I quit smoking in 2001 after having smoked since I was 11. Yeah, you read that right. 11.
I grew up in a part of Copenhagen in Denmark, where hookers and drunks were a natural part of our every day community and we would be around them like they belonged in a community with children. Since many of my friends’ mothers were working, sometimes we would go to the hookers for help with something – or go into a local bar to use the toilet or get a soda. Things have certainly changed.
I started smoking because it was cool and gave you street credit among your friends (just like having your virginity taken, but that’s another story) and I like smoking. I always liked the feel, the taste, the look and the break you got at work. Of course it was true that at parties the most fun people were the smokers and everybody would hang out with them. Everything was good.
I tried to quit a few times in my life but didn’t have much luck with it, until I started studying psychotherapy in 2001 and I realized that I had an addictive nature like my parents – my mother was an alcoholic and my father was addicted to attention. Me smoking was proof of my addictive nature.
I quit the morning after this insight. There. Done. I promised myself that I could start smoking again when I turned 75. That helped.
And since this morning in 2001 I have missed it. Not a week has gone by where I haven’t been reminded about it and longed for it.
Then a few months back, I found this for a client who wanted to quit smoking and asked me to research what options she had. She loved them. Since it’s just a herb, I thought I might try one and see if it triggered my addiction. It shouldn’t. There is NO tobacco in it. No nicotine. Just Artemisia, which the family of wormwood herbs.
I liked it. I like it a lot! The taste was very close to that of a mild cigarette (as I remember it), the smoke smells like weed and it looks and feels like a real cigarette.
I did not get addicted. There is no craving for more when I smoke it. I limit the smoking to max 2 a day and always in social settings, just to be on the safe side, because there is an emotional effect that I could get “addicted” to – it has been a part of my identity for so many years, it feels like “coming home” when I have a cigarette in my hand. Thus there is no physical addiction, but an emotional or mental element of habit in it. I still very much enjoy it.
Wormwood is an old herbal medicinal remedy and that means that there could be some health benefits from smoking this. There’s actually been some research showing it is effective against cancer!
It contains saponin compounds, terpenoids, flavonoids and antioxidants that can fight various types of cancer, such as breast cancer, gastric cancer, and liver cancer. Artemisia Annua has a high anticancer activity because of its interaction with the iron complex in the blood.
In fact, this plant has been used as a treatment in China and is capable of killing 98 percent of breast cancer cells in less than a day.
I’m not saying that smoking now cures cancer, but I would like to see some actual research on the benefits of smoking this because it has potential!
You can get it on Amazon and it’s call Feel Time. I’ll give you 3 links, one for the American shop (pay in dollars), one for the English shop (pay in pounds) and one for the Spanish shop (pay in Euro).
Feel Time, buy it here on the American shop – the price shown is for multiple packs:
Feel Time, buy it here on the English shop – the price shown is for multiple packs:
Feel Time, buy it here on the Spanish shop – the price shown is for multiple packs: