4 Great Medicinal Herbs to Pair With Cannabis

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Incorporating a few more herbs and spices into your life is an easy way to improve overall health. These medicinal herbs are great to pair with cannabis.

You can use them to make super-charged tinctures, extract the essential oils, make teas, and make some truly therapeutic edible goodies. As a precaution, if you think a herb may be helpful to you, be sure to run it by your doctor or a herbalist beforehand. 

Lavender

It’s common knowledge that lavender (Lavandula) is a relaxing herb. The pleasant floral scent is great in aromatherapy and massage. Yet, Lavender and cannabis have something in common. They both are abundant in the terpene linalool. A terpene is a fancy word for an aroma molecule.

When combined with THC, linalool has potential as a muscle relaxant. When combined with CBD, linalool heightens the cannabinoid’s anticonvulsant properties. On its own, linalool has anti-inflammatory properties. It also reduces sensitivity to pain.

If you’re making a cannabis topical skin cream, adding in a little lavender oil may amp up the relaxing and pain-fighting qualities of the herb. You can also add a little lavender into edibles or cannabis tea to get the benefits of both medicinal herbs.

Rosemary

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), cannabis, and black pepper all contain a terpene called beta-caryophyllene (BCP). Recent research has found that this terpene interacts with cannabinoid receptors.

Specifically, BCP binds to a cell receptor called the cannabinoid receptor 2 (CB2). This cell receptor helps regulate immune function and inflammation.

There’s also evidence that BCP can relieve symptoms of depression and anxiety. When combined with CBD, beta-caryophyllene may even help treat addiction.

So, adding plenty of rosemary and black pepper into your infused goodies is a great way to amplify the therapeutic effects of all three of these medicinal herbs.

 

Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is an adaptogenic root. An adaptogen is a medicinal herb that helps your body react to stress.

This root has been used in Indian Ayurvedic medicine and is growing in popularity in the West. Some studies have shown that Ashwagandha has anti-anxiety and antidepressant properties.

The herb was pitted against anti-anxiety medication lorazepam (Ativan) and antidepressant imipramine (Tofranil) in an animal trial.

The research found that Ashwagandha exhibited anti-anxiety and antidepressant effects that are comparable to both drugs. This leads the study authors to conclude that Ashwagandha has potential as a mood stabilizer.

Traditionally, this medicinal herb has been used to fight fatigue, lack of energy, and difficulties with concentration.

St. John’s Wart

St. John’s Wart (Hypericum perforatum) is a herb with many benefits. In the Balkans, St. John’s Wart is added to olive oil and left to sit in the sun.

This makes a healing oil that is excellent for burns. Capsules, extract, and teas from this herb are also used as a natural remedy for depression.

In a 2009 review, St. John’s Wart was found to be as effective as prescription antidepressants, with fewer side effects. The herb was also superior over placebo. If you have mental health concerns, picking up some St. John’s Wart tea along with your cannabis may help elevate mood.

As a precaution, St. John’s Wart can interact with some medications. So, check with your doctor before experimenting with this herb. But, if you’re adding it to a topical for pain relief, you’re probably good to go.

That’s 4 great medicinal herbs that can be paired with Cannabis to provide additional benefits to you.

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This article first appeared on Cannabis.Net and was adapted for the South African Audience

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