Best Vape Herbs For Anxiety And Depression

Best Vape Herbs For Anxiety And Depression

Recent archaeological discoveries subjected to DNA analysis have shown that humanity's close cousin, the Neanderthal, used herbs as medicine Herbs have been the pharmacopoeia of not only hominids but many mammals since the dawn of cognitive life on Earth. Our contemporary range of herbs caters to the natural therapeutic demands of the modern Homo sapiens sapiens.

There are a number of herbs with reputations celebrated throughout history. Their ability to subdue anxiety and depression are part of the Ancient Greek, Roman, Chinese and Renaissance apothecaries. Some have been used to narcotic effect by effete Edwardian poets. Some are in tablet form and sold by the legitimising billion by pharmaceutical companies today. Complimenting your own health organically is a wise choice. This list of herbs will help you on your search for natural therapies for anxiety and depression.


  • Promotes deep sleep
  • Eases anxiety and depression
  • Can be an aphrodisiac


The nonselective and flowery shrub damiana produces a host of compounds some of which are anxiolytic and euphoric in humans. The original margaritas were made from damiana liqueur, noted for its aphrodisiac qualities.

Damiana is a daytime antidepressant and night time dream herb. As a daytime antidepressant damiana can be likened to cannabis in its effects. Mildly euphoric with a clarifying effect of visual perspective. Damiana puts a bounce in your step and a smile on your lips.

Apigenin is a flavonoid that is one of the few compounds to be a monoamine transporter activator for the benzodiazepine receptors in the brain. It can also affect the adenosine receptors and has an affinity for the opioid receptors. These actions exert the sedative and anxiolytic effect.

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At the right dose, damiana imbues a restful slumber. However prolonged extensive evening use can excite dreams to a point of being so absorbing that you are getting no real sleep. Being completely involved in long lucid dreams and sometimes waking up mentally exhausted. Damiana will be subdued by a grinder easily and will be the perfect temperature at 190°C.

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  • Aids against anxiety
  • Promotes deep restful sleep


Chemical compounds present in chamomile modulate monoamine neurotransmission. They have neuroendocrine effects and bind to the GABA receptors in the brain.

The networks of neurones that are involved with functions such as emotions, arousal and the regulation of certain cognitive and memory processes are positively affected by chamomile. This dainty member of the daisy family has a number of beneficial compounds present in its flowers. Flavonoids, terpenoids, sesquiterpenoids and flavonols are all available through vaporization.

GABA receptors perform complex charge modulating functions within the neurons. Pharmacologically increasing the amount of available GABA has the biological effects of anti-anxiety, relaxation, and anti-convulsion. Vaping makes these compounds available on demand.

In part, neuroendocrines help regulate the adrenal and thyroid glands among other glandular systems. Pharmacological stimulation of the thyroid with chamomile vapours can augment treatment of mood disorders. Chamomile is effective enough for you to need to get medical advice if you are already taking pharmaceutical antidepressants.

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Dried chamomile flowers will break down readily with your fingers and easily fill any sized vaping chamber. Refrain from packing too tight as air still needs to flow. Depending on how dry your sample is set your vape temperature at between 100-150°C. The effects of vaped chamomile can hit quite hard so go easy for the first time.


  • Used for anxiety
  • Compliments treatments for nervous disorders


A beautiful mathematics is at work in the face of the Passionflower. Historically the dried flowers have been consumed to treat anxiety, hypertension and insomnia.

Flavonoids make up the bulk of the beneficial compounds available from passionflower. Most prominent is chrysin and it is thought to be responsible for the sedative effect. Three alkaloids are present in minuscule amounts, harmine, harmol and harmalol, but certainly not enough to induce psychedelic experiences.

Passionflower can affect dopamine and other G-protein coupled receptors in the brain. These receptors are thought to be involved in processes such as motivation, pleasure, cognition and fine motor control. Malfunctioning dopamine receptors are implicated in ADHD and hypertension.

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Dried passionflower will need a grinder to be prepared adequately. They are very stringy and can't be sufficiently broken down with fingers alone. You can tear them apart as much as possible with your fingers before putting them in your grinder. You may need to empty out your grinder then reload it to make sure the fibres are torn up. Passionflower should be vaped at between 100-150°C. Please start small, the effects of passionflower can be quite strong.

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  • Clinically proven antidepressant
  • Helps treat insomnia
  • Uplifting for anxiety sufferers

St. John's Wort

The effects of St. Johns Wort have been clinically trialled and have proven to be as effective as standard antidepressant pharmaceuticals. St. Johns Wort is a 100% natural treatment for anxiety and depression with little side effects.

A comprehensive spectrum of compounds is at work in St. Johns Wort which are both powerful anti-inflammatories and natural antidepressants. Most active are hyperforin and adhyperforin which act as monoamine reuptake inhibitors, specifically dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine.

You must consult with your physician prior to consuming St. Johns Wort in any fashion. It can suppress the function of some types of medicine like immunosuppressants and benzodiazepines. Serotonin syndrome is also a risk if it is mixed with other SSRI type drugs, opioids or recreational psychedelic drugs. The serotonin system can be fragile so please take good care of your mind. St. Johns Wort also reduces the effectiveness of the birth control pill and has been known to cause unwanted pregnancies.

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A quick flick of the wrist is all it takes to break St. Johns Wort down in a grinder. Flowers, calyxes, bracts and leaves all break down easily when dry.

Don't overgrind, a fine powdery material can block airflow and interfere with the proper functioning of your vaporizer. St. Johns Wort will release its antidepressant goodness at a temperature of 125-160°C. The taste is mildly unpleasant, but the effects are immediately noticeable.


  • Promotes restful sleep
  • Combats anxiety and depression


Valerian is another herb well regarded by many European and some Asian cultures throughout history. From ancient Greeks and Romans to pre-Mongol Asia. The sweet pink flowers have been used as a base for perfumes. The roots contain the active ingredients for therapeutic use.

Valerian has many active compounds. It is the Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) and the sesquiterpenoids that are thought to be mostly responsible for the anxiolytic and sedative effects. The GABA receptors in the brain are known to be affected by benzodiazepines and are thought to be affected by valerian as well. The sesquiterpenes have been shown to suppress the central nervous system and should not be combined with alcohol, opiates or anti-histamine drugs.

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Vaping valerian can be a flavour challenge. The roots have a very distinguishable smell, but not so bad that it prevented use for thousands of years. Valerian will give up its volatile sleep-inducing goodness at 200°C. A word of warning: Please use valerian respectfully, stopping long-term heavy use can be similar to withdrawing from benzodiazepines.

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  • Mild sedative effect
  • Reduces anxiety

Wild Lettuce

Until the domestication of a few standard salad lettuce species, all lettuce had therapeutic opioid type qualities. Wild lettuce or opium lettuce, when consumed in large enough quantities has a definite opium type effect.

Wild lettuce predominantly contains flavonoids and coumarins of which lactucin and lactucopicrin are the most active. Lactucin is an adenosine agonist and lactucopicirin acts as an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor. Dopamine is an important neurotransmitter released by neurons to signal other cells. Malfunctioning dopamine activity has been associated with ADHD and schizophrenia.

The neurotransmitter acetylcholine is partly responsible for the modulation of important functions like arousal, motivation, attention, and memory. The adenosine receptors also play important roles in the brain. By regulating the neurotransmitters dopamine and glutamate and playing a part in immune response wild lettuce can have positive effects.

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Be gentle with dried wild lettuce it will powder very easily making vaping difficult. Crushing in the palm of your hand works well. If grinding just one twist will do the job. A temperature of between 125-150°C will be just right for liberating the benefits of wild lettuce. Remember, wild lettuce was used by physicians when opium wasn't available.


  • Improves focus and energy
  • Mild stimulant that elevates mood and eases anxiety
  • Relieves headaches and joint pain

Yerba Mate

Yerba mate is the preferred beverage of choice in much of Central and South America. It contains polyphenols and xanthines such as caffeine and theobromine.

Little study has been done on the vaping of yerba mate. Anecdotal evidence exists that yerba mate acts as a monoamine oxidase inhibitor. A MAOI inhibits the activity of the monoamine family of enzymes which has the effect of elevating mood. That is the chemical function of many antidepressants used for atypical depression, but further study needs to be done.

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Yerba mate has up to 1.7% caffeine. Vaping caffeine can bring on the stimulating effect much quicker, really giving you a pick me up or relieving aches and headaches. Vaping too much caffeine too quickly can give you a headache or keep you up at night. Break the yerba mate down into grinder-sized pieces and grind well. Bits too powdery for vaping can be set aside and steeped into tea. A temperature of 150°C will be needed to get the benefits of yerba mate.


  • Physically and mentally relaxing
  • Mild euphoric
  • Relieves pain, anxiety and depression

Blue Lotus

Blue lotus is the primary herb in many smoking and tea blends. It has a long history with human beings and is even part of modern language. A lotus eater is a person who leads a life of dreamy, indolent ease and is quite happy for the world to pass by.

Blue lotus contains the psychoactive alkaloid apomorphine. This compound is a known non selective agonist of dopamine receptors in the brain. An agonist will stimulate the receptor in lieu of dopamine, the receptors biological neurotransmitter. Clinically dopamine therapies are used to treat ADHD, restless leg syndrome, anxiety and depression.

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Euphoria, hallucinations and light headedness can be unwanted side-effects from the intense use of blue lotus. Vaporizing can give a cannabis-type rush followed by a similar lasting languid feeling. Blue lotus is quite stringy and will need to be ground well. You may even need to pick thin cotton like fibres from the grind. Bring to a temperature of 125°C and inhale deeply of the healing condensate.

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Vaping herbs for the treatment of anxiety and depression makes sure that you are getting all of the therapeutic volatile oils and other beneficial heat sensitive compounds. Vaporizing guarantees quick absorption by the blood and brain of therapeutic compounds and molecules.

With the least of fuss, you can customise grind and vape temperatures for different herbs on the go and on demand. Much easier than steeping teas or distilling tinctures. Vaping herbs is much preferred to smoking. Inhaling burning matter of any kind isn't very good for your lungs.

Please note, the information in this article does not constitute medical advice and is created to support, not replace nor delay, the relationship between you and your medical practitioner. When in doubt, always consult your doctor.

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