Cannabis can be a great tool for easing pain, but did you know that sage, cloves, ginger, and cinnamon are also powerful anti-inflammatories?
With cannabis classified by our government as a Schedule I drug, it can be easy to forget that it's simply an herb — and just like the hundreds of other herbs we consume on a daily basis, it has incredible healing properties.
But not everyone wants to or can use cannabis, and that's ok too.
Nature has provided us with hundreds of other plants that have the power to support our wellbeing. Today, we are taking a look at the herbs found in 8 different, nationally available blends and their medicinal benefits.
Please note: All of these blends are 100% cannabis-free but mix well with dried cannabis flowers for targeted and elevated effects.
Herbs that can support:
Coughs + Colds
Sleep + Anxiety
New! Hempsley Released their own Line of Herbal Blends in June 2018
After many inquiries following our "How to Make your Own Herbal Smoking Blend" Recipe, we decided to launch our own line of herbal blends utilizing the 7 nationally legal herbs we talk about at Hempsley!
We love versatile herbal blends, so all of our blends have a mullein base (read more about the makeup of herbal blends here) so that they can be smoked or vaporized, if desired. Mullein is also a fantastic addition to any tea or bath soak, as it is a fantastic anti-inflammatory. Learn more about the herbs we use in our blends in our Healing Herbs article as well as safety information on each herb so that you can make sure you're choosing blends that are safe for you! (PSA: If you have a ragweed allergy, use extra caution with our chamomile blend!)
Sweet Flag has three different herbal blends that are incredibly versatile; you can smoke or vaporize them, add them to a bath, or make them into tea.
More information: Every bag contains 20 grams of loose leaf herbs for $10. Made in Pennsylvania.
"Ignite your dreams and relax your body."
This blend was very smooth and light with a floral but not sweet taste.
Herbs: mullein, mugwort, raspberry leaf, lavender, yerba santa
"Calm your nerves and open your heart."
This blend had an earthy bite to it with a mildly sweet aftertaste.
Herbs: mullein leaf and mullein flower, calendula petals, marshmallow leaf, lavender, raspberry leaf, chamomile, rose petals
"A restorative blend that cools and soothes the throat."
This blend had a kick, electrifying the tongue with a fresh and minty taste.
Herbs: mullein leaf, marshmallow leaf, lavender, chamomile and peppermint.
We love Bear Blend's focus on tradition. Their tagline is "Celebrating life through ritual," as the company was originally created by a musician with Native American roots, to begin educating others about the history and ceremony of smoking. Their website offers extensive information about all of the herbs they use to truly educate their customers about what is in their products.
More information: Every tin contains 22 grams for $14.95. All herbs are certified organic, biodynamic, and fair trade. Hand-crafted in Oregon.
"A mild relaxing and soothing effect."
This blend was very fruity with a sweet aftertaste.
Herbs: The OG Blend is the our most floral and aromatic blend.
"Specifically blended for women, it has a medium calming and balancing effect."
This blend had an earthy taste with notes of sweetness.
Herbs: A gentle rose flavor with a touch of lavender
"Calming and dream enhancing with a strong effect. Several herbs in this blend are know to help relax the body and the mind, allowing the spirit to speak."
This blend was smooth and light with a very mild bite and floral aftertaste.
Herbs: A powerful blend with hops, valerian, and more
What our Team of Reviewers had to Say about Bear Blend's Vizion
Reason for use: To relax
Rating: 4/5 stars
I smoked this blend as a joint and it reminded me of cigarettes — in a good way. The taste was ok, nothing really too flavorful about it. I feel like it would be good to use if I was trying to quit smoking cigarettes or cannabis.
Reason for use: To relax
Rating: 4/5 stars
It took a couple puffs for me to get past the taste (it's definitely not cannabis). I felt like the smoke was a little harsh, but not bad; somewhat similar to the taste of cigarettes. I experienced a mild psychoactive feeling about 9 minutes or so after smoking it, but after about 15 minutes the psychoactivity was pretty much gone but left me with a relaxed feeling. I was definitely feeling less stressed and less fidgity in my body. I would recommend this blend, especially . to people who are trying to quit smoking — cigarettes or cannabis!
Wild Crafted by Inda Creations
As the only blend without mullein, a relatively fluffy herb, it has a very different texture from our other blends. With clove, mint leaf, and raspberry leaf, it is very minty and hearty with a biting rather than sweet taste. Like Sweet Flag's blends, these herbs can be inhaled, made into tea, or added to a bath for a relaxing soak.
More information: 1/2 oz loose herbs for $10, other blends available. Organically grown in Vermont, USA.
Ease by Natural Magics
This was an incredibly delicious blend with an earthily fresh, smooth, and sweet taste that gave nice, calming effects, but it unfortunately made Kristen's eyes burn. "I'm allergic to many environmental things, including most plants, so something in here specifically didn't work well with my body chemistry." Be sure to keep your allergies in mind as you go about choosing a blend for yourself! There are many herbs listed on our chart that advise using caution with ragweed allergies.
More information: 1 jar (unknown volume) for $15. Medicinal grade, certified organic herbs and flowers.
The products shown here were gifted to Hempsley by Sweet Flag, Bear Blends, Wild Crafted, and Ease. All opinions are our own. Thanks for supporting the brands that support Hempsley!
These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Not for children or anyone under the age of 18. Not for use by women who are pregnant. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Hempsley and/or Kristen Williams will not be held responsible for any consequences that may result from using these products. Please use carefully.