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When I ordered my first vaporizer, it didn’t occur to me that there might be legal herbs to vape on. It just didn’t dawn on me that anyone would want to vaporize anything other than weed and its derivatives. Then my device arrived in the mail. Inside the box was a little pamphlet listing a number of legal herbs this vaporizer worked great with. There was thyme there, along with sage, green tea, peppermint, and others. Unsurprisingly, marijuana was not mentioned at all!
I’m sure I’m not the only one who was surprised by that. However, times are a changin’ and it’s not just the potheads who use vaporizers anymore (although, we still make up a good slice of the market – go ganja lovers!).
Different herbs produce different effects when vaporized, and are used to treat varying conditions, ranging from a sore throat to anxiety attacks. To safely use this form of aromatherapy, you need to learn more about those plants you don’t usually use, which is why I’ve prepared this short guide on best legal herbs to vaporize.
Temperature Settings For Vaping On Herbs
The first thing that you need to remember is that not all herbs were created equal. The ideal vaporizing temperature for weed will depend on the strains and the effect that you’re going for. 210 ℃ gives you a great cross-section between terpenes and cannabinoids, but lower temperatures (between 160 ℃ and 190 ℃) are seen as healthier overall.
Similarly, legal vaping herbs have their own ideal vaporization temperature that you need to get right. Some are more forgiving then others – vaping at an off temp will just mean that you’re not getting the full benefit out of them. However, some herbs will produce completely different effects if not vaped at exactly the right temperature.
Note – this here can be a bit tricky if you’re mixing these herbs with weed, as many vapers do in order to get some flavor or a slightly altered buzz. The best advice I can give you is to stick to the vaping temperature of the herb (when in doubt, keep the temperature low).
- Low-temperature herbs (100 ℃ to 150 ℃) – lavender, chamomile, lemongrass, thyme, wormwood, passionflower, Syrian rue, pink lotus, yerba mate, gotu kola, wild lettuce, st. John’s wort, and others.
- Medium temperature herbs (125 ℃ to 170 ℃) – coffee beans, damiana: ephedra, fennel, ginkgo, guarana, klip dagga, lion’s tail, marihuanilla, tarragon, sweet flag, white lily, and others.
- High temperature herbs (above 170 ℃) – salvia divinorum, yohimbe, sinicuichi, valerian, morning glory, hops, ginseng, green tea, aloe vera, ginger, kana kana, kava, galangan, maca root, garlic, mulungu, kola nut, and others.
10 Herbs You Can Legally Vape Everywhere
While there are a lot of legal herbs you can vape on, getting your hands on most of them might prove a bit tricky. Most are not available locally and have to be ordered online (some are tougher to find than weed). Still, there are some that you can find on your local farmer’s market. Here’s a list of 10 legal herbs that can be used with vaporizers that are (mostly) readily available to vapers.
Catnip – (Vaping Temperature 100 ℃ to 150 ℃)
If you own a cat (sorry, if a cat owns you) then you surely know that you can make its day by having it smell some catnip. Catnip is a plant from the mint family and, according to PetMD, the smell of it will drive cats crazy. A chemical called nepetalactone (found in the leaves and the stem of the plant) is to blame for that. If a cat eats catnip, it will be soothed by its sedative properties. On the other hand, if a cat sniffs it, the high is similar to that of LSD or weed.
To answer your first question – no, catnip doesn’t have the same effect on humans (we wish). In the past, it’s been mostly used as a mild sedative, and any high you get from it is very short-lasting. Still, you can vape it if you feel particularly anxious or stressed out – just adding a bit to your regular weed mix should have the desired calming effect.
Damiana – (Vaping Temperature 190 ℃)
Historically, damiana was used by the natives of Mexico as an aphrodisiac. It’s difficult to say whether or not it actually works, but there’s no harm in trying, right? Additionally, it’s also good for treating headaches, nausea, depression, and boosts physical and mental stamina.
Damiana can be vaped alone or mixed with weed. Some users report a mild ‘high’, but don’t expect too much – to get really buzzed, you would need to vape a lot of it, which could potentially cause abdominal cramps.
Valerian – ( Vaping Temperature 190 ℃)
Valerian root has been used for centuries as a cure for restless and sleepless nights. These days, a lot of over-the-counter medicine for insomnia contains valerian root. Vaping it is believed to have a much stronger therapeutic effect, though, which is why valerian is very popular with night owls.
Lavender – (Vaping Temperature 130 ℃)
Lavender is the staple herbs of many aromatherapists. It’s been in use since the Roman times, and its effects are pretty well-known. Lavender is an antiseptic and an antibiotic, promotes good blood flow, and acts as an antidepressant. Even if you’re not interested in its medical properties, lavender has a great, healthy aroma, which is why it’s never a bad thing to add a pinch of it to your vaporizer chamber.
Passion flower – (Vaping Temperature 150 ℃)
Passion flower is native to North America, where it has been used for a long time as a mild sedative. When vaporized, it induces a slight tranquilizing experience which can be beneficial for people suffering from insomnia, anxiety, or depression.
Lemon balm – (Vaping Temperature 142 ℃)
Lemon balm is one of the rare herbs that have been thoroughly researched in the past. Scientists found that its calming properties can help relax the nervous system. It also promotes sleep, increases blood circulation, and helps with headaches.
St. John’s Wort – (Vaping Temperature 100 ℃ to 150 ℃)
St. John’s Wort is an effective little plant that’s used to combat the symptoms of mild depression. It’s a popular dietary supplement, but its beneficial effects are also obtainable through vaporization. If you’re vaping on St. John’s Wort, make sure to consult with your doctor – it can interact with some medicines, such as birth control pills.
Chamomile – (Vaping Temperature 190 ℃)
The beneficial effects of chamomile have been known for centuries, and it’s a popular ingredient in many different tea blends. Chamomile acts as a relaxant; it boosts the immune system and promotes healthy sleep patterns. If you’re having indigestion, a few puffs of chamomile will sort it out.
Hops – (Vaping Temperature 154 ℃)
Hops is mostly associated with beer-making, but keep vapers know it has a lot of other uses. It’s a perfect herb to mix with your weed, as it has mildly euphoric properties. However, that’s not why most people use it – hops has a sweet and robust flavor that just makes every vape session better.
Peppermint – (Vaping Temperature 166 ℃)
If you’re looking for a refreshing vape, nothing beats peppermint. It can be mixed with weed for the flavor alone, but it has other benefits as well – it’s an antiseptic and very efficient when it comes to relieving muscle spasms.
Benefits of Vaping Legal Herbs With Weed
Although all of these herbs can be vaped on pure, most people use them to spice up their weed sessions. There are some benefits to that, the most important of which are:
- Weed lasts longer – unsurprisingly, if you cut your weed with other herbs, both will last longer. The best ratio would be around 50/50, but even if you go 80/20, you will notice the difference in weed consumption. The effects are pretty much the same, especially for beginner vapers.
- Enhanced effects – some herbs complement the effects of weed, such as catnip, lavender, peppermint, or thyme. Some vapers note that the calming effect of weed is much more pronounced if you mix it with some legal vaping herbs that have the same effect.
- Better aroma and taste – last, but not the least, herbs add that special something in terms of taste and aroma. Peppermint, thyme, and lavender are all great for minimizing that distinct weed odor, and will also make for a pretty flavorful vaping session.
Ready To Vape On These Legal Herbs?
Now that you know you have a lot of choices out there, are you ready to give some of these legal vaping herbs a try? They go perfectly with the newest addition to The Kind Pen brand – the Status dry herb pen.
Give these vape herbs a try and then come back to let us know what you think of them. Which one is the best and which ones should be avoided? Should we all just stock up on catnip, maybe? Until next time, vape on!