I recently stopped by the Herbal Dispensary on Roncesvalles to pick up some "smoking mix". Comprised of a blend of damiana, chickweed, mullein, coltsfoot, mint and licorice, this herbal cigarette might not only help you kick a nicotine habit but can actually help with menstruation pain, treat the respiratory tract, improve digestion and increase the libido.
Smoking has an interesting and long history that can be dated as far back as 5000 BC. Originally practiced in association with religious ceremonies and cleanings rituals, smoking has managed to endure as a popular and provocative activity.
The question of what we smoke and why we smoke can lead to a myriad of answers, touching on morality, economics, exploitation and addiction- to name a few. Maybe this little herbal cigarette can help spark the conversation.