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Herbal cigarette

Statutory warning: Smoking is injurious to health.

That said and done, most of the people smoke for various reasons. This instructable will guide you to how to reduce the ill effects of smoking by making a herbal cigarette. For those who don't know what a herbal cigarette is here is the explanation. A herbal cigarette is a cigarette which uses a substitute for tobacco for lighting up your smoke. The major difference here is that it does no contain NICOTINE content which is addictive. People get addicted to smoking because of nicotine. their body gets used to it and they become used to its daily intake. Also, tobacco is a health hazard. it causes all sorts of health problems like chronic coughing, mouth cancer, lung cancer, etc. In short, if you go the herbal way you will enjoy smoking minus side effects!

So, what are we waiting for? Lets start!

Disclaimer: This mixture/ formula has not been tested in any certified laboratory or by any equivalent authority. I do not hold any kind of responsibility of what-so-ever kind of any damage caused to you, your health or your belongings. Proceed only if you agree to these terms and conditions and agree to take the risk on your own!

 
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Step 1: Things we need for the mixture

Disclaimer: This mixture/ formula has not been tested in any certified laboratory or by any equivalent authority. I do not hold any kind of responsibility of what-so-ever kind of any damage caused to you, your health or your belongings. Proceed only if you agree to these terms and conditions and agree to take the risk on your own!

Things we require for the mix:
1. Morris Alba (or shetut in hindi) leaves: about 20-25 leaves (for 2 cigarette sticks approx.)
2. Nutmeg (or jaiphal in hindi) powder*
3. Clove powder or mint leaves for flavour


Things to get done:
1. paper to roll the mix
2. cotton filter
3. glue
4. scissors
5. container

* Optional. It is a substitute to get high... (m not joking :0 )

Once you have all these, proceed to next step!

Step 2: Cut and dry the morris alba leaves


Take about 20-25 leaves and cut them into small pieces with the help of scissors (small enough to the size of the tobacco filling in cigarettes). after cutting them store them in a box to dry for over 10-15 days depending on the climate.
Note: Make sure you store them in a cool and dry place as the can catch fungus and ruin everything.

If you are using mint leaves for flavour, do the same for them and store them in a seperate box (take about 50 mint leaves for flavour).


Step 3: Make clove powder and nutmeg powder


To make clove powder, take about 4-5 cloves and grinds them.
If you are using nutmeg to get a kick, simply shred them like cheese to get the powder.
use 1 tea spoon of each of them depending upon your taste.

After the leaves have dried, take them out and mix them with clove and nutmeg*.

Ta da... You are done with your mixture. Now, put in a paper. use cotton as a filter and u r done!
Enjoy and be safe!

*Optional

Warning: Don't use nutmeg in large quantities as it can result in fatal accidents and even death.

Note: This mixture is my own creation and nobody shall claim a patent on this. Any person living or dead claiming a patent on or after this date will not hold true.
I prefer to share this mix with the people. feel free to use it. share it!
mw1001 year ago
A lot of herbs contain toxins and a few nuts contain cyanide,I wouldn't recommend this to anyone until you are positive the ingredients are safe to burn and inhale,there is a difference between eating something and burning it to inhale it
lemonie4 years ago

I might be more supportive of this if you'd got the use of a camera and taken photos.
Smoking nutmeg / cloves? That has got to be horrible, like sniffing-glue. It's oily and as you say "a bit toxic".
I think this has promise in terms of experimentation, but "legal" translates to "cheap and unpleasant" to me.
Get yourself some (illegal) good-green... Man, why did God create good-highs? It's only The Man says "you can't do this" - why obey and do something crappy?

L
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ajparag (author)  lemonie4 years ago
clove is generally used in cigarettes as a flavour. if u have tasted gudangaram or malboro clove u will feel the taste... but ya! nutmeg is a bit off... i tried it once and it made not much difference i must say....
lemonie ajparag4 years ago

Cloves I like the taste of but, I don't think I'd like 'em in smoke...

L
ajparag (author)  lemonie4 years ago
only u can judge tht wen u hav one! :)
lemonie ajparag4 years ago

No thank you, I'm not inclined to enter your world.

L
Actually, it's not his world.
Hundreds of thousands of smokers smoke clove cigarettes.
The most popular brand being "Djarum Black".
I'm not too keen on them, but they are a nice change from regular "Marlboro this, Newport that".

Yes and millions of women smoke menthol (yuk like Earl Grey tea).
I'll look out for them things though.

L
Yeah, I'm a cigar guy, but I got hooked on Newports a year ago. If I smoke Marlboro, I cough my lungs out. Just something about the menthol soothing my throat. I do wish I could quit though.

But cigars, I'll always smoke cigars. Can't live without em'.

My massive-on-the-intoxication friend has officially quit tobacco, except he hasn't 'cos he's on cigars.... But he reckons that not smoking 20 joints a day and having 3 cigars and a few pipes instead has done wonders for his health.......?

L
Your friend isn't totally wrong. Cigarettes have a ton more chemicals and preservatives in them than cigars or pipe tobacco, so it is a little healthier (i hate to use that word in this case lol). Personally, i'm in the process of switching to hand rolled cigs or American Spirits, no chemicals! And If he's smoking 20 J's a day, i'm suprised he's able to flick the lighter, lol. Lord knows i couldn't handle that much green fun.
That fella relapsed...
Another friend has quit tobacco since 4 years ago, she seems to be able to afford to roll pure-herbal ciggies.

L
Have just had to spend time checking your ingredient which should have said " Morus alba " There is a good account on Wikipedia It is good of you to place the recipe on your website becaseit might be a healthgiving one
Mein Elch2 years ago
Where exactly does one obtain Morris Alba leaves?
Mumfi4 years ago
My understanding is that it is the actual smoking that is bad for you. Not the nicotine per se. If you inject liquid nicotine or use nicotine in any way other than smoking you do not see the health consequences you see in smoking. Where I live we have done the comparative tests as tobacco is widely used finely ground and applied under the upper lip, disgusting habit by the way. So by smoking other herbs, you still get most of the the ill effects of smoking, without actually getting the "buzz" of the cracked nicotine. Still a good thing I suppose. Without the nicotine your body would soon recognize this is bad for you and you will soon cut down on the habit. Provided there are not any other chemicals in the herbs that trigger some addiction system... Nutmeg especially must be a bad idea...
HarveyH44 Mumfi4 years ago
Nicotine is quite toxic in concentrated form. Tobacco isn't concentrated, but have heard some companies add a little, to give it a boost. Sort of like 'fortified' wine, for those who can't afford the good stuff, but can't afford to go without... Cigarette companies add dozens of chemicals, preservatives, burn rate, flavor, addiction, or just for fun. Growing your own tobacco would much healthier than the commercial kind, likely not much different than your herbal substitute.
Mumfi HarveyH444 years ago
Still, the most ill effects are form the inhaling of smoke from burnt plants. Not necessarily from the burning plant being tobacco. Women in the third world have similar effects as smokers from using dirty-burning cooking fires. Just guessing here, but I would think its less harmful to smoke tobacco than to smoke nutmeg... At least the effects would be more known. On the other hand, you can not kill off plant lice on your roses by letting nutmeg soak in water over night and spraying the water on the lice, something that works quite well with tobacco. Although that may well be because the active ingredient in nutmeg appears to be an oil and not soluble in water.
ilpug Mumfi3 years ago
he who controls the spice controls the universe.
ajparag (author)  Mumfi4 years ago
i appreciate your point. maybe nutmeg is not the best option. its just that i found out on the net that if taken in less quantities its safe and effective. i don't recommend it but some people smoke to get high... so just providing an option to them. thanks for your post!
You can smoke spice and get high. but its not good to smoke constantly. its supposed to be burned like inscense and calm you down but it will get you very high and is legal.
ajparag (author)  TYYYYLER3 years ago
if u can part some more info on that it will be good... we will get more aware about it. Thanks for sharing!
its sold at smoke shops and some gas stations. its a herb thats laced with some type of cannibis or something. look it up on google.. i smoked it like a month ago. i didnt think i was actually gonna get me high, but it did :D
Big jermini3 years ago
A snippet from an E-cig diy site.  more info here E-cigarette forum
This lets you know how bad nicotine is.

* Nicotine is an extremely toxic substance. More so that arsenic, milligram for milligram. Its extraction, storage and use in e-liquid pose a significant risk to the user and anyone who might come into contact with it.
* Never allow nicotine to touch your skin or allow it to build up in the atmosphere. Always wear suitable protective clothing and keep workspaces well ventilated.
* Extreme caution must always be applied in the handling of nicotine, especially where children are concerned - a drop of e-liquid that might make a long-term smoker feel sick will likely kill a child.
* All items contaminated by nicotine extraction or e-liquid mixing must be cleaned or disposed of accordingly. Treat it as toxic waste - do not allow it to pollute the environment or remain unattended or unsecured at any time. Contact your local authority to find what provisions there are for hazardous waste disposal before you attempt any e-liquid production.
ajparag (author)  Big jermini3 years ago
nice info there... thanks!
insomniaSAH4 years ago
smoke from a number of plants can be toxic if directly inhaled - but then again, smoking in general is pretty toxic. The language in this 'ible is a little... off, but I can tell you're trying. :p
ajparag (author)  insomniaSAH4 years ago
thanks!
crouton9764 years ago
Good instructable, however, I would like to point out that nicotine is only harmful if a person ingests too much. I would suggest changing your instructable to reflect this. I believe that you are referring to the 55 different carcinogens and more than 4,000 chemicals, which are either present in the tobacco or produced during combustion, which a person inhales when smoking a tobacco cigarette. These include things like urea, hydrogen cyanide, ammonia, carbon monoxide, acetone, formaldehyde and arsenic to name a few. Actually, some studies are being done right now that suggest that nicotine is actually good for you in small doses, particularly in the areas of thyroid disease and improving concentration/alertness. Good work on the instructable, but please, do your research before claiming something as fact.
ajparag (author)  crouton9764 years ago
maybe the wordings have got u confused. my fault. here i wanted to mention that nicotine content gets you addicted to smoking and the kick that it gives people cannot resist it after they get addicted to it. so, basically don't get addicted to smoking.
Yes, I agree that nicotine is an addictive substance and it is very hard to stop using it, however, I still maintain the position that you need to change the wording in your instructable to reflect this. Otherwise, I say good job....
ajparag (author)  crouton9764 years ago
Point taken. changes made. Done!