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Tobacco Tea?

by SensualPanda » Jan 25th 10 2:43 am

Just a really quick question that may seem completely random and probably slightly stupid. Is it possibly to brew some sort of tobacco tea? I know nicotine in high doses is likely very poisonous, but is it possible? I occasionally smoke cigars and love the flavour. I was wondering if there was a way to get that same nicotine and flavour into a tea. Could i put the tiniest bits of tobacco in my tea steep to add some nicotine or flavour?

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Re: Tobacco Tea?

by ABx » Jan 25th 10 3:12 am

I don't think that would be a very good idea, but if you get good at brewing (gongfu cha) then there's a lot of Taiwanese wulong, Wuyi yancha, and aged wulong that go very very well with cigars - particularly those with a strong after-taste/aroma, which can mix very well with the smoke. This can be very enjoyable, and very likely far more enjoyable than any tobacco tea :)

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Re: Tobacco Tea?

by nibrole » Jan 25th 10 5:19 am

Seems like tobacco tea would cause pretty bad nausea, unless you spit it out, ala chewing tobacco juices.

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Re: Tobacco Tea?

by beecrofter » Jan 25th 10 2:40 pm

One good cigar can contain 100-200 mg of nicotine 40–60 mg (0.5-1.0 mg/kg) can be a lethal dosage for adult humans.

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Re: Tobacco Tea?

by TubbyCow » Jan 25th 10 5:01 pm

Not a good idea to steep tobacco, but there are a lot of teas out there with notes of tobacco in the flavour. I remember the first time I tried a good loose leaf Yunnan Gold (Summit Tea's Yunnan Gold Leaves to be precise), the predominant taste for me was tobacco. Like I was drinking out of my pipe. Wonderful stuff, and much safer.

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Re: Tobacco Tea?

by Zanaspus » Jan 27th 10 1:01 pm

I think Lapsang Souchong tastes like tobacco juice, but that's just me.

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Re: Tobacco Tea?

by sneakers » Jan 30th 10 8:33 am

I think it tastes like smoke.

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Re: Tobacco Tea?

by sneakers » Jan 30th 10 8:41 am

When I knew a pipe smoker years ago, his tobacco had a delicious fruity aroma. It was lightly flavored with cherry, and in the the canister it smelled like fruit-flavored tea. However, I have no desire to drink the stuff. Nicotine is a wonderful poison. I once asked him to puff some pipe smoke onto a bunch of mites in my terrarium.

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Re: Tobacco Tea?

by Shihali » Feb 3rd 10 10:07 pm

I read a report by someone much braver (and much more reckless) than me about his experience making and drinking tobacco tea. He used one cigarette. Two or three cigarettes soaked overnight make a quite good insecticide solution that should be handled with gloves.

It seems like a really bad idea, but someone did live to tell the tale. Definitely a worse idea than a C. sinensis cigar (something else I have not tried but read the reports of others who did).

http://www.erowid.org/experiences/exp.php?ID=63157

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Re: Tobacco Tea?

by hop_goblin » Feb 8th 10 3:03 am

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Re: Tobacco Tea?

by chris&amy » Feb 22nd 10 12:26 am

Growing up in North Carolina working in tobacco was my summer job for years. After the tobacco is harvested the farmer places it into Bulk Barns that dry it out the leaves. Oh the sweet smell is to die for! I would suggest trying leaves like this instead of processed leaves from a cigarette. If I remember correctly the nicotine is much less like this. This is just my thoughts on this but this is very interesting. Another reason I say that the nicotine is lower is because the deer love it and I think one of my boss's said they eat it because of the low nicotine.


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Re: Tobacco Tea?

by ABx » Feb 23rd 10 12:21 am

chris&amy wrote:Growing up in North Carolina working in tobacco was my summer job for years. After the tobacco is harvested the farmer places it into Bulk Barns that dry it out the leaves. Oh the sweet smell is to die for! I would suggest trying leaves like this instead of processed leaves from a cigarette. If I remember correctly the nicotine is much less like this. This is just my thoughts on this but this is very interesting. Another reason I say that the nicotine is lower is because the deer love it and I think one of my boss's said they eat it because of the low nicotine.
But then if you're wrong, or someone gets their hands on something stronger, then it could be lethal. Is it really worth the risk?

If you really like the two, then just enjoy a cigar alongside a good tea. This can make a fantastic combo, if that's your thing, without trying to make a potentially lethal drink that probably wouldn't taste good.

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Re: Tobacco Tea?

by s(tea)ven » Feb 23rd 10 6:48 am

I love cigars and all, but I couldn't imagine trying to drink a tobacco tea. I swallowed just a little of the juice when I tried dip once and was nauseous for a good hour. Haven't touched the stuff since, haha.

As previously mentioned, I would try and find a good tea to go along with a good cigar.

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Re: Tobacco Tea?

by chris&amy » Feb 23rd 10 2:39 pm

Chris&am... wrote:But then if you're wrong, or someone gets their hands on something stronger, then it could be lethal. Is it really worth the risk?

If you really like the two, then just enjoy a cigar alongside a good tea. This can make a fantastic combo, if that's your thing, without trying to make a potentially lethal drink that probably wouldn't taste good.

Let me reiterate my point again.......I would never encourage anybody to do something that would hurt them. But I did offer an alternative to using cigarette tobacco. Just in case you do not know......I talked with a sales rep for Brown & Williamson tobacco in Wilson N.C several years ago and he told me that when they get the leaves from the farmers they store them in warehouses and then use a type of gas that will cause the leaf to swell double it size. Also its no secret how much more nicotine is added to the tobacco once it goes to processing. The leaf that i suggest has none of these gases or extra nicotine. I knew several farm hands that did chew this leaf and smoke and they are still living. So again i would never want anybody to hurt themselves just offer what I think would be a better choice if the person just has to try it.

Me personally I would never try it because I don't like tobacco anyway.


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Re: Tobacco Tea?

by TwoPynts » Jul 14th 10 4:57 pm

Hrm, reading this thread makes me wonder if anyone has tried making tea with another popular smokeable product... :mrgreen: