Vaporization has opened a whole new world of dry herb possibilities. In the past, the thought of smoking something like St. John’s Wort would have been met with raised eyebrows.
Today, things are much different. There is a wide range of dry herbs that are suitable for use in a vaporizer. Amazingly enough, some of these herbs can even be found in your kitchen cabinet. Others however will likely have to be sourced through a botanical shop. Here we will be looking at various dry herbs and their benefits, as well as the proper temperatures to vape them at in order to achieve the desired results.
While these are considered natural in comparison to something like tobacco, it should be noted that none of these are intended to replace your medications, and you should definitely consider discussing these options with your doctor.
This herb is native to Mexico and will give off a strong aromatic taste to your blend. Believed to be a major component of the original margarita recipe, the plant blooms beautiful yellow petals, though it is the leaves that contain the active constituents damiana has become known for.
Traditionally used as an aphrodisiac, damiana can be calming yet stimulating in this respect. Used to treat depression, this herb is best vaporized between 347 – 374 F for best results.
Remarkably similar to lavender in its ability to stimulate sleep and relaxation, this herb actually utilizes the root. It mixes very well with lemon balm and other sedative herbs such as hops, passionflower, skullcap, etc. to provide the user with an ideal nighttime blend. Used as a sedative and to alleviate depression, this herb is ideally vaped between 302 – 392 F.
Related to the common lettuce you put in your salad, this herb exhibits some sedating and pain-relieving qualities. Wild lettuce is great to de-stress with, and many users feel that it helps to shrug off restlessness and over-excitability. It is also said to improve the vividness of your dreams. This herb should be vaped between 284 – 302 F for best results.
One of the more exotic dry herbs out there, blue lotus is a famous water lily that blooms whitish blue to blue flowers. It has a mildly stimulating and psychoactive effect that is dreamlike, euphoric, and relaxing. It is commonly used to produce lucid or spiritual dreams. Traditionally, blue lotus acts more like a sedative and should be gently vaped between 230 – 257 F, which is a little difficult to accomplish with today’s vapes.
Much like green tea, it can be used by itself or as part of a stimulating mix to induce a pleasant and energizing buzz. When vaped, this herb will give you an increase in energy and will improve your overall mood. A straightforward plant with a straightforward approach to vaping, this herb is best used at 302 F.
Another widely used herb, basil can be used to lift the mood, treat colds, and aid in digestive issues. Perfect for those suffering from menstrual cramps and constipation, basil has been shown to be effective in treating anxiety and depression as well. Traditionally, basil is most effective for treating the flu and should be vaped at exactly 266 F.
This famous herb is traditionally used to treat depression, though caution must be used when using this herb. Always consult your physician before using this or any other herb on this list. When vaped, St. John’s Wort can have very strong sedative properties. Other possible benefits include alleviating anxiety, improving sleep, and antibacterial & antiviral properties to help combat infection. For best results, vaporize at 302 F.
Native to Australia, this herb can be used to treat colds, improve the immune system, alleviate sore throats, and reduce stress. It has potent soothing effects and is often used to combat anxiety and stress. Eucalyptus is also known for its antiviral, antifungal, antiseptic, and antibiotic properties. This herb should be vaped at 266 F.
Ginseng is often used in energy drinks and in tablets as a natural energy booster and, depending on the strain, may also help with erectile dysfunction. When vaped, this herb also displays a boost in energy levels and can help to improve overall mood. It is best to vape this herb at 392 F.
Treating anything from fungal infections to depression and inflammation, lemongrass is different from lemon balm in that it is mainly used for mood enhancement, whereas lemon balm is great for treating headaches. Lemongrass is best vaped at a temperature of 302 F.