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Herbs & health => Herbs => Topic started by: Saxifrage on March 01, 2015, 10:34:07 PM

Title: Smoking herbs
Post by: Saxifrage on March 01, 2015, 10:34:07 PM
Many herbs outside of the illicit & destructive ones can be smoked occasionally without ill effect.  The ideal herbs for smoking are very potent, are of the flower or leaf of the plant, are aromatic, & have either a pleasant taste or potent effect when smoked.  Some may be stimulating while others may be relaxing.

Indian Warrior (Pedicularis densiflora)
Elephant Head (Pedicularis groenlandica)
Parrot's Beak (Pedicularis racemosa)
Sacred blue lily of the Nile [Blue lotus] (Nymphaea caerulea)
Damiana (Turnera diffusa)
Happiness tree flower [He Huan Hua] (Albizia julibrissin)
Kanna (Sceletium tortuosum)
Klip Dagga [Lions ear] (Leonotis nepetifolia)
Lobelia inflata [Indian Tobacco]
Monk pepper (Vitex agnus-castus)
Mullein (Verbascum Thapsus)
Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata)
Red Poppy flowers (Papaver rhoeas)
Sacred Lotus stamen (Nelumbo Nucifera)
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
Rose petals (Rosa x centifolia)
Title: Re: Smoking herbs
Post by: Eris on September 28, 2015, 12:47:40 AM
Don't forget skullcap ~ Scutellaria lateriflora is the proper species.

And check out a list of traditional and neo-herbalism smoking blends here: http://phytoactive.net/herbs/herbal-smoking-blends/
Title: Re: Smoking herbs
Post by: Kathrynn Donovan on December 30, 2015, 09:01:00 PM
May I ask what part of the passion flower is smoked whether the blossom or the leaf? Is there any special preparation needed? I live where it grows wild.

Also, which on the list are for flavor and which are medicinal? It would be helpful to separate the two so I could know which ones I can use to flavor other medicinal blends that might not taste so good.
Title: Re: Smoking herbs
Post by: Eris on December 30, 2015, 11:03:56 PM
I enjoy smoking the dried leaves with a bit of mullein.  You may be able to smoke the flowering tops as well, and these may even be more potent.

I would check out this list for more detailed info: http://phytoactive.net/herbs/herbal-smoking-blends/

One of our sponsors, Meridian Botanicals also has quite a lot of information on herbs, including the ones listed here.  Here is a link to the smoking herbs section: https://meridianbotanicals.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=79

Note, near any herb can be smoked, these are just the ideal ones for smoking cessation or tobacco alternatives I think.
Title: Re: Smoking herbs
Post by: Roopey on September 18, 2016, 07:47:54 AM
There are so many interesting smoking herbs, I really like Lotus Stamens and Kanna. 

Lavender and Rose should be added to the OP.
Title: Re: Smoking herbs
Post by: LotusEater on December 29, 2016, 03:58:50 PM
Does anyone know anything about the Pedicularis sp.?

"Psychoactives Wiki

Pedicularis is a genus of perennial green root parasitic plants. The common name lousewort, applied to several species, is said to derive from an old belief that these plants, when ingested, were responsible for lice infestations in stock. Some sources say Louseworts were used to remove lice from livestock.
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Effects Edit

Pedicularis species are used medicinally as a skeletal muscle relaxer, and sedative. The flowers are often made into a tea or smoked. Extracts of the flowers have a strong relaxing effect when smoked. When used in a smoking blend, they add a nice flavor and relaxing effect.


One user, "J" from N.C., reports the following:

"I packed approx. 200mg of the purple bud material from Pedicularis densiflora into my bowl and smoked it. It took about 10 or 11 hits to finish the bowl, and by the 5th hit I started noticing effects. I felt a mild buzz and relaxation for about 10 mins, then it quickly and suddenly peaked to a moderate body buzz and spacey mental state and stayed there for 30 to 45 mins, then I gradually came down over the next 20 to 30 mins. Shortly afterward I fell asleep but upon waking I felt refreshed and noticed no "hangover" or negative after-effects."
VarietiesEdit
Indian WarriorEdit

Indian Warrior, or Pedicularis densiflora, is one of the most popular varieties used in smoking blends. It produces attractive deep-purple buds that go very well in herbal smoking formulas.
Elephant's HeadEdit

Elephant's Head, or Pedicularis groenlandica, is another popular variety used in smoking formulas. Though some sources report it to be weaker than others, the potency of Pedicularis varieties depends on many factors, and usually cannot be judged by species alone. Elephants Head buds are known for their exceptional flavor, and bright purple elephant-head shaped flowers.
Other Active SpeciesEdit

    Pedicularis racemosa - Parrots Beak, Sickletop Lousewort
    Pedicularis procera - Giant Lousewort
    Pedicularis bracteosa - Bracted Lousewort
    Pedicularis canadensis - Wood Betony

Important Note: Wood Betony also refers to a different herb (Stachys betonica)
Quality & Growing ConditionsEdit

Pedicularis is very rare and hard to find, becuase it is a parasitic and leeches off of a host plant If the host plant is poor the pedicularis's quality may suffer. In addition of the host plant is toxic the pedicularis may be toxic, so be careful when picking wild. It is totally unheard of to find toxic pedicularis online, but lower quality plants are common. It is not sold at some vendors, simply because it is hard to cultivate. "

http://psychoactives.wikia.com/wiki/Pedicularis
Title: Re: Smoking herbs
Post by: jaaman on June 13, 2017, 08:44:25 AM
Great list but I can't believe that Pedicularis Densiflora was left out. This is one of the most potent yet benign smoking herbs that is used for relaxation. Seriously, this one should be at the top of this list.  :D




Many herbs outside of the illicit & destructive ones can be smoked occasionally without ill effect.  The ideal herbs for smoking are very potent, are of the flower or leaf of the plant, are aromatic, & have either a pleasant taste or potent effect when smoked.  Some may be stimulating while others may be relaxing.

Sacred blue lily of the Nile [Blue lotus] (Nymphaea caerulea)
Damiana (Turnera diffusa)
Happiness tree flower [He Huan Hua] (Albizia julibrissin)
Kanna (Sceletium tortuosum)
Klip Dagga [Lions ear] (Leonotis nepetifolia)
Lobelia inflata [Indian Tobacco]
Monk pepper (Vitex agnus-castus)
Mullein (Verbascum Thapsus)
Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata)
Red Poppy flowers (Papaver rhoeas)
Sacred Lotus stamen (Nelumbo Nucifera)
Title: Re: Smoking herbs
Post by: Saxifrage on June 28, 2017, 02:05:31 PM
Thanks for the suggestions, jaaman and lotuseater!  I have amended the list and added the recommended herbs.