Best tobacco alternatives for rolling spliffs
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Spliffs and joints are similar ways to consume cannabis, but differ in the fact that spliffs contain tobacco. This concept might seem bizarre to some, but it’s a very common practice in some European countries, including the United Kingdom. The idea of placing tobacco in a joint is sacrilegious to cannabis purists, though some users much prefer this method as the nicotine adds a certain stimulation that can complement the high. Rolling tobacco into a spliff also means users don’t have to roll up so much weed at once. Furthermore, the additive makes spliffs burn slower and a lot more evenly.
Despite some of these benefits, we all know that smoking tobacco poses a significant health risk. The smoke from this substance is high in carcinogens and other nefarious compounds that contribute to many forms of cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and more. It’s simply not worth loading each and every spliff you smoke with a substance that is so dangerous long-term.
However, this doesn’t mean you should stop smoking spliffs altogether. You can simply change what substance you decide to mix in with your weed! There are tons of other herbs and plants out there that can be used in your smoking mix, and many of them provide much more beneficial and interesting effects than tobacco.
Below is a list of 11 different herbs and plants that can be rolled into spliffs.
Damiana, otherwise known as Turnera diffusa, is a plant species native to southern Texas, Central America, Mexico, South America, and the Caribbean. A member of the Passifloraceae family, Damiana has long been used by native cultures in its regions of origin. The Maya were known to use the herb to treat dizziness, and indigenous Mexicans are reported to have created a drink that produced “love-enhancing” properties.
Other the last 100 years, damiana has primarily been used for its apparent aphrodisiac effects. Many people elect to consume the herb in teas and tinctures to ramp up sex drive and sexual performance. If you like to smoke with you partner, it’s definitely worth adding some dried damiana to your spliffs to make things more interesting.
Damiana is also reported to induce a mildly euphoric high. Additionally, the herb produces an anti-anxiety effect that is thought to be due to the constituent apigenin. Moreover, damiana may assist with weight loss. The herb is believed to exert a thermogenic effect—increasing metabolism—and it appears to suppress appetite and reduce the time it takes for a person to feel full. As such, this plant species may be a good way to help offset the potential weight gain that comes along with the munchies.
Also known as wild dagga, Leonotis leonurus is a member of the mint family native to South Africa and regions of southern Africa. The herb boasts alleged medicinal and psychoactive effects, with the flowers, seeds, leaves, and stems traditionally used to treat conditions including high blood pressure, jaundice, and diarrhea. Modern studies have also displayed pain-killing, anti-inflammatory, and hypoglycaemic properties.
When smoked, wild dagga appears to have similar effects to cannabis, which is known as “dagga” in the same regions where wild dagga is found. The herb is reported to induce a mild euphoria along with some slight visual alterations. Sprinkle some wild dagga into your spliffs for a mild psychedelic touch. These effects are thought to be associated with a molecule called leonurine, although this compound has never been found via chemical analysis.
Hops are the flowers of the climbing perennial plant Humulus lupulus. These flowers are native to the United Kingdom, and are part of the Cannabaceae family along with cannabis and stinging nettle. Used commercially for their flavor in the brewing of beer, hops contain a similar terpene profile to many cannabis strains.
These aromatic molecules not only provide intense tastes, but have their own medicinal properties. Hops are particularly high in the terpene myrcene, a very common cannabis constituent, which produces a relaxing and sedating effect. Add dried hops to your spliffs in the evenings when looking to kick back, relax, and bring your body high to the next level.
Mullein, given the Latin binomial Verbascum thapsus, is a species native to Europe, North Africa, and Asia. The plant has since been introduced to the Americas and Australia. Mullein is a great tobacco alternative in more ways than one. In addition to its mild flavor, mullein burns slowly and produces only a little bit of smoke.
The herb has been used in traditional medicine for 2,000 years, and was recommended for lung diseases by Greek physician and botanist Dioscorides. As well as clearly being more beneficial for the lungs than tobacco, the slow-burning nature of this herb makes smoking spliffs highly relaxing and enjoyable.
Raspberry leaves have long been used by women to combat pain and heavy bleeding during menstruation. They have also been used traditionally to treat respiratory system disorders, flu, and vitamin deficiencies. These leaves are loaded with vitamins and minerals like magnesium, potassium, iron, calcium, and vitamins A, B, C, and E.
Add dried raspberry leaves to your spliffs for a healthier and slow-burning nicotine substitute. Why not pour a cup of raspberry leaf tea on the side for a nutritional hit?
Rosemary is a tasty and aromatic culinary herb found in almost every kitchen. It complements many dishes and has a unique and easily recognizable flavor. The herb is packed full of essential oils that are believed to help boost short-term memory. Add a few pinches of dried rosemary leaves into your spliffs during busy work days or before tasks that require enhanced concentration.
Nepeta is a genus of flowering plants in the Lamiaceae family native to Europe, Asia, and Africa. There are over 250 species within the genus, including catnip, the herb made famous for exerting psychoactive effects on felines.
Catmint is reported to induce a sedating and calming effect in humans that can reduce anxiety. Although it does not produce the same euphoria in people as it does in cats, it can still help support a smooth, calming spliff-smoking experience. Use this as a tobacco substitute when stress is starting to creep in.
Kratom is a member of the coffee family native to Southeast Asia. The tree produces leaves that contain the constituent mitragynine, a molecule that binds to opioid receptors in the brain. The chemical produces a stimulating effect at low doses, and is thus a popular means of increasing energy and motivation. Higher doses produce a sedating effect.
Add a small dose of kratom to a sativa spliff if you want to gain some serious energy. If you instead feel like blazing an indica, add a larger dose of kratom to enhance the relaxing qualities. Conduct further research on kratom before taking it, as it can interact negatively with certain health conditions and medications.
Sage, otherwise known as Salvia officinalis, is another common garden plant and culinary herb. The plant is often used in savory dishes to provide a fresh, herbaceous taste. Sage essential oil contains the molecules thujone, camphor, and cineole, which have been shown to possess antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. Research has also shown that sage might improve brain function, but the results are yet inconclusive.
There are multiple different types of sage, and some aren’t so consumer friendly. Salvia apiana (white sage) and Salvia officinalis are two species to aim for. White sage in particular is associated with relaxing and euphoric effects. Both species are also easy to locate, which makes it an easy plant to load up spliffs with.
EYEBRIGHT LEAVES (EUPHRASIA OFFICINALIS)
Eyebright, or Euphrasia officinalis, is a flowering herb belonging to the Orobanchaceae family. This plant was first used to treat poor memory and vertigo, and was believed to strengthen the brain. Further traditional use included combating allergies, eyelid swelling, coughs, colds, headaches, and earaches.
Modern research has found that molecules within the plant might kill certain types of bacteria. Furthermore, eyebright is thought to help support skin health and protect the liver. Adding eyebright to your spliffs might take the edge off a cold or blocked nose.
Kanna, Sceletium tortuosum, is a succulent plant commonly found in South Africa. The word kanna means “something to chew”, which refers to the traditional use of the plant. The plant was dried and then chewed by hunter-gatherers for its mood-altering effects. It was also used to relieve hunger, and combat stress and depression.
Today, kanna is usually smoked or consumed in the form of gel caps, teas, and tinctures. The plant contains alkaloids mesembrine, mesembrenone, mesembrenol, and tortuosamine, all of which produce psychoactive effects. Smoking kanna boosts the mood and decreases anxiety, stress, and tension. Add some to your spliffs to reap these benefits.