Although "Mother’s Day" should be celebrated every day, when the official holiday comes around in May, and if you’re still brainstorming gift ideas, don’t worry. We’ve got her covered. These gifts can be used at any time, all year-round.
Vaporizing cannabis is a safer choice
If your mother is a current cannabis consumer or is thinking about trying it for the first time, a good vaporizer will make her sessions a smooth and more flavourful process. As you may know, the process of vaporizing cannabis uses conduction heat (versus combustion, or burning of the plant), so only the cannabinoids and terpenes are inhaled, not the plant matter or any other material.
Moreover, many vaporizers offer a number of pre-set temperatures that will allow her to taste and appreciate various flavours of the flower (from the terpenes), without either the pungent smells or volumes of smoke that may be created when cannabis is combusted in a joint, pipe or bong.
Vaporizers come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colours and prices – there is literally something for everyone.
That being said, did you know that a vaporizer can be used for more than cannabis? Yes – you read that right. Personal vaporizers are becoming a tool of choice for those who wish to practice aromatherapy with other legal herbs.
Not just for cannabis, vaporizers are a great aromatherapy tool
It’s possible to vaporize a wide range of natural herbs. Various studies have found that vaping different herbs may have positive effects on the mind and body, and their connection to cannabis is not just coincidental. For example, Linalool is a terpene (aromatic oil) that are found not only cannabis but is one of the main terpenes in lavender. In aromatherapy, lavender is thought of as a calming, relaxing herb – and it’s because of the terpenes! Those same terpenes may one day be proven to have a similarly relaxing effect when combined with THC and CBD in cannabis.
Here are a few of our “other” favourite herbs to use in a vaporizer – most of which are easy to find, inexpensive, and have the documented ability to add feelings (and flavours) to a balanced health and wellness lifestyle.
The benefits of mixing herbs with cannabis
For your (or your mom’s) next vape session, try adding some of these herbs to the chamber along with your favourite strains of cannabis. Not only will you be surprised by the flavour, but your cannabis will last longer. Here are some of our favourites:
Hands down our favourite. As we mentioned earlier, lavender is high in a terpene called linalool, which has documented antimicrobial, sedative and anticonvulsant properties. The flavours are sweet, floral and calming.
Chamomile flowers get their signature smell from a terpene named bisabolol – it’s what gives chamomile (and select strains of cannabis) its potential to offer feelings of comfort and relaxation. In nature, Bisabolol, and therefore chamomile, has likely antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antifungal properties.
Besides tasting great on a pizza or in pesto, fragrant basil leaves are loaded with terpenes that include cineol (aka eucalyptol) and ocimene. Cineol is thought to possess revitalizing and uplifting properties, while they both may offer antifungal and antimicrobial benefits.
More and more people are choosing tea (black, green, white or otherwise) as an alternative to coffee as their beverage of choice. Green tea leaves, loaded with terpenes such as phytol, may possess anti-insomnia properties. Lapsang souchong, the famous smoked tea of eastern China, is abundant in terpineol, a terpene thought to have antitumor, analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. It's smoky, piney flavours are a nice balance to the flavours of cannabis.
Peppermint is full of an energizing terpene called limonene, not surprisingly also found in lemons, oranges, juniper and rosemary. Not only does mint taste great, but its mildly euphoric effects may also have potential benefits that include antitumor, sedative, anti-anxiety, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant properties.
Looking for the perfect vaporizer for this, or any other Mother’s Day? We've got you covered.