Not Only Safe, But Nothing New
The fact is, tea smoking is a fairly old and well-established practice. The Chinese make a family event of it by vaping tea with a hookah. In the US, teens dabble with tea smoking as a way of enjoying a mild high (i.e. gentle relaxation and soothing benefits).
College students and others who are plagued with anxiety also enjoy smoking green tea for its relaxing properties. People who are pursuing weight loss or athletes who are forbidden the use of drugs and alcohol also partake.
WHAT DOES TEA SMOKING DO TO YOU?
When you smoke tea, you are likely to experience gentle relaxation and a slightly light-headed and euphoric feeling. Most people prefer the flavor of tea to tobacco and marijuana. The scent is also aromatic and enjoyable.
Just as with any other indulgence, too much can be detrimental. Introducing smoke to your lungs is generally not a good thing, and you should be concerned with the possibility of developing cancer.
Be aware that teas that contain caffeine may tend to energize you. Additionally, as the caffeine effect wears off, you may find yourself becoming drowsy or experiencing a headache. Intake of caffeine can also reduce your appetite. This can be good in measured doses, but excessive loss of appetite can definitely lead to poor overall health.
Tea has benefits whether you smoke it or drink it.
- The first and maybe the most important benefit of smoking tea is that it can help quit tobacco cigarette addiction.
- The second benefit of smoking tea it's that tea cigarettes don’t contain nicotine (the chemical compound that makes normal cigarettes addictive) it’s generally not considered to be addictive.
Teas which you can smoke:
- Earl grey tea - smoke is smooth but heavy. You can compare it to pipe tobacco. There is a feeling of the numb tongue and aromatic aftertaste.
- Green tea gives you mild relaxation and thanks to caffeine works as a mild pain reliever.
- Black Tea is more tobacco-like, as it is a bit harsh, whilst green tea tastes like herb. It’s pretty logical as IT IS an herb.
- Holy Basil (Tulsi) - Thanks to its anti-stress properties, holy basil assists habitual smokers resist the urge to smoke. Its menthol-like cooling effect in the throat in particular reduces the urge to smoke. Hindu people worship holy basil. It's considered the "Mother Medicine of Nature." It’s been revered since ancient times as an herb that can promote a healthy body, mind, and spirit. The sacred plant is often planted around Hindu shrines. The name Tulsi means "the incomparable one." In Western medicine, holy basil is valued as an adaptogen. That's something that helps your body adapt to stress.
Flowers and herbs which you can smoke:
- Blue Lotus
- White Sage
- Wild Dagga Flower
- Wild Lettuce
- Marshmallow Root
- Raspberry Leaf
- California Poppy
- Yarrow Flower
- Calumus Root
- Gota Kola
- St. John's Wort
- Kava Kava
- Lemon Balm
- Angelica Root
- Licorice Root
- Orange and Blue Lily
- ... and so many more!