If you smoke mullein, it is likely to cause irritation to your lungs and may produce wheezing. Mullein can also interfere with certain medications, especially anti-diabetic drugs. If you develop any respiratory symptoms after smoking mullein, stop using the herb immediately and consult your doctor.
Mullein has been used for thousands of years as a medicinal herb for various lung and respiratory issues, including bronchitis and asthma. Dioscorides used it to treat pulmonary conditions as early as the first century, and since then, it has been used by a variety of cultures for its lung-healing properties. While mullein is a great lung-healing herb, it does not get you high like cannabis, so many smokers mix it with weed for more of a high-energy experience.
While smoked alone, mullein is tasteless and offers a very light smoke, making it an ideal base for your herbal blends. The best way to smoke mullein is to add it to a mixture of other healthy herbs that you have sprayed with just enough water to moisten them. You can try combining it with peppermint and thyme, two other popular herbal remedies for respiratory problems.
Another benefit of mullein is its wound healing capabilities. A 2021 study published in BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies found that applying mullein extract as an ointment to episiotomy wounds can help accelerate the healing process. The study suggested that mullein may contain a compound that is capable of stimulating skin cell growth and proliferation.