Smokable herbs

topic posted Wed, August 9, 2006 - 12:54 PM by  Mish

Drawing of the mullein thread, I was wondering if anyone has info on smokable herbs in terms of toxicity and such... I've heard that mint, chamomile, oregano, damiana and sage are smokable. Do you smoke them dried? Do they have to be mixed? IAn how do you know if an herb is smokable or not? haven't found much information on this topic so any help is much appreciated. Peace!
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  • Re: Smokable herbs

    Wed, August 9, 2006 - 9:14 PM
    of those listed, i've smoked chamomile, oregano, and sage. i like to blend different herbs for different tastes. i like to sprinkle gorund cloves for a deeper flavor. adding flowers like chamomile lightens the cigarette, which is nice, gives it fluff, or something. yes, they have to be dried, or they won't burn.

    i'm drawing a blank here, and it's strange, because i was just in central america recently and we would stop at open-air markets and buy flowers and herbs and prepare our own smoking mixtures from what we found, and i can't remember what else we were smoking. rasberry leaf if nice, i think i've smoked oat straw in a mix, hibiscus doesn't work very well, and now i'm remembering something with the variety was better than another, easier to it was the texture. (sorry for thinking out loud here) i think the finer ground sage burned better...someone help me out here..

    i'll keep thinking on it, and hopefully get back to you with more info. i was just talking to some folks this past weekend about smoking herbal mixes, too, and can't remember what people said...

    oh, my mind...where did i put it?
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      Tue, June 12, 2007 - 11:08 PM
      could you just take a chamomile tea bag, cut it open, add a bonder, dry it a little, and smoke it? would that would that work?
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      Sat, June 16, 2007 - 5:31 PM
      white sage is definatly better for all your smoking and insence needs! Yes it is the texture. (smoother than any other sages)
      HUGE amount of smoke produced! But not overwhelming...
    • Re: Smokable herbs

      Tue, December 23, 2008 - 4:52 PM
      "hibiscus doesn't work very well"

      Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't hibiscus a poisonous plant?

      Smokin' unknown herbs could cost you! Just check it out first!


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        Sun, March 16, 2014 - 8:33 AM
        Nope. You can eat the petals. People put them in dishes or ice cream, or you can eat them straight. They have a rich buttery taste.
  • Re: Smokable herbs

    Thu, August 10, 2006 - 4:47 PM
    In Germany you can buy ready made herbal mixes for smoking called "Knaster" ingredients they use are:

    - american red clover (Trifolium herba)
    - elder (Folia sambuci)
    - Yerba Santa (Eriodyctyonis herba)
    - dandelion flowers (Taraxaci folium)
    - skullcap (Scutellaria herba)
    - nettle (Urticae herba)
    - fermented Blackberry leaves (Folia rubi fruticosi ferm.)
    - Santa Herba (Eriodictyon californicum)
    - damiana leaves (Turnera diffusa)
    - vine leaves (Folia vitis viniferae)
    - hop flowers (Humulus lupulus)
    - Spearmint (mentha spicata)
    • Re: Smokable herbs

      Mon, September 18, 2006 - 9:57 AM
      I love yerba santa. It's tremendously helpful for those with respiratory issues; the junk will get out of your lungs! Mullein is also ok for those with crappy breathing issues. All of them are good in vaporizers as well as full smokes.

      there's a tremendous blend i found in a tobacco shop in venice beach, made on a reservation somewhere in California i think. it has damiana, yerba santa, sage and two other herbs.....can't remember the name of it right now. sooooo yummy!
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      Mon, January 5, 2009 - 12:28 PM
      Fantastic mix, it sounds, not too many plants?
      I kinda like Damiana (alone). Mullein way heavy on opening trachae etc...
  • Re: Smokable herbs

    Thu, August 10, 2006 - 5:44 PM
    HI, there is a large chapter in Ayurveda about smoking herbs, called Dhuman in Sanskrit, many herbs can be smoked, the ones that I would avoid are oily seeds, toxic and psychotropic plans (unless of course you are a shaman). Otherwise, all the herbs that you listed, and Gota Kula, cardamom, Cinnamon, clove, Rosemary, ginger and many more can be smoked in moderation. Italian herbs are expectorant and clear the lungs of phlegm. Smoking my not be good for people who are very dry already or who have a lot of heat in the body or head.
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      Sat, September 16, 2006 - 4:41 PM
      and wat plants would a shaman use?
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        Sat, September 16, 2006 - 10:35 PM
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          Sun, September 17, 2006 - 9:34 AM
          Isnt that the name of the south american porn star, with the giant dong??????

          But on a serious point. Whats the effects of this Herb?
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            Sun, September 17, 2006 - 11:52 AM
            It's artificial, the giant dong that is . . .

            Mapacho is jungle tobacco, nicotiana rustica. It's similar to our tobacco, nicotiana tabacum, just a lot stronger, like 20 time the nicotine. It's used during ceremonies by shaman in many parts of the Amazon basin as a purification method. Normally it's smoked in pipes or rolled into cigars, wrapped in either mapacho leaves, bamboo, or ToƩ leaf. Can also be smoked in cigarette from, though that usually isn't for ceremony. The high content of nicotine makes it usefull as an organic pesticide as well.
  • Re: Smokable herbs

    Fri, August 11, 2006 - 1:29 AM

    Howie Brounstein writes and sells a bit about smokable herbs him. He has some nice blends and a great depth of wisdom, but I'm not a fan of uva ursi as it is always difficult to roll with other more pliable herbs.

    I haven't made it in a long while, but one of my fave blends was with young mugwort buds, corn silk, mullein and a little pinch of mint forewarned, the mugwort can be a vision plant under the right circumstances.
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      Fri, August 11, 2006 - 8:18 AM
      Mugwort will give you very vivid and colorful dreams if you smoke it. No doubt about it.
      On the othe hand, unless it's for a medical condition, I just don't see much sense in putting smoke of any kind in your lungs.

      • Re: Smokable herbs

        Sat, August 12, 2006 - 11:26 PM
        I see your point in noting the detriment of smoke to one's tissues, but I also see the value of using smoke in ritual and as another way of creating a relationship with an herb. Naturally, one must always be mindful in the process.
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    Sat, August 12, 2006 - 11:53 AM
    I don't personally smoke (see above post about not breathing in smoke) except for a hooka maybe once a year, but in the area where I grew up I know several people who smoked passiflora, hops, and skullcap. I know skullcap has a slightly stronger calming effect than the other two, but otherwise I have no info. Hopefully that will be a good starting place to learn a bit more about those ones.
  • Re: Smokable herbs

    Tue, August 15, 2006 - 9:08 AM
    Last week, I ordered an herbal smoke blend from Here is what they say: Description: Non-tobacco ritual blend. These herbs are good for clearing the respiratory system. (Coltsfoot & Mullein, with just a touch of Mugwort for a visionary element.) Comes in a drawstring cotton bag. 1oz - $3.95

    Since this package has yet to arrive, I will report back once sampled.
    • Re: Smokable herbs

      Tue, August 22, 2006 - 12:53 AM
      Wow that looks quite amazing... I just finished reading the teachings of Don Juan by Carlos Castaneda (minutes ago) and have been fantasizing of living in a Tee Pee and getting back to the earth... and contemplating rather intensely how far removed we are from nature... that will definitely add a nice touch to the current urban lifestyle I am re-integrating to at the moment... Thanks.
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        Tue, June 19, 2007 - 4:48 PM
        Just so you know, Castaneda's writings do not in any way represent actual native Mexican techniques of anything. At least I was so told by a native mexican.
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        Tue, June 19, 2007 - 4:50 PM
        Oh, and teepees were only used by natives of the Great Plains. But otherwise, rock on!
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          Tue, June 19, 2007 - 7:28 PM
          I have heard here and there that medical doctors are starting to release a crap load of smoked medications, which in the short term will serve to enlighten the masses about the idea that smoke is not bad, but what you smoke.
          By the way, Smoke, and Smoak, = Dragon Poland
  • Re: Smokable herbs

    Tue, August 22, 2006 - 9:33 AM
    Dried catnip is a nice addition to any blend. It has very calming properties and a mild flavor.
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      Mon, September 18, 2006 - 9:58 AM
      yes, catnip is good. that was the last ingredient in those blended native cigarettes, i remember now.....
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        Tue, December 16, 2008 - 10:50 PM
        i used to smoke a native blend that i bought in sedona called mishma that hat catnip mullein strawberry leaf raspberry leaf mint comfrey and a couple of others.. it was very tasty
  • Re: Smokable herbs

    Fri, September 15, 2006 - 9:17 PM
    my lifelong experience of smoking herbs is that nearly all dried herbs can be safely smoked in moderation
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      Sat, September 23, 2006 - 1:27 AM
      Rose petals, I was drying them for potpuri (spelling?) but out of curiosity I crumbled one up and put it in my pipe and it has a pleasant flavor that doesn't make me want to cough. I felt relaxed but alert. It was a plesant experiance and I have done it a couple of times in the last couple of days.

      Admittedly I was smoking Marijuanna up untill recently but for common sense reasons I have stopped. The high I got from Marijuanna was of less intrest to me than its amazing ability to provide a temporary cure for my insomnia. Sooo.... I want to make a herb blend for the purpose of getting a good nights rest. Lavender is one flower that I know is very relaxing even just to smell so I want it to be a main ingrediant. I know Chamomile is often mixed with lavender in products but I do not know its effects, I assume its calming too? Wild Lettuce soothes and calms anxiety and nervous irritation. I dont realy know what else would be good to add exept maby the rose petals I dried.

      Here's a site I came across, It has legal herb blends for replacing Marijuanna but they also sell many different kinds of individual smokable herbs and blends. (Plants For A Future) is a good place to look up plants.

      A quick way to dry your fresh picked herbs is to spread them out on a cookie sheet and stick them in an oven set to 200 with a metal spoon or fork keeping the door from shutting all the way. A gap of 1/4" to 1" is perfect. The poor mans dehydrator. Watch close so you dont burn anything. A square of aluminum (not plastic/nylon!) bug screen would be even better than a cookie sheet.
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        Sat, September 23, 2006 - 1:33 AM
        One other question I have pertains to using honey as a binder. Would it work to mix my ground herbs into honey to make a thick paste, spread it on a sheet, dry it in the oven, then crack it into chunks that fit in my pipe? Open to opinions and or experiances.
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        Sat, June 16, 2007 - 8:31 PM
        you better make sure the roses you had were clearly labeled chemicalfree cuz most of the potpourri roses in this country were shipped overseas w' mad nsty chemis on them to prvent spoiling and retain color
  • Re: Smokable herbs

    Wed, June 20, 2007 - 9:51 AM
    Here's a word of warning against buying packs of herbal cigarettes - I tried that and ended up smoking regular cigarettes for years afterward.

    Maybe it was just me, but maybe it's also easy for some people make that connection...
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      Wed, June 20, 2007 - 8:24 PM
      i've found giving up smoking tobacco one of the hardest things.. i finished my last packet of hand rolled tobacco about two or three weeks ago now and i've been smoking coltsfoot instead.. it's really yummy and good for your lungs.. at least in small quantities.. i'm not sure about how it fares on a long term basis. But whenever i feel the need to smoke something.. that works..
  • Re: Smokable herbs

    Tue, December 16, 2008 - 10:38 PM
    I have been reviewing herbs and herbal buds on my blog.

    Maybe the reviews I have done will help.

    • om
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      Re: Smokable herbs

      Wed, December 17, 2008 - 5:25 AM
      <<< "i have heard that mint, chamomile, oregano, damiana and sage are smokable. Do you smoke them dried? Do they have to be mixed?" >>>

      i would like to ask you an honest question.

      WHY are you looking into smoking the above mentioned herbs? They do nothing for you, EXCEPT some forms of sage and mint.

      Oregano will burn the HELL out of your lungs and throat, trust me i tried it when i was a KID because i had no marijuana and was curious.

      and as for Sage, there is one kind that far surpasses every other type of sage known to man (over 1,000+ species)

      it's called Salvia divinorum.

      it literally means "Sage of the Seers".


      • Re: Smokable herbs

        Mon, December 22, 2008 - 9:09 AM

        I would think Oregano would burn like hell... Unless you mixed it properly with something to smooth it out. But still, why add it at all? Chammomile would probably be nice and smooth / calming and mint for the taste. But Oregano.. Yuck.
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    Sun, December 21, 2008 - 10:25 PM
    I would say buy a glass pipe from some cool bro of hate from whatever dirty music shop. Be very cautious but puffs on whatever dry leaves in nature can give unspeakable knowledge. I didn't play with this one much.
  • Re: Smokable herbs

    Thu, January 1, 2009 - 2:58 PM
    i have been wondering about this myself. im lookin for smokeable herbs that i can smoke on a daily basis. i smoked hookahs before and i was told even if it was natural it can still kill ur lungs. why are some of the herbs should be smoked in moderation? unlike marijuana, ppl smoke that herb all the time.
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      Re: Smokable herbs

      Thu, February 12, 2009 - 1:48 PM
      get this thru your head, author of this stupid thread:


      THAT is THE BEST herb you could possibly smoke, WITHOUT A DOUBT.

      what are you doing, trying to be PC or something?
      just get with it!
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        Thu, February 12, 2009 - 3:37 PM
        you take a seed you grow you cut it dry it and roll it and smoke it and it goes down smoooth--yes sweet ganja-soul food of the gods,,bless all..
        • Re: Smokable herbs

          Sun, April 12, 2009 - 10:52 PM
          what country are you from? sounds like you are free to grow a lil plant! must not be US. Canada? congrats
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            Tue, July 13, 2010 - 10:13 PM
            "what country are you from? sounds like you are free to grow a lil plant! must not be US. Canada? congrats "

            WTF? Do you like in a cave? MILLIONS of Americans are growing and smoking medicinal marijuana legally in the US at this moment due in part to states rights.

            Smoking herbs other then herbs humankind has traditionally used is nuts. The smoke from these plants is harsh and tastes often like a pile of burning leaves in autumn. IT WILL HARM YOUR THROAT AND LUNGS.

            If someone is seeking an alternative to corporate farmed and packaged tobacco then more power to them. Keep in mind however that you are simply looking for a more healthy alternative to what may become a bad habit anyway. And please, don't just reach into the kitchen cupboard and steal your mom's oregono. Go to a large reputable smoke shop and become informed. Get their opinions on alternatives to corporate tobacco including: pipe tobacco, rolling tobbacco, leaf tobbacco, cigars and made to be smoked herbal concoctions. Become educated about the world of smoking tobacco before rejecting it. There is a lot more to tobacco then corporate pyramids, camels and cowboys.

            Most Importantly Remember: Tobacco was smoked by indigenous tribes for millenia without lung cancer or other sicknesses prior to tobacco's exploitation by western civilization. Tobbacco itself is not harmful. Additives and bad habits are what is harmful.
  • Re: Smokable herbs

    Wed, February 18, 2009 - 6:44 PM
    I used to buy herbal cigarettes; they had lots of different herbs in them such as the ones you mention.

    I've tried smoking colt's foot with some success in getting rid of lung problems like bronchitis (kind of ironic).
    • Re: Smokable herbs

      Thu, February 26, 2009 - 11:18 AM
      Native American blend called Kinnick Kinnick:

      bear berry
      red willow bark
      osha root
      yerba santa
      and I toss in a little "herb" for good measure.
      sometimes Salvia Divinorum, though not my favorite "ride".
      • Re: Smokable herbs

        Sun, April 12, 2009 - 10:48 PM
        any new ones better? combined throughout the world, not only local N.American plants? Lotus, Dagga, etc.
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    Mon, April 6, 2009 - 4:01 AM
    Hello, friends! I'm brand-new here, and I found Tribe by doing a Google search for "mullen". I'm 47, and have had advanced emphysema for the last three years. I've been smoking marijuana for it, and also for the Systemic Lupus, which I've also had for 3 years. I had a phone conversation with a dear friend of mine in Denver, She's an herbalist. She's going to be mailing me some mullen in a week or so, and I wanted to do a little research. This thread that you folks have put together over the last 3 yrs. is outstanding! The comments posted have made me look forward to smoking mullen and growing it. Thank you all, from the bottom of my heart, for the info you've provided! Namaste'!
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      Mon, April 6, 2009 - 10:58 PM

      Welcome! Feel free to stick around and contribute to some other threads around here too...
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    Sun, April 12, 2009 - 10:44 PM
    mullein seems to be for quiting smoking. Or a smooth base for extracts or resins. combining the herbs is tricky because of their chem properties. Science is proven through testing, so smell, taste, experiment. Read the data on toxins per plant 1st. then apply texture, taste, & feelings. you will become free thinking to discover the 1,000's of combinations; creator of your own tastes & pleasures.
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    Wed, November 4, 2009 - 8:46 AM
    i have mullein, coltefoot leaf and wormwood and have read of the affects when smoked. but i also have a wide veriety of other herbs and do not know of the affects maybe someone else knows. hear is a list, white sage, hysopp, grapefruit peel, lucky hang root, lemon balm, lemon verbena, fire finger grass,life everlasting, heal all, calendula petals, purple globe amaranth, basil of course and as well as- poke root, bladder wadc, wood betany,pennyroyal, eyebright, patchouli, frankincense and murrh. please someone get back to me on any of these it would be great if you knew something of all of them. i had an abundance of dragons blood witch i found to be an opium and its gone now- i know wormwood is used for absinth but what will it do if alot is smoked. i have a few other herbs as well but ill ask on those at another time.
  • Re: Smokable herbs

    Fri, November 13, 2009 - 7:41 AM
    my current favorite mix is mullein, coltsfoot, labrador tea, sage, chamomile, lavender, and mugwort.

    most herbs which are safe to ingest are safe to smoke as well, although some are more or less pleasant than others, and some are more or less potent than others. like tea blending, smoke mix blending is an art that i've learned mostly through trial and error... my advice would be to get yourself a book on herbal medicine (so you have some idea of the properties of what you're smoking), approach the plants with respect, and have fun!
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    Mon, February 15, 2010 - 4:53 PM
    Also, click on "Natural Smoking Alternatives" at :-)
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      Mon, February 15, 2010 - 6:08 PM
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        Mon, May 10, 2010 - 9:56 PM
        I have tried cannabis for the chronic pain that I have all through out my body and to the contrary of popular theory, I was in much more pain. I could not move I hurt so badly. It felt like my pain was exaggerated immensely. I just read that Dragons Blood was a form of opium. Someone posted this above. Does anyone know if this is true or if it relieves pain, relaxes the skeletal muscles, bone pain, relaxes nerves, or if anyone has any thoughts on how I can improve my life with what God gave us to live off of instead of all of the synthetic medcations that the doctors put me on only so they could cover up the pain instead of obtaining a diagnosis and treating me, I would very much appreciate any ideas.
        I am so elated that I came across this site. Everyone seems to be very helpful towards each other.

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          Tue, May 11, 2010 - 12:12 AM
          hey Puma thanks, for the ingredients for kinnick kinnick! I've always wondered what exactly it was and wanted to blend it myself. Do you mind giving your ratio/quantities of each herb of kinnick kinnick?
  • Re: Smokable herbs

    Tue, June 29, 2010 - 8:34 AM
    Kendra: I have been in chronic pain for 10 years. My favorite herbs are Cannabis sativa such as OG Kush & White Widow, and Solomon's Seal (Polygonatum multiflorum. Read 'The Book of Herbal Wisdom: Using Plants as Medicines' by Matthew Wood- has a whole chapter on Solomon's Seal. Also I take Mannatech supplements that are made from plants. We have the best technology and nutraceutical supplements in the world. I have my own business which is self funding to by my products, which give me more energy, strength, and take my pain down 2 notches on the 1-10 scale. We are so confident in the quality of our products we offer a 6 month 100% money back guarantee. You can learn more at and I hope this helps. Peace
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    Wed, July 14, 2010 - 6:48 AM
    I had a super bad reaction to chamomile. I thought my lungs were going to collapse. The bad effect lasted hours and hours.
    I suppose I should have taken an anti histamine or something.

    The lesson:
    Always try something new out in a small way before inhaling or consuming any larger amount.

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