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Catnip isn't just for fun for cats, it has healing properties

The height of this plant is 24 to 36 inches It has heart shaped toothed leaves which appears grayish in color due to the presence of fine downy hairs on it.

History and benefits

Due to the medical properties of catnip it has been long used in traditional healing for treating several health problems. This plant can be good for digestion; it acts as a sedative, tranquilizer, promoter of menstruation, effective cure for infant colic etc. A remedy for cough and cold, mints give relief in case of chest congestion and also loosens and relaxes muscles. This plant promotes sweating, which is traditional way of treating fever. The leaves of this plant are often chewed to give relief in case of toothache and it is also smoked to treat asthma and bronchitis. During the later half of 1960’s smoking catnip became very popular and it was used as a hallucinogen. The effect of catnip on humans varies greatly depending on the way it is consumed.   The flowers of this plant can be white or lavender in color with purple reddish spots. This plant has a minty type of fragrance and blooms for 3 or 4 months starting from June up to September. Nepetalactone is an active ingredient of the plant. The presence of Nepetalactone affects the nervous system of both humans and cats, although in a different manner.

Effects Many people who drink catnip tea report that it has a slight hypnotic effect and can cause good sleep, it also helps to relax when taken after a hard day of work. The potency of this particular type of tea depends on how long the plant has been steeped.

The leaves or flowers of catnip are first dried and then later used for smoking. Generally when this plant is smoked it warms the entire body, it produces a sense of calm and relaxation and sometimes a mild sense of euphoria coupled with giddiness. Smoking this plant does not have visionary effects. However if a mixture is made of catnip and other dream enhancing type of herbs like damiana or valerian root it can have dream enhancing effects.

If a small dose of this plant is taken ie 1.o grams the effect is not long lasting and continues for only a few hours. People return to their normal state with a mild or no handover. Overall it can be said that smoking catnip produces a good experience.

 

Side effects

Intake of catnip by humans can have some common side effects like headache or nausea, if taken in large dose, people may feel dizzy after smoking it. Pregnant women should avoid smoking or drinking catnip as this plant can potentially cause uterine contractions.

The Food and Drug Administration has termed catnip as a plant of undefined safety. However it must be noted that there has been no reports of toxic reaction to this plant which makes it fit for smoking.

 

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EZJ built for herbal medicine

Herbs have been smoked or smudged for thousands of years.  There are many herbs for smoking, each with their own unique flavors and effects. Inhaling herbs into the lungs is one of the fastest ways to receive the healing benefits of the plants. My favorite herbs to smoke are ones that produce feelings of relaxation, enhanced creativity and those that put you into a higher state, I have listed some of them below.

 Use Damiana as a base for herbal smoking because it burns smoothly and mixes well with other herbs. It is relaxing, eases stress and anxiety. One benefit to Damiana is it enhances creativity and connection with both yourself others, and your environment. Empathy is improved and you may find yourself more entrenched in your writing, art or meditation practice.  This herb is great for opening up with your partner, Damiana will cause you to feel more sensual in general.

 

 Wild Dagga is an interesting herb to smoke in that it’s effects are more pronounced when mixed with other plants. On it’s own it’s effects are subtle relaxation and a mood uplift, but due it’s function as an em-pathogen.  Wild Dagga works well to enhance the effects of other herbs it is used with. So by combining Dagga with your other favorite herbs , rolling into an EZJ and smoking them produce a synergistic effect that can enhance their effects. One popular blend is Blue Lotus, Damiana and Wild Dagga.  Roll these in to an EZJ and you are well on your way to a relaxing evening. It burns well and definitely has it’s own unique flavor.

Passionflower is Used in herbal medicine to reduce nervousness, anxiety, stress and insomnia, Passionflower is another calming and relaxing herb to vaporize or smoke. Passionflower increase the levels of GABA in the brain, producing these tension relieving effects. Combining Passionflower with herbs such as Damiana and Lotus can produce a pleasant natural high. This plant can also help with nicotine addiction and withdrawal, making it a powerful ally if you are trying to quit or cut back on tobacco.

 

 The Blue Lotus plant is a revered sacred herb that started its journey along the Nile. In Egyptian art and glyphs it is frequently seen in connection with scenes of celebration and spiritual rituals. Due to Blue Lotus’s hypnotic, consciousness altering effects users have found it to be relaxing and blissful, and in higher doses lends a euphoric feeling to the user.

 

Lavender, Smoke the floral, fragrant petals of the lavender flower for a mellow, tension relieving effect. Smoking Lavender calms the nerves, adds a beautiful flavor and even allows a person an easy restful sleep.

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CBD aka Cannabidiol induces rapid-acting antidepressant-like effects

 

Cannabidiol (CBD), the main non-psychotomimetic component of marihuana, exhibits anxiolytic-like properties in many behavioural tests, although its potential for treating major depression has been poorly explored. Moreover, the mechanism of action of CBD remains unclear. Herein, we have evaluated the effects of CBD following acute and chronic administration in the olfactory bulbectomy mouse model of depression (OBX), and investigated the underlying mechanism.

For this purpose, we conducted behavioural (open field and sucrose preference tests) and neurochemical (microdialysis and autoradiography of 5-HT1A receptor functionality) studies following treatment with CBD. We also assayed the pharmacological antagonism of the effects of CBD to dissect out the mechanism of action. Our results demonstrate that CBD exerts fast and maintained antidepressant-like effects as evidenced by the reversal of the OBX-induced hyperactivity and anhedonia. In vivo microdialysis revealed that the administration of CBD significantly enhanced serotonin and glutamate levels in vmPFCx in a different manner depending on the emotional state and the duration of the treatment. The potentiating effect upon neurotransmitters levels occurring immediately after the first injection of CBD might underlie the fast antidepressant-like actions in OBX mice. Both antidepressant-like effect and enhanced cortical 5-HT/glutamate neurotransmission induced by CBD were prevented by 5-HT1A receptor blockade. Moreover, adaptive changes in pre- and post-synaptic 5-HT1A receptor functionality were also found after chronic CBD. In conclusion, our findings indicate that CBD could represent a novel fast antidepressant drug, via enhancing both serotonergic and glutamate cortical signalling through a 5-HT1A receptor-dependent mechanism.