Mint is one of the most popular herbs on earth and is used for a variety of reasons. Its menthol flavor and refreshing taste is enjoyed in many drinks, foods, and toothpastes. It is also a common ingredient in herbal cigarettes, which are becoming increasingly more popular among smokers who are looking to quit tobacco or reduce their overall risk of health issues that come with regular smoking.
There is no research to support that mint leaves or any other smokable herb have any medical benefits. However, some people find that smoking mint or a blend of other herbs helps them overcome nicotine cravings and/or cigarette withdrawal symptoms. It is important to note, that no matter what herb you choose to smoke, inhaling any type of smoke can be harmful to the lungs. This is because the smoke irritates the lungs, leaving a coating and decreasing the ability to absorb oxygen and secrete waste products properly. This can lead to various lung issues and even cancer over time.
The menthol in mint leaves can be a great way to help smokers break the habit of smoking a cigarette and replace it with a healthier option. It is also easy to mix other herbs into a smoking blend and achieve a desired effect such as relaxation, euphoria, or pain relief. Some examples of other herbs to incorporate are mugwort, skullcap, mullein, and lavender. The herb bergamot is often added to these herbal smoke blends for its lung antiseptic properties.