Whether it’s a worry about a tobacco addiction or a desire not to break the law, some people choose to smoke legal herbs. A number of legal herbs for smoking are commercially available. These herbs offer the satisfaction of smoking without the harshness of nicotine addiction or the worry about illegal activities. Many smoking herbs are thought to have restorative and healing qualities.
Available in a number of varieties, this mint-based plant is thought to have a mild euphoric quality and is often used as a medical treatment by native tribes. Also known as Leonotis leonurus, wild dagga is grown mainly in sunny climates and can be made into a tea or smoked. It is believed that for some people, the dagga plant can be as addictive as tobacco. Leonurine is the active ingredient in the dagga plant. Leonurine is a relative of the cannabis family and promotes calmness. It is considered the legal alternative to marijuana.
Known as an aphrodisiac in ancient Egypt, blue lotus flowers, or Nymphaea caerulea, are aquatic plants from the family of water lilies. Their petals and bulbs are smoked, made into teas and used dry for medicinal purposes. The blue lotus has a sedative effect on the user. When smoked it can give a sense of relaxation. The flower is indigenous to Kenya, but Egypt is a well known manufacturer of the flowers for export. The active ingredient is called apomorphine.
Also known as butterbur and ginger root, the coltsfoot plant is native to northern Europe and Asia but is also grown in the United States. Wet climates are preferred by this exotic weed. Coltsfoot has been used in the past for medicinal purposes, for teas and for smoking. Studies show that there may be a link between coltsfoot ingestion and cancer. Others firmly believe in the healing properties of coltsfoot. Consult a medical doctor or professional herbalist if you have concerns.
Wormwood and its second cousin, mugwort, have long been known by natural healers and herbalists as well-rounded medicines with numerous healing benefits. The dry leaves and roots can be made into teas or smoked. Because of the potent effects of both herbs, smoking can lead to hallucinations, insomnia and nervous disorders, and should be consumed only in moderation.
Known by numerous names, including ladies foxglove, donkey ears and shepherd’s herb, the mullein plant is native to Europe and Asia. The herb is known for its ability to soothe throat problems and lung disorders. Classified as a sedative, mullein is thought by smokers to have a euphoric effect.
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