Herbal cigarettes are an alternative tobacco product that has been grown, cured and processed. They’re still considered tobacco because its nicotine is derived from cigarettes. They also contain a plant, Ethosagus tincture, often mixed with a flavoring agent instead of tobacco that represents the plant. A blend of herbs and as much as a pound of the dried herbs and leaves is mixed into the blend to give the result we associate with smoking a cigarette.
Shelf-stable, ready to smoke, and easily lit by mouth, homemade herbal cigarettes improve inhalation and visibility to someone trying to quit smoking. They also provide a mild flavor, making them less harsh on the throat than traditional cigarettes.
A person’s ability to quit smoking is the single biggest reason for continued smoking; it’s estimated that six million Americans are addicted.
HOW HERBS FIT IN WITH THAT PURPOSE…
THEN THE QUESTIONER ASKS: CAN’T SOME THINGS BE REFINED?
Herbs can itself be refined into granulated and granular forms, both of which can be smoked. Herbs may also contain essential oils, which can further assist in quitting smoking. Alternatively, the use of manufactured or extracted herbs and herbs extracts is allowed nationwide.
THEN, THE QUESTIONER ASKS: SHOULD I SMOKE HERBS TO PATIENTS OR THOSE WITH PAIN?
A person’s pain response requires more slowly paced smoke and less puffing. Some people may get a different effect from herbs if smoked close to an injection site, or when working on a pain condition. More research is needed here as well because some herbs are toxic to the body when smoked.
THE QUESTIONER ASKS: WHAT FRUITS AND VEGGIES ARE BEST?
Once again, the research is lacking. The organisms that grow in these herbs and plants have not been studied to confirm rates of efficacy in quitting smoking, as they haven’t been studied enough yet. For example, CraPe is a popular herb that is said to be effective in the smoking process for many tobacco smokers. This is due to its presence marijuana, mitragynine and coumarin in the herb, which may boost the pain-killing effect and nicotine absorption. Although lesser herbs may be effective, most consist of more concentrated ingredients and are more difficult to smoke.
THE QUESTIONER ASKS: YOUR LOCAL LAZY MAJORITY MAY VARY
It depends on your location. Most states have an exemption for anyone smoking herbs for medicinal purposes. However, it’s up to your provider to know your state’s specific laws. You may want to check out the local rules before trying them.
Do not visit a physician for advice on herbal cigarettes.
Many vapers claim that inhalation of herbal blends burns more efficiently, while still producing the same throat hit. This can refer to a few different things:
The same sinceen found in other tobacco cigarettes
The difference between the herbs used in different blends
The duration of inhalation
How to tell which herbs are in herbal cigarettes?
On Amazon and Cheaper Than Alcohol, you will find a growing selection of e-liquid collected from local herbal stores and herbal manufacturers. I found quite a range of providers, unlike most other tobacco and marijuana products, being primarily herbal. Of course, this comes down to your local availability. Whether it’s free-sample websites or links that retail vendors give, pick any one that aligns with your needs. Like with nicotine products, ask about nicotine strength. Most have to be vaped to get any nicotine information.
In all reality, because these products are unregulated, vapers all over the United States, are unregulated as to their quality. They may be made with the same ingredients as tobacco products, thus they should be just as harmful. Rather than reading most claims made against herbal cigarettes, I’d rather banish them all together and embrace the taste of herbs.
Vapers do not smoke cigarettes and are not inhaling second-hand smoke.
While the vapor from a herbal cigarette is similar to that of other tobacco products, it has a slightly different consistency. A few instructional diagrams would be more beneficial than a list of ingredients with ingredients names alliteration built in.
Dry herbs can either be moistened with additional liquids to replicate the characteristic “smokey” taste or chopped in powdered form to mimic the taste of burning leaves.
The reason for the inconsistency may relate to the active ingredients. Different plants have different flavoring agent and use a different mechanism to produce a piece of smoke. Some herbs with a rich, woody taste are used to replicate the taste of burning leaves. Others are used more for creating a taste more similar to incense. As such, they may blend in differently to mimic a flavor that is unique to a specific herb, plant or tree.
Herbs like mint and basil may have a spicy, pungent, piney note while sage has a creamy, sweet muted flavor.
Do not expect flavor from herbs to mimic the taste of burning leaves. Look for a more consistent flavor than you will find in burning leaves.
THERE ARE THREE TYPES OF HERBS that ARE CONSIDERED tobacco:
And there are three types of herbs considered Marijuana:
THC is the active component in Marijuana that gets people high. There’s also a “high” from the smoke,
THCA is a plant with a warm, woodsy aroma. It’s often used in burning incense.
CBG is a plant commonly used to make essential oils for medicinal use. Its plant serum is easy to make at home, but you need a little bit of skill to make it at home. CBG may be smoked, sprinkled on food or sprinkled on a fabric softener.
THE FOUR WAYS TO SMOKE HERBS
- Vaporizers or E-Cigs
Vaporizers heat herbs to a temperature where the herbs are broken down and inhaled, rather than burned.
These less harsh methods of using herbs (only slightly more harsh than normal cigarettes) can work for burning herbs or making vapes of herbs and fresh fruit.
“One of the first things a ‘Herbalist’ should know is that you can turn almost any herb into a solid smoked aid,” says Nancy Z. Farrell Allen, PhD — an herbal-therapy consultant for Wellness Coaching. A ‘brick’ would be a herb you can grind into a ‘toro’, and a ‘dab’ would be a finely chopped herb that would need to be ground into a ‘hash.’”
Smoking may help you quit traditional tobacco cigarettes — but it may also contribute to lung cancer and some forms of chronic lung disease. According to research, “cigarette smoke contains about three times more tar and twice the level of harmful gases than the most harmful medicinal herbs smoked.” Court cases have determined that smoking “marijuana” or “hashish” as opposed to “cigarette” is also a form of tobacco use.
Unlike cigarettes, the flavor from an e-cigarette may have a medicinal effect, and there have been several studies on the topic. The Food and Drug Administration is still working to regulate these devices.
- Herbal Tobacco
Herbal-turned-tobacco is a taxed and regulated product — like acupuncture, vitamins and therapy. Similar to E-Cigs, the active ingredients cause a warm, woodsy ‘high’ from the smoke. Some are flavored with natural flavors — like vanilla.
Herbal-turned-tobacco is “an old-fashioned medicine with a long history. You’ll find bits of legend mixed in with today’s trendy herbs used to treat everything from digestion to brain health, cure skin problems and even conditions like diabetes,” notes Dan McDevitt, PharmD.