Herbal Cigarettes DIY : Smoking Passionflower
Passionflower is a great smokable herb traditionally used to treat anxiety. This smokable herb is now commonly used as a nicotine-free tobacco alternative and an ingredient in herbal smoking blends. Smoking Passionflower is best enjoyed in curated rolling fillers or with other legal herbs like in our beautifully vibrant and aromatic Zen Herbal Blend.
Passionflower has long been used by naturopaths as a treatment for insomnia, stress, and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder although no formal scientific study yet confirms what people have been claiming for centuries now.
In this article, we will explore all that the Passionflower has to offer and how it can help you stop smoking or find a nicotine-free alternative to tobacco.
What Is Passionflower?
Passionflower is a climbing vine native to the southeastern United States, Central, and South America that is a bit akin to tropical birds in the bold color schemes and incredibly diversified looks of the flower when it blooms.
There is a lot to say about the origins of Passionflower, but briefly said it is Spanish explorers that first learned about this great smokable herb from Native Peruvians. Europeans have used it ever since in various natural healing treatments for anxiety, restlessness, and agitation, among others.
There are about 500 known species of Passionflower and some studies also suggest that some of these species, for example Passiflora Incarnata, may supposedly have some medicinal benefits.
How does Passionflower work?
Passionflower may produce a calming and sleep-inducing effect when ingested. It may also help to relax muscles. Many people to this day still use it to treat their anxiety and sleep disorders as a complement or replacement to their usual medicine.
Benefits and Uses of Passionflower
Traditionally, Passionflower has been used for a number of ailments, ranging from anxiety to insomnia. There is no formal scientific data that Passionflower has any tangible benefit for the human body when smoked, but also no significant health risks that have been identified either.
Below are some of the traditional uses and benefits of this herb that we were able to gather through various information sources :
Passionflower for anxiety
Even though there’s hardly any health-specific evidence, some pieces of research suggest that the passionflower can help relieve anxiety symptoms. Its anxiolytic properties can induce sedative and anti-anxiety effects, as shown in a study conducted on mice. As per several empirical examinations, passionflower can improve memory and decrease signs of anxiety by interacting with GABA levels. However, conclusions concerning the degree to which the flower works may vary from one researcher to another.
Multiple health practitioners recommend that this is one of the ideal herbs to smoke for anxiety, although no tangible scientific data yet points that this is true. In addition, it can also be incorporated as part of a specified diet or as an add-on to supplement an ongoing treatment.
Passionflower for sleep
It is quintessential for the mind to stay in control to induce sleep-like effects. The brain’s gamma-aminobutyric acid regulation plays an integral role in relieving insomnia. Some evidence states that the passionflower can help people sleep faster. Another 2017 study proved that the plant could positively impact sleep patterns, inducing increased deep sleep and reduced REM sleep. In simple terms, rats fell asleep a lot quicker with passionflower administration.
Passionflower helps reduce the time taken to fall asleep. Consequently, it increases the entire sleep duration and puts your brain at rest. Nevertheless, identifying side effects and determining the effectiveness in human beings require further investigation.
Other potential health benefits
Since passionflower plays a significant role in inducing sleep and alleviating anxiety, here are some of the additional benefits every user needs to know:
Epilepsy is one of the most common disorders that have dominated the world for an extended period. However, according to scientists and pharmaceutical experts, consuming Pasipay, which includes fractions of passionflower, can increase the time frame between seizures and their durations. However, there’s limited evidence available to users. Furthermore, the plant can retain the noradrenaline and serotonin levels in the brain besides improving postictal depression, one of the common post-seizure occurrences.
Nevertheless, one must consult their healthcare providers before incorporating any infused drug or treatment.
Passionflower comprises anti-inflammatory properties, as indicated by several findings. In addition, one of the studies shows that P. foetida had anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects. Moreover, both ethanol and leaf extracts showed considerable anti-inflammatory effects and pain reduction.
It may help with opiate withdrawal & act as a cardiac tonic.
According to researchers, passionflower extracts combined with clonidine are as effective as clonidine plus placebo when treating withdrawal symptoms. Moreover, passionflower, used along with hawthorn, can enhance exercise capacity in people with Congestive Heart Failure. While several beliefs say that such effects can be a product of hawthorn, further research is necessary.
A lot of people are now using this smokable herb as a base in herbal smoking blends to help recreational smokers reduce or better control their consumption of their expensive legal herbs like in our Zen Blend, as well as an chemical-free and entirely natural alternative to tobacco.
Dosages of Passionflower
Although Passionflower is a natural product, the dosage still needs to be determined carefully by considering the health condition of the user including their age and overall health history.
Again, none of the supposed benefits of smoking Passionflower in herbal smoking blends or herbal cigarettes has been proven to contribute anything to the body, so these advantages are relative to ingesting the Passionflower based product in some form or another.
Standard adult dosage ranges are mentioned below:
- 0.75 to 6.5 g daily of the plant’s dried aerial parts, or composed like an infusion.
- 1.5 to 3.5 mL daily of 1:1 liquid extracts.
- 3.5 to 6.5 mL daily of a capsule/tablet form.
- 1.5 to 6 mL daily of a 1:8 passionflower tincture
As noted above Passionflower is truly a multifaceted herb with lots of great benefits, aside from the beauty of its flowers.
This smokable herb is of course a great addition to rolling filler. Smoking Passionflower is sure to provide that extra bit of help on the wallet and the dependence level to those who decide to use it as an alternative from the typical expensive legal herbs and tobacco.
As part of your switch from smoking pure or smoking tobacco to herbal smoking blends, you may find that smoking Damiana or smoking Raspberry Leaf may also suit you as base smokable herbs. You can discover these herbs to smoke and roll your own herbal cigarettes from Meo Marley's products!
*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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