I am in no way interested in immortality,
But only in the taste of tea.Lu Tong
At the end of a hard day’s work, many people like to unwind with a cocktail. A beer or two, or maybe a glass of red wine could help you relax after a stressful day. And while consuming alcohol in moderation can be part of a healthy lifestyle, it can also have a lot of negative side effects or lead to binge drinking. But if you’re someone who can’t or does not drink alcohol, or if you’re looking to cut back, there is a way to achieve a similar relaxed state with the help of tea! Ever heard of getting tea drunk???
Tea is a fairly innocent beverage, but when consumed in high amounts can result in a state of euphoria. That state is commonly referred to as being tea drunk! Being tea drunk causes a relaxed feeling similar to being drunk on alcohol. However, unlike alcohol, being tea drunk increases alertness and focus, and does not cause the same impairment.
Of course, being drunk on anything can have some downsides, and tea is no different. Because you have to drink more tea than normal to get tea drunk, some of the effects of tea are magnified. Drinking too much tea can trigger feelings of nausea, dizziness, or shakiness. Thankfully, these unpleasant side effects are temporary and do not affect everyone.
What’s the Buzz?
Let me tell you what’s a’happening when you drink tea! We’ve mentioned in previous blog posts the effects of caffeine, l-theanine, and catechins found in matcha. So it’s no surprise to hear these magical compounds are hard at work when you’re getting tea drunk!
Caffeine, naturally, is the main stimulant found in tea. It’s what gives you that delightful rush of energy we’re all fond of, and keeps you alert throughout the day!
L-theanine has been shown to produce the relaxed state that comes with drinking tea. Because L-theanine is shown to boost the production of alpha waves in your brain, your body feels as if it is in an awakened state of rest. L-theanine has even been studied for its effects on reducing anxiety!
Catechins are the antioxidants found in each cup or bottle of tea. Catechins are shown to bind to the cannabinoid receptors in the brain, which are responsible for controlling mood. These are the same receptors that are most affected when you use cannabis — cannabinoid, cannabis! That means when you drink tea, the catechins give you a similar feel-good sensation. That might be why another term for “tea drunk” is “tea high”!
You can survive up to three weeks without food.
You can only survive for three days without water.
No one knows how many days you can survive
Without caffeine.Andrew Shaffer
If you’re interested in getting tea drunk, always make sure you’re drinking with your best buds. Tea buds, that is! That’s right, there are certain teas that are especially effective for getting drunk. White tea made from new tea buds and leaves can be effective, as well as aged teas like oolong. But of course, the best results come from teas with the highest catechin content, plus caffeine and L-theanine. Like, say, organic ceremonial grade matcha!
I wonder who makes a 100% Organic Ceremonial Grade Matcha and also runs this blog…
Why Does It Feel Like You’re About to Make a Transition?
That’s right! With catechins, caffeine, and L-theanine, Yum Matcha™ may be your answer! And now, try Yum Matcha™ infused with Full Spectrum Hemp, giving your favorite matcha a shot of CBD and other cannabinoids! And don’t worry, Yum Matcha™ with Hemp contains NO THC — so the only buzz you’ll feel is from the tea itself!
Now, Where Do I Start?
If you want to relax and meditate with a piping hot cup of matcha, there’s always the traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony. But if you’re looking to casually unwind with matcha, you may want to politely decline the formal setting.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t still experience the zen-like state matcha brings! If you’re trying to get tea drunk, make sure there’s a little light food in your stomach — we recommend fruit and nuts. Eating a full meal is not recommended — not only does it slow down your body’s ability to absorb the compounds in matcha, but it also can contribute to some of the negative side effects we mentioned earlier!
The most important thing you can do with getting tea drunk is take your time. Drinking tea, whether on a regular basis or a special occasion, should be a relaxing, almost philosophical experience. So get comfortable, and remove distractions!
Sit in a nice, cozy chair, or maybe even huddle up under a big, fuzzy blanket! Focus on the tea, its taste, smell, and temperature. Think about how it affects you the more you drink. And above all, enjoy yourself! Tea drinking is a healthy practice for both body and mind, and it should feel rejuvenating!