Best tobacco alternatives for rolling spliffs
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What's the most common thing to pair with weed in a joint? For most it's tobacco, of course. And when you put the two together, you have yourself a joint. In some parts of the world called a spliff.
Spliffs are great and all, but as you probably have already heard, tobacco isn't exactly what you call healthy. In fact, it has been proven to be harmful to not only the lungs, but also your gums, heart, and so much more. So what else other than nicotine can you use and still be able to enjoy a nice spliff you may ask? While there are plenty of herbs that you can use as a substitute, some are better than others.
If you're tired of mixing tobacco with your ganja or just want to try something different, then dig a little deeper into this article to see what your options are. Whether you need to ease away your stress or are looking for a more enhanced buzz, there's a little something for everybody. From sage to hops, here are the 11 best tobacco alternatives to add to your next spliff.
Are you looking to spice things up in the bedroom? If so, then you may need a little damiana in your life. Rumor has it that this particular plant has been used as an aphrodisiac since the prehistoric days amongst the Maya. As for today, it's still used during voodoo love rituals.
Damiana produces a relaxing, yet mildly euphoric high. That's why it's one of the best things to add in with your weed. And if you have a lover to share the experience with, well then that makes it even better!
Also known as "Wild Dagga," Leonotis leonorus is an herb that's quite similar to cannabis, only less psychoactive. According to those that have tried it, it produces a pleasant and relaxing high. On those days that you're not trying to use up a whole lot of your weed, but still want an excellent buzz, just use Leonotis leonurus, and you'll feel pretty darn close to how you feel when you smoke a pure marijuana joint, but at a more affordable price.
Hops as in the hops that are included in your beer? That would be correct. Believe it or not, hops and cannabis are just alike. Not only are they both from the same Cannabaceae family, but they also contain myrcene, a compound known for its sedative effects. Also, this terpene is said to have anti-depressant properties. While smoking hops at high temperatures can be rather dangerous, vaporizing it at low temperatures produces a lovely taste that is quite enjoyable.
Mullein, aka Verbascum, 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. In fact, this herbal remedy can even help clean out your lungs. Also, Mullein works great in encouraging lymph circulation and soothing irritating sore throats.
If you're trying to steer clear of nicotine, then you can substitute tobacco with raspberry leaves. Interestingly enough, raspberry leaves are also packed with loads of healthy, medicinal compounds including vitamin A, C, potassium, calcium, and much more. Also, many people use this particular herb to help ease muscle tension as well as tighten the skin.
Rosemary leaves are one of the oldest herbs of all time. It is said that inhaling the smoke of the rosemary leaves can improve not just your mind, but also your body. As for the high it produces, most say they feel calm and relaxed, similar to how they feel after smoking a regular spliff. But unlike tobacco, rosemary leaves are friendlier on your neurochemistry.
Catmint, also referred to as Nepeta cataria, isn't just for the fur babies. In fact, when you mix catmint with your weed, it will enhance the sedative effects of your high. Not to mention, catmint is capable of reducing stress and anxiety. With that said, if you're looking to get your relaxation on to the fullest extent, this herb is for you.
For centuries now, kratom has been used as in traditional medical practices. Its properties are similar to that of an opiate or stimulant, except kratom is much better for you and is less addictive. While smoking this plant alone has no real noticeable effects, pairing it with cannabis will result in enhanced effects. It's best to start off small though, as kratom and weed together are incredibly powerful and can cause nausea for some.
Everyone knows about sage. It's only the most popular herb to use in the kitchen. But what you might not know about sage is that it produces relaxing and euphoric effects when added to cannabis. And the best part of all, it's not hard to find. Just be sure to do your research beforehand so that you find the right type for you. Some may make you rather ill.
EYEBRIGHT LEAVES (EUPHRASIA OFFICINALIS)
During the ages of Queen Elizabeth I, people would prescribe eyebright leaves in the same form as tobacco to relieve bronchial colds. Also, it is said to be beneficial in treating seasonal allergies and other nasal problems.
The beauty of Kanna, aka sceletium tortuosum, it is capable of improving your mood, relieving stress and anxiety, and also tension. Kanna is known to produce both sedative and stimulating effects. And when mixed with cannabis, it will enhance the effects you receive from that plant as well.