Plants You May Not Knew People Smoked Uses and Importance

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We all know that smoking kills. But not all plant species that are being smoke are unhealthy or deadly. There are also plants that give numerous benefits to human when taken moderately. After all, anything that is taken excessively is dangerous and kills.

We all know that smoking kills. But not all plant species that are being smoke are unhealthy or deadly. There are also plants that give numerous benefits to human when taken moderately. After all, anything that is taken excessively is dangerous and kills.

Here’s a list of plant that people smoke, just in case you don’t know.

Red Spinach (Amaranthus dubius)

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Common Names:

Red Spinach, Kulitis, Rau Den, Yin Choy, Hsien Tsai, Spleen amaranth, Ptee. Thotakura, Koyagura, Cheera, Kheerey , Doodo, Mchicha, Terere. Telele, Bayam, Phak khom, Chinese Spinach, Hon-toi-moi

Uses:

Valued as a leafy vegetable – South and Southeast Asia and Africa

Eaten raw or cooked in curry – India

Boiled and dip in fish sauce/mix with other recipe such as Inabraw and Ginisang Monggo – Philippines

Cut finely and cook with onions and tomatoes – Uganda

Used as an herbal remedy in Traditional African medicine

Leaves and flowers are chopped, dried and smoked

African Dream Herb (Entada rheedii)

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Common names:

African Dream Herb or Snuff Box Sea Bean

Distribution:

Africa

Uses:

Inner meat of the seed is eaten raw

Leaves are chopped, dried, mixed with other herbs and smoked before going to sleep to induce vivid dreams

Seeds are used as pieces of jewelry and as good-luck charms

The plant is used as a topical ointment against toothache, ulcers and jaundice

It is also used to treat muscular-skeletal problems

Common Skullcap (Scutellaria galericulata)

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Common names:

Common Skullcap, Marsh Skullcap or Hooded Skullcap

Distribution:

Northern Hemisphere – Asia, Europe and North America

Uses:

Used in numerous medicinal purposes

Use as mild anxiolytics in many forms such as capsules, tablets, herbal teas and oral liquid preparation

Leaves are dried for smoking

Extract from the plant is used as a nerve tonic and for its diuretic and sedative properties by Indians

Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris)

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Common names:

Mugwort, Common Wormwood, Felon Herb, Chrysanthemum Weed, Wild Wormwood, Old uncle Henry, Sailor's Tobacco, Naughty Man, Old Man or St. John's Plant, Nagadamni

Uses:

  • Leaves and buds are used as a bitter flavoring agent to season meat, fish and fat
  • The plant contains Cineole, the plants essential oil, favonoids, coumarine and triterpenes derivatives
  • Used to flavor beer before the introduction of hops
  • In Ayurveda, it is used for cardiac complaints
  • Likewise, the species is used to treat feelings of unease, un-wellness and general malaise
  • It is used as a smoking herb

See also

The World’s Most Beautiful Plants Used For Smoking and Their Other Uses

Other Uses of Beautiful Plants Used by Humans For Smoking II

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