropical produce a strong effect on the mind. The effect and colour of kratom leaves vary slightly depending on where they originate. Thai, Bali, Malaysia, and Maeng Da are some of the most popular varieties. Generally speaking, all varieties tend to produce more of a stimulating effect when used in smaller quantities. In contrast, larger amounts produce more relaxing effects.

ratom is a flexible tobacco substitute. It burns well and allows users to modify the effects they want based on the amount used. Most kratom is earthy and bitter in flavour, so mix it with some of your tastiest cannabis strains to optimise the experience.

Bali

9. White Lotus

White Lotus
Nymphaea Lotus

Much like blue lotus, (Nymphaea Lotus) had a large impact on ancient Egyptian culture. Archaeologists have since found remains of the species in Egyptian tombs. The plant induces a fast-acting effect that motivates the mind and catalyses creativity.

Use the herb as a tobacco substitute alongside a heady sativa strain when looking for some inspiration. White lotus is also a great wake and bake option to boost alertness and help you start the day in good spirits. Add in a cup of coffee, and you’ll be ready to take on any task that comes at you.

White lotus

10. Hops

 

Hops
Humulus lupulus

Last but not least comes hops. (Humulus lupulus) are the cornerstone ingredient in many craft beers. Their varying terpene profiles offer a wide array of tantalising tastes. Interestingly, hops belong to the same family as cannabis—Cannabaceae—and thus make a prime addition to any spliff.

Add these aromatic flowers into your spliffs to experience tidal waves of flavour with every hit. Their fruity and citrusy tastes go down especially well with cannabis strains that share a similar flavour profile (think strains high in linalool). Hops can also be mixed with other herbs on this list to improve the flavour of the blend. Just make sure to pair it with herbs with a similar relaxing effect.

Hops flowers

So there you have it! For those of you trying to move away from tobacco whilst you blaze, or simply fancy adding something else into the mix, there are many options available. The great thing is that all of these herbs are legal in the majority of countries (but do check where you first!), are often cheaper than tobacco, and are just as easily obtainable on the internet. So get out there and get experimenting, your new favorite tobacco alternative could be just around the corner!

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Written by: Zamnesia
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