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Incense Smoking the Latest Novelty or Old News

January 27, 2012

Incense smoking is the latest innovation in smoking products to hit the market in North America. Herbal incense, as it is also called, is usually made up of plants and exotic herbs that have traditionally had psychoactive properties. Most of the smoking herbs that you might find in a typical incense smoking product might include: Kava, Kanna, Damiana, Ginseng, Wild Lettuce, Skullcap, and Wild Dagga.

Many of these plants and herbs have been available for thousands of years. It’s just that now individuals are making them into incense smoking goods. Smoking Herbal Incense produces broad and mixed effects in folks who use them—some folks experience a calm sense of relaxation, while others feel light-headed and airy. What is familiar among everyone who uses incense smoking goods is a familiar feeling that it is an exceptional alternative to other smoking products on the marketplace these days.

Incense Smoke Shop

What is incense smoking, you ask? It is a smoking alternative, like tobacco or marijuana, but one that happens to be legal. One very big disadvantage to cannabis that stops many folks from smoking it is the fact that it is illegal. In Western society today, it’s just not possible to function without having to pass a drug test now and then, and THC is a common test criteria. For that motive alone, though a lot of people take pleasure in the smoking high they obtain from marijuana, they have to refrain from smoking it so as to be able to succeed random drug testing.

Smoking Herbal Smoke has increased dramatically in popularity in recent for this very cause. The plants and herbs established in herbal incense products are not at this time tested for in any drug test, nor is it probable they will be. There has been some alarm about added chemicals that are occasionally sprayed on Herbal Incense Smoking products after three players were suspended from the LSU football program earlier this year, but is uncertain exactly how the LSU administration came by this information. The NCAA has gone on file that their drugs testing do not test to see if a person has been smoking herbal Incense or not.

Smoking Incense

For others, using herbal incense is preferable to marijuana and other illegal drugs because it avoids the social disgrace that these substances have. Marijuana is illegal and carries with it the condemnation of those who do not understand the need for a smoking high. Tobacco smokers have sunk to somewhere below cow dung in public judgment these days, with smokers being forced out of workplaces, restaurants, and airplanes. Smoking herbal blends, on the other hand, gives off a likable smell (that’s why it’s called incense) and far less is needed to experience the effects.

Many people find that smoking herbal incense is an excellent way to kick the addiction of tobacco smoking. Incense smoking products are not addictive, and offer a way to gradually reduce one’s dependence on the smoking high that tobacco gives. In addition, just the habit of smoking on something in order to take away the stress is one thing that keeps nicotine addicts coming back. Smoking herbal incense is one way to satisfy that need while still steadily moving away from the added addictive nicotine.

Incense Smoking

And it’s not as though smoking herbal blends of various psychoactive plants and herbs was a new fad. Ancient Babylonian culture used smoking as part of their religious ceremonies, possibly as long as 5,000 years ago. Native American tribes such as the Mohawks and Cherokee were using the peace pipe to celebrate sacred holy days and seal peace treaties between tribes long before the white man invaded North America. And ancient Chinese and Indian cultures were smoking legal herbs (at the time, of course) to communicate with the spirit world and “lighten” their bodies.

Nor is smoking legal buds entirely a thing of the past. In many parts of California law-abiding citizens can be found smoking legal buds that they received at a medical marijuana dispensary. In places like San Francisco and Humboldt County, smoking bud is tolerated to the point that it might as well be allowed.

Some opponents have questioned whether or not smoking herbal incense is harmless. Part of the fear is due to the fact that tests of certain brands of herbal incense in July 2011 showed that they have untested chemicals like JWH-018, JWH-073, AM-694, AM-2201, and RCS-4. All of these compounds belong to the “synthetic cannabinoids” group, and each of them is known to produce compareable effects as THC but without the unlikable side effects. Then again, many herbal incense sellers have now added labels on their goods stating that their goods does not contain any of these chemicals. In fact, one vendor has gone so far as to show the lab results they obtained for their product on the website, where it can be viewed by anyone wishing to know if any of the banned DEA substances are in their product (they’re not).

What is incense smoking? Just the latest in a smoking culture that has included folks from every major culture and continent and stretches back to more than a few thousand years B.C.

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