by Kira G.
The best part of having a smoke circle is that you’re always learning from each member of your cannabis crew. Sure, you’re learning about life and the meaning of happiness through deep talks and delicious munchie feasts, but you can also learn how to take your cannabis game to the next level.
I recently had an amazing friend, Sophia Brown, show me a trick that will change my smoke sessions forever. She used a few drops of peppermint essential oil in her bong water to soften the harsh effects of the smoke on her lungs and to give her a kick of minty-fresh breath.
Impressed by this creative flourish, I tried it myself, coating the bowl of my favorite steam-roller with one drop of peppermint oil.* I then enjoyed the smoothest, tastiest hit I’d ever experienced.
A little research later, I found out that this peppermint hit not only tastes amazing but potentially has health benefits too! Here’s why you should consider investing in peppermint oil for the freshest hit of your life.
*Revision as of 5/17/18: because combusting essential oils has the potential to alter their chemical composition, we now only put essential oils into our bong water to ensure that they are not over-heated
*We recommend buying an organic, therapeutic grade essential oil for the highest quality experience.
Peppermint oil has long been used to treat upper respiratory health. The main active ingredient, menthol, stimulates the cold receptors in nasal passages, making it easier to breathe if you’re suffering from asthma, a cold, or allergies.
Peppermint oil has also been used to relieve digestion problems. If you’re experiencing nausea or an upset stomach, the right cannabis strain and drop of oil can help settle you.
Inhaled peppermint oil is also thought to make you feel fuller and reduce appetite. Perhaps a perfect solution if you don’t want to mindlessly munch!
Delicious, minty breath, obviously. This is the original toothpaste!
Like cannabis, peppermint oil has pain-relieving properties when applied topically. A topical lotion like this one from Apothecanna combines the muscle relaxing properties of both plants for incredible relief.
It makes relaxing time that much more relaxing. Stimulating our senses is a simple way to ease our mind.
While the scientifically proven benefits of homeopathic remedies like aromatherapy or essential oils might be contested, there are plenty of people who know that it doesn’t need to be complicated: good smells can make you feel good. There’s a reason why “stop and smell the roses” is such a commonplace idiom - something happens to our brains when we take the time to notice and absorb our environment. Smell is the oldest sense, and we gain an insane amount of information through our nose and through our breath.
Peppermint oil is a refreshing combination of energizing and soothing scents, and you can easily work it into your relaxation rituals, be it meditation, yoga, creating, or smoking. Allow your mind to momentarily revel in your senses, not your worries.
Peppermint oil now comes with me anytime I hang with my smoke circle. My love of one plant, cannabis, has lead me to the love of another, peppermint. Now I’m dreaming of a future herb garden to grow the daily medicine that I can enjoy with a clean, crisp hit.
We’re artists and writers, not doctors, so any information presented is meant for educational purposes and is not intended to be medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Essential oils are not certified by the FDA to treat or prevent illness.
The Federal Government, while having patented cannabis as a medical treatment, refuses to nationally recognize cannabis as a medical substance. The consumption of cannabis is liable to be prosecuted by fines, penalty, arrest, and incarceration.
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