Cannabis cures very much in vogue, and many at-home herbalists have developed an interest in experimenting with their own all-natural hemp and marijuana tonics. Infusing cannabis is incredibly easy when using oils and alcohols — but what is less easy is determining what other herbs and compounds will augment the medicinal effects of cannabis without clashing.
The key for making tinctures, oil infusions, tisanes and other cannabis cures at home is first sourcing high-quality cannabis, either hemp or marijuana. After you can get your hands on weed you can trust, you can start making herbal mixtures for infusing, smoking and drinking.
How to Source Quality Cannabis
Homemade cannabis cures aren’t going to be effective if you can’t get your hands on high-quality cannabis as a foundation. Though buying from the black market is possible in every state, it isn’t recommended, even if prices for bud are lower from back-alley dealers. For one, black-market weed is of questionable quality and could contain potentially additives. For another, you don’t want to contribute to the criminal enterprises that support the black market, and for a third, if you are caught with illegal weed, you could suffer legal ramifications.
In most states with recreational cannabis regulations, you should be able to grow your own cannabis at home — though you might double-check with your city’s ordinances to understand at-home cultivation guidelines. Growing your own cannabis garden gives you full control over the variety of cannabis you have access to, which means you are more likely to get the right mixture of THC, CBD, terpenes and other compounds for your cures. Plus, you can be sure that your cannabis is grown organically, or to whatever specifications you expect.
However, if you are not legally permitted to cultivate cannabis on your property, you should seek out other legal options. For instance, if you live in Arkansas, you might need to apply for a medical marijuana card to visit a West Memphis dispensary. At any dispensary visit, you should talk to budtenders about your intended use for the flower you buy, so the experts can direct you toward the right products for your DIY home cures. You shouldn’t be afraid to ask about the source of certain strains, especially if you are intent on finding organic or sun-grown options.
Once you have your quality cannabis, you should store it in a cool, dry, dark place. This will prevent the natural compounds from decaying, preserving potency for when you need them in your cures.
Herbs for Infusing
It is possible to infuse cannabis in fats or alcohols to create infused oils or tinctures. Infusions are simple and effective; they can be mixed into other food or drink, or they can be ingested on their own. Some herbs that infuse well alongside cannabis include:
Burdock root. High in iron and a bevy of antioxidants, this herb helps to detoxify the blood while protecting the liver. Burdock root can also be useful as a digestive aid. This herb tastes intensely earthy and a bit sweet, not unlike an artichoke.
Valerian root. More familiar to many herbalists, valerian root is a famous sedative that provides relief from stress and anxiety while promoting sleep. This herb can have an intense woodsy taste; if you aren’t partial to the flavor, you can infuse the root for less time.
Lavender. Lavender is another well-known herb appreciated for its anti-inflammatory properties and its use as a minor sedative. Lavender is excellent for infusions because it transfers its light, floral flavor, which can improve the flavor experience of cannabis cures.
Herbs for Smoking
Cannabis smoking is the fastest and most famous method of taking in the plant’s beneficial compounds, but many do not realize that it is possible to roll cannabis with other herbs to alter or enhance certain effects. Some herbs that are useful in combination with smoked cannabis include:
Chamomile. A notorious anxiety reliever, chamomile can combat the harsher sensations associated with THC. Those who tend to experience mild paranoia or anxiety while high can benefit from chamomile added to the joint or pipe bowl.
Mullein. Mullein is mildly sedative, but primarily this herb helps to soothe the throat. Those who struggle with the harsh smoke or vapor of cannabis might enjoy mixing mullein into a joint to reduce respiratory irritation.
As you use your home-grown herbs, you can use cannabis. Even better, cannabis has known health benefits that synergize perfectly with common components of your garden. The sooner you start experimenting with cannabis cures at home, the sooner you can see success.