Herbs and spices are packed with health benefits and are great to have as part of your diet. But you don’t just have to use them in cooking – they can also be paired up with marijuana to great effect. Indeed, you can add them to your CBD cookies, but they’re excellent to infuse into teas and tinctures too. If you’ve found a spice or herb you like the sound, consider checking with your doctor whether it’s suitable for you.
Here are seven wonderful herbs and spices that can enhance your marijuana experience.
The beta-caryophyllene (BCP) terpene is present in black pepper, marijuana, and rosemary, and scientists have discovered that the compound interacts with cannabinoid receptors in the endocannabinoid system.
BCP binds with the CB2 receptor, which controls inflammation and the immune function in the body. A natural solution for anxiety and depression, new research suggests that BCP can be used to withdraw from addictive substances when paired with CBD vape additive.
Therefore, if you’re making tasty edible treats, why not add some black pepper or rosemary to the recipe to maximize the therapeutic effects of the marijuana.
Echinacea is an herb with a few functional similarities with CBD bath salts – this is thanks to the N-aclethanolamines (NAEs) compounds. These work with an enzyme that facilitates endocannabinoid breakdown in the body. This interaction betters the body’s endocannabinoid tone.
NAEs and N-alkylamides, compounds that intertwine with CB2 receptors, are known as cannabimimetic compounds – a reference to their likeness to cannabinoids from cannabis in their chemical makeup and how they interact with the EC system.
Traditionally, Echinacea has been an alternative remedy for the common cold, but it also has anti-inflammatory, immune-boosting, and anti-oxidant qualities. While unconfirmed, many suspect that the herb is an effective analgesic too.
Ashwagandha is an age-old natural Indian Ayurvedic medicine that is now building a reputation in the West. An adaptogenic root, Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), can help to control stress levels in the body. Research has shown that Ashwagandha is an anxiolytic and an antidepressant, making it popular with those seeking alternative mental health medicines.
Ashwagandha was found to have similar effects to lorazepam (for anxiety) and imipramine (for depression) when tested on animals. Researchers touted the herb’s potential at regulating mood in their final analysis of the tests.
In India, Ashwagandha has been used for both physical and mental purposes. A natural nootropic, the root, can improve concentration levels. It also acts as an energizer and helps to stave off fatigue.
4) Black Cohosh
Marijuana is liked by middle-age women going through menopause to control mood swings and eliminate hot flushes. Black Cohosh has the same qualities. Therefore, throw the two together, and you get a powerful menopause-busting combo. Black Cohosh encourages balance in the hormone-regulating endocrine system.
Phytoestrogen is lost in the menopausal period, but Black Cohosh is presumed to replenish some of it. The herb tends to be found in extract or tincture form, which can be taken sublingually or added to a beverage.
As we know, marijuana plays its biggest role in the endocannabinoid system, which also helps to regulate estrogen levels. Therefore, taking cannabis with Black Cohosh brings even more control over mood than consuming just one. Feel free to check with a herbalist or doctor if you’re unsure about mixing Black Cohosh with existing medication.