Herbal Cigarettes DIY : Smoking Mugwort
Mugwort is a great smokable herb to include in herbal blends. It's a natural nicotine-free tobacco replacement and you can mix it with your favorite legal herb to better control its effects and lower the cost. The great texture and discreet taste of Mugwort makes it an ideal herb to smoke on it's own or in herbal smoking blends.
Mugwort is commonly available in the form of dried leaves, extracts, tinctures, teas, and pills. The plant is frequently used in natural medicine to help improve a variety of functions including digestion, menstruation, and sleep.
What is Mugwort?
Mugwort is a perennial plant found all over the world. It’s native to Europe and Asia and invasive in North America. Because it’s hardy and spreads quickly, mugwort is often considered a weed. That’s not the entire story, though. The part that grows above the ground and its roots have been used throughout human history.
Traditionally, people have used the root of the mugwort plant to make medicine. When ingested, this herb may help with stomach afflictions and intestinal problems, as well as irregular periods, a lack of energy, scarring, and a range of other conditions. Informal reports of smoking mugwort also abound.
Benefits & Uses of Mugwort
If you’re asking, “can you smoke mugwort?” The answer to that question is yes. Unfortunately, there is no formal scientific data that mugwort has any tangible positive effect on the human body when smoked at this time, though further studies are likely to occur. However, it’s well-suited to being smoked with tobacco and can help you reduce your tobacco consumption.
In addition, people have used mugwort as an herbal remedy for centuries, and anecdotal evidence suggests that the general use of mugwort may have many benefits. A quick search for mugwort herb benefits will turn up numerous results. We’re going to cover some of the most common.
One of the most significant uses of mugwort is moxibustion, a practice found in traditional Chinese medicine. During moxibustion, the leaves from a mugwort plant are shaped into something that resembles a cigar and burned over an acupuncture point. The heat and chemical compounds found within the plant are thought to stimulate blood flow around the point.
Practitioners of moxibustion believe it strengthens and warms the blood and potentially treats inflammation and cancer. According to a 2018 study, moxibustion may also help increase fetal movements and could serve as a way of correcting breech presentation before childbirth.
The many and varied uses of mugwort don’t stop there. In many countries in Europe, the United States, and Canada, people use this herb to cure stomach ailments. These conditions include but are not limited to:
Ingesting mugwort is thought to increase the amount of bile and other gastric fluids your stomach produces, which may be why users report it working as a treatment for a range of stomach issues.
Your digestion isn’t the only thing with which mugwort might be able to help. Other ailments potentially benefiting from the use of mugwort but not related to the stomach include:
- Irregular periods
At Meo Marley's, we use mugwort in our limited edition PotPourri herbal smoking blend. Its aromatic nature adds a fragrant and enjoyably subtle taste to the smoke, which discerning palates appreciate.
This versatile plant is also highly recommended to help recreational smokers reduce or better control their consumption. In addition, it’s a helpful additive if you’re dedicating most of your budget to expensive legal herbs, and it serves as a chemical-free alternative to tobacco.
The effects of smoking mugwort are understudied. Some people report that it aids in lucid and vivid dreaming, while others appreciate its mild smoke and unique flavor. Mugwort is considered mildly psychotropic, which means it influences your mental state. That might sound a little scary, but caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine are psychotropic as well.
Potential risks and side effects of smoking Mugwort
Is mugwort safe to smoke? While you should discuss doing so with your doctor before trying it, mugwort is generally considered relatively safe to smoke and ingest. However, as with anything you smoke, it can cause tar and other unhealthy substances to build up within your lungs.
There are some considerations you should keep in mind, especially if you’re pregnant or have allergies.
While the smoke from burning mugwort during moxibustion may help reposition a baby to make childbirth safer, pregnant women, breastfeeding women, and women trying to become pregnant should avoid ingesting the herb. It can stimulate a delayed menstrual cycle, and women used it to cause abortions in the past. It’s best to avoid any potential risk.
Some people may also be allergic to mugwort. It’s a relative of ragweed, which is the bane of many allergy sufferers’ existences when pollen counts are at their highest. Using mugwort as a dietary supplement or homeopathic remedy is generally safe, but you should discuss it with your doctor beforehand.
While the use of mugwort is currently uncontrolled, growing your own might be illegal, depending on your location. This is because it’s invasive and spreads rapidly, which has the potential to damage your local ecosystems.
Dosage of Mugwort
As with any medicine or herbal remedy, the appropriate dosage for mugwort depends on the person’s gender, age, needs, and underlying physical conditions. While this is a natural, organic product, it’s best to talk to an expert regarding the dosage before ingesting it. That way, you can be sure that the likelihood of adverse effects is low. Mugwort isn’t recommended for use by children.
And there you have it! Now you know about Mugwort, a great herb to incorporate into your herbal smoking mix.
*This article is not to be interpreted as a statement of any form by Herbes Meo Marley Inc. but merely a compendium of information compiled from other sources. These statements have not been evaluated by Health Canada, FDA or any other regulatory body. Consult your doctor before ingesting or smoking any herbal product.*
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