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has anyone vaped Tulsi (Holy Basil)

Discussion in 'Vaporizables' started by Ansel, Apr 28, 2013.

  1. Ansel

    Ansel the midnight rambler.

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    what's it like?

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  2. Enchantre

    Enchantre A short, pithy statement

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    Have not, but now I am intrigued. I use Tulsi tea (from Organic India) often.

    I would think that it would work very well, though I have no idea what the best temp would be. Looking forward to more responses.
     
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  3. Ansel

    Ansel the midnight rambler.

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    Thanks, i will let you know how it goes.
     
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  4. momofthegoons

    momofthegoons vapor accessory addict Staff Member

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    Just to keep it accurate; isn't Tulsi holy basil (as opposed to mint)?
     
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  5. NYC5IKH5jabi

    NYC5IKH5jabi Well-Known Member

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    Yep. It's basically basil but more variations.
     
  6. Ansel

    Ansel the midnight rambler.

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  7. RUDE BOY

    RUDE BOY Space is the Place

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    Ansel I wore a couple strands of Tulsi beeds for a few years , in another life . Never thought about vapin' her . Please let us know how it goes . Tulsi devi was very much venerated I remember being told she held strong healing powers . I do love the story in the Bagavatam or was it in the puranas how Tulsi became a tree .
    Peace + Hari Bol
     
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  8. Ansel

    Ansel the midnight rambler.

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    ah ok cool

    yes do you think i would need to vape the fresh plant once picked or some of the dried leaves?
     
  9. RUDE BOY

    RUDE BOY Space is the Place

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    I think you want to vape dried leaves as you won't get much vapor out of fresh . best to let Tulsi air dry so it's like vaping your normal Bud . Good luck to you .
     
  10. mephisto

    mephisto Well-Known Member

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    I have opened my Tulsi organic tea bags and vaped the contents to good results. I do not know the correct temp, but in my Solo, 5 was a good start.....
     
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  11. CentiZen

    CentiZen Evil Genius in Training Accessory Maker

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    What do you mean by 'good' results? Was the experience euphoric, calming or something else?

    I've really become interested in other ethnobotanicals in the last little while.
     
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  12. mephisto

    mephisto Well-Known Member

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    My experience w/ Tulsi vaped was more calming/centering. I have not combined this herb w/ others yet. My interest has also been growing towards the ethno's especially in light of new vapes which appear better suited to a wide variety of "vapeables". I can imagine white sage, white lotus, and blue lotus would all harmonize well with Tulsi. I will try some sage/Tulsi and report back.....
     
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  13. max

    max Bingo Coordinator Staff Member

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    Tulsi/Holy Basil has medicinal properties. Good for stress. It's mostly used as a tea or in capsules. I haven't tried vaping it yet.

    http://organicindiausa.com/tulsi-tea/

    "Some of the main chemical constituents of tulsi are: oleanolic acid, ursolic acid, rosmarinic acid, eugenol, carvacrol, linalool, β-caryophyllene (about 8%),[15] β-elemene (c.11.0%), and germacrene D (about 2%).[18]
    A variety of in vitro studies and animal studies have indicated some potential pharmacological properties of Ocimum tenuiflorum or its extracts. Recent studies suggest tulasi may be a COX-2 inhibitor, like many modern painkillers, due to its high concentration of eugenol.[19] One small study showed it to reduce blood glucose levels in type 2 diabetics when combined with hypoglycemic drugs.[20] The same study showed significant reduction in total cholesterol levels with tulsi. Another study showed its beneficial effect on blood glucose levels is due to its antioxidant properties.[21] Tulasi also shows some promise for protection from radiation poisoning[22] and cataracts.[23] It has anti-oxidant properties and can repair cells damaged by exposure to radiation.[24][medical citation needed] The fixed oil has demonstrated antihyperlipidemic and cardioprotective effects in rats fed a high fat diet.[25] A double-blind trial conducted in 2011 suggested that an alcoholic extract of tulsi modulates immunity, thus promoting immune system function.[26]
    β-Elemene has been studied for its potential anticancer properties,[27] but human clinical trials have yet to confirm its effectiveness.[28]
    Isolated O. sanctum extracts have some antibacterial activity against E. coli, S. aureus and P. aeruginosa.[29]"
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ocimum_tenuiflorum
     
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  14. visionaries

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    I'd like to know more about vaporizing holy basil before I try it, could you please comment more on your experience? I take it occasionally in capsule form and it is great..Also what temperature do you run it at?

    Does it give noticeable effects..any sort of headchange?
    this is an awesome page about Tulsi
    www.holy-basil.com/6865.html

    "Holy basil has both medicinal and spiritual significance in Ayurveda. It is sacred to Lord Vishnu, the Hindu god of preservation and is considered purifying to body, mind and spirit. A living Tulsi plant is kept in many Indian homes where it is endowed with a sacred aura and believed to provide divine protection for the household." interesting stuff!!
     
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  15. nigel

    nigel And shepherds we shall be,for Accuracy & Discovery

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    Anyone else given this a try yet? Thoughts? Temps?

    Can we have that report?
    :)
     
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  16. The High Cyde

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    Well, I'm Indian and Hindu, and yes Tulsi is very sacred to us. At my house we have two giant plants, one in the front yard and the other in the back yard. My mom has it present during all of her pujas (prayer to the gods).

    I would also appreciate any feedback whether it is recommended to vape it, and what sort of effect it has upstairs and the body as a whole. Just to keep on file for when I don't have the other green plant that we all love.
     
  17. nigel

    nigel And shepherds we shall be,for Accuracy & Discovery

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    Uh... yeah... your first paragraph unduly influences anything that follows after that.
    :) :) :)



    But allow me to suggest that the first thing I encounter is the low-boiling terps. Complex flavors. A sweet flavor reminiscent of green tea but a hint of something... perhaps peppermint? As caramelization occurs (don't actually know sugar content so this is more of a descriptor), it opens out into significantly more complex flavors. That's about when you both taste the beginnings of the chocolate-malt flavor, but you begin to feel the relaxation.


    I have had -- simultaneously -- both, a tea and vaped.

    I believe this merits more investigation....
     
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  18. Enchantre

    Enchantre A short, pithy statement

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    Not sure why anyone would take exception to a Hindu Indian weighing in on this -- since that is the culture that reveres, cultivates, and uses Tulsi the most.

    I do know that in Aryavedic medicine (yes, I know that's misspelled), there are three Tulsis, and the one to use relates to one's own personal "type".

    I love the idea of layering the herb, between tea and vaporizing.
     
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    I am drinking Holy Basil tea on occasion, but I have never vaporized it.
     
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  21. nigel

    nigel And shepherds we shall be,for Accuracy & Discovery

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    Not sure if it was my post that left the impression of "taking exception" but if it was, then I apologize. I meant kinda the opposite. :) I don't have that cultural base, and will defer to those do.


    So, I did both a tea and vaped the leaf. I am have no experience with Tulsi, but wanted to compare side-by-side the two. I also temp-stepped through the vape. (No MMJ and the unit was clean of resin or residue.)

    Now, not having previous exposure to Tulsi (and mixing both Tea and vape of it), I'm not sure I can really make claim to affect that might not just have been incidental, but I felt like I had a much more restful sleep, with more pronounced and lengthier dream cycles. But again, only one test, didn't control for varriables. Could be unrelated. Think I will try just the tea again for the next few nights to see.

    [I did enjoy the vape of the leaf much more than the tea, but, now that I've compared both, I stick with one for a bit.]


    Actually did that when I was testing the Herbalizer. That's kind of what got me thinking down this path. :)
     
  22. The High Cyde

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    I'm about to vape dried tulsi leaves in about half an hour or so, because I have to let my Solo charge in the meantime.

    The tulsi leaves I have right now are from the plants in my backyard (also turns out I have three of these plants lol). I picked them off two weeks ago and then just set them on the counter to dry out. They look and feel fairly dry and brittle as of now, so it should vape easy.

    Last time I vaped the leaves right after picking them off the plant, but that was a bad idea as a lot of moisture was produced and my Solo stem just looks yucky now :doh:

    I'll get back to you guys in a bit

    EDIT: Well after 2 bowls of vaping Tulsi in the Solo, I think a better use of this herb is through tea. But the vapor is still nice, it does produce a calming effect, and the vapor from the first hit is powerful in terms of smell and taste, your tongue is going to feel really smooth haha; I encourage anyone to try it at least once.
     
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  23. grokit

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    So we never figured out the correct temperature for this?
    :freak:
    When I searched google for "holy basil vaporizing temperature",
    this thread was the #1 result!

    edit: Vaping won't get it all done (gonna try it anyways):

    Certain extraction methods will isolate lipophilic (“fat-loving” or insoluble in water) components, such as triterpenoic acids, whereas other methods yield the hydrophilic (“water-loving” or water soluble) components, eugenol and caryophyllene.
    When both lipophilic and hydrophilic components are required for support, as is the case for holy basil, a combination of extraction methods is necessary.

    I'm guessing here, but I think that the fat-soluble ones come out in vaping, and obviously the water-soluble ones will come out when making tea. For a more full potion when drinking it, I'm going to try adding milk/creamer to my tulsi tea next time. And drink it while vaping:

    edit2: Using organic india loose organic pure tulsi tea:
    I vaped a couple of bowls in my herbalizer. First one started at 375°f, got taste (very much like the tea) but no vapor. Bumped up to 400, then 425 same story, wispy vapor at max (445°f) so I loaded another at max, still wispy. I feel mild effects, more relaxing than clarity but I'm typing aren't I... ;)
     
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  24. bagelbanger

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    Ok. Just tried some out. Figured I had to after downing a huge masala dosa and all this talk of it...

    Used it with a UD log vape through a dc020 bubbler. Only had some tea bags so I went with that. Can't really gauge temperature with the log so I'll say it was at 12volts. That's fairly warm with the wall wart in using.

    Very pleasant taste, got some lite vapor after an extended pull and than dumped the load and started fresh. As far as effects, it definitely ain't pot but I do feel a calmness, perhaps sleepiness although it is on the late side for me after a full day of work. I did notice that I was sitting there a moment or two after taking the hit dozing/spacing out like I would after taking some flowers but its not like I'm stoned or anything. It was just like, a pause, I guess.

    Overall, its pleasant. I've been drinking it as tea lately to enhance my dreams so I figured I'd try vaping since this thread's been active. Can't really tell if its the tea or the t-break that's been enhancing the dreams lately. I usually never remember them on the morning but since I stopped for a month they've come back.

    Might try another round of vape while I drink tea tomorrow night. Let's see if that makes any difference.
     
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