This blog requires to lay out a few basic structures to help understanding the difference between a scientific research of a specific product and the implications of such product (while disregarding the science knowledge) into an actual circumstance. 

In TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) we comb trough the history registered by many people that have documented their findings, ideas and results and within defined an early understanding of herbal powers. Rosemary, as example, had been documented as far back as 2000BC for its advantage in reducing leg- (muscle) pain amongst many other benefits. 

Druids agreed in all corners of the world throughout history, with doctors and monks that Rosemary oil-extract from this plant in bloom – harvested ideally in late Summer – comforts foremost lower-leg pain. Water-steam oil extractions were first documented in 1000BC… Roman soldiers praised Rosemary oils and today you can find it advertised in a yoga store claiming similar advantages.

Millions of people have used Rosemary remedies and scholars have past their refined wisdom down to pupils through modern generations. It is today applied for migraines, menstrual cramps and as concentration-remedy. Books are re-written about its benefit for hair restoration. Neurological research claims that it cures Alzheimer; although that is still questionable…(be wary of anyone using the word “cure”). Mediterranean chefs for centuries spiced their pasta dishes with this herb, following ancient tradition. Candle makers love Rosemary’s strong scent… its usage seems unlimited.

Today we can DNA fingerprint Rosemarinus Officinalis and compare current research on many levels with past scriptures. We confirm today that the human muscular cell structure and blood vessels react positively towards the anti-thrombotic effect towards these oils in preventing blood clots. Rosemary does seem to activate brain memory as claimed by Shakespeare.

Our nervous system and brain sensors react positively towards beta-amyloid plaques and hence, Rosemary suppresses acetyl-cholinesterase (AChE), which are primary causes of Alzheimer’s, ataxia and dementia.

We can pinpoint why we feel relieve when rubbing “healing-oil” on our skin – how it is absorbed, what human profiles tend to positively react to its smell, flavor and essence. We can even demonstrate why in the human body plant extract create reactions; like burns, numbness, hives or what causes blistering, discomfort. 

We now study Rosemary variations for potency with science unavailable before, including the understanding of where it is grown originally, how it is grown preferably, when it is cultivated best and how it could be genetically manipulated to produce vast amounts of concentrations as demanded. 

That’s all about one herb. However, as soon as we combine one with another plants essence we start a whole new chain of discovery… Triple or quadruple a TCM-mix and the potentiality become nearly endless. True herbology rarely uses a “single application” in successful prescription… Traditional Medicine furthermore respect that each body/person – at various states of age and health – reacts different. What might feel soothing to one could be life threatening to another. 

Throughout the history of “4000 years of Rosemary-emollient-investigation” and trial tested on billions of people, no significant study has ever suggested that smoking its oil would result in an adavantage. None of all the respected TCM scriptures suggest inhaling fumes into our bronchi treats ailments or is beneficial to human health.

And now, lets talk about vaping: basically an electronically heated substance we inhale for pleasure… that is fused with chemically designed oils or artificial flavors to trick our minds to believe it smells like rosemary, vanilla or citrus.

Vaping, or vaporizing, is the process of heating up raw plant matter or extracts, without combustion. Instead of burning weed, tobacco or hash, vaporizing quickly heats up various substances (mixes) to limit the release of harmful chemicals and to maximize the plant’s intended effects. Cannabis is typically  heated  between >285°F and  <450°F, and tobacco vapes between >250°F and <300°F. 

Vapor has more in common with a cloud of steam than with a puff of smoke. And even though vaping reduces the effects of secondhand smoke, it doesn’t mean you’re not experiencing a drug’s effects as bystander. Most plant oils “burn” and become unhealthy at different degrees of heat (below vapor level). 

The properties we absorb while vaporing differ depending on what you actually inhale. You can inhale tobacco, hash and endless combinations of substances including oils, plant-matter and synthetic additives. Sometimes these substances turn into gaseous form, and sometimes vaping means inhaling liquid particles suspended in air as they cool after evaporation. Either way, the method at first is the same: Drug molecules, after being inhaled, land on the interior lungs, which have an enormous surface area to catch them. The molecules then pass directly into the blood and bypass the digestive system. From there, the effects hit your brain in about five seconds, which is almost as quick as injecting the substance.

Lets skip how the lungs cope with getting rid of the “garbage” left inside; just read up on COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).

So, Juuling (a brandname adapted verb) has been shown to be the foremost “goto” tool for teenagers in 2018. They annoyingly blow nicotine-steam lazed with oils and chemicals that “taste” like Vanilla,  Rosemary or fantastic flavors. Even Marijuana infused e-cigarettes come with chemical created additives. Although vaping is promoted foremost to a younger generation as a healthy alternative to smoking; statistically only 2% of cigarette smokers have actually quit through vaping. Actually, 9% admit smoking “real” cigarettes after starting with e-cigarettes. This five billion vapor-industry in the US fails to honestly communicate a science-based message about the known side effects that lack a long-term study and to accurately warn about the consequences of this modern diversion. We just promote until we know better…

In TCM we promote certain essences to be inhaled through steam; i.e. clearing your sinus – bent over the sink under a towel – inhaling Tiger-Balm (fumes) smeared onto the porcelain below while the hot water faucet is fully opened… This does not compare to circumvent what the nose is designed to filter out while inhaling medicinal substance before it coats the surface of our bronchi. Drawing in overheated artificial substances through your mouth without any true purpose seems questionable. I’m also not convinced that the vanilla-cloud puffing teen in a restaurant next to me looks particularly “cool” or hip…

Nicotine is addictive. >50% of all e-cigarette contain tobacco. The leaf-drying process had shown to prevent Tuberculosis in factory workers during the early 19thcentury. TCM respects the healing properties of Tobacco. Throughout South and North America, tobacco was consumed in a diversity of ways: it was chewed, sniffed, smoked, eaten, juiced, smeared over bodies, and used in eye drops and enemas. It still carries a mystic “smoke” of purification spirits after blessing fields and praising Gods.

Today, the same tobacco companies denying for decades that smoking caused cancer, now aim to hook teens on vaping. We adapted against their efforts that smoking was the foremost cause of lung-, bone-, gum-cancer and birth deformities but now allow to hold truth that inhaling steam derived essence is less dangerous. We have to willfully ignore modern studies that the use of smokeless tobacco include: Mouth, tongue, cheek, and gum cancer.

Surely, bi-products inhaled by burning wrapping papers and fillers is more unhealthy in comparison with flavored vapor steam. The new expensive studies claim that juuling is harmless are sponsored by the very companies that denied cigarette smoking caused cancer.   We are today smarter than we were yesterday, right? Nicotine addiction prevented smokers in the 80’s to give up their habit while dying of cancer in their hospital beds. The addiction to tobacco is the culprit here, not the method in which we ingest the essence! Got hooked?

Chef Raphael