Yea I was bored one day and decided to do a little thing about my experiences with this unique herb, feel free to pass this essay along, whatever. Here it is, enjoy: Smokin' Tea By Unbuntu So you've heard about the possible psychoactive properties of Camellia Sinensis, also known as Green Tea. Well, I'm going to tell you about it from both sides, from the opinions of people that hate it and claim that it simply tastes horrible and has no effect whatsoever, and from the side that happen to enjoy the taste and effects that they experienced. I have taken some time actually study the effects of smoking green and black tea (about one year) Me and some people that I know have been discussing this knewly discovered idea of a satisfying drug that can be found in kitchens and grocery stores alike. Some experiences me and my friends have had are: Positive Headache relief (caffeine) Mild relaxation (with green tea mostly, it does in fact have a chemical that produces feelings of relaxation) Mild pain reliver (possibly the caffeine) Reduces cigarette cravings (many reported this) Negative Black Tea smoke is harsh at first unpleasant aftertaste (tongue bite with pipes) Nausea (something that happens with most things that are smoked on an empty stomach, i.e. Tobacco) Neutral Especially ignorant and closed-minded people who have never even tried smoking tea might think you are "weird", forget them when they say things like "weed made for smoking, not tea, dude" as they get arrested for being high in school. remember, you can't get arrested for smoking tea, and I can't stress how relaxing it is to sit down and puff on a pipe filled with safe, LEGAL, aromatic, and medicinal materials. Not something that will give you cancer (tobacco) or something that is perfect except for the fact that it is ILLEGAL (marijuana) by the way, I love marijuana. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the herb, but I want a alternative that won't land me years in butt-pounding prison. Now I'm not a scientist, but one of the active ingredients in Green Tea caffeine, that when ingested or smoked seems to have a mild analgesic effect as well as a stimulant. Green Tea seems somewhat like weed, (it smells alot like it after all) I'm sure you have heard of people trying weed and saying they didn't get anything the first two maybe three times. This is called getting to know the herb. The same goes for Green and Black tea too, though Black Tea smoke is more tobacco like and is a bit harsh. But think about the first time you tried weed and/or tobacco and look at the negative effects, VERY similar don't you think? The people that said "This stuff tastes like shit and doesn't fuck me up one bit" probably didn't take the time to open their minds and sit back, relax and have a bowl or two of this great stuff while chilling and listening to good music, or when they weren't feeling so great, or when they had a headache. They were probably out of illegal drugs to try and needed something "green" to smoke as temporary relief. Some remedies for negative effects: Smoke green and especially black tea in a waterbong, it really soothes the smoke and seems to let you smoke more before "giving up" Remember the unpleasant aftertaste from your first cig? It will go away as you experiment with smoking tea, just as all things do when you experiment with them for awhile. Don't smoke on an empty stomach, you might get sick I don't know of any dangers associated with smoking tea, I have heard NOT to smoking tea and smoking cigarettes within one hour of smoking, some people reported passing out and some didn't wake up. I don't know if this is true, though, the so called "Scientist in Smokable Material" (ha!) said that Scopolomine reacts with Nicotine, but on closer inspection, tea doesn't contain Scopolomine. Try it if you want, I DONT RECOMMEND IT. Just don't die on me So in conclusion, next time you are feeling down or need something green to toke, sit down (or stand if you prefer) and puff on some tea! I hope to add more stuff and a website dedicated, yes, to smoking tea and various other herbs that are more than they seem. Links: Check out totse.com for some peoples stories (about two) about smoking tea. One is postive, the other negative. Check out erowid simply for the fact that it is a cool site and is maintained by great people. Pipes.org (I love pipes!) For more info about smoking tea, go to Google.com or Groups.google.com and type in "smoking tea" or "smoking green tea" you will find some interesting stuff, (if you know where to look) Some things I would like to know: The carcinogenic and tar properties of tea smoke and ash Do any health benefits associated with drinking green tea apply to smoking green tea? If you know the answers or know someone who might, please email me. Also feel free to email me your comments and experiences with smoking tea, drinking it, or any other herb. Feeling lonely? Send me a email if you feel like talking about nothing in particular, I'm open to discussion about anything. I have tried (smoked and drank) these kinds of tea: Celestial seasonings Green Tea (very good) (green is the best IMO to smoke, though you should find your preference) Earl Grey Black Tea (hard on the lungs at first) Lipton Black Tea Lipton Green Tea (low-quality) Black flavored with blueberry (yummy!) Black flavored with orange (not so yummy) Tazo Awake Black Tea (best Black tea to smoke) I also love drinking tea, hot or cold simply because it quenches my thirst on a hot dry day and warms me on a cold one. I want to try growing some tea, I have heard conflicting reports about the difficulty of this. BTW, loose tea in the tins is best, it tastes better, plus isn't ground so small so it won't go through your pipe screen. Also, if you have a pipe you can simply open the tin, scoop some in your pipe and be on your way! Some things I hope to experiement with in the future: Smoke tea in a Hookah Vaporize Tea in a Vaporizer Smoke it in a one hitter Get my friends to start a smoking group/circle not just for tea but other herbs (Sage, Salvia, Skullcap, Lavender, Whatever) No copyright, use this anyway you want, just remember to include the credit name (Unbuntu) and put where you got it from. Be my guest, spread the good word about smoking tea! I must apoligize for the spelling errors, I don't have any microsoft works or anything, just wordpad to type this on, so the spelling and grammar are bad. THE END I might post this somewhere else, just so ya know. Remember, smokin tea is perfectly legal, though some strange parents might think it is Mary Jane your burnin', green tea smells like low-quality mexican import when smoked!