Dry herb vaping is all the rage these days. It’s gained a shining reputation for being a safer and healthier way to consume cannabis simply because it doesn’t produce many of the carcinogens and other harmful compounds that form when marijuana is smoked and burned instead.
Another benefit of using a dry herb vaporizer is that you can vaporize other herbs, too, not just cannabis. You can do this for aromatherapy purposes or to take advantage of the therapeutic benefits that these other herbs provide. As a matter of fact, a lot of cannabis users mix their cannabis with other such dry herbs precisely for the purpose of creating cannabis blends that allow them to change their vaping routine once in a while.
Combining cannabis with other herbs allows you to have the best of both worlds, letting you enjoy the effects of CBD and THC while opening up a universe of new flavors and effects to make your vaping experience more varied and exciting. The best dry herb vaporizer for these situations is one that has precise temperature control, which will allow you to adjust the heat according to what is optimal for each herb.
If you’d like to try it out for yourself, read on for some of our favorite herbs to mix with cannabis.
This aromatic plant was a popular ingredient in many a magical ritual during the Middle Ages in Europe because it was widely believed to be an herb of protection. One of the most common old wives’ tales during those days was that carrying a sprig of mugwort on one’s person shielded them from danger on the road while traveling.
In modern times, mugwort is a common ingredient used in cooking. The leaves and buds picked shortly before the plant begins to flower can be used to impart a bitter flavoring to meat and fish dishes. It’s also widely utilized in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean cuisine in a variety of applications.
Because mugwort smells like green tea and tastes a bit like sage, some cannabis users use it with their herb when they want to relax. In small quantities, it can be a soothing addition to cannabis strains that are rich in the lavender terpene called linalool.
This herb is native to India and is widely cultivated for religious and traditional medicine purposes, particularly in Ayurvedic medicine. Commonly steeped into a relaxing herbal tea, it is also used extensively to flavor Thai dishes such as phat kaphrao, a seafood or meat stir-fried dish.
Today, enthusiasts of herbal medicine also believe that holy basil can be used to treat diabetes and high cholesterol levels, and different parts of the plant can be used for a variety of other conditions. Its flowers are said to be able to combat bronchitis, while the essential oil from its leaves can soothe insect bites.
Vaped with cannabis, you can enjoy holy basil’s most well-known benefits: reducing stress and anxiety. It does this by being naturally able to lower the levels of cortisol in your body. As you may know, this well-known steroid hormone is the one that is commonly called the “stress hormone.”
This herb grows as a shrub and is native to southern Texas, where it flourishes due to the semi-arid, subtropical climate. It is a primary ingredient in the Mexican liqueurs Agavero and Liqueur de Damiana, which are often mixed into cocktails. However, damiana is just as pleasurable shot straight, thanks to its floral and resin-like flavors.
Taken alone without processing, the herb tastes spicy and has a mint-like quality. Combine this with a calming cannabis strain such as Cannabis indica, and you’ll get a smooth vaping experience for a peaceful and laidback evening. Mixed with certain other strains of cannabis, it can be a euphoric stimulant and an aphrodisiac that lifts the libido and enhances sexual pleasure.
It’s uncommon to hear of anyone who’s never smelled lavender before, considering that its ubiquitous essential oil has gone into perfumes, lotions, soaps, cosmetics, room sprays, and many more. The flowering plant’s sweet, soothing scent is said to induce relaxation and promote better sleep, hence its prevalence.
As a cooking ingredient, lavender greens can be used in place of rosemary, as it imparts a certain delicate herbaceous quality to dishes. Meanwhile, the buds can make sweet or savory tastes more pronounced.
Many cannabis users also recommend vaping lavender with a calming cannabis strain before bedtime. Do this even as you’re drinking a bedtime tea with sedative ingredients like chamomile or valerian root. The combination will see you safely into dreamland and help you stay asleep—useful if you’re someone with high anxiety levels or if you tend to slumber fitfully.
Passionflower is a climbing vine that is known to have been used by the Native Americans to promote wound healing, to relieve boils, and to treat other illnesses and conditions. It is also believed that it can reduce restlessness and anxiety, and has been known to have a mild sedative effect.
Taken with cannabis, it can create a mellow vaping experience that perfectly balances THC-rich strains and prevents overstimulation. It also imparts a pleasantly sweet taste reminiscent of cloves and can be a fine alternative to clove cigarettes.
Along with creating interesting flavors, blending herbs together with your favorite products, or experimenting with different indica and sativa strains can be a fun and educational use of your time as a cannabis enthusiast. The next time you vape, try incorporating small amounts of the herbs recommended above, and see how you like them. Perhaps one of those blends will become your new favorite!