The Psychedelic Properties of Tea
Occasionally under the right conditions and circumstances we in our human being vessels experience transcendence with the help of a spiritual medium known as tea.
Psychedelic experiences are classified as a temporary state correlating with euphoria, expansion of consciousness, and mild hallucinations. Perhaps the first two are obvious to you, but in the context of hallucinations we will focus on cerebral effects as they relate to time, instead of a visual ripple in your line of sight.
It is widely known that tea has been used as a medium for meditation for over six thousand years. Of the many aspirations of meditation one of them is to ground us in the present moment. Suspended from the ambition and regression of the prefrontal cortex we tune into something that is right here, right now, and in turn we feel gratitude for the experiences we find ourselves in.
According to the U.S. national library on medicine the L-Theanine combined with the Caffeine in tea has an ability to stimulate both Alpha and Beta brand waves in the mind. Typically alpha is associated with REM sleep deep relaxation, while Beta is commonly found in the fight flight mind - mental alertness.
In the context of these cerebral effects the mental effects are quite profound, and borderline pyschadelic. The pupils dilate as ones sensitivity to light increases and the leaves become greener, your sense of sound alters, and many people report a sense of hearing change.
When we imagine people drinking tea at our partner accounts, we envision a vibration, the waves in a tea drinkers mind changing, perspective altered, a sense of physiological calm, and mental transcendence overwhelming the normal problem solving circuitry. As you can see from above these effects are not just mere speculation or poetry, there is something we are all tuning into when we drink tea.
What is it? Perhaps it is beyond definition the closest I can come to an explanation comes to us from a ninth century poem by a man named Lu Tong. Was he trippin? You be the judge.
Lu Tong's Seven Bowls of Tea 七碗诗 卢仝（唐. 790~835）
The first bowl moistens my lips and throat;
The second bowl breaks my loneliness;
The third bowl searches my barren entrails but to find
Therein some five thousand scrolls;
The fourth bowl raises a slight perspiration
And all life's inequities pass out through my pores;
The fifth bowl purifies my flesh and bones;
The sixth bowl calls me to the immortals.
The seventh bowl could not be drunk,
When we consider all of the cups of tea being consumed in the United States we consider this a great awakening shifting the consciousness of the world at large.