padma norbu wrote:
Another smoking herb is called "little marihuanilla" or something. It won't get you stoned, either, but former marijuana smokers say it is pretty great substitute if you have to pass drug tests.
There is also something called "kanna" that is a natural SSRI, apparently. You can make tea out of it or put a pinch under your tongue and suck on it for a while, then swallow it, almost like chewing tobacco.
From what I've heard, marihuanilla may actually be considered a mild psychoactive. I'm pretty sure it's usually sold at head shops only, not usually at health stores that carry supplements. Kanna seems less bad, but also may be a bit of a stimulant.
These substances themselves may be almost totally harmless, but for an addict (especially one starting recovery), trying something that causes even a little bit of brain chemistry change is the absolute last thing you want to do, unless it's something specifically discussed with a specialist. Most people can have zero problem, but even the mildest thing can trigger the very specific "addiction" part of the brain for someone with the disease, and lead back to more trouble. It's a big part of the reason why addicts end up replacing one addiction with another, and then eventually relapsing to the original. Just something to be very careful about.
I take kanna regularly. There is no noticeable difference in how I feel other than "not depressed." People have been taking it forever and there is really nothing bad about it. The only thing people say may be a problem is if you are already on prozac or other SSRIs. They're not really sure how kanna works, but they think it may be a natural SSRI, which is why they offer the warning on most sites. (Taking 2 SSRIs at once would be a bad, mkay?)
I also take damiana tea regularly. It was first suggested to me by someone on E-sangha... and it works! There is nothing that is going to make anyone with addictive tendencies go off the deep end with either of these substances. I am a person with addictive tendencies. Damiana is a perfect drink when I feel like I want to get drunk. The anxiety goes away, I feel calm and good and no longer feel that sort of tension that makes me want to get drunk. I would compare it to the popular calming teas on the market, except that it actually works.
I'm quite sure the Marley black tea drink is okay, too!
Marihuanilla / muellin is common enough in all-natural smoking blends and most people complain that they don't get them high at all, just relaxed and kind of "familiar" to pot in some non-high ways (taste & relaxation, I presumed) so I figured it was quite safe. It may be a mild psychoactive, but so is coffee! I've definitely tried it before many years ago and I did not get high from it. If it is found in headshops, THAT particular kind most likely has been laced with synthetic cannabinoids. You can find it in its all natural state at plenty of places online, however.
The one I didn't mention was Kratom because the OP said he has addiction to opiates. Well, Kratom is an opiate, basically. You can get totally addicted to kratom the same way you can heroine or oxycontin. Stay away from that stuff. You'll see it sold online at the same sort of places that sell Marihuanilla/muellin. Just pointing it out because if you happen to run into it, leave it alone.