Citation: Ezekiel. "Rejuvinating Relaxation: An Experience with Catnip & Tobacco (exp72354)". Erowid.org. Jan 16, 2020. erowid.org/exp/72354
I love to smoke. The thing is I hate the nicotine buzz and morning confessional and marijuana disrupts linear thought in a most undesirable fashion and salvia is a whole other creature entirely. I've experimented with herbal smoke blends but most dried herbs don't lend themselves very well to rolling. I'm a sucker for aesthetics, and I love the craft and care involved with creating a beautiful and imperfect hand-rolled cigarette.
Catnip is almost the perfect consistency to roll a cigarette out of, and with the help of a little bit of tobacco shag, will induce a pleasant state of low key relaxation. The minty flavor balances tobacco's overly cured taste and cuts that kick-in-the-lungs effect that I love/hate about cigarettes.
After just one blended cigarette I noticed that my vision started to lag a bit, a similar visual sensation to a slight alcohol buzz, but not to the extent that it impaired my ability to walk or speak clearly. I suffer from a mild case of asthma and usually live my daily life with minor difficulty breathing (but not really enough to warrant an emergency inhaler). A few puffs into the smoke and I noticed that my breathing slowed down and I felt able to absorb more oxygen through my lungs. I'm not sure if the smoke burned away excess mucus or the catnip simply slowed my heart rate and allowed me to breathe more naturally but I felt more at ease with the simple action of inhaling air.
I suspect the tobacco played its role in stimulating my body enough to prevent the catnip's sedative properties from completely overtaking the experience.
It's been probably twenty minutes since I finished the smoke and the after-glow continues. No negative side effects whatsoever. It's the kind of chill that I could enjoy while I'm at work without worrying about losing focus. I think I'd even go so far as to say that it would help me refocus if I was in dire need of ten or twenty minutes of solid relaxation.
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