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Herbal Highs for Pain Relief

  • Published: 2010-01-31 (Revised/Updated 2013-06-14) : Robert Kane.
  • Synopsis: Learn about some of the more common legal herbal highs for pain relief in the U.K..

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Quote: "Some herbal highs are just that - plants and leaves that have mind altering properties when smoked or eaten."

Heard of herbal highs for pain relief but want to know more about them? Learn about some of the most common legal highs available in the UK.

Drugs legislation is a funny thing in the UK. Some drugs are taxed and legal (alcohol, cigarettes, and numerous prescription medications amongst them), whilst others are illegal. Between these two extremes are the unusual items that occupy a legal twilight zone, products like herbal highs and marijuana seeds. Quite why some drugs are banned and some are not is something a mystery, particularly given the powerful effects of many herbal highs!

Some herbal highs are just that - plants and leaves that have mind altering properties when smoked or eaten. Others are chemical substances that produce similar effects to illegal chemicals. They range from substances that produce a mild sense or relaxation or euphoria all the way up to powerful hallucinatory substances like saliva, or pills that claim to provide similar effects to drugs like ecstasy and speed.

It's impossible to give a comprehensive list of herbal highs. New ones are being produced all the time, some products that were legal find themselves banned (like magic mushrooms), and there are so many brands and varieties out there that it is hard to keep track of them all. But here is an overview of some of the more common, famous (and infamous!) items you can expect to find online or at your local head shop...

Robert Kane is the web editor of Sensible Seeds ( They offer a wealth of products to browse as well as online articles and forum discussions.

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