Can I smoke Mullein?

Can I smoke Mullein?

Herbal Cigarettes DIY : Smoking Mullein

Yes you can smoke Mullein! This 100% legal and neutral-flavored smokable herb is one of the most popular base for herbal smoking blends as natural tobacco alternatives or mixed with your favorite legal herb. Because of it's light texture Mullein burns slowly and evenly and has a very discreet flavor making it a great rolling filler for recreative smokers.

Keep reading to discover the many benefits of including this wonderful ingredient in your next herbal mixture. 

What is Mullein?

Mullein is a well-known plant used to make medicine and has been used for thousands of years by various cultures around the world. It is usually taken as a treatment for breathing conditions. Mullein is also used as a flavoring ingredient in alcoholic beverages and as part of herbal smoking blends for tobacco replacements. The Mullein plant can be sold in various forms, from the raw plant such as tea, powders, capsules or as a secondary product as an extract, oil, and elixir.

You've probably seen Mullein extracts or tinctures at your pharmacy or in your favorite homeopathy shop to treat pulmonary conditions, but did you know this herb is also the foundation of all our Meo Marley’s Herbal Smoking Blends?

 

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This plant is native to Europe, the Mediterranean, North Africa, and Asia. Its first documented medicinal use records date back to the Greeks over 2000 years ago. Throughout history, its leaves, flowers and roots  have been prescribed to be used in pulmonary afflictions which earned the plant its reputation as a cough remedy.

In low and even heavy dosages it produces no major side effects. Some types of Mullein may cause dermatitis to those who have sensitive skin and are prone to allergies, which is why it is recommended to handle the plant with caution during prolonged exposure, like when our team crafts our herbal blends!

How does Mullein work? 

Mullein in traditional healing history is renowned to help with soothing inflamed or infected lungs when ingested or applied topically. It also prevents coughing until the infection is beaten and inflammation reduced. Mullein also helps by relieving congestion and aids in clearing mucus from the lungs.

In a non medicinal way, Mullein has been recommended for people to smoke  when looking to leave tobacco behind or at least as a temporary replacement while they’re going through a nasty cough. We use this herb in both our permanent herbal smoking blends, the OG Blend and Zen Blend as well as our limited editions blends like our Potpourri Blend.


What are the uses of Mullein?

Some of the most common uses for Mullein in traditional healing is assisting in various lung-related illnesses. When ingested, Mullein is also known for being able to help alleviate pain, increase quality of sleep, and have a relaxing effect on those suffering from muscle spasms and seizures. One laboratory’s study also found that Mullein combined with amantadine can increase the body’s antiviral activity against influenza. 

As for smoking blends, there is no formal scientific data that Mullein has any tangible benefit for the human body and we certainly don’t recommend mixing it with other substances but a lot of people are now recommending its use as a base in herbal mixes to help recreational cannabis users help reduce or better control their consumption, provide a chemical-free alternative to tobacco and dilute their marijuana to help control the effects and their budget. 

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Mullein is used in our OG Herbal Smoking Blend to give it's nice texture and delicate aroma and flavor

 

Benefits of Mullein

The main benefit of Mullein in herbal smoking blends is that it offers a stem-free and fluffy texture that rolls easily by taking volume and burns evenly and slowly to allow for a better smoking experience. It’s neutral aroma and taste allows for other herbs to take their space in the blends and does not detract from the experience the user is used to.

In low and even heavy dosages it produces no major side effects. Some types of Mullein may cause dermatitis to those who have sensitive skin and are prone to allergies, which is why it is recommended to handle the plant with precaution during prolonged exposure, like when our team crafts our herbal blends! 

Mullein in herbal smoking blends is also a great tobacco alternative for those looking to quit, as it offers a light calming sensation while also helping to cleanse and relax the lungs.

A nice herbal smoking mixture of mullein can also help those struggling to sleep or victim of insomnia. While Mullein (and most herbs!) has no psychoactive effect in itself, it is renowned for its relaxing effect.

As explained before, nature definitely offers us a lot of alternatives to aid with our illnesses and addictions, all we have to do is be informed and look. More and more people are taking the natural, organic route in their lifestyle as they can tell they feel better after making the change. Herbs are a natural, cheaper option for cannabis and tobacco smokers and Mullein is definitely one of the best base herb that offers a lot of benefits for those ready to change their lifestyle for the better.

 

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*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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At Meo Marley's we strive to offer the most up-to-date and rigorous information we can find. We're committed to following the experts' opinions on the safety of our products before using them in any way and want to provide a clear, fact-based and unbiased reporting.

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