Rosemary is a highly popular herb for both cooking and medicinal purposes. It has been proven to be a natural diuretic, aiding in the elimination of harmful toxins as well as excess water. Additionally, it has been known to relax muscles and reduce anxiety and stress. For this reason, some individuals enjoy smoking rosemary as a way to induce calm and relaxation. Often, rosemary is paired with a relaxing strain of cannabis, as the combination can be particularly soothing and pleasant.
Medically speaking, rosemary has been shown to be an effective anti-depressant and is used in treating nausea and indigestion. It also acts as an expectorant, helping to loosen and clear mucus from the throat. Rosemary is also commonly used for its antispasmodic effects, helping to relieve coughing and wheezing caused by allergies, colds, or the flu.
Despite its many beneficial properties, some people use rosemary to get high. It contains thujone, which can produce psychoactive effects when smoked. The thujone is absorbed into the bloodstream and then passed to the brain, where it can induce feelings of euphoria and intoxication. Rosemary is a common ingredient in herbal smoking blends and can be found in most kitchens.
To smoke rosemary, simply tie sprigs of the plant together with twine or a rubber band and hang them upside down in a dry and ventilated space. It can take fourteen to twenty-one days for the leaves to become fully dried and rigid, turning from a lively green to white or dark green. The resulting flavor is piney and deeply herbal with hints of pepper, citrus, and mint.