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What Herb & Plants Can You Smoke?

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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.

White sage

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.

Catnip

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 Dagga Flower

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.

Mullein

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.

Mugwort

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.

Damiana

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.

Marshmallow roots

The dried root of marshmallow has been used traditionally to treat cough and sore throat. It produces a sweet, soothing smoke that can be added to blends. Marshmallow root is also useful for bronchitis and other inflammation, in tea as a digestive aid, and as a weight loss aid that blocks feelings of hunger.

Wild lettuce

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

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.

California Poppy

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.

Kanna

The dried and ground kanna plant is used by itself or to potentiate other herbs, like marijuana. Kanna is a mood enhancer, relieves anxiety, and increases tactile sensations. It’s also been used as part of aphrodisiac blends, and can help to make its users more relaxed and outgoing.

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.

Stimulants

Stimulant is an uplifting substance that induce temporary enhancement in either mental and/or physical function. It can increase your awareness, your mood, your social and your professional skill

Hallucinogens

A hallucinogen is a drug that causes distortion in the perception of reality. Under the influence of hallucinogens, people see images, hear sounds and feel sensations that does not exist. Some hallucinogens also produce intense emotional state of mind.

About Smokable Herbs

Our mission is to provide comprehensive information about plants featuring an history of being smoked.

These psychoactive plants, often called cannabis alternative or legal high, can be used in a huge variety of herbal blends.

We believe people ought to know about alternatives to tobacco and marijuana.

These herbs may help you quit smoking cigarettes, lose weight or simply relax you after a hard day.

The majority of herbs listed here are “smokable”, but there are other effective ways of consumption. Tea is a great one.

Please take a moment to share your knowledge or favorite plants in the comment section.

98 thoughts on “What Herb & Plants Can You Smoke?”

  1. Hi I was wondering what herbs would help replacing cannabis in Cyprus or at least to be mixed with cannabis? I appreciate your help! Thanks!!

  2. Sean from Australia

    Just want to say thanks for the great website – very detailed and professional. Great resource man, keep it up!

  3. Is it possible to get a comparison of effectiveness of herbs comparing smoking, vaping, and tea? I am interested in vaping herbs and creating various herb blends.

  4. Hello there, me and my partner live in the UK and have stopped smoking tobacco for the new year. Our issue is that we smoke joints with tobacco and cannabis in a 70%-30% ratio. I am happy to smoke just cannabis in a bong but she prefers to smoke something gradually. We have tried the herbal blend “Farmers Honeyblend – Herbal Blend” with disastrous consequences I was sick straight after and my partner felt very nauseous after smoking a cigarette of it. Could you recommend something that would mix well and give a similar smoking sensation as tobacco (that is not harmful or addictive).

    Thanks in advance .

    1. I know this is many months later but my partner and I have been making tea splifs with great results. Especially with herbal and black teas (we’ve been mixing and matching for months and the adventure is half the fun). They’re tasty and satisfy that want for a gradual smoke.

  5. Hello I suffer from high blood pressure and I have been prescribed various medications which do not work. The only medication that does lower my blood pressure is Lisinopril but one of the side effects is diabetes and my sugar levels have been on the rise. Is there any herb I can use to lower my blood pressure. I appreciate your help. Thanks

    1. Hi Caramelo, I can’t speak by experience, but judging from what I published, I found 5 herbs that help lowering blood pressure.
      I tried including authority sources for each:
      Skullcap
      Gotu Kola
      Marihuanilla
      Yarrow Flower
      And Wild Dagga, altough I can’t find a proper educational source for this one.

      These herbs regularize the blood flow and help lowering blood pressure.
      Drinking them will be the only serious way to help against high blood pressure.

      I recommend you try putting some drops of tincture in a tea. Amazon is full of them and most of them have great reviews like this one for gotu kola

      Good luck, give us news if you find something great.

      1. Hibiscus is effective at lowering blood pressure and also chrysanthemum flower. Tea is the best administration. You can also use tincture for chrysanthemum.

    2. Hawthorne Berries or Hawthorne Blend in a tea or you can buy the tincture at any healthfood store and put 1 dropper full in hot water or directly under your tongue.

      Also, Cats Claw which comes in tableted versions or a blend called HyperBalance by GeroVita

      Peace,

      Suz

  6. Hi, herbal blends of smoking product have just hit the shelves in NZ. These have basically had a market created for them by the removal of synthetics last year.

    I’ve tried a brand which says ‘x5’ in strength. The only ingredients are Damiana and Verbascum. This works really well for me. I definitely get a hit.

    Is there an explanation for ‘x5’? Or is this just marketing?

    1. x5 means it’s 5 times stronger for the same quantity of herbs. It usually means some extraction has been made to get a stronger product.
      Salvia for example can go up to 100x

  7. Hello, I recently figured out that I have large quantities of catnip in my garden and I would like to eventually smoke or make a tea with it. What part of the plant would be smoked, and how long would I need to dry it?
    Thanks

    1. Thanks for your input.
      The leaves and flowers are edible and smokable.
      You’d want to have about 5 to 10 per cent moisture content, so dry it for about a month and check it every now and then so it’s fresh enough and not too dry.

  8. So I have tride skullcap, damina and California poppy as tea and as smoke, but I have found that the effects come out more when smokeing. Am I brewing the herbs wrong or is it not as good when brewed? And are there any herbs that really work well as teas?

    1. Great question! A tea is definitely healthier, though sometimes the effects won’t hit you instantly compared to smoking the herbs.
      Damiana aphrodisiac property and Mugwort dream-enhancing property should be more efficient when drank.
      Ginseng and Mullein are full of medicinal benefits when drank too.
      Kava kava relaxing properties are only truly efficient as a tea.
      Wormwood is used in real absynthe but it is really strong and nasty as a tea, though full of benefits.

    1. No for the majority, but in the event you would be screened for salvia, marijuana or kratom, and did consumed it, then yeah you will fail. I suggest you read the “Legality” section of any specific plant you seek to learn more, most of these are legal everywhere.

  9. would Blue Lily of the Nile, Blue Lotus or its Stamens, or Wild Lettuce, Klip Dagga or Kratom show up on an advanced Corrections Facility’s Drug test? They use some kind of a big machine. I have been searching online and have found no real solid answers. I cant risk my freedom and have been suffering from bad tension headaches 24/7 For more than a month. I was diagnosed with PTSD in 2000 and have recently been under a lot of stress and cannot smoke my preferred herb because of testing.

    1. Most of these will not show up on a drug screening test, assuming the testers are not looking for a specific one in those you mentionned. Kratom on the other hand is really tricky (source: drugs-forum post on Kratom ) (read the whole thing to know more about kratom and screening test) Some says it can’t be detected for standard test, but could be on advanced one. In either case, you should deny taking any illegal drugs anyway, since it’s not the case.

  10. Hey I was wondering if there’s anything completely safe(except for lungs, that’s expected) that’s produces alot of smoke, gets me high but I could find in the woods? I’m looking for an alternate to weed because Its expensive and the smell is too potent

    1. Most of these herbs grows in the wood, but in different regions of the United States. It’s probably easier to plant seeds in your surroundings and collect when it’s grown enough
      My point being that you should never smoke something in the woods if you don’t know what it is.

      You could start with marihuanilla seeds or wild dagga seeds

  11. hi alex,
    I’m addicted to shisha, also called hookah, waterpipe etc. Do you know any blend that could replace the flavored tobacco… I mean herbs that i can flavor and add molasses etc. then smoke. Would love to hear from you or others on here.

    Thanks

    1. Wild dagga flowers mixed with damiana and/or mullein would probably be good.
      Blue lotus would also do nicely. I suggest you start with those and see what you enjoy.
      You could also try to mix wild dagga flowers with shisha directly.

  12. I was wondering if Passion Flowers and Damiana would be a very good smoking mix. Also, I was wondering, if you didn’t have any paper for you to roll, do you think that computer paper would be a good substitute?

    1. Passion flowers is kinda hard to smoke, it’s better on it’s own or as an extraction or a tea. Blue lotus could be an alternative to mix with damiana.
      I strongly suggest against using computer paper to smoke anything, it would be much better to have a pipe or a bong in this scenario.

  13. Which herb would trigger creative ingenuity like pot but without the brainfog/scatterheadedness. Tryna be totally lucid with full muse.

    1. Smoking directly from a pipe/bong or vaporizing.
      You can mix them with base herbs like damiana or mullein for a smoother smoke.

  14. I wanted to know since I am no longer allowed to smoke pot is there anything els out there that’s easy to get that will produce the same if not better affects

  15. What herbs would be considered stimulants? And do you have any recipe suggestions?
    Also I would love some suggestions for something that would help with anxiety but that wont cloud me or make me sleepy. 🙂
    Thanks.

    1. Kanna and kratom are stimulants. We have an article about homemade blend coming soon.
      When taken in lower dose, Kratom can aid in restful sleep, it also has antidepressant and anti-anxiety properties.

    1. Mullein can be commonly found in all of the United States.
      I have found a plant near a railway 1 year ago, but I’m in Canada.
      If you come across the plant, cut it’s head and boil it in water for 10-15 minutes, drink the resulting brownish water.

      I think you could maybe find it in your local head shop. It’s pretty cheap online though.

  16. Hello I was hoping if any one can tell me about a herb that will give me a relaxed high like feeling without having to mix more in and that is easy to get without ordering online but buy able at Walmart or find wild in south texas

    1. I doubt you will find those herbs at walmart, but maybe you can find seeds.
      I’d recommend wild dagga flowers, scullcap, california poppy, mugwort, white sage and blue lotus.
      You could alternatively find them in a head shop.

  17. I’ve been considering a blend of damiana, lobelia, and mullein for smoking and vaping. Does anyone have any experience with this blend and/or recommendations regarding it? Thanks!

    1. Sounds good, thanks for the share.
      I personnally love wild dagga flowers, maybe you could try to add those
      And keep on vaping, it’s the best way to smoke!

    1. We usually list negative side effects for each herbs here, but I’d recommend to avoid smoking altogether while pregnant, make a tea instead!
      Congratulations by the way!

  18. hey
    are there any herbs that have buds that look like cannabis buds,
    i saw ones on ‘legalbuds’ websites but they dont seem legit and di=ont give name of these buds,

    1. Yes, those website usually sells some doubtful stuff, not exactly sure what’s in it really.
      I strongly recommend to make your own blend of fresh herbs. Avoid any fake bud.

  19. I have panic disorder with agoraphobia and PTSD, so I’m prescribed xanax. Do you know what herb would have the strongest effect that’s like xanax or benzodiazepines? I’ve tried a few things, like valerian pills, kava tea, and couple other things, can’t recall names, none of these have worked, they make me a bit sleepy but they don’t get rid of Panic Attacks, or even my anxiety. Is there anything or a combination of things that might work?

    1. I doubt any of them can really replace prescibed medicine like xanax or benzodiazepines. Perhaps our readers can help here.
      Maybe your doctor could prescribe you some medicinal cannabis? (if it helps)

  20. What are some health concerns about these herbs? Like do they release tar like tobacco when burned? Do they contain nicotine? Stuff like that

    1. No they do not contain nicotine, some are known to have adverse effects, if they do, we add a paragraph about those side effects.

      While I can’t confirm that these herbs produce tar in your lungs when smoked, I can say that smoking anything is bad for your airways. The best and less harmful way to consume these herbs is by using a vaporizer or drinking them as a tea.

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  21. hi
    this is the first time i hear abt smoking herbs!
    is it like marijuana?
    is it legal?
    does it need to be prescribed?
    if i have to do a drug test does it show in it?
    do i need a med card to buy?

    1. Thanks for your questions and time.

      “Is it like marijuana?”
      Some herbs can be called marijuana alternative like wild dagga flowers, blue lotus and marihuanilla (just added)

      “Is it legal?”
      We usually add a small paragraph about legality. Salvia, for example, is a controlled substance in Canada and most states of the US. Majority of these plants are perfectly legal to possess, consume and cultivate.

      “Does it need to be prescribed?”
      No, most of them are available online.

      You should pass any drug test since these plants are not chemically similar to what is usually tested.

      You don’t need a med card to buy them (unless we add marijuana in the future)

      Hope it clears it up! Good day.

  22. Hi! So what do you reccomend? I am taking a break from Marijuana as I want a novelty hit next timr I smoke (two weeks from now).
    In the mean time, what are some herbs or something of the sort I can smoke to get a “stoned” like effect? I never hear people talk about anything other than Marijuana. I heard rumours that catnip can mimic a similar feeling. But I would like to know what I can and should smoke that I can easily gain access to! Thank you very much!
    Adam, 17

    1. Great question, thanks for your time!

      I personnally love white sage because it makes me feel relaxed and mellow.
      White sage may not have the same effects on you however, like marijuana, psychoactive plants do not have the same effects on each individuals.

      Most depressants listed here induce relaxation, usually milder than marijuana, making or buying a plant extractions may give you the high you are looking for.

      Wild lettuce, Wild dagga flowers, damiana, catnip and passion flower would be the first plants that comes to my mind.

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