Tobacco Alternatives For Joints

There are a lot of smokers out there who mix their weed with tobacco for one reason or another. For some, it’s about the taste while for others it’s about helping the weed burn down the joint better. For some smokers, mixing is a way to ensure that they aren’t smoking too much weed and help them conserve their stash for a little bit longer.

Tobacco is the most common accompaniment to cannabis, but it isn’t for everyone. But what else can you mix your joint with, besides tobacco?


Sometimes the dried leaves of the damiana plant are smoked for their relaxing qualities. Research has shown that this plant is an aphrodisiac, so it might be a good thing to add to the mix before a romantic night. Damiana makes for some good lovin’! The taste is said to be similar to marijuana, meaning it doesn’t stand in the way of the taste of your buds. It is a South American herb well known for its aphrodisiac like qualities, as well as its ability to induce a mild euphoric high. This makes it pair perfectly with marijuana, and is ideal for those intimate smokes with your significant other.

Lion’s Tail

Lion’s Tail herb can be added to your smoking blend to make it more euphoric. The taste of it is usually what keeps people away from using it, but if you have the palette for it, it can definitely enhance your experience. This herb comes from Africa and is sometimes known as Wild Dagga. It is available in most head shops or herbal stores and is known for its mild psychoactive and medicinal properties.


Also known as Verbascum, mullein features in many tobacco blends as an active herbal ingredient. It acts as a great base, producing a light smoke, a subtle flavour, and a slow burn. It has been used for a very long time as a herbal remedy, and smoking it can help clear out the lungs (in smokers), encourage lymph circulation, and even sooth a sore throat.

Marshmallow leaf

This herb is often used for digestive purposes, and is a great one to smoke all around, even if you aren’t mixing it with weed. Just like damiana, it makes a good base to any herbal mixture. It tastes good and smokes well, and you can use as much of this herb as you like.

Blue Lotus

Originally hailing from the River Nile, blue lotus is an ancient herbal intoxicant that was used as a party drug by the ancient Egyptians. What makes using blue lotus as a tobacco alternative so interesting is its wide array of effects. It is sedating, sexually stimulating, and euphoric all at the same time. It adds a whole new dimension to your joint, and can be equally enjoyed with both friends and loved ones.


Although not particularly strong by itself, passionflower is an ideal match for a cannabis blend. It has the ability to be both sedating and mildly euphoric at the same time, making for a great end of day smoke – when you need to kick back and unwind. As you can imagine, this perfectly complements both indica and certain hybrid varieties of cannabis.

White Lotus

Considered to be very similar to blue lotus by many, white lotus can induce a heady, floaty euphoria when smoked. As such, it complements those heady, hazy, sativas and hybrid strains very well as part of a smoking mix.


Everyone is used to soaking this herb in hot water and making tea, but did you know it is also a good flower to smoke? It carries its relaxing properties even when smoked, so it can make your high more chilled out than usual. The taste when smoking chamomile is also extremely smooth and delicious.

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Skullcap is an excellent tobacco alternative for those looking to take things down a notch. It is well known for its ability to calm nerves, anxiety and stress, making it a great accompaniment for indicas and other relaxing, end of day strains – or for those times when things are just becoming too much.

Nepeta Cataria

Also known as catnip, Nepeta cataria does more than just drive cats loco. When smoked as part of a marijuana blend, Nepeta cataria can enhance the sedating effects of your high. On its own, it is known to relieve stress and anxiety without actually causing any intoxication. So whilst it may not get you higher per se, it is definitely a must have for anyone wanting to push their relaxation to the limit.


Last but not least comes sage. Sage is a very common garden herb often used in cooking. Depending on the type of sage you go for, you will likely get varying effects. The best to get is white sage, which is known to be both relaxing and euphoric. It is also pretty easy to get hold of, making it a great for really bulking out your joint. Just make sure that you do a bit of research on any variation you get, as there are lots of them, and some can make you feel ill.

So there you have it! For those of you trying to move away from tobacco whilst you blaze, or simply fancy adding something else into the mix, there are many options available. The great thing is that all of these herbs are legal in the majority of countries (but do check where you first!), are often cheaper than tobacco, and are just as easily obtainable on the internet. So get out there and get experimenting, your new favorite tobacco alternative could be just around the corner!

There are many smokable herbs that go well with marijuana and can even enhance your smoking experience. Making a herbal mixture is like being an alchemist. Finding the perfect amount of each herb takes some trial and error, as the fragrance and taste will be important in the end. Get creative by mixing your favourite ones together to make your best herbal smoking mix.

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