As you might have seen from the brochure that came with your vaporizer, you can vape a whole range of herbs other than cannabis. Sure, most likely you didn‘t plan on using your vaporizer for aromatherapy, but actually there‘s a number of pleasant herbs worth checking out. While there‘s nothing quite like cannabis, vaporising legal herbs can be a delightful aromatic experience, and many of them actually do have psychoactive effects, although rather on the mild side.
All of the following herbs are completely legal and can be easily found in most herbal shops. Many of them have long been used by herbal practitioners for their medicinal properties. In addition to vaping them alone, they make for a great addition to a bowl of cannabis.
The plant is native to Mexico and will add a strong aromatic taste to your blend. According to anecdotal reports Damiana can induce a mild buzz, but nothing near that of cannabis. In herbal medicine, Damiana is often used to strengthen the nervous system, help with urinary infections, reduce menstrual cramps and act as an anti-depressant. It is also thought to act as an aphrodisiac, and has been shown to increase sexual activity in both male and female rats.
Catnip is the herb that makes cats wallow in pleasure. Unfortunately, it doesn‘t do that to humans, but it‘s still said to induce a relaxing and comfortable buzz by itself. It is perfectly legal and is sold fresh in most garden stores.
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Valerian is well known sedating herb that has helped many conquer sleepless nights. The vaporisation of valerian is believed to induce much stronger effects than taking it in pill form or as a tincture. It mixes very well with lemon balm and other sedative herbs such as hops, passion flower, skullcap, etc.
Passionflower can be found growing naturally in parts of North America, and is highly prized for its sedative qualities. When vaporized it can add tranquillizing and slightly sedated quality to the experience.
Lavender is probably the most famous aromatic herb. It has a great taste and smell, and is thought to have some very beneficial therapeutic properties. It is said to stimulate blood flow, both antiseptic and antibacterial, act as an anti-depressant, a carminative and a muscle relaxant. Even if you are not interested in these properties, just the aroma itself make it a worthy addition to a herbal mix.
Among fans of aromatherapy, lemon balm is well known for its great taste/smell and calming effects. Lemon balm is said to relax the nervous system and to promote sleep, relieve headaches and increase blood circulation. Studies have shown that its calming nature is enhanced when mixed with other herbs such as hops, valerian and chamomile.
St John’s Wort‘s natural anti-depressant qualities made it a very popular herb in the recent years. Anecdotal reports suggest that these can also be obtained through vaporising, which brings out more sedative qualities. St John’s Wort has been reported to decrease the effectiveness of birth control pills, so do not mix.
Kanna has similar effects to St John's wort, but more potent. You can buy Kanna here.
Growing wild across Europe and West Asia, Chamomile is traditionally taken orally to ease indigestion. However, when vaporised it is said to act as a relaxant, promoting sleep and boosting the immune system. It‘s a perfect addition to mixes with other relaxing herbs.
Most commonly associated with the brewing of beer, hops can be a great addition to a vape blend. Many have reported that the vaporising of hops has induced both a mildly euphoric and sedative effect, making it a good addition to a cannabis blend. The flavour is earthy, spicy and sweet. Many users will add it to all of their blends, no matter what they are vaporising, just for the flavour.
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Vaporising green tea is said to cause a very stimulating buzz, as caffeine is efficiently vaporised off the plant. If you want a more subtle, soothing experience, then slightly lower temperatures should be used. The buzz gained is reported to be less than if you had an equivalent cup of coffee but the onset is much faster.
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Sage has a nice minty like flavour and has antiseptic and estrogenic effects. The effects are said to be good at treating the symptoms of a cold, such as relieving the severity of a sore throat.
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Also known as Mate Tea, this energising plant vaporises best at around 190 degrees Celsius. Much like green tea, it is used by itself or as part of a mix to act as a stimulant, inducing a pleasant and energising buzz.
Known as the “Dream Herb”, calea zacatechichi is traditionally used as an aid to induce and enhance lucid dreams. It‘s been described to induce a very sedated and slightly hallucinogenic high when vaporised, a high that is more potent than induced by other forms of taking it. It has the potential to help you drift off to sleep and explore your dreams.
Peppermint can be found growing pretty much anywhere in Europe and is distinguished for its unique minty taste. The effects of peppermint relieve muscle spasms and act as an antiseptic. And of course, it taste very refreshing.
Thyme has a great taste that is said to complement well with marijuana. It does create a buzz of its own. In fact, we heard that in combination with cannabis, it can make you save bud as it increases its effect. Traditionally, the herb is thought to relieve hypertensive conditions and gastric complaints.