We all know that cannabis is a miracle working plant, but did you know that too much use can be detrimental to your health? Cannabis, like alcohol, takes a toll on your liver, and too much can end up hurting you much more than helping you. Luckily, there are several herbs you can incorporate into your medicating practices that can enhance and augment the healing properties of cannabis. That’s why I’m passing on this list of ten herbs that are perfect cannabis companions!
I also recommend starting with a 75% cannabis and 25% herbal supplement mixture to start with. You can always tweak the mix to fit your taste and effect as you know better how it will affect you. Finally, I always recommend choosing organic and ethically raised herbs to ensure you aren’t lighting up any unwanted chemicals.
Ashwagandha is a root that is often used in Indian Ayurvedic medicine and is proven to be an adaptogen, or substance which helps your body to react properly to stress. In a recent study, the properties of this natural herb were tested against known anti-anxiety medication, Ativan, and antidepressant, Tofranil and surprisingly this simple herb held it’s own, showing great promise as a mood stabilizer. In traditional Ayurvedic medicine, Ashwagandha is used to promote focus and concentration as well as to provide an extra boost of energy.
Damiana is a shrub native to South Texas, Mexico, and South America which has been used as a stimulant and aphrodisiac for many, many moons.
that you receive from cannabis and is often even used as a substitute for cannabis when cannabis is unavailable. Mixed together, these two make the ultimate “happy pill.” Be advised that the flavor of the damiana can be overpowering and tends to linger.
Taking another page from the Ayurvedic book of medicine, Holy Basil is considered a successful treatment for fighting ailments caused by stress and anxiety since it gets to the core of the issue- cortisol. Holy Basil has been found to reduce cortisol levels and when combined with cannabis may be just the ticket for relieving your body from unnecessary stress and pain! On a side note, combining cannabis oil and holy basil oil also creates a potent anti-acne serum for your skin that is a complete godsend for anyone struggling with acne.
Turns out that lavender and marijuana share a vital terpene, Linalool. Both lavender and marijuana have linalool in abundance! Terpenes give substances their pungent aroma, but Linalool is special when combined with THC and CBD. When combined with these cannabinoids, it shows increased promise as a muscle relaxant and anticonvulsant. But lavender does more than add medicinal value to your herbal blend, it adds a lovely flavor and aroma when mixed with cannabis that is sure to please your senses!
Mint is another unexpected addition that can not only provide a tasty treat for your cannabis but help to clear respiratory passages and enable deeper, clearer breathing. Since cannabis is also a bronchodilator, this can be a powerful combination when you are congested. Of course, many people add mint in one form or another simply for taste- wintergreen, spearmint, peppermint, etc. It’s a great way to lend a fresh, crisp taste to your next sesh.
We’ve all heard the many benefits of Echinacea touted in health food circles when it comes to building up your immune system and surviving the common cold. It turns out that echinacea can do so much more! It can help you relax, relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and act as a powerful antioxidant. It also works hand in hand with your body to break down and use the cannabinoids provided by cannabis, ensuring it’s more readily available to heal and regulate the endocannabinoid system in our bodies.
St. John’s Wort
St. John’s Wort is another well-known herb that translates well to use with cannabis. St. John’s Wort is well established as a mild monoamine oxidase inhibitor and is even prescribed as a mood stabilizer for children! In fact, patients who have combined St. John’s Wort with cannabis to fight anxiety and depression, report almost immediate relief that lasts for hours!
Marihuanilla and Passion Flower
Another popular herbal combination for cannabis is a blend of marihuanilla and passion flower. This mixture creates a smooth, sweet flavor that really complements the cannabis and creates a drastically different high.
The passionflower really amplifies the psychedelic effects of the cannabis and prolongs the high. If you choose to leave out the passion flower, the combination of marihuanilla and cannabis is said to be a great substitute for those looking to stop smoking tobacco.
Last but not least is chamomile. Chamomile has been a versatile player in the herbal medicine playbook for centuries. It’s been known to treat anxiety, stress, headaches, indigestion, depression, and insomnia. When combined with cannabis, chamomile can be the perfect solution to those sleepless nights or raging migraines!
Remember, all of these herbs are safe for consumption, however, you should always consult a health care professional if interested in incorporating any of these herbs in your diet. Happy seshing!
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Until next time,