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Herbal Smoking Mixture

Herbal Smoking Mixture

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From howieb@teleport.comFri Jul 14 23:24:37 1995Date: Fri, 14 Jul 1995 11:39:08 -0700From: Howie Brounstein <howieb@teleport.com>To: london@sunSITE.unc.eduSubject: Herbal Smoking Mixtures[The following text is in the "iso-8859-1" character set][Your display is set for the "US-ASCII" character set][Some characters may be displayed incorrectly]<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><>Herbal Smoking Mixturesby Howie Brounstein<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><>©1995HB This file may be reprinted and distributedfreely as long as it remains unchanged and with thisheader attached.Hard Copy available from:PO Box 50532Eugene, OR 97405 USAhowieb@teleport.com<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><>IntroductionI became an adult immersed in the counter-cultureof the Pacific Northwest. As a teacher, wildcrafter,herbalist, and botanist for more than a decade,many unique herbs have passed through my hands.It was only a matter of time before I tried to smokethem, to see how I might mix different herbs forvarying psychological and physiological effects.After my knowledge and experience grew, I beganteaching a lecture titled Herbal Smoking Mixtures:Local Legal Roots, Barks, and Leaves, and Flowers.This class was very popular. Many more people willshow up to a class titled "Herbal Smoking Mixtures"than will for "Medicinal Herbs for the Lungs."Perhaps this is a sign of the wild North Americansociety I live in. Perhaps it's a sign that humanshave been intrigued with the idea of fire andsmoking since the earliest of our race's memory.Smoking is a synthesis of fire and smoke, suchpowerful archetypal images. Perhaps it's just a fad,and means nothing at all. Nonetheless, I haveexpanded my lecture, and after smoking many apipe full over this computer keyboard, produced thisbook.It doesn't cover every possible herb. It is a startingpoint for your own explorations into the world ofherbs and smoke. Take this knowledge and run withit, make it your own, create you own herbal storiesto tell. I hope this helps you in your quest for asatisfying legal alternative to Tobacco or Marijuana,or perhaps the perfect ceremonial blend.
 
I am a smoker, and I am writing from the viewpointof a smoker. If you don't smoke anything regularly,my suggestion is don't start. Smoking every day ona regular basis is never healthy. Occasional use ofsmoking herbs, or even Tobacco, is not verydamaging. It's our trend towards making it a habit inexcess that becomes the problem.Many of the plants described in this book aredifficult, if not impossible, to find on the commercialherb market. These need to be gathered in the wild(wildcrafted), or garden grown. Wildcrafting requiresskill and practice. It requires a positive identification.If you are not sure of the plant, or if you are not surehow to harvest wild plants ethically, DON'T wildcraft.Seek one of the many fine teachers available toobtain the necessary skills first.Why Smoke?There are many reasons why people smokeTobacco, Marijuana, and other herbal mixtures.Here are but a few reasons:Recreation: Some folks find the act of smoking andits effects pleasurable. Sometimes they are justbending under a social pressure (it's cool to smelllike an ashtray). Some herbs taste good whensmoked. Certainly, an oral fixation, or somesubconscious early childhood memories of mom'snipples, contribute to constant smoking.Addiction: Recreational use of Tobacco can lead tothe dreaded addiction so prevalent in the worldtoday. Tobacco has firmly ingrained itself in everyculture in the world it has been introduced to, exceptfor a few religious sects. Don't let the advertisementfool you; the Marlboro man is an addict. It is veryhard for most people to stop on their own. Marijuanais not physically addicting, but there are a few folkswho smoke every day and form an emotionaldependence on it.Tobacco and Marijuana Alternatives: There arenumerous reasons not to smoke Tobacco, healthreasons not a small factor. It may be social pressure(it's so cool not to smell like an ashtray). A satisfyingreplacement for Tobacco is like the search for theholy grail. Many will look for it and come close, butnothing will be exactly like it. Have you heard themythical story of the sage herbalist, quite a wise andaromatic fellow? After years of spiritual purificationhe finally found the proper herbs and curing processto make the perfect Tobacco-like smoking mixturesubstitute. Unfortunately, shortly thereafter hebecame fully enlightened and gave up smoking
 
completely. The formula was lost forever.Many people smoke marijuana for a variety ofreasons, but wish not to. It may not agree with theirconstitution; it may not give them the effects they'relooking for. The fact that it is selectively illegal andsemi-legal in some places might contribute to thedesire to quit. The biggest reason I see peoplewanting to quit is drug testing. In the PacificNorthwest, these tests are very popular withemployers. Even workers who are not responsiblefor welfare of others are tested. Evidently,occasional weekend use of marijuana might impairthe judgment of janitors, domestic workers at hotels,and the check-out clerks in the local market.Medicine: There are a variety of medicinal uses ofsmoking mixtures. One can use calming ortranquilizing herbs to relax physically or mentally.Some herbs can be smoked for calming the lungs orto aid in expectoration. The difference betweenpoison and medicine is dosage; smoking a strongherb is one way to regulate its dosage.Spiritual and Ceremonial Uses: Throughout historypeople have taken (and smoked) herbs to producealtered states of consciousness. Although some inmodern times seek hallucinogens for purerecreation, many still use these plants respectfullyon the journey for spiritual knowledge. Even themilder herbs are useful during meditation and visionquests. Smoking is a ritual, and the more consciouswe are of it, the more we will get from it. It is such apowerful mixture of fire and air.Preparation of Herbs into Palatable SmokingMixturesA number of factors contribute to making a palatablesmoking mixture. First and foremost is the way youcure the herbs. If you take fresh Tobacco and dry itlike any medicinal herb, it becomes an unpalatableobnoxious smoke that the most hard-core smokercouldn't stomach (or lung, as the case may be).Tobacco is semi-dried slowly, allowing for chemicalchanges, and is never dried to a crisp. It ispackaged slightly moist in air tight containers. If itdries out, the smoker adds an apple slice or spraysit with water. Dried out Tobacco is harsh.Herbal smoking blends are similar. In most casesyou do not want the herbs to be dried crispy. It's OKfor some of the ingredients, but as a whole themixture should be ever so slightly moist. Some ofthe most flavorful smoking ingredients need to dryslow, and cure, but the majority are best pickedfresh and not dried completely. Package in an

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