Lobelia, or Indian Tobacco, is suggested by herbalist to help clear mucus from the respiratory tract, including the throat, lungs, and bronchial tubes. It's similar to another plant known as Mullein because of what it's used for. The main active component in both species is called Mucilage, and it's a phytochemical. It sounds a lot like the over the counter drug "Mucinex", and the two are used for the same ailments. This is an observation of mine.
Mullein has been used during religious ceremonies by Native Americans. From my experiences with it I would say that its "psychoactive" effects are on par with that of Tobacco, or Baybean. It's a great addition to infusions for respiratory complaints, and infusions for many other purposes. It has been known to have been smoked by different cultures including the Natives obviously, hits the name Indian Tobacco. Both Lobelia and Mullein can be used this way and they claimed the smoke was actually soothing on the lungs, to a certain extent.
In terms of the plants effects, reports state experiences of focus, and intense alertness. This also sounds on part with Nicotine. I imagine in a paralelle universe somewhere people smoke this stuff instead. The Indians smoked a whole lot of plants in fact. That's not just a hint towards Cannabis use. Lobelia is a plant, and it's not like "spice", "k2", or "bathsalts". It and every other botanical listed on this website produces phytochemicals. Phytochemistry is the study of these pharmacologically active components. You've heard of pharmaceutical sales reps, well i'm an herbal representative. Because of this, i'm here to tell you that the information provided by the researchers teaches us a lot about the nature of medicine, yet no one seems to be paying attention to it.
Indian Tobacco when combined with Baybean and Mullein leaf makes a great alternative to Tobacco in my opinion. The smell alone is enjoyable, even if you think you're not a fan of smells. In fact there is a lot of science behind scents and how they effect us on a subconscious and unconscious level. This in and of itself is further potential that aromatic plants such as Lobelia posess. Pure menthol fan you could always add some of that, it's available on the market. Also mint is great for this mixtures.
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Some argue that a plant with such subtle effects that is not on par with a psychedelic, is not an entheogen. I consider anything that aids in the healing process, or assist one into feeling better, as entheogen. Traditionally, entheogen is defined as a plant or substance used in a spiritual context, but they are typically things such as Peyote, or Psilocybin Mushrooms. Yet you could feel so much better and get so much more out of the Cannabis if you use nature to fight the illness and boost your bodies biological functions and circuitry. If you have herbal supplements in your posession such as Lobelia, then you can enjoy the benefits of the phytochemical treats for our biology coupled with the Cannabis experience.
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