While cannabis is often the star of the show in today's wellness trends, there are many herbs that are also smokable and have potent medicinal effects. These herbs may help with a wide range of issues, from clearing the lungs to encouraging dreaming and mental focus. In addition to addressing specific health concerns, these herbs are generally much less intoxicating than cannabis and thus more suitable for those with sensitive systems.
Some of the best herbs to smoke for focus include mullein (Verbascum turgidum), which is believed to clear lungs with its lung cleansing properties and potentially soothes inflammation. Mullein is a common base herb in herbal smoking blends and can be used alone or combined with other more flavorful herbs.
Another important smokable herb to consider is hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis). Typically combined with white horehound, this potent herb acts as an expectorant and may promote productive coughing. It is also thought to purify the lungs and reduce anxiety.
Lavender (Lavandula stoechas) is a common ingredient in herbal smoking blends because of its relaxing and stress-relieving effects. Its signature scent and subtle citrus taste make it a popular choice for balancing out more pungent herb flavors and is thought to combat restlessness and insomnia.
Mugwort (Artemisia dracunculus) is known as the "dream herb" for its potential to support lucid dreaming. It's also believed to relax the lungs and ease symptoms of a sore throat with its soothing smoke. It's a good choice to combine with dream herbs like calendula and chamomile for a well-rounded effect.