Tobacco is used worldwide in the joint rolling process. However, countless other herbs exist that serve as great tobacco replacements while offering remarkable health benefits.
Admittedly, the addition of tobacco helps a joint to burn more evenly and slower. Most smokers also enjoy the nicotine’s stimulating effects combined with the relaxing and calming effects offered by cannabis.
Despite its advantages, tobacco is notorious for causing several health conditions like cancer and can damage the cardiovascular system when used regularly. Fortunately, many alternatives allow for slow and steady-burning. Moreover, most of them provide other effects that complement the tobacco smoking experience.
The following is a list of ten of the best tobacco replacements for your joint.
Scientifically referred to as Leonotis leonurus, the wild dagga is a shrub native to Southern Africa. Commonly dubbed as the lion’s tail, wild dagga give off mild psychoactive effects slightly similar to cannabis.
By tradition, the Khoikhoi and Hottentot peoples of South Africa smoked wild dagga for its euphoric and relaxing properties. Additionally, the bark, roots, and leaves of the herb are used for snakebites, scorpion and bee stings, and as an infusion for conditions of the blood.
Damiana is a herb that was originally utilized by the Aztecs as a cure for impotence and is said to have aphrodisiac effects and boosts increases sexual desire and drive. Damiana is also used conventionally to treat constipation, bedwetting, depression, and headaches.
The herb also has a mild psychoactive effect, owing to the presence of substances that might affect the brain and the nervous system. Damiana is a good contender on the list of tobacco replacements.
Chamomile is one of the most widely known tonics for the common cold. Chamomile is also supposed to settle the stomach, reduce stress, inflammation and anxiousness. In the company of several essential oils, the yellow flowers have flavonoids, which are said to positively affect health.
Chamomile is a good choice for those on the hunt for a healthy and ecological; alternative to tobacco. But, you need to get dried buds and not just cut open tea bags.
Scientifically referred to as Sceletium tortuosum, Kanna, is a succulent plant native to Southern Africa and has a lengthy history of human use. Doses of up to 25mg daily are well-tolerated.
Kanna implies “something to chew”, which is derived from its traditional use among hunters and gatherers. To stay alert, combat hunger and boost mood, people would chew on the leaves and swallow the saliva.
This well-known, medicinal herb is easy to access and is grown in many gardens worldwide. The spectacular scents drawn from this species are as a result of linalool, which is common in almost all strains of cannabis. This terpene adds some truly delightful tastes to your joints as a tobacco replacement.
Similar to the Cabernet grape, sage is resistant and uncomplicated. Not like other herbs, sage leaves are more aromatic as the plant ages. It’s best described as pleasantly bitter and spicy. Sage is full of essential oils like borneol, cineole, camphor, and thujone. It has antiviral and antibacterial effects, which is why it has been used as a therapeutic plant throughout the ages.
What makes this well-known cooking ingredient to be an excellent herbal, tobacco alternative? Well, rosemary is one of the household herbs to smoke that has a terpene known as beta-caryophyllene.
This can strengthen your immune system, increase awareness, improve cognitive skills, and help with depression and inflammation. That makes the herb a good tobacco replacement for your joint.
If you’re in search of an alternative to smoking for relieving stress, you need to try this plant. It has been reported that Catnip has potent psychoactive effects, but it varies from user to user. Add a plant to the joint for relaxation and sedating effects.
Incorporating the blue lotus to your joints will make you wonder why you were ever using tobacco. Not only does it add to an even and smooth burn, but it offers a mystic vibe! The blue lotus is well-regarded by many cultures.
Adding the blue lotus to a joint before bed increases your chances of lucid dreams—the sensation of being conscious during a dream. Additionally, it has a mild but exotic smell and pleasant effect.
Mint is a commonly adaptable herb that brings a unique freshness to drink and food. There are six hundred different varieties, the most popular being spearmint and peppermint. They are full of minerals and vitamins, including potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, copper and vitamin C. Cannabis and mint are the perfect pair, especially when combined in a joint or vaporizer.
Finding other replacements to tobacco is a much healthier and less addictive than normal tobacco, and what better options than something all-natural, organic and in some instances beneficial?