Tea 4:20 Edition: Smoking Tea

Smoking tea. There has been some information circulating the internet about a growing trend of smoking tea from tea-bags. Chances are someone has mentioned this to you at some point, or talked about smoking other herbs and spices in your kitchen (especially if you’ve ever been a teenager). After all, clove cigarettes are a thing right?

Doing a quick search will show you that there is a bit of information online about the healthful effects of smoking tea leaves. I do not condone this, I would not try this if I were you, I’m not telling you to try this — smoking anything is harmful to your health.

But…

I decided to investigate by trying this out myself. To this day, people ask us at World of Tea if smoking tea is okay. 

The most common questions include: 
  • Is it “good” for you? Could this be a substitute for drinking it?
  • Do you absorb caffeine? What about theanine?
  • Does it help you quit smoking cigarettes/cannabis?
  • Do you get high?
  • Does it relax you?
  • Is it safe?
I chose four different teas to smoke, on separate days, to gauge how I felt. I chose two black teas and two green teas: a basic black tea bag, a loose leaf blended lapsang souchong (Zheng Shang Xiao Zhong) with herbs and fruit, an orthodox green tea from Darjeeling, and a sencha from Japan. To be clear, we are talking about actual tea, from Camellia sinensis, and not any of the other varied herbs and plants out there that people might also like to smoke.
 
I don’t smoke tobacco anymore (I used to) but I still remember how to roll a cigarette. The consistency of the leaves was difficult to roll, but I managed. All in all, the smoke of the two black teas was smooth but heavy, kind of like pipe tobacco. The tea bag made me a fairly lightheaded. They were both aromatic and the smokiness of the lapsang souchong especially reminded me of tobacco. The tea didn’t burn very well due to uneven leaf size, moisture content, etc. The Indian green was herbaceous but also smoother than you’d think. The sencha has quite harsh and didn’t make me feel good at all, I got a bit nauseous afterward. All in all, they all left me with a very heavy feeling in my chest and my throat felt coated in a kind of film that was unpleasant. My tongue also went slightly numb.
 

Here’s what I have to report on the effects of smoking tea leaves, to address the questions above:

Is it safe? After a bunch of searching, I found many people asking if it is safe to smoke tea leaves. My answer to that is, sure it’s just about as safe as smoking anything, which is, not very good for you at all. It’s not dangerous in the immediate like it would be if you were smoking, say, arsenic. Again, smoldering carbon material releases carbon monoxide. This can be very harmful to your health in the long run.

Does it relax you? Does it get you high? People who have tried this have claimed to feel relaxed after doing so. I felt more numb than relaxed. I can report that smoking tea does not get you high, however, you are inhaling carbon monoxide which can make you lightheaded. After all, how could it make you high? Which, if any, of the psychotropic compounds in tea would make you hallucinate? The two most prevalent of these compounds, caffeine and L-theanine, do not cause hallucinatory effects, even in very high doses. Too much caffeine does lead to nausea and dizziness, a common side-effect of smoking tea. 

This sentiment also keeps popping up in forums and article comments in relation to getting tea-high: “Green tea is an agonist of the CB1 receptor in the brain, cannabinoid 1. This is the same receptor that is also a receptor for THC delta 9, found in cannabis.” 

What is this supposed to indicate? Different neurotransmitters binding to the same receptor don’t necessarily produce the same effect. Also, it’s not clear why smoking versus drinking tea would produce different effects at the cannabinoid receptors. In effect, just because compounds in tea may interact with these receptors, doesn’t mean it’s getting you “high”. The role of the cannabinoid receptors is, after all, to regulate mood, memory, appetite, etc.

Do you absorb caffeine or L-theanine? It seems that you do. Caffeine vape pens have hit the market as well, but this means that you need to be more careful with highly caffeinated tea since it’s not (new word, not modulated) like in a vape pen, and as mentioned above, can lead to nausea and dizziness. It’s not clear by any study I’ve read that theanine can be absorbed when inhaled in the form of smoke.

Could it help you quit smoking? It seems some have reported this to be the case, but as someone who used to smoke and doesn’t anymore, I find it fairly (word choice) dubious that to quit smoking one substance you need to smoke another. I think the best way to quit smoking… is to quit smoking.

Is it good for you? This needs to be stated clearly: smoking tea will never be as good for you as drinking tea. Period. End of story. Even if you were to take out the monumental factor of carbon monoxide being bad for you, there just isn’t any evidence that you are absorbing beneficial compounds by burning them. In fact, it is self-evident that this process destroys those compounds. Smoke may have a direct pathway to the bloodstream, but this isn’t the goal of good tea. Good tea should be drunk because it tastes good and is good for you. Everything else is ancillary. 

If you would like to learn more about enjoying tea the right way, visit our Hacker’s Guide to Tea.

2018-05-15T08:40:51+00:00

About the Author:

Jordan has spent most of his life working in the food and beverage industry. His professional experience with tea started at American Tea Room in Los Angeles, where he worked for almost six years, becoming their Beverage Director and helping in a three-location expansion. Later, he moved to developing, training, and menu-building what would become Alfred Tea Room, which he's helped expand into Japan. He now serves as Food & Beverage Director for Alfred Inc. which includes Alfred Tea Room and multiple locations of Alfred Coffee in Los Angeles and Austin.

58 Comments

  1. simon.jordan@krestonreeves.com October 29, 2018 at 8:31 pm - Reply

    Puff

  2. Max October 24, 2018 at 11:34 pm - Reply

    I was wondering how old do you have to be to be able to smoke tea leaves because it’s not regulated by the FDA and it’s a non tobacco product.

  3. Mike L. Wallace Jr. July 30, 2017 at 1:50 am - Reply

    I want to know what herb smokes smooth or what can be added to make smoking herb smooth . I have smoked almost all herbs & they are all Harsh . The only one to get me high (aside from MJ) is Mulungu & Cat’s Claw (Both Harsh & weak high) . The trick to smoking harsh herbs without coughing horribly is tiny puffs that still burn your throat . Same effect as MJ or Tobacco in a pipe . MJ heals lungs damaged by long term tobacco . The tobacco industry puts thing in there cigarettes to make them smoother . I shall try Jiao Gu Lan next .

    • Craig October 28, 2017 at 10:53 pm - Reply

      Damiana is a good smoking herb, it’s often used in mixes as a tobacco replacement. You can also use something like peppermint. It’s pretty fresh and smooth.

  4. Ryan February 10, 2017 at 9:19 pm - Reply

    I was hoping we could talk about smoking tea, as in introducing smoke to a tea, like Lapsang Souchong, but with something like a Smoking Gun. I’ve got a couple test jars of smoked Pu-erh tea going. Anyone else do this?

  5. Reddy June 15, 2016 at 1:05 am - Reply

    I replaced tobacco with Organic green tea leaves in my joint, and I was up all night with a pleasant buzz. But, please use only Organic.

  6. PS March 25, 2016 at 3:10 am - Reply

    Cancer is usually only a concern if you’ve poor dietary habits. Smokers who eat bad are far more likely to get lung issues than the healthy ones.

    For example, on average, raw tobacco smokers (I do not mean cigarettes, which often only contain a tiny amount of tobacco) live longer than those who do not. Further, many make a point of not inhaling into the lungs. It’s more the content of the smoke that matters, not smoke in general.

    Like others have said, green tea has benefits when smoked. I’m sure there are other plants used for tea that have similar properties.

    In the end, we all have to die some day. Why not enjoy yourself in the way you see fit in the meantime?

  7. Lucas Morton February 14, 2016 at 1:55 pm - Reply

    I believe smoking anything has bad affects (what doesn’t have bad affects now a days?) , however, there are some benefits to smoking green tea. I am no scientist or doctor, but I don’t believe smoking green tea can give you lung cancer, or can get you addicted the way nicotine does. Why? There are no free radicals in tea, it is literally just the plant. The caffeine leaves you with a “buzzed” feeling, it also makes you more alert. Your metabolism will speed up, and your entire body will leave you with a nice calm feeling. HOWEVER, Some people argue that smoking green tea could lead to cancer due to the smoke itself. Yes, smoke can cause you to have breathing problems, but does this actually cause cancer? Probably if you smoke it everyday. If smoke really did do the damage people claim, then why doesn’t a camp fire lead to cancer? Its probably because you don’t HAVE a campfire everyday. Every once in a while wont hurt, but if you are rolling 6-7 joints of tea a day then yeah you may experience breathing problems, and you might need to see a doctor. I’ve done this before just for my own curiosities, and I found that I am not addicted, or that i don’t have breathing problems, nor does my throat hurt. Smoking anything burns I would assume. I don’t intend to do it everyday but I would like to try it again sometime to see if there are any more affects, it only last for a bit and makes you a little sleepy. Once again, I wouldn’t condone or recommend this unless you have a smoking/chewing tobacco problem, because tobacco is loaded with nicotine and other chemicals, and are trying to smoke tea to try and quit smoking the actual damaging stuff.

    • Aimie April 21, 2016 at 1:30 pm - Reply

      Me and a close friend smoked green tea and it was calming but if you keep smoking it over and over again in such a small span of time it can make you feel a bit light head and your Tounge and throat burn every once in a while is fine but not constantly because it does lead to you not being able to breathe very well. Me and this friend did it 3 days in a row smoking like 6 each which is not healthy 1! One is enough possibly two but it is bad for you if you chain smoke it

  8. Eli January 15, 2016 at 8:53 pm - Reply

    OK so I drink sleepy tome tea and it relaxes me so I tried smoking it and the first 20 or 30 minutes it felt just like a weed high except I didn’t have any memory problems I try to smoke it before school so that I’ll be able to do my school work without getting bored out of my fucking mind. I still do it because I failed eighth grade and I’m on my way toward failing again. But when I smoke this tea I’m just so happy that I want to do my school work

    • Dippy July 24, 2016 at 10:18 pm - Reply

      What type of sleepy time tea? How was the effects, please tell me.

  9. Anna marsh January 4, 2016 at 7:17 am - Reply

    Well it’s amazing it really makes you feel good tingly but relaxed

  10. Wei Leesmann April 25, 2014 at 1:15 am - Reply

    Great

  11. Dan March 19, 2014 at 6:31 am - Reply

    That’s actually false information on both accounts – Pure green tea (from tea bags) does actually give you a high, this is not an effect from the Carbon monoxide. It can put you into an incredibly relaxed state, can cause your eyes to go red and slightly puffy (bags) just like smoking Marijuana leaf.

    High from green tea suppresses the urge the smoke cigarettes, hence why many people smoke tea to help them quit . It can however cause headache, just like Marijuana leaf.

    Saying tea from the bag is very harmful to smoke is a grossly generalized answer, since pure tea in tea bags is no worse than smoking anything combustible. In fact the only considerable health risk is the combustion, so its redundant to even say that its bad for you.

    This article is totally wrong on all accounts, its clear there was no research done prior to spouting this misinformation, that and the author obviously no no experience at all in the matter.

    • Michael May 7, 2014 at 4:01 pm - Reply

      Sounds like someone is addicted to smoking tea. Grammatical mistakes aside, your reply was incredibly dumb. Smoking ANYTHING is incredibly harmful to your health. So when the author says that smoking tea is harmful, he’s not over-generalizing, he’s just correct.

      Also, I love how you criticize his apparent lack of research when you are guilty of the same thing. Show me one peer-reviewed research paper that says smoking tea can help you quit smoking cigarettes and I’ll take it all back. Idiot.

      • PS March 25, 2016 at 3:19 am - Reply

        If it helps you get over an addiction, then why is “proof” necessary?

        People bank too much on the research of others. If something as simple as smoking tea leaves helps, then it’s to be considered, “proven” or not.

        It’s better to be imaginative and adventurous than constantly “need” to look to others for some sort of validation in their experiences. “Science” is in a sad state of affairs these days anyways, and is in bad need of catching up with plenty of things anyways.

  12. Jacob Mallat February 8, 2014 at 7:28 am - Reply

    I just rolled a joint with 100% natural tea in it.. I started to smoke it but didn’t even smoke half it tasted gross but that might be because I wasn’t using rolling paper I was using bible paper but i didn’t feel anything at all is that because I didn’t have the right paper or the right kind of tea or did I just not smoke enough tell me better and tastier types of tea and any other hints on paper I’m too young to buy them

  13. Charlie January 30, 2014 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    I smoked herbal tea (Gypsy cold care) earlier today and I’m STILL buzzed! I have been a serious pot smokers for years but it makes me so out of it and sometimes lazy. So I tried the tea, rolled in a blunt and I’ve been pleasantly surprise. I’m calm and focused without the grogginess. It’s a whole new world! SMOKE TEA!

    • Lola June 13, 2016 at 4:51 pm - Reply

      Ppl who smoke pot VERY HEAVY EVERYDAY and are tired of it and just want their life back and to be pot free for good . ! honestly do I roll my tea for tea bags in my zig zag and smoke it ? Will it help stop making a person addicted to pot ? can smoking tea bags help a person quit smoking pot ?

      • PS June 14, 2016 at 12:44 pm - Reply

        “Addiction” to cannabis is psychological, not physical. It’s not a thing that works in the same way as drugs do. It’s more like a driving habit than an addiction. This needn’t be treated in the same manner as a hard drug, such as heroine, which can easily create a physical addiction. Meditation and stopping “cold turkey” is an excellent way to do this, if not the best way, because no other remedy can do the same thing. Not only will this assist one in overcoming the habit quickly, but entirely expelling the desire to even touch the plant as well. This prevents relapses.

        Addictions are not simple manners. There is no such thing as a solution that works for everyone for everything. One can smoke tea leaves all they want but, in the end, cannabis doesn’t need to be treated as such. Until the psychological dependence is removed, utilizing another substance can transfer the dependence towards that new substance (even if it is just tea leaves), for many people.

      • Clyde December 17, 2017 at 9:49 pm - Reply

        I think its possible. I have smoked pot for 7 years and have been looking for an alternative to calming me down besides marijuana that doesnt cause the frontal lobe to relax etc. Green tea and pepermint tea have different effects.. be aware what you are smoking because if can have different effects. I want to be able to smoke something that is treated as a cigarette

  14. Spice Smoking Blends October 25, 2013 at 11:34 pm - Reply

    You’ve made some decent points there. I checked on the web for additional information about the
    issue and found most people will go along with your views on this web site.

  15. Jim April 14, 2013 at 8:31 pm - Reply

    Green tea is an agonist of the CB1 receptor in the brain, cannabinoid 1. This is the same receptor that is also a receptor for THC delta 9 the psychoactive component in cannabis.

    • robert May 17, 2013 at 12:31 pm - Reply

      I smoke tea leaves I even made a bong to smoke it through t definitely got high I used green tea 100% organic tea leaves. I live in an apartment so I can smoke weed when I m home its a great substitute

  16. Huka420 February 10, 2013 at 7:05 pm - Reply

    Ok so yes tea is bad for you in many ways but also good for you. Also what isnt bad for you now a days? I have smoked tea usually chai twinnings (very exellent tea) and it does relax you because of the carbon monoxide smoking anything gives you a “head rush”. I support tea over ciggarettes becauae so far ciggarettes have taken millions of lives and tea um… let me see uh… zero!

    • Barbara June 10, 2013 at 1:21 am - Reply

      Correction-no one has ever been rushed to the hospital immediately after smoking tea with a life threatening condition THAT YOU KNOW OF.
      But guess what? the same thing applies to smoking tobacco! No one keels over dead after smoking a cigarette-it takes many years of it to effect the damage thet leads to COPD and lung cancer.
      Inhaling burning plant matter of any sort is harmful to your lungs, and you have no idea what toxic substances may be formed as the leaves burn. Just the fact that you state that CO is what causes the effect shows you know you’re introducing at least one harmful substance into your system-or did you think carbon monoxide is beneficial?
      Stupid.

  17. johnclark December 1, 2012 at 9:20 pm - Reply

    i smoke tea and maijuana (legaly). tea doesnt give you a high but it makes you feel very relaxed. idont know how harmfull it is but it can be no more harmfull than any other smokeables. smoking is different for everyone in their own way and if you smoke cigarettes then making the funny desicion to swap to smoking tea would be better for your health. one more perk to smoking tea is it’s legal

  18. africa September 20, 2012 at 6:06 pm - Reply

    Ive smoked peppermint cane tea n it definately got me high!!

  19. Joe May 25, 2012 at 10:09 pm - Reply

    I use to smoke ciggarettes because I get stressed from having a busy schedule from work but I stopped smoking because I didn’t want to get addicted but I don’t want to continue it but I do want to try smoking tea my concern is does smoking tea show up on drug test since it gives u a “high” feeling

    • Christopher June 5, 2012 at 7:27 am - Reply

      No, It doesn’t contain anything that would pop on a drug test like THC so I doubt it

    • David June 17, 2012 at 3:43 am - Reply

      If you drink the tea would it show up on a drug test?

      The “high” feeling is probably just lack of oxygen? Burning anything produces carbon monoxide which displaces oxygen in the blood.

      • Jim April 14, 2013 at 8:26 pm - Reply

        Green tea is an agonist of the CB1 receptor in the brain, cannabinoid 1. This is the same receptor that is also a receptor for THC delta 9, found in cannabis.

  20. caitlin March 26, 2012 at 10:04 am - Reply

    Hello, normally I wouldn’t comment on anything, but I am going through some real rough times with my teenage son. He has been skipping school to smoke tea. The kind of tea they smoke is soaked in acetone first and dried out. Now before he added the acetone, his friends and him would smoke regular tea. I don’t know if theres alot of different teas or not but I know hes not “right” when he gets home and is very moody, mean, abusive”verbally, and physically” out of it really. I know he also has tried that j dub. So my question to you is how is this healthy? How does my 14 year old son get this, and how do I put a sop to it? I am very concerned not just for him but I have two younger kids that he is abusing too. I have asked for help from all kinds of different professionals and all I was told is that I walking a very fine line with my son, and if either one of us cross that line I lose all three of my kids? Can someone help?

    • Ambient April 25, 2012 at 7:03 pm - Reply

      Ummm Caitlin. To help you out more id assume your son is using JWH-018 aka active ingredient in Spice. So in other words your son and freinds are using tea as a base, similar to using comet, baking soda, etc used as a mixing agent with coke. So anyway u can use anything Tea,marshmallow leaves, etc. and you spray the JWH chemical on it and use acetone for it to evaporate and mix the ingredients in the base. Regular tea won’t do anything harmful. And weed for that matter will just lower motavation. So in other words yeah your son is probably using spice and or making it out of tea. Ohhhhhh i just did research so yeah J dub is slang for JWH-018. What do u know. So yeah your son is downright lieng about it being regular tea. I was hooked on that shit for awhile till i almost went into analpyhtic shock. this is what happens when people stress marijuana use. For fuck sakes just stay on top of him.,get his focus on education up if it isnt already decent.
      Shit tell him hey u can smoke herb in the house or fucking stick him in rehab if he aint 18. thats about it i usually dont help people on the net but i saw this and can’t ignore it. This fake as spice shit is gonna kill more and more. For fuck sakes

    • Sean April 26, 2012 at 5:35 pm - Reply

      I suggest him to smoke cannabis instead of this chemical he is putting on the tea. I am an avid user of marijuana and its effects on me are very positive and I do suggest people try it to see how it works with their brain since every single person has a different experience with the herb. I have smoked tea leaves before because I was low on cash but its not harmful what so ever except that its smoke i found it rather calming. Hope I could help.

    • Keeton May 2, 2012 at 7:18 pm - Reply

      ok im a 16 year old and yes i have done spice. I have done it a few times and from experience i can tell you that it messes with your heart. the last time i ever did spice me and my friend felt like we were dying and forced our selves to sleep. He may not appreciate it now but i wish that my mom would have caught me like you caught your son. There are now cases on the internet reporting of deaths from using this. It isnt sold anymore but you can still get the ingreients to make it. If you want to keep your son alive, do whatever you can to stop him. My friend that felt like he was dying now has a mild heart condition because his heart beats very rapidly. Please stop your sons sake and for your younger kids and lastly for your self.

    • Jenn altman November 29, 2012 at 3:41 pm - Reply

      im haveing the same problem with some punks smokeing tea at my sons bus stop,an im realy worried that my son might pick up on this crap..

    • dakota October 10, 2013 at 9:39 pm - Reply

      to answer this your son is not smokeing tea once the acetone is added that is synthetic with is very additive and has killed many people

  21. J.A.D.S March 20, 2012 at 10:02 pm - Reply

    I smoke tea any kind really, and I am amazed at what it does for me when I don’t have any money to buy any cigarettes. Tea really relaxes you, and stimulates the mood. It is a lot safer than cigarettes, and a better for you too. If you really want to try something, try the morning mist tea, it will get you feeling really good.

  22. felix March 4, 2012 at 7:41 pm - Reply

    ‘big wayne’ what tea are you smoking i wanna know

    /ps
    i dont contribute to smoking tea

  23. randy mate February 24, 2012 at 3:20 am - Reply

    im buzzing off it right now mates. and i dont know why but i cant stop speaking british. then again i am part british. maybe this is why they talk like this. and really i should be asleep right now but i just tried that smokin tea idea and im in an extremely happy mood. and slightly energized. but thats it pretty much. i say definetly worth it as a mood enhancer. but do it earlier in the day so you dont stay up late enjoying the feeling. thats all ive got to say. ta-ta.

  24. Tom February 21, 2012 at 11:24 am - Reply

    Oh and another thing, everytime I smoke tea, ( Tetley, herbal or anyking) it smells like weed, so my cousin accuses me of smoking weed but im not. 🙂

  25. Tom February 21, 2012 at 11:20 am - Reply

    So I smoke tea. I hope its not dangerous, and its true , it does give you a buzz like weed. My cousin was like hallucinating when he came in to my room though. And m kinda freaked cuz i found if i smoke alot of it I hallucinate.

  26. big wayne January 30, 2012 at 11:22 am - Reply

    Tea really does get you high as gas, you just have to smoke alot. im high as balls right now from tea, it feels alot better than smoking nutmeg, might i even say weed. with weed you feel out of normal but with tea you feel, just, amazing

  27. I December 23, 2011 at 9:40 pm - Reply

    dont smoke flavored tea :p shit made my friend puke! And it never made us feel anything at all so ig it depends on the person. Get a job and buy some real weed.

    • >_ December 28, 2011 at 5:39 pm - Reply

      the get a job thing doesnt really make sense with somke weed but yes moke weed over tea

  28. Deluxx November 15, 2011 at 7:36 pm - Reply

    Is It normal that when smoked it smells like “POT”

  29. teawtf? September 27, 2011 at 4:09 pm - Reply

    lol what?????? smoking tea??? you freaky ass junkies why not smoke a banana peel or potatoe skin, go get a script for zanax before you O.D. on lipton lol

    • Jenn altman November 29, 2012 at 3:47 pm - Reply

      for real i cant believe all this crap im reading..

  30. BCBUD August 29, 2011 at 10:44 pm - Reply

    It has been scientifically proven to in fact create a marijuana like buzz, however this is not due to CO2 in the bloodstream, or anything to do with the smoke at all for that matter. The state of mind created by not just green tea, but any herbal tea, is due to a certain chemical in the smoke that is chemically related to the same chemical that is found in salvia but in much smaller amounts.

  31. E.O August 11, 2011 at 4:30 pm - Reply

    I like tea. When i Drink a cup, i sometimes smoke a pinch afterwards to get more relaxing affects from it.

    • W.C October 5, 2011 at 2:08 pm - Reply

      I too like to smoke a pinch when I have tea. Actually, it usually the other way around, I find the tea soothes the throat after “smoking a pinch”

  32. Spectre August 6, 2011 at 8:27 pm - Reply

    What kind of tea was it that you smoked?

  33. Julia February 14, 2011 at 8:07 pm - Reply

    Seems to me that the smoke itself is what is the relaxing factor – increased CO2 in the bloodstream always makes you feel more relaxed then more energized when oxygen returns to normal levels afterwards. Just inhaling smoke, wether it be from burning tea or anything really, is not healthy.
    I would hope that people find other ways – healthier ways- to relax because even though this is less dangerous than cigarettes, it’s still harmful.

  34. Jay LeePoe February 4, 2011 at 5:50 pm - Reply

    Hey there, guy.

    First off, not a fan of watching some guy bumble around for the first time rolling anything. Watching an amateur do things wrong? Interesting. But to get into the meat of the matter, I have recently begun smoking tea (Tetley) with a few whole cloves mixed in and found it to be a nice, relaxing smoke that /must/ be doing something. I do feel relaxed and somewhat energized afterward. I must say that I am completely surprised by all this but I do suppose that it makes some sense. I think I’ll try out some of the better teas I normally procure to see where this leads. I enjoy the combustion of my goods but hate tobacco. Your fear to this end is understandable but please do not hold the dangerous bog of Big Tobacco cancer sticks with all things smoked, which is the easily made association.

    • John Kelly July 26, 2012 at 1:51 pm - Reply

      the burning of any organic (carbon containing) material, including tea leaves, produces known human carcinogens, these are found in the soot or particulate matter that condenses from ANY smoke, not just cigarettes. they are called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons or PAHs, and most notable of them is benzoApyrene which is a class 1 human carcinogen. and when you light your ”goods” on fire and inhale them into your lungs, you are also inhaling thousands of other exact same chemicals found in cigarettes, such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, acetaldehyde, acrolein, and hydrogen cyanide, among many others.

      • potatoe March 9, 2013 at 12:45 pm - Reply

        does it leave a smell in your mouth. because i aint bout getting caught

        • Samantha June 8, 2013 at 5:13 am - Reply

          Yeah, it does leave a smell in your mouth.

          I smoke tea every weekend, about 4-5 joints, and it’s honestly an amazing feeling. Everything is relaxing, I even start losing my video games because I’m so chill.

          But I’d seriously recommend it to anyone who’s interested in smoking. Smoking really intrigued me, and I don’t want to get into weed, or tobacco (only tried the latter once). So tea was a great option for me, and so far I’ve tried smoking peppermint tea, raspberry tea, vanilla and honey tea, but I’d still say English Breakfast Tea is the best. It can be smooth, or harsh depending if you use rolling papers or some other kind of paper.

          It does leave a smell on you, though I wouldn’t say it smelled like pot. So, just take a shower or spray on some deodorant.

          Anyway, have fun with smoking tea 😛

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