Many plants can be safely and pleasurably smoked in a pipe or rolling papers. If you are looking for smoking herbs Australia-wide, those listed below are legal, unregulated, and completely risk-free. They are also non-hallucinogenic and non-addictive, which may explain their obscurity. While these herbs will not get you high, they will produce a smooth, tasty smoke and provide a gentle, relaxing buzz when blended. All of the varieties can be purchased online or at any well-stocked herb store like Legal High. You can also cultivate your own.
Mullein has a long history of being used as a lung tonic. When you are sick, it can actually help you stop coughing. The smoke is extremely light and mild, almost like smoking air, and has no discernible flavour. This biennial herb can grow up to two feet wide at the base, with flower stalks reaching six feet or more. This fuzzy-leafed plant, which some consider a garden weed, is very easy to grow from seed planted directly in the garden in spring. It prefers a sunny location with well-drained soil that is not overly fertile. It requires some irrigation as a seedling but becomes drought-tolerant once established.
When smoked, skullcap has a mild calming effect. This herb has a medium smoke and a fairly neutral flavour. Skullcap is a spreading perennial that grows to about a foot tall and makes an attractive groundcover in the garden. Sow seeds indoors in spring and transplant seedlings to a sunny or partly shaded location with rich soil once the weather warms. During dry periods, skullcaps require weekly irrigation. Each fall, cut the dried foliage to the ground.
Coltsfoot acts as an expectorant, assisting in the removal of phlegm from the lungs. This herb produces a light smoke with a neutral flavour, but if used in high concentrations in smoking blends, it can cause harsh coughing. Under ideal growing conditions, this 6- to 12-inch tall ground cover spreads by underground rhizomes to form extensive colonies. Although dried coltsfoot seed rarely germinates, fresh seed and potted plants are available online. This plant prefers rich, moist soil and a location that gets full sun or partial shade.
Mugwort was smoked by many ancient cultures to promote vivid dreams. While you’re awake, it also has a very mild psychotropic effect. Mugwort is a spreading perennial that can grow up to 2 feet tall. While seeds are available online, starting mugwort from a potted plant or transplanting a clump from an established patch is easier. Once established, mugwort requires little care, but be aware that it can become invasive, especially in moist areas. Each fall, cut the dried stalks to the ground.
This plant has long been smoked for ceremonial purposes by Native American tribes. Uva-ursi herb is a medium-smoking herb with a strong earthy flavour. This attractive woody groundcover grows to about 6 inches tall and is a popular landscaping plant. Because Uva-ursi is difficult to propagate by seed, it’s best to buy potted specimens from a local native plant nursery or from an online supplier. Grow in full sun or light shade; good drainage is required. Once established, Uva-ursi is drought-tolerant and requires little care.