Can tea get you high? (+5 health benefits)

In this article, we will answer the question “Can tea get you high?”, and what are the health benefits of smoking tea?

Can tea get you high?

There is no scientific evidence If the tea can get you high. But users have claimed you can get a marijuana-like high if you choose the right type of tea.

Why do people smoke tea?

Green tea cigarettes gained popularity in Vietnam decades ago. The trend soon reached America. Apart from the medicinal and health benefits that can be obtained by drinking green tea, It can also be used to get high. Green tea cigarettes also serve as a great replacement for people working to get rid of their tobacco cigarette addiction.

Health effects of smoking tea 

The Health benefits of drinking tea are well-known and based on scientific evidence. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about smoking tea. 

One thing it does is that many of the beneficial compounds of tea would be more quickly absorbed into the bloodstream through the lungs during smoking. 

On the other hand, smoking or inhaling anything burning is considered to be injurious to health. A few health benefits of smoking tea claimed by people are given below.

Lowered anxiety 

An amino acid called  L-theanine, present in green tea has proven benefits for relieving anxiety. Drinking green tea has shown to prove this health claim. The same can be said about smoking green tea. 

But research is needed to confirm whether  L-theanine can be absorbed through smoking or not. Users of green tea cigarettes claim to get marijuana-like high on green tea cigarettes but it is not yet scientifically proven.

Cognitive enhancement 

L-theanine has been found to improve memory, focus, cognitive functions, and the overall well-being of the brain. 

Studies conducted on green tea beverages and extracts have proven this health claim by showing that a combination of L-theanine and caffeine can improve the learning abilities of the brain. It is, as of now, unknown whether L-theanine gets absorbed during smoking or not. 

Better metabolism 

Green tea aids in weight loss by promoting fat loss and increasing the rate of metabolism. This health claim is owed to the antioxidants called catechins present in green tea. 

There is no scientific proof if the anti-oxidant benefits of green tea can be obtained by smoking green tea or not.

Healthier cigarette replacement 

Smoking green tea to get rid of nicotine addiction could prove to be very effective. However, smoking tea cannot be labeled a safe and approved method to withdraw from nicotine addiction.

The energy boost from caffeine

One thing we are sure about and is scientifically proven is that you can get high on caffeine by smoking tea. But caffeine overdose is not a good thing. It can cause nausea, dizziness, and anxiety. 

Post case scenario, It can lead to lung cancer and heart diseases. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should not smoke tea.

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Is smoking tea legal?

Green tea beverage is legal for purchase and consumption. There are no legal restrictions o how people like to consume it even publicly. In fact, you can also make a legal purchase of a green tea smoking blend or pre-fabricated cigarette. 

Alternatively, you can buy regular green tea and smoke it instead of drinking it. The laws applicable to the public smoking of tobacco cigarettes are also applicable for smoking green tea. 

What are the best teas for getting tea drunk?

  • High-quality loose tea leaves are considered a good choice for smoking tea.
  • Tea plucked from top buds and leaves like  Bai Hao Yin Zhen White Tea is also recommended.
  • Teas with zero to light oxidation can also be used.
  • Shade-grown teas including matcha and Gyokuro have the highest levels of L-theanine. They are also pretty good options for smoking tea.
  • Last, but not least, aged teas like  Fuding Shou Mei White Tea and Ancient Tree, Chun Jian Raw Pu-erh are also good options. 

Steps to getting tea drunk 

Only drink high-quality tea 

Shade-grown prime quality teas like oolongs, pu-erh, and shade-grown Japanese green teas (like gyokuro and matcha) are best for smoking. They have a pretty deep green color.

Don’t drink tea on an empty stomach 

Eat something very light like nuts, fruits, or any type of snack before getting drunk on tea.

Don’t drink on a very full stomach 

If you have your stomach filled with some other food, the digestion of tea would become very slow. Therefore, keep it light.


In this article, we answered the question “Can tea get you high?”, and what are the health benefits of smoking tea?


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