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Smoking Blend Recipe

Times are hard and each of us are facing our own unique hardships. It’s the same storm but we’re not in the same boat. If you’re like us and believe weed is essential, then saving money and making your weed last a little bit longer is a real concern. We understand resources are scarce right now, so we’ve designed an herbal smoking blend recipe that is great for your wallet and your weed supply. Dockside (and other cannabis stores) do not carry the below mentioned herbs (aside from cannabis) – these herbs can be found at an herbal remedy shop or other naturopathic retailer. If you’re reading this from Seattle right now, we have some shop local recommendations listed at the end of this post.

As a precaution, do not use smoking herbs if you have severe ragweed allergies or are pregnant or nursing.

First up, use a ratio of 1 part herbal blend to 2 parts weed, for flavor and effect.

You’ll use equal amounts of each herb and because of this, it’s easiest to store all of your herbs together in a glass jar.

The herbs you’ll need for this recipe are

  • Hops – traditionally used to flavor beer, hops have similar terpenes to cannabis.
  • Damiana – known as an aphrodisiac herb, damiana boasts a mildly floral flavor and the ability to create a slight head change when smoked.
  • Mugwort – a classic smoking herb with a mild sweet flavor, mugwort is also often tucked under pillows to enhance dreams.
  • Lavender – what do lavender and cannabis have in common? The terpene linalool, which is known for its relaxing qualities.
  • Mullein – the classic “base herb” for most smoking blends, mullein was used in Native American medicine as a herb that was smoked to clear and soothe the lungs.

To clarify: Dockside does not carry the above-mentioned herbs – they can be found at an herbal remedy shop or other naturopathic retailer listed below.

Most of the herbs (damiana excepted, as it already looks like shake) can be rubbed through a mesh sieve or just given a whirl in a clean spice or coffee grinder until the mix is roughly the kind of texture you would want to roll up and smoke. You can use an old, clean paintbrush to clean your coffee grinder, so your next cup of coffee doesn’t taste weird.

Mugwort is a little fibrous, but it can be broken up easily with your hands before you add it to your mixture. Be sure to remove as many of the stems as you can.

Once your herbs are ground and it has your preferred texture, combine one part herbal blend with two parts weed and roll up or load up. It’s really up to you and it’s just that easy! You can make a number of different smoking blends. Some others to consider can be found here . Smoking herbs can be rolled into joints, smoked out of pipes or bongs, or even loaded into flower vaporizers!

Local spots in Seattle to pick up herbs for blending:

Rainbow Remedies – located in Capitol Hill. They offer several pre-blended options if you don’t want to DIY.

Dandelion Botanical Company – located in Ballard. As a plus to those who do not feel comfortable leaving their house right now, they also ship!

And of course, there are several places where single herbs can be purchased online.

Save money and weed with this efficient herbal blend recipe that you can mix up in minutes and blend with your favorite strain!

Ask Miss Grass: What Herbs Can You Smoke With Weed?

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Mixing herbs into your joint can perk up the flavor of your bud—or even enhance its magical effects. And you probably already have some of the best ones on hand.

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Dear Miss Grass,

Now that I’m home all day (because, you know, quarantine life), I’ve found that I’m smoking a little more than I used to. I don’t feel bad about it, but I also don’t want to get crazy high every time. I’ve thought about adding some tobacco to my weed, but as a former cigarette smoker I’m kinda nervous about getting back on the nicotine train. Should I just add some CBD to my weed, or, are there other smokable herbs that might be better instead? If so, can you tell me how to mix herbs with cannabis?

x Herb Explorer
Portland, Oregon

Feel you. With everyone staying home these days, it’s definitely easy to smoke more weed. Which obviously we support! The stress-relieving benefits of a good ol’ fashioned J are amazing, especially during these strange times. But it also totally makes sense that there are moments when you’d want to keep things a little lighter. And, anyway, it’s always fun to shake things up.

You’re on the right track with your idea of adding something else to your J. Tobacco and weed is, of course, a classic combination, but—fun fact—tobacco can actually make the effects of weed stronger. A 2009 study found that tobacco increases the vaporization efficiency of cannabis which, in turn, increases the amount of THC inhaled by as much as 45%. Which basically means that a spliff can get you super high, super quick! Sneaky! That’s the opposite of what you want. (And although nicotine itself can be a pretty neat brain-boosting nootropic, it totally makes sense that as an ex-ciggy smoker you’d want to avoid it. And smoking unfiltered tobacco produces a lot of yucky tar.)

So that brings us to the alternatives. One super easy way to not get super high on your usual supply is to simply add some straight-up CBD flower to your joint (or bong or pipe for that matter). CBD can be a calm-enhancing wonder that can also make your high less intense; there are several studies that show that CBD can even help mitigate the effects of THC—which, incidentally, is a smart thing to keep in mind the next time you accidentally get over-baked on an edible.

And then there are also other herbs. Unfortunately, there isn’t a ton of good research that explore whether adding other herbs to your weed can make you *less* high; they may really just help your joint burn slower, like tobacco does in a classic spliff. But the really awesome thing about herbs is that many of the ones that are nice to smoke may also offer their own therapeutic or psychoactive effects—and many even share some of the same terpenes as cannabis.

So, mixing them together can not only enhance the flavor of your bud, it can also complement its other effects—or even bring new ones to the party. You know how lavender in the bath can help you relax and chamomile in a tea can help you feel sleepy? Same deal here. Plants are magical! As Dejanae Evins—one of Miss Grass’ favorite weed experts and host of our Instagram Live series High Q’s—puts it: “Mixing smokable herb blends into your cannabis ritual really emphasizes how expansive and creative we can be in the way we approach self-care.”

But before we talk about exactly how to mix herbs with cannabis—and which ones are most awesome—it’s important to point out that smoking anything could potentially harm your bod, so please be smart about whatever you light up. Definitely choose organically-grown, food-grade herbs; and, if possible, go a step further and buy ones that are also ethically-raised. That way you’re not tainting your beautiful bud with any gross, unwanted chemicals and toxins. (There are some very respectable companies, like Barbari, that offer organic herbal blends made specifically for smoking.)

Okay, back to the fun stuff. A good rule of thumb when mixing herbs with weed is to “start low and go slow”—decent advice for anytime you’re consuming anything new, by the way—with a just a sprinkle of one or two dried herbs. (Remember, some herbs, like mint, sage, and eucalyptus can impart a very strong flavor.) When using a pre-mixed herb blend, a ratio of 25% herb blend to 75% cannabis is a reasonable place to start, but if you’re feeling all what-the-hell, you can also do a 1:1 ratio, which is what Evins does. She recommends playing around with the placement of the herbs within the joint, too: “Sometimes I like to switch it up, adding a little bit of the herb blend at the base of a cone, saving the herbal tokes for last.” Like a dessert.

Check out the MG mini cheat sheet below featuring some favorite herbs to smoke along with the effects they may have when mixed with cannabis (or just on their own). Happy toking, Herb Explorer! Report back on how it goes.

Best Buds: How to Mix Herbs With Cannabis

Ashwaganda – may alleviate stress and promote good vibes

Blue Lotus Flower – may enhance the relaxing, mind-opening effects of cannabis

Chamomile – may aid digestion and enhance relaxation

Damiana – may promote relaxation and euphoria; often used as an aphrodisiac

Echinacea – may help relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and support the endocannabinoid system

Eucalyptus – provides a spicy, menthol-like flavor and may open the lungs

Holy Basil – may alleviate stress and reduce cortisol levels

Hops – a relative of cannabis that shares the terpene myrcene; can enhance relaxation

Lavender – adds a beautiful flavor, contains the terpene Linalool which may promotes relaxation

Mint – adds a fresh taste and might help clear respiratory passages

Mugwort – has a sage-like flavor and may promote restfulness, creativity, and lucid dreams

Passionflower – has a sweet flavor and may also amplify or prolong a high

Rose – a few petals add a delicate floral scent and flavor

Rosemary – contains the terpene beta-caryophyllene which may help inflammation and soothe stress

Sage – can induce relaxation, help digestion, and stimulate appetite; a little goes a long way

Yerba Mate – doesn’t affect flavor or add an extra high but makes a pleasant alternative to tobacco

Mixing herbs into your joint can perk up the flavor—or even enhance weed's magical effects. Here's how to mix herbs with cannabis. And which herbs are best.