Most people know that there are many benefits to using cannabis. But many are unaware that they can pair cannabis with a lot of other common herbs to magnify the experience
People smoke and vape all sorts of plants individually, but not many know that a lot of common herbs can be coupled with cannabis to enhance the entire experience. Herbs like kratom, lavender, and St. John’s Wort can improve the taste of cannabis, especially if you have some mid to low grade product, as well as offer the user some added health benefits.
Best Herbs to Consume with Cannabis
Below are some of the most popular herbs to consume with cannabis, whether it be for the taste, the medical benefits, or both.
Kratom, also known as mitragyna speciosa, is a tropical evergreen tree from Southeastern Asia. Kratom is one of the most popular herbs to be vaped together with cannabis. It’s been used for centuries, but only recently became more mainstream in the western world.
Kratom and cannabis are known to have similar medicinal benefits. Cannabis will always be superior to kratom and other herbs in almost every way, but many who can’t smoke weed for whatever reason use kratom as a substitute. As mentioned above, one compliments the other, so the health advantages can also be magnified when used alongside marijuana. Both are known to aid with: pain relief, muscle relaxation, stress relief, anxiety relief, feelings of euphoria, and ability to sleep.
- LAVENDER AND MINT
Those who vape are often partial to lavender and mint. Lavender is a scented, flowering species of Lamiaceae plants, more commonly known as the mint family. While the flavors differ vastly from the taste of cannabis, they work well together and the effects are fairly similar.
Both lavender and mint are very comforting herbs to vape that can help you relax physically and mentally. Both can soothe the smoke as well if coughing happens to be an issue. About 75% cannabis and 25% supplemental herbs would be a good mixture to start with, that way the taste of mint or lavender won’t be too overbearing. Another popular combination is 50% cannabis (good indicia preferred), 25% lavender, and 25% percent sleepy time tea to sleep comfortably throughout the night.
- ST JOHN’S WORT
St. John’s Wort is part of the Hypericaceae family that was originally native to parts of Asia and Europe. Presently, it has spread throughout the world and grows in many different regions in the wild. It works as a very mild Monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI). So mild in fact and with so few side effects, it’s often prescribed as a mood stabiliser for children. MAOIs have been known to reduce the necessary dosage levels for other drugs to work in your system, so it wouldn’t be a far stretch to assume that it might do the same for cannabis.
Both cannabis and St John’s Wort are very effective antidepressant and antianxiety remedies. When paired, patients feel almost immediate relief that lasts for hours. St John’s Wort is known to exacerbate the symptoms of ADD and ADHD, but cannabis is proven to help improve symptoms of those disorders. Using them together could create a good balance.
Chamomile has been popular for centuries because it has a multitude of uses. Before modern day medicine, chamomile was used as a treatment for depression, stress, headaches, and indigestion. To this day, it’s still commonly used as a sleep remedy and for relaxation.
Chamomile is usually brewed into a tea, but vaping has become a common go-to method for chamomile consumption as well. Chamomile is also mixed with cannabis quite often to either vape or smoke. It’s a very popular flavor additive and can help provide better sleep.
When vaping any new herbs, there are a few important things to keep in mind. First and foremost, always purchase 100% organic products. Any synthetic additives could have an unknown and negative impact. Second, make sure to pace yourself. It’s best to start by incorporating small amounts of herbs into your cannabis to see how your body reacts.
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