Since Cannabis research made headlines in the field of medicine and wellness it has become more accepted around the world. The World Drug Report from 2019 stated that there are over 200 million cannabis smokers around the world. From vaping to concentrates people are finding out for themselves just how miraculous this plant is.
Yes, cannabis is one awesome hippie herb for anyone into health, wellness or getting high but did you know that by blending your cannabis with other herbs you can receive additional benefits. It’s true, most of the herbs I have listed below have been smoked for thousands of years before tobacco was industrialized and these same herbs today can help even the hard-core chain smokers quit the toxic cigarettes killing people today in a more fun and enjoyable way.
Mixing herbs together can not only enhance the flavor of your cannabis, it can also complement its other effects. Plants are so magical and mixing the smokable herbs with your cannabis will really enhance your creativity, buzz and self-care. Before we get into these additional hippie herbs it’s important to point out that you should definitely choose organically-grown, food-grade herbs; and, if possible, go a step further and grow them yourself. That way you’re not compromising the taste and effect with any gross, unwanted chemicals and toxins.
30 Awesome Hippie Herbs & Their Benefits:
- Rose: Recently, the rose petal become the next big trend in the world of weed. Used spiritually to open the heart chakra.
- Damiana Leaf: Good tobacco replacement and is often used as a legal substitute for cannabis. Used by the Aztec for treating impotence. Smoke these fragrant leaves when making love.
- Red Raspberry Leaf: Has a pleasant, fruity taste. It can be smoked either alone or as part of a blend, to help soothe sore muscles and promote relaxation.
- Catnip: Catnip was once used in place of cannabis or as filler in weed since it produced similar effects, like making you feel happy and slightly buzzed.
- Lavender: Has an incredible flavor while allowing users to feel its therapeutic qualities.
- Anise: Known to heal inflammation, fungal infections, depression, flatulence, menopause, and even congestion. NOTE* use sparingly, no more than 5% of your smoking blend.
- Ashwagandha: A proven adaptogen that helps your body adapt properly to stress. Known anti-anxiety medication, antidepressant and mood stabilizer. Ashwagandha is used to promote focus and concentration as well as to provide a natural boost of energy.
- Passion Flower: Customarily used as a soothing herb for hysteria, anxiety, seizures and insomnia. Smoking passion flower is a common practice in regions. The dried aerial parts of the flower can be smoked as an aid to help people stop smoking cigarettes.
- Rosemary: Associated with improved cognition and memory due to the active constituents found within the plant. The herb may also assist with inflammation and immune system function.
- Wild Lettuce: Wild lettuce helps with diverse pain types like menstrual pain, joints pain, muscle pain, headache, migraine, and stress-related pain. NOTE* Not suitable if user has narrow-angle glaucoma, can make it worse. In some cases, wild lettuce can also induce a toxic effect.
- Calea Zacatechichi: Also known as the dream herb or “Leaf of God” is a legal psychoactive plant used in shamanic rituals to predict future events, calea deepens and enhances the user’s dreams.
- Kratom: Proven to be an efficient solution for individuals who suffer from anxiety, stress, depression and other sorts of mood disorders. The plant has been found to act as a natural confidence booster.
- Yarrow: Can reduce high body temperatures and fever. It is commonly used as a stimulant for appetite or as a tobacco substitute.
- California Poppy: Commonly used when treating anxiety issues, insomnia, incontinence, and nervous tension. Reduces the effects of ADD and ADHD and increase mental and memory concentration.
- Wormwood: Remedy for headache, dysentery, common colds or mild rheumatism. Widely used as the main ingredient in Absinthe.
- Willow bark: Native Americans often smoke willow bark during ceremony to show respect and give spiritual protection. When shared with close friends and family it can promote kinship. Mark Twain smoked willow bark with his tobacco.
- Mullein: Helps to promote feelings of calmness, treats anxiety and can be very relaxing. Mullein is added to smoking blends to reduce harshness and sooth to the throat. Some claim Mullein cleans the lungs and can activate lymph circulation in the chest and the neck, naturally reducing phlegm and opening airways.
- Peppermint: Smoking peppermint leaves clears the lungs and respiratory passages and can make breathing easier. Smoking “magic mint,” a slang name for Salvia divinorum, can cause hallucinations. Mint herbs like peppermint, spearmint and wintergreen do not have psychoactive properties.
- Tobacco: A commonly used Indigenous tobacco, is one of the four sacred plants. It represents the mind. The Anishinaabe say it opens the door to the creator, tobacco is one of the most sacred of plants for Native people.
- Gotu Kola: Is used to improve memory, relieve tension, enhance blood flow, reduce inflammation, and strengthen the liver. Gotu Kola herb is used as a tonic to stay healthy and aid concentration.
- Hops: A mild sedatives with a calming effect used as a principal ingredient in many muscle relaxants and tonics.
- Skullcap: It is an effective medicinal herb that may help in relieving symptoms of many diseases like insomnia, hysteria, delirium tremens, anxiety, is rich in vitamins and is used as a central nervous system booster. Also effective in managing headaches and restlessness.
- Wild Oat: A popular traditional herbal medicine that is widely used in providing relief from liver and kidney conditions and joint pain. It also relieves depression and is a natural tonic used to improve strength and vitality in both men and women. Wild oat is also used to reduce mental tension and anxiety. It is a powerful antioxidant as well, which slows down the aging process.
- Clove: Can reduce the cravings of even long-time smokers for nicotine. It could replace the habit while taking away tobacco’s addictive substance, nicotine.
- Green Tea: Green tea contains L-theanine, an amino acid. Studies show this compound has anxiety-lowering effects by interacting with neurotransmitter receptors.
- Mugwort: Many ancient cultures smoked mugwort to promote vivid dreams. It also produces a very mild psychotropic effect while you’re awake. Dried mugwort plant gives its users colorful dreams and helps with memory.
- Blue Lotus: Popularly used by the Ancient Egyptians, thousands of years ago, used commonly during recreation and religious events. For more than 3000 years the Blue Lotus Flower has been used to induce higher states of consciousness, states of sedation, and extreme relaxation.
- Chamomile: A powerful antidepressant and can help manage the withdrawal symptoms among smokers very effectively, thereby preventing relapses.
- Coltsfoot: An expectorant, helping to free phlegm from the lungs. The herb contains mucilage, tannnis and bitter glycosides which give the herb its anti-inflammatory and anti-coughing properties.
- Sage: Sages are used primarily to impart flavor to smoking blends. Indigenous peoples believe that sage clears out spiritual impurities, pathogens, and even insects. Adding a bit of dried sage to your cannabis can boost your mood, banish negativity and create an uplifting fragrance.
Alright my fellow psychonauts, let me know what hippie blends you come up with and don’t forget to share this article if you found it at all helpful. I am Ashley Michaud, and I love you!