Cannabis is legal in many areas of the U.S. (and throughout Canada), with sales adding nearly $100B to the U.S. economy in 2022. Biden’s recent pardon and pen moments from signing bipartisan legislation to support cannabis research mean this industry will only continue to boom. That said, new and seasoned adult users surface daily, searching for new ways to enhance their smoking experience. And we’re on board with the endeavor. As a result, this post reviews why adding herbs to your weed might be the ticket you need.
1. Increases the Flavor
Enjoying the flavor of a smoke is a primary reason to light up. However, many adult users overlook it as grounds for expanding their smoking repertoire. Cannabis has benefits on its own, after all, with properties like CBD fast becoming a staple of wellness products globally.
However, consider various herbs and the flavors they provide. For example, Peppermint is an aromatic hybrid plant that combines water mint and spearmint. Its enjoyment reaches far beyond the festive seasons as a favorite holiday scent.
Remember that, like most things, no herbs provide health benefits without associated risks. For Mint lovers, the benefits include decongesting stuffy nasal passages and potentially easing nausea, to name a few advantages.
But oh, the flavor! Peppermint falls into the category of minty and cooling. Some have even described its taste as “green.” Here’s your guide to smoking Mint: Can I Smoke Mint?
It’s worth saying that Mint could interact with other herbs, supplements, or medications, causing harm to the user. The same goes for other smokable herbs added to cannabis. If you’re thinking of adding herbs to your cannabis (which we highly recommend), the research must come first.
Yet, adding herbs to your cannabis for the sheer pleasure of flavor is an excellent route to increasing your overall experience. Doing so might even make cannabis less harsh to smoke. Remember that each herb has unique properties, and Mint is only one of them.
2. Enhances Smoke Blends’ Smoothness
Some adult users have found their perfect strain, pushing all the right buttons and rolling smooth billowy clouds of smoke out of their lips. Others struggle with the harshness of smoking cannabis. Perhaps, they have a limited selection from which to choose, or the medical benefits of one strain don't align with their other senses.
Whatever the case might be, herbs can help make smoke blends smoother. Let's be honest; some cannabis strains can be a harsh smoke, much like many tobacco brands. But adding herbs to your weed can reduce its harshness.
For example, Mugwort is often known as "Sailor's Tobacco" and is an excellent natural nicotine-free tobacco alternative. Aside from Mugwort's terrific texture, it has a discreet taste that tends to tone down the harshness of weed. Plus, many adult users combine other herbs with their cannabis and Mugwort blend, including Damiana or Chamomile. If you want to increase the smoothness of your smoking experience, consider adding herbs to your weed.
3. Boosts Cannabis Properties
Adding new properties to cannabis can create a unique smoking experience that may benefit many adult users. And there’s a good reason why adding herbs to your weed bolsters its properties. For starters, many herbs and cannabis share terpenes, so they work hand-in-hand, complementing one another.
For example, Lavender provides well-known benefits for mood, sleep, hair, and skin, to name a few. Plus, it shares the terpene Linalool with cannabis, and both plants have an abundance of it. But what’s the big deal?
First, let's get one thing straight; claiming health benefits without also listing risks is a reg flag for any compound or blend. However, combining cannabis and Lavender offers potential as a muscle relaxer and anticonvulsant. The two elements together show promise, working in tandem to provide adult users with multiple wellness benefits. Plus, Lavender has an exquisite flavor that is sure to arouse your senses!
4. Extends the Life of Your Cannabis
Cannabis is a favorite but expensive legal herb for many adult users. At the same time, there are ways to make your weed last longer, such as purchasing in bulk or watching for dispensary deals; buying cannabis can hurt your wallet sometimes.
However, adding herbs to your weed can help this problem. It only makes sense that if you combine another compound with your cannabis, you'll use less weed. Many individuals opt for a 75/25 mix, with cannabis playing the most significant part. In the end, this strategy helps your budget's bottom line.
Furthermore, if you find the perfect pairing, shop for that particular herb in bulk, if possible. Whether it’s Lavender, Mugwort, Mint, or another herb altogether, look for bundles and deals. Experiment with new combinations and flavors to expand your experiences and extend the life of your cannabis.
Remember, you don’t have to sacrifice your cannabis experience due to budget restraints. Instead, practice savvy shopping and add herbs to your cannabis to get the most bang for your buck.
5. Heightens the Smoking Experience
Individuals smoke cannabis for many reasons, from pain management to simple enjoyment. Fortunately, smoking weed is an experience that adult users can customize easily. For example, some individuals enjoy bongs or bubblers, while others prefer blunts or spliffs. Each method has a unique experience, pros and cons, and a price point. #ToEachItsOwn
By identifying why you smoke cannabis in the first place, you can better choose how to tailor it to your needs (or wants). More Americans are smoking weed now than ever before and for a multitude of reasons. Adult users typically measure the benefits against the risks, deciding when and how to welcome cannabis into their lives meaningfully. In short, adding herbs to your weed can heighten the experience, making your cannabis usage even more meaningful.
Whether you smoke for fun or to address a medical condition in your life, you should walk away from the experience better for it. Cannabis has a way of doing that. So, if you’re up for trying new flavors, saving a little moolah, or heightening your experience, you’re in the right place. Consider adding herbs to your weed soon — we think you’ll be glad you did.
Author bio: Eric Schneider is the managing director of AlphaRoot, a tech-enabled cannabis insurance broker in NYC. Empowered by a team of industry veterans with long-standing relationships in the cannabis and agriculture insurance space, AlphaRoot can provide customized coverage and access to select insurance markets. Schneider is dedicated to his clients' best interests, attributing his success to taking steps one at a time instead of focussing solely on the bigger picture. This strategy helped triple AlphaRoot's book of business within its first year. Eric's mantra is to have heart, be smart, and most importantly, have fun — themes carrying the AlphaRoot team into becoming an industry giant.
*This article is not to be interpreted as a statement of any form by Spliff but merely a compendium of information compiled from other sources. These statements have not been evaluated by Health Canada, FDA or any other regulatory body. Consult your doctor before ingesting or smoking any herbal product.*