Many people around the globe are now hooked on a new trend - herbal smoking, also known as legal bud smoking. Legal bud smoking involves inhaling the fumes of several herbs, after lighting them, either through specialized pipes, chillums or just by rolling them in cigarette paper.
A wide variety of these herbs have been branded as legal buds. These herbs are the ones that have been used for centuries in shamanic potions and traditional tribal teas. Herbal smokes are prepared by blending two or more of those herbs in varying proportions. Most popular herbs used are salvia divinorum, hops, chamomile, damiana, ginseng, kava kava, wild dagga, passion flower, star of Bethlehem, skullcap, Artemisia vulgaris, scotch broom tops, betel nut powder and much more. Some manufacturers also give them a call marijuana alternatives. These blends also contain powders from the mugwort, in order to hold the mixture together.
A number of these ingredients, such as the Ayurveda and Persian, are well-known for his or her medicinal properties and even used in medicinal branches. Some of them are secretly grown. The salvia divinorum has been used for hundreds of years through the shamans of the Aztec civilization for its healing properties. The skullcap is yet another herb which supposedly relieves a person of worries and tensions. Damiana and ginseng are reputed aphrodisiacs.
Herbal Smoking Blends
American manufacturers procure these herbs from the Hawaiian Islands or Mexico, where the herbs are grown in secret plantations. There's a huge market in America for smokers of legal buds. Some declare that it provides the same high as smoking pure marijuana, but this is a misconception. Most of these herbs do provide 'highs', but they are very short-lived.
Herbal smoke is inhaled through pipes or chillums. Native Indians just roll the mixture inside a betel leaf. Some people use cigarette paper for rolling the mixture.
The overall perception is the fact that herbal smoking isn't as harmful as tobacco-smoking. Herbal cigarettes don't contain tobacco, and therefore no nicotine. Some manufacturers even claim that these herbal blends don't affect children in any adverse manner. However, health experts possess a different point of view. Burning leaves release tar, which clogs the lungs over a period of time. Herbal mixtures may not be as addictive as tobacco, but they do create a craving and a desire to smoke them repeatedly. The only real proven effect of herbal smoke is its numbing effect of the central nervous system, but health activists still hold herbal smoke in contempt.
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