Depressants

A depressant (or sedative) is a psychoactive substance that reduces the activity of a certain part of the brain or body. Basically, like alcohol, it slows your reaction speed and lowers your attention. It can also produces a feeling of relaxation and euphoria.

Blue Lotus

Blue Lotus | the secret life of the blue lotus

The dried flowers of the blue lotus plant are smoked or steeped in a tea in order to give the user a sense of peaceful relaxation. Blue Lotus is noted for its calming euphoria, aphrodisiac qualities, and sedation.

Mullein

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Mullein is mildly relaxing, helps to promote calm feelings, and fights against anxiety. Typically mullein is added to smoking blends to reduce harshness. It burns slowly and steadily, with thick plumes of white smoke that’s soothing to the throat. Mullein can also be taken as a tea that promotes healthy digestion and reduces stomach discomfort.

Wild Dagga Flower

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Dried dagga flower is euphoric and slightly psychedelic. It gives its users a pleasant lightheaded high and relaxing calm feeling. It’s used frequently in herbal alternatives to marijuana because of the way that it causes users’ stomach and head to tingle.

Mugwort

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The dried mugwort plant gives its users colorful dreams and helps with memory. It’s commonly added to smoking blends because its thick, white, low-odor smoke is soothing and smooth. When brewed into a tea it’s good for digestion, cures constipation and diarrhea, and helps relieve headaches.

White sage

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The dried leaves of white sage are typically used in smoking blends to improve mood. White sage promotes feelings of relaxation and also boosts memory. When smoked alone the flavor can be intense, so it is often mixed with mullein. White sage also helps to clear the throat, lungs, and sinuses of congestion.

Damiana

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The dried flowers and leaves of the damiana plant are commonly smoked as an aphrodisiac. It’s also a popular addition to smoking blends, since it has a flavor similar to marijuana. Native Americans traditionally brewed a relaxing tea with damiana, which also had powerful aphrodisiac effects.

12 Popular Hemp Flowers for Anxiety & Pain Relief

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Hemp flowers are usually praised for their ability to relieve all sorts of pain; back pain, spasm, neuropathic & inflammatory pain, etc. They can also have uplifting effects as well as relaxation properties. It’s not as potent as cannabis, because of the low amount of THC these flowers contain, but it may be just be the next best legal thing.

Catnip

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Catnip, like many other members of the mint family, can be brewed into teas that help digestion and reduce discomfort. The herb also works as a slight sedative, providing a sense of calm and relaxed tranquility.

Wild lettuce

Wild lettuce | wild lettuce opium

Wild lettuce, also called ‘opium lettuce,’ is a painkiller and sedative similar to poppy, but with no risk of addiction. Teas made with wild lettuce relieves pain, cures cough, helps with asthma, alleviates headache, and helps with insomnia. It’s traditionally brewed into a thick, sweet tea that’s made with lemon juice and sugar — both ingredients which help to mask the bitter taste.

Passion Flower

Passion Flower | passion flower

The dried flowers, leaves, and stems of passion flower are used to promote well-being, calm, and relaxation. The plant is traditionally used to fight anxiety and insomnia. When smoked, passion flower immediately causes feelings of sleepiness and is frequently used in herbal blends to cure insomnia.

Skullcap

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Scullcap is a relaxing, sedative herb that’s occasionally used as a cheap alternative to marijuana. It has a pronounced, tingly body high and smells like marijuana when burned. It’s also useful for reducing anxiety and fighting insomnia.

Calea Zacatechichi

Calea Zacatechichi | dreamherb

Known as the ‘dream herb,’ the dried flowers and leaves of calea zacatechichi are used to promote lucid dreaming. Calea also helps its users to fall asleep, makes dreams more vivid, and increases feelings of restfulness after waking.