There is no doubt that cannabis has many potential benefits. However, it is not the only beneficial herb or plant. Another such plant is damiana. Damiana has been used by North American aboriginals for hundreds, if not thousands of years, and it may indeed have a variety of medical benefits.
So, if Damiana has benefits, and cannabis does too, then it would serve to reason that Damiana and weed, when used together, have even more benefits. Today, we want to talk about smoking weed with Damiana, what you might feel, what kinds of benefits the two might have together, and more.
- Damiana originates from Central and South America.
- Native South American Indians have been consuming it for thousands of years in the form of tea.
- It has traditionally been used as an anxiety treatment and as an aphrodisiac.
- Many people choose to mix it with weed to reap the benefits of both.
Origins and Use of Damiana
Although exactly how long it has been around is not known, it is probable that native Mexican Americans (and people from surrounding areas) have been using it for hundreds, possibly thousands of years.
Damiana, also known as turnera diffusa, or herba de la pastora, is a plant native to South and Central America, Mexico, and Texas. Historically, it has been used to make tea, with the tea being used as a calming agent, a relaxant, an aphrodisiac, and a sexual stimulant.
Mexican Natives drank a sweetened version of Damiana tea for the purposes described above. It is also thought that Damiana was one of the original ingredients used in Margaritas. Many people still use Damiana for its aphrodisiac and stimulating effects, almost like a light narcotic.
What does Damiana do?
Damiana was historically used as an anti-anxiety remedy. It contains a compound called apigen 2, which helps reduce anxiety and stress levels. As a result, Damiana may also be used as a sleep aid because it is calming and improves mood, but it is not necessarily a sedative.
Damiana's calming effect on the nerves is almost similar to that of anxiety medication diazepam. Moreover, it also tends to induce a state of happiness or euphoria.
This plant is also an aphrodisiac. It can directly stimulate the nerves and increase sexual pleasure and desire. Damiana may also help to increase blood flow to the genitals, which could boost sexual desire. Furthermore, it is reported that women may also have an easier time achieving orgasm after taking Damiana.
Besides being a sexual stimulant and anti-anxiety treatment, Damiana may also help to treat gastrointestinal upset, headaches, bedwetting, a lack of stamina, and other issues. However, Damiana's efficacy in treating any of these issues has not yet been confirmed scientifically.
Keep in mind that Damiana is also psychoactive, with anecdotal reports suggesting that when taken in high doses, it produces a cannabis-like high. In very high doses, it may cause mild auditory and visual hallucinations.
Can You Smoke Damiana?
Yes, it is possible to smoke Damiana, although this is not a preferred method of consumption. Historically, Damiana was ingested as a tea, but still, smoking is possible.
That being said, smoking is, of course, not the healthiest option, as human lungs are not designed to inhale smoke. So, although it is possible, there are healthier ways to take Damiana than to smoke it.
Can You Mix Cannabis and Damiana?
Yes, you can mix Damiana and weed, just like you can mix other herbs with weed , and many people do so thanks to the added benefits. There are two ways to take Damiana with weed, through smoking or as an edible.
You can always just mix some dried Damiana with cannabis flower, roll it in a joint or put it in a pipe, and smoke it that way. Here’s a guide on how to roll a herbal tea joint. You can always make some cannabis and Damiana tea as well (just make sure to decarb the weed first).
Smoking Damiana with Weed According to Reddit
Smoking Damiana with weed produces different results. Apparently, the weed and Damiana mixture hit differently. Some users enjoy the mixture's flavor, while others say it makes the smoke a bit smoother. Still, you won't lack naysayers who think it doesn’t taste great. It seems the experience depends on the person, although most have positive feelings about it.
In terms of the calming and anxiolytic effects, most people agree that Damiana mixed with weed, particularly sedative Indica strains, can feel extremely calming, relaxing, and blissful. Some also note Damiana's calming effects could also help reduce anxiety and paranoia due to smoking cannabis strains with high THC levels.
When smoked with weed, Damiana does seem to be quite calming. A good Indica strain to mix with Damiana is our Delta-8 Blueberry Diesel.
However, if Damiana is mixed with a Sativa, instead of being more sedative, it produces a strong head high accompanied by euphoria and giggliness. Sativa strains are known for being energetic and for making users euphoric, floaty, happy, and creative.
The euphoria-inducing effects of Damiana and Sativa cannabis can work in unison to produce sensations of extreme euphoria, bliss, and happiness. A good sativa to mix with Damiana is our Delta-8 Strawberry Banana Kush.
Finally, there are cannabis strains that could potentially increase your libido and sexual desire, act as an aphrodisiac, and potentially increase sexual performance. In view of these overlapping attributes, if Damian and Sativa cannabis are mixed, they could potentially take your sexual desire and performance to a whole new level.
Damiana and cannabis have unique benefits. So, it would seem that when mixed together, these two have massive potential benefits as far as mood and libido are concerned.