Trying to find an alternative to smoking to tobacco or simply looking for the best dry herbs to vaporize with weed (or alone, we don't judge!)?
Well you've come to the right place! In this article, we'll share our top picks for vape users for the best herbs to try with your favorite vaporizer, including lavender, chamomile, and more.
What is the healthiest dry herb to vaporize?
Although you might've been reading other informational blogs about various popular herbs for smoking or vaping like valerian, wild lettuce and even st john's wort, several different herbs can be vaped for a mix of uses, from flavor complementing to specific benefits of herbs for vaping.
We can't say for sure which herbs are objectively the best for vaping, as health benefits and risks are still largely unknown due to the sheer variety of legal herbs that can be vaped.
So below is our own personal shortlist for some easy to find smokable herbs that can be good candidates for vaping with marijuana or on their own for your pleasure :
What are the best dry herbs for vaping?
As an antiseptic, antibacterial, and for it's notable perfumery uses (hi grandma!), lavender is one of the most easy to recognize smokable herbs on the planet. It is said to have soothing properties and a beautiful flavor and aroma.
Lavender has been vaporized for its relaxing qualities to cure insomnia and ease discomfort, but there isn't enough research to support any health benefits just yet, so be cautious of sellers promoting products unverified by the FDA or Health Canada.
Chamomile is widely used in herbal smoking blends, because of its supposed relaxing properties and fruity, floral flavor. While it can sound good on paper, you need to be aware that vaping chamomile has a much different flavor than when you infuse this smokable herb in hot water. Regarding the relaxing effects of chamomile, we'd like to think it also works but we haven't been able to find any data that supports these claims other than first hand accounts on the internet. On account of aromatics, chamomile tastes much better when mixed with other relaxing smoking herbs like passionflower, peppermint, or even lemon balm.
This one can get fun depending on what strain of basil you're able to get your hands on as this herb's family is quite diversified. By dry vaping mint, you can get the citrus-centric terpenes like L-Limonene, Alpha Pinene, Beta Pinene, Cineol, and Octanol and complement your dry flower's strains, enhancing its aromatic profile and making for one really enjoyable vape sesh.
Aside from being a great smokable herb, mint also has strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties in addition to its calming and mood-lifting effects when ingested or used in aromatherapy, but more research needs to be conducted to see if those claims also work when smoking or vaping mint.
Damiana provides a strong, aromatic flavor to your herbal blend. Some anecdotal evidence commonly found on forums and natural healing publications suggests that while Damiana does give off a mild buzz, it is not nearly as strong as cannabis. The taste of vaporizing pure Damiana can be harsh but it's unique fragrance is very enjoyable when mixed in curated herbal smoking blend and vaporized.
Mullein is one of the best know smokable herbs legally available on the market, but you can also vape mullein as well! With its subtle and neutral flavor, we recommend mixing it with other smokable herbs that carry a more aromatic flavor profile such as chamomile or mugwort . Although Mullein is generally renowned to have some therapeutic properties, more studies on smoking mullein for health benefits like respiratory health need to be conducted to prove any of those currently unsubstantiated claims.
Although we covered a handful of smokable herbs you can also vape legally, there are still plenty of other herbs you can try to vaporize for your enjoyment, like green tea, hops, coltsfoot, blue lotus, mint, calendula and sage.
What are the best tasting herbs to vaporize?
We're always careful when people ask something as subjective like what herbs taste the best when vaporized, since everybody's taste is different and our opinion might differ from yours.
With that being said, we find herbs that are rich in aromatic compounds typically used in food or perfume applications offer the most interesting aromatic profile for vaping with weed or on their own.
Don't be shy to try out our balanced herbal smoking blends in your favorite dry herb vaporizer since those smokable herb mixes have been specifically curated to offer an all-around great experience for consumers.
What are the best herbs to vaporize with weed?
Well that depends on what cannabis dry flowers you like to smoke! Whether you're a CBD or THC aficionado, if you prefer a high potency or low potency strain and even what type of terpenes can be found in the product you purchased.
Our recommendation? Experiment with herbal blends, keep a little cannabis journal close by and note what works well and what doesn't. You'll be set for success in no time and start saving money on weed and enjoying your recreational experience even more!
What are the benefits and risks when you vape herbs?
Herbs are used much more effectively when they are vaporized since there is less waste and more extraction of valuable elements. It's also less likely to irritate your throat or lungs. However, we do need to reiterate our disclaimer and really drive home the point that smoking or vaping herbs of any kind could carry inherent health risks, such as long-term lung damage. So if you must absolutely smoke herb leaves, or even smoke flower petals, always do your research and do so in moderation.
Is vaporizing herbs healthier than smoking herbs?
The first thing you need to ask yourself when considering such a question like is vaping healthy is : compared to what?
When compared to smoking herbs, vaporizing dry herbs is uncontestably better, as there is no combustion you will not inhale any toxic smoke, tar or carbon monoxide in your lungs when inhaling.
But to say that vaping is healthy or vaping herbs for health benefits is a good choice? There are probably better options of natural products on the market that could offer you the advantages you're looking for without any inhaling at all.
Can you vaporize fresh herbs?
Let's say you have a real green thumb and you're looking for new creative ways to use your garden's rosemary other than your turkey gravy.
Vaporizing fresh herbs rather than dried herbs is not recommended, as the humidity levels are pretty high (herbs consist mostly of water, like us!) and inhaling humidity is never a good thing for the human body.
Aside from the health risks of vaporizing fresh herbs, the enjoyment levels would also be significantly lower as the content inside your dry herb vaporizer would not dry equally and result in burnt flavors.
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Vapor herbs vs smokable herbs - conclusion
If you're used to smoking, but have never used a dry herb vaporizer before and would like to stop smoking (or transition to a less toxic method), we highly recommend you establish a plan and set reasonable objectives, and always consult a health practitioner beforehand especially if you have any ailments that might affect your body or mind. If you also just want to learn more about herbs you can vaporize or smoke, you can check out articles about thyme, eucalyptus, sage, hops, wild dagga and many others on our tobacco alternatives blog.
*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.*