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.

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.

Calea Zacatechichi

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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.

California Poppy

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The California poppy is a relative of the opium poppy, and also has similar pain relieving effects. It can be smoked or brewed into a tea which will decrease anxiety, lessen pain, relieve insomnia, and reduce tension.

Yarrow flower

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Dried yarrow flower has a history of being used to help wounds clot. It also helps to clear throat, lung, and sinus congestion. Yarrow flower is a mild stimulant and has anti-inflammatory properties. It’s a popular addition to herbal tea blends that are used to treat colds and the flu.

Wormwood

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The primary use for wormwood is to fight off intestinal parasites, which is where the herb gets its name. Wormwood is also a mild hallucinogen which causes distorted vision and enhances tactile sensations. When smoked, wormwood is also a mild pain reliever and causes a pleasant sense of relaxation.

Calamus Root

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The dried rhizome of the calamus plant has been used for hundreds of years as a natural stimulant. Calamus root also reduces anxiety, promotes calm, and provides mental clarity and focus.

Marihuanilla

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Dried flower buds and leaves of the marihuanilla plant are used in Eastern medicine as a way to cleanse toxins from the blood and fight infection. It also increases circulation, lowers blood pressure, and can help with clotting issues. Marihuanilla is also mildly intoxicating, reduces anxiety, and causes feelings of relaxation.

Gotu Kola

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Gotu Kola is typically smoked or brewed into a tea that helps with depression and nervousness. It reduces blood pressure and instills a sense of calm, along with a peaceful body high. Gotu Kola has also been used to increase memory and as a learning aid.

Uva Ursi – Bearberry

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Uva Ursi is largely used to treat urinary tract, bladder, and kidney infections. It can also be used to soothe upset stomachs, boost the immune system, reduce inflammation, ease bronchitis, clear up constipation, and to detoxify the body. Native American tribes also smoked the leaves of plant for spiritual purposes

St. John’s Wort

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As one of the most popularly used herbal remedies, St. John’s Wort is very effective. It’s used almost exclusively to help with mood disorders. Scientific studies have been done proving that long-term use helps to eliminate depression and anxiety, and is sometimes smoked for mental clarity.

Coltsfoot

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This pleasant tasting herb is used to help with sore throats, persistent cough, and breathing problems. Coltsfoot helps to open up the airways and reduce inflammation. It’s also sometimes included in smoking blends to ‘smooth’ the smoke and reduce harshness.

Ginseng

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Ginseng root is known to promote focus and mental clarity, improve memory, and help with mood. It’s been shown in scientific studies to help keep the minds of its users sharp, and is used traditionally to help with memory problems associated with aging. It’s also been used as a supplement to fight against ADHD.