What are herbal cigarettes?


Especially if you are sensitive to herbs or have asthma, use with caution or stay away from the sun to avoid dangerous breathing. ​ Smoking herbal cigarettes is perhaps the most common form of tobacco use in the U.S. but ranks somewhere between 20 and 30% of high school students as using it on a regular basis. People usually purchase herbal cigarettes for non-smoking medicinal purposes such as allergies, anxiety or because a smoker “just can’t quit.” However, there is a much deeper reason you might also be considering smoking herbal cigarettes!

Herbal cigarettes either come from a producer who grows herbs organically, or originate from herbal extract. There are literally hundreds of varieties to choose from, but the most popular are usually non-nutritive: frankincense, angelica, clove, peppermint, sage, rosemary, vanilla, basil and ylang-ylang. It really doesn’t matter which variety of herbs you smoke, you don’t have to overdo it.  Purchase your own herb supply at your local grocer or garden center.


Flavorings are added to most herbal cigarettes that are meant to add “sparkle” rather than affecting the flavor of the herbs themselves. Herbs can easily be smoked, dipped in water or poured into a bowl of hits for an enjoyable afternoon treat. WASTE:  Herbals are often mixed with different flavors that can make for some interesting tasting smoke.  Generally when we think of sweet or harsh flavors, these are the two that come to mind: menthol or box USB. The reality is the mixture of herbs and flavors is great and doesn’t need much improvement to produce substantial flavors. YOLK:  Ylang-ylang, the largest diploid of the 45 commonly used Chinese herbs, has an interesting aroma and taste. Its spicy, herbaceous and woody, combined with its mild sweet flavor makes it an appealing herbal cigarette. While this medicine is not really meant to be smoked, several people make an herbal cigarette from ylang-ylang by sprinkling it on cannabis or a piece of grass. Yes this also tastes like medicine. TASTE:  The variation of ylang-ylang to most is that it has a bright, clean taste that is perfectly suited to smoking.  Kind and flavorful, it has a little bite to it that brings out a stage of pain when smoked, along with an additional sweet aftertaste.  Everything about its taste is like a flavor bomb waiting to be digested.  The smoke itself has a pleasant wow factor too! No matter what kind of herbs you choose to smoke, it absolutely fits the bill for an herb cigarette. I hope this inspires you to purchase your own supply.

PHYSICAL PROFILES: Herbal cigarettes are made of herbs and/or other botanicals, and resemble regular cigarettes. The Plant City Stockyard, for example, sells about 100 varieties of herbal cigarettes. The tobacco has been stripped of its oils and the smoke has been diluted with water. To create the smell that gets smokers high, “ultra-processed” chemicals are typically used. Most also have no redeemable characteristics other than a pleasant aroma. MOVEMENT: Although herbal cigarettes have many positive aspects, one major drawback is they are essentially unregulated. They are unregulated because there is no federal law banning the sale of herbal cigarettes. Because herbal cigarettes were originally created and marketed for medicinal use, they do not meet the criteria of “drugs,” “devices” or other words that generally regulate tobacco products. herbs and chemicals such as nicotine or cannabis are forbidden, while pesticides and other substances like methocel (which is also legal) can be needed to describe them; Further, enforcement is also left to the states; all this leaves you with consumers with slightly lesser regulated options in terms of the actual substances used.


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