5 Legal herbs that you can vape for improved body, mind & spirit

Many smokers trying to quit turn to vaping as a significantly less harmful method of obtaining their nicotine fix without ingesting all the carcinogenic tar and other chemicals of conventional cigarettes.   By gradually decreasing the nicotine concentrations of their e-liquids, they eventually wean themselves off of nicotine completely.

Vaping zero-nic e-liquids helps to curb the physical addictions associated with smoking.  The hand-to-mouth actions of vaping mimic those associated with smoking – which prevents possible smoking relapses.  But there are also dozens of legal herbs that you can vape, too, many of which offer some rather interesting holistic side effects for the body, mind, and spirit.

1.  Basil

Vapers of this common seasoning herb often find that basil helps treat occurrences of the common cold and flu while also helping to stabilize mood.   It also fills the room with a rather pleasant odor that non-vapers can easily confuse with their favorite Italian cuisines. Basil is best vaped in the morning and early afternoons because it can give you a slight burst of energy, too.  It’s best vaped at around 266 degrees Fahrenheit.

2.  Eucalyptus

A recent study published in BMC Immunology shows that eucalyptus helps boost the immune system and even helps reduce stress levels.  Its antibacterial properties are so well-documented that the cosmetics industry uses it as a common ingredient in countless lotions, creams, and ointments.  These same antibacterial components are also useful in battling lung and respiratory disorders, which is why eucalyptus a popular home remedy for vapers suffering from colds and flu.  Eucalyptus is best vaped at 266 degrees Fahrenheit.

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3.  Catnip

Believe it or not, humans (as well as felines) have been ingesting catnip for centuries, although vaping it is a relatively recent trend.    When vaped, catnip is said to produce a slight feeling of euphoria followed by a relaxing, calming sensation.  Similar to certain strains of cannabis, this dry herb is also said to improve mood.  In fact, it is not uncommon for catnip to induce a slight case of the giggles from time to time.  Catnip is best vaped at around 300 degrees Fahrenheit.

4.  Coffee

Yes, vaping coffee is a real thing.  Vaping this popular bean produces many of the same effects as drinking it.  Vapers receive the same pick-me-up sensation without the negative side effects, like stained teeth and coffee breathe.  Vaping coffee is much more convenient and infinitely cheaper than constantly visiting the local Starbucks whenever you need a caffeine fix, too.  Coffee is best vaped at 392 degrees Fahrenheit.

5.  Green tea

Much like coffee, green tea also contains a bit of caffeine which can act as a mild stimulant. It’s perhaps best known for its antioxidant properties, which help the body purge toxins, chemicals, and other unnatural substances.  Studies also show that vaping green tea helps suppress appetite, burns fat, and regulates blood sugar levels which can sometimes cause unwanted issues of periodic moodiness. Green tea is best vaped at 365 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Mentally-challenged smokers can live 20 years longer by switching to vaping, says study

National statistics indicate that about 20 percent of Americans suffer from a severe mental disorder, and about 40 percent of this demographic are regular smokers.  Individual diagnoses typically include schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, chronic depression, and anxiety disorders including panic attacks and post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. 

Mental health specialists often find themselves at a crossroads.  How can they help their mentally-challenged patients to quit smoking without increasing their related levels of stress which can easily exasperate their symptoms?  Research published by scientists from the South London and Maudsley’s (SLaM) National Health Service Foundation Trust suggests that switching to vaping may be the answer. 

Switching to vaping can add 20 years of life

The UK study entitled Effect of implementation of a smoke-free policy on physical violence in a psychiatric inpatient setting: an interrupted time series analysis Is published in the mental health journal Lancet Psychiatry.  Led by Dr. Debbie Robinson, the research team conducted one of the most exhaustive and comprehensive longitudinal research projects to date, with individual clinical trials lasting as long as 42-weeks in duration.

Over a period of several years, the research team began by monitoring and evaluating some 24,000 mentally-challenged patients as they attempted to transition from smoking to vaping.   With such an expansive control group consisting of patients ranging in age from 20 to 70 years, nearly every race and culture were also represented. 

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Over the course of their research, the UK team conducted 35 different clinical trials where a predefined selection of biomarkers for each patient was carefully collected, compared, and analyzed periodically.  All participants were also professionally monitored throughout by qualified mental health specialists. Any changes in behaviors which might trigger manic episodes, increased anxiety levels, physical assaults, and other signs of adverse symptoms related to the patients’ individual diagnoses were also documented.    

Additionally, each of the clinical trials also consisted of a control group of mentally-challenged participants who were attempting to quit smoking the old-fashioned, and more conventional way – the cold-turkey method.  Furthermore, all patients of both groups were carefully selected and consistently monitored for a full 30-months prior to the start of the study and another 12-months after the study had ended.    

Furthermore, the participants of the vaping group were each provided the same vapor products and e-liquids.  Both groups also received professional counseling throughout the years-long clinical trials to help manage any related withdrawal symptoms from quitting smoking that might have occurred along the way.

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Unfortunately, one of the more common withdrawal symptoms for mentally-challenged smokers trying to quit is an increase in physical confrontations with other patients and mental healthcare workers during times of increased stress.  The UK research team paid special attention to these types of issues, and they discovered something rather remarkable.

Compared to the cold-turkey patients, the vaping-only group exhibited 39 percent fewer physical assaults comparatively.  And less than 5 percent of the documented physical altercations that did occur could not be attributed to withdrawals symptoms related to quitting smoking.

“4550 physical assaults took place between April 1, 2012, and Sept 30, 2015; 225 (4·9%) of which were smoking-related. After adjustment for temporal and seasonal trends and key confounders (sex, age, schizophrenia or related disorders, or having been sectioned under the Mental Health Act), there was a 39% reduction in the number of physical assaults per month after the policy introduction compared with beforehand (incidence rate ratio 0·61, 95% CI 0·53–0·70; p<0·0001).”

The co-authors of the study further indicate that if the psychiatry community were to endorse vaping as safe and effective tobacco harm reduction tool, then mentally-challenged smokers could theoretically increase their lifespans by another 20-years.  Currently, most mental health professionals are forced to choose between the lesser of two evils.

Should mental healthcare workers counsel their patients to quit smoking, which could adversely affect their overall quality of life?  Or should doctors focus more on their patients’ mental health issues management, knowing that their daily smoking is slowing killing their patients in the meantime?  Thanks to vaping, the mental healthcare community may no longer be forced to choose. 

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New of the weird: Gottlieb wonders why Rite Aid announces it will stop selling vapes

In what can only be described as a truly bizarre tweet, the now-former head of the FDA Scott Gottlieb is blasting the pharmacy chain Rite Aid for its recent decision to stop selling vaping products.   Reaction was swift and scathing.  After all, this is the very same man who has been leading an anti-vaping crusade for almost two years now, notoriously labeling teen vaping as a national epidemic and abolishing the sales of flavored vapes in convenience stores and gas stations.

Gottlieb’s April 11 tweet says, “Huh? Rite Aid nixes lower risk e-cigs but sticks with combustibles? The average convenience chain (stores without pharmacies) get about 30% of total sales from cigarettes with a 15-20% gross margin. Presumably Rite Aid may be addicted to that cash flow.”

The tweet caught many vaping enthusiasts completely off guard due to Gottlieb’s obviously hypocritical statements.  And who can blame them?  The very last press release issued by Gottlieb just days prior to his leaving office last week announced a new FDA probe into a tin-hat conspiracy theory that vaping causes seizures.  One vape shop owner, @LegionVaping, mentions this apparent contradiction of viewpoints in a perfectly crafted response. 

In his two-years as FDA Commissioner, Gottlieb never openly referred to vapor products as “lower risk.”  He always chose his words very carefully.  The closest he ever came to openly admitting that vaping is safer than smoking was occasionally labeling e-cigs as “potentially” lower risk.

But he would always follow up that statement with the old mantra “but more research is needed.” Greg Conley of the American Vaping Association (AVA) also felt the need to respond to the Gottlieb tweet by calling his statements “pure insanity.” 

Gottlieb’s strange tweet may be a feeble attempt to revamp his public image now that he has left his post as the vaping-hating FDA Commissioner.  Prior to his joining the Trump Administration, Gottlieb was a financial stakeholder in a major vaping company while being a board member of several others. 

Now that he has returned to civilian life, has his previous group of Big Money cohorts turned on him?  Is this a reason behind his apparent change of heart?

One can only speculate, but Gottlieb’s apparent 180-degree turn on vaping may be too little, too late, in the eyes of millions of Americans.  As one angry vaper named  Ryan‏ @madeinthe8Os puts it, “Oh, so NOW e-cigs present a lower risk. Funny how things have changed. You my friend had a chance to help prevent millions from an early death due to smoking with your false narratives. The blood will be on your hands.”

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