If you have mixed your cigarettes with cannabis and smoked a spliff in your backyard, then you have already successfully blended your weed with another herb – tobacco. Still, there’re so many more variations than just this combination.
Blending herbs with weed can enhance your experience and provide more delightful flavors and aromas due to the natural terpenes. Many herbs can be an excellent substitute for tobacco in a spliff and be enjoyable to consume. Herbs can produce varying effects of their own, and some can enhance the effects of cannabis. There’s no one way to blend herbs with weed but pairing them based on terpenes is a common method that will provide a flavorful and delightful experience. You can smoke the herbal blend by rolling them up in a joint, using a bowl or a bong, or even a vape. You can use herbs in any desired ratio or equal amounts of each in the mix and smoke.
Lavender is known for its calming and soothing effects, and mixing it with cannabis can provide you with a more relaxing experience. Linalool – the terpene in lavender has the potential to assist with stress, and it’s best to be paired with Indica strains of cannabis. More importantly, Linalool is a terpene both cannabis and lavender have in common. And what’s best about this blend is that it tastes incredible, so it’s worth giving a try if you haven’t done so yet!
Eucalyptus is known for its spicy, menthol-like flavor. Eucalyptus is another herb you can mix with cannabis for a more enhanced experience. Eucalyptol, the terpene in eucalyptus, has a fresh mint-like smell and a spicy, cooling, and refreshing taste that can level up your smoking experience and make it more reinvigorating.
Passionflower, a climbing vine with mesmerizing white and purple flowers that your eye can’t miss once you encounter them, is another excellent ingredient to use in your herbal cannabis blend. Passionflower has a grassy smell and earthy taste, with hints of sweet flavor.
Native American tribes have long used passionflower to treat various conditions and improve health and wellness.
Rosemary and cannabis share the same terpene – beta-caryophyllene (BCP) known for its spicy and peppery taste, giving cannabis its earthy flavor. It’s common in many herbs, including black pepper, cinnamon, cloves, and basil. The terpene interacts with the CB2 endocannabinoid receptors found in the body. So when smoked with cannabis, Rosemary adds a fresh and somewhat neutral aroma to the mix.
Leaves of white sage promote feelings of relaxation and calmness. Sage is a great choice to mix with Indica-dominant cannabis strains. Native American tribes used sage in purification ceremonies.
Damiana Leaf, known for its minty and spicy taste and smell combined with cannabis, will provide a smooth and pleasing smoke. Its effects are calming, relaxing, and mood-enhancing, so when paired with cannabis, it can help release tension, especially when mixed with Indica strains.
Mints are great to use when you are looking for a refreshing taste and calming experience. It will add a fresh taste to your smoke and help clear the proverbial cobwebs away and calm your nerves. In addition, the menthol in mint will fortify your smoke with a robust minty, cooling taste and flavor. So, if you are looking for a subtly sweet and cooling flavor with a refreshing aroma, mint is a great choice to blend with cannabis for the delightful and relaxing smoke.
CBD flower is a hemp-derivative, and unlike marijuana, it features only trace amounts of psychoactive THC. CBD flower tastes very much like weed, so it’s unlikely that mixing these two will alter the flavor or aroma of your smoke. CBD and THC are both cannabis derivatives. Per the famous Entourage Effect, when we consume more than one cannabinoid, they work together better as a group, delivering better results. However, this doesn’t mean a more potent high, but CBD in your blend can help reduce unwanted side effects of THC like mental discomfort and paranoia and help you have a more balanced and pleasing experience.
How to Blend Herbs with Cannabis
Now that you’ve chosen the herbs to blend with cannabis, you may get too thrilled to start rolling your next joint, but if you are working with fresh herbs, you will need to dry them before you smoke them. You can’t mix fresh herbs with cannabis as they should be dry enough to burn (but not too powdery).
The most common method of drying herbs is leaving them in a dark, dry area, but you can use an oven at a specific temperature to dry herbs of your choice. However, make sure not to dry out the herbs too much because when too dry, their leaves will burn too quickly and may also leave an unpleasant taste in your mouth.
Storing dried herbs will also go a long way, and you can keep them in the dark, airtight containers – dried herbs can quickly spoil when exposed to air and direct sunlight. Use glass containers as plastic ones may leach chemicals into your dried herbs. Keep them away from sunlight to keep them fresh for longer.
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