In this era of “the war on drugs”, it is not always easy or economically feasible to partake in the real deal. In some areas of the United States, the possession of one marijuana seed or stem can cost you a hefty fine and seven days in jail. Therefore, it’s sometimes easier to just keep it legal.
Today, a quick internet search can yield a variety of products to use as alternatives. Legal buds are available at about the same going rate as marijuana in some areas of the country but much lower than real weed prices in other areas. Each company has their own blends with catchy names and a little information about the type of smoking experience that can be expected with its use. Some companies even give the ingredients of the particular smoke. Legal buds come in a variety of flavors and ingredients. Some are sold as buds and others are a hashlike solid brick sold in the same quantities as the herb.
Some examples include Orange Krush Bud that grows wild in the Peruvian jungle and other tropical locations. It shows a picture of the product and describes it as potent. The prices range from $47.99 for one ounce to one pound for $289. Dutch Greeen Bud is another variety described as “huge sticky bright green buds with a super taste and potent smell.” The ingredients on this one are: poppy flowers, chesteya bud, hybrid strains of wild dagga buds, and flowers and Leonurus Sibiricus extract. Other products include Blueberry Herbal Hybrid Buds which is described as a “potent, sweet-smelling, super-relaxing smoke” with wild dagga, wild hops, Leonurus Sibiricus herb and wild lettuce. Other herbs listed as ingredients in these smoking blends include: Mexican damiana, artemesia vulgaris, passion vine, lavender, sage, spearmint, lactuca virosa, tagetes, artemesia absinthium, and mentha.
The herbal components of many of these legal buds have been used by native peoples from all over the world for centuries. For example. wild lettuce is listed as an ingredient in several varieties. Wild lettuce is lactuca virosa and contains several chemicals that cause a mild sedative effect and acts as a cough suppressant. Another popular additive is kava kava, which is a member of the pepper family, is used by natives in Polynesia, Melanesia, and Micronesia in rituals to invoke ancestral spirits. It is known to produce feelings of peace and harmony and in very large doses is very sedative and euphoric.
The additives are often well-known herbs that are blended to produce a particular feeling. One product included artemesia absinthium, also known as wormwood, is the main chemical in absinth which is now back in use after years of being banned.
Legal buds are out there you just have to look. Most of the product websites provide reviews for the buyers to prove if they truly are as effective as the real thing. Good luck in finding the perfect legal bud. Happy smoking!