Published: December 14th, 2018
Categories: How To
Those who understand will agree that being in an altered state of mind from time to time is, to an extent, a healthy exercise. It tends to put things into perspective, which is why it is sometimes recommended for those who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Some people, however, just enjoy the ride of being someplace else mentally and emotionally, even spiritually. Whichever category you may fall under, here are nine psychedelic tea recipes that can easily enhance your experience by a few notches.
Known for its reputation as a powerful psychedelic, mescaline is found mainly in two species of cactus: the peyote cactus and the San Pedro cactus. Both are greatly psychoactive, giving this concoction quite a strong kick when consumed on its own.
As a result, more and more people have started to take mescaline in tea form. While it is still natural to feel nauseous upon consumption, it is supposedly less harsh on the stomach. The mescaline is expected to kick in after 1–2 hours.
Now, let’s make our own batch.
Large blender/hand blender
1. Slice cactus into thin strips, enough to fit in the blender. Note that a 15cm cactus is enough for one person, while 30cm will serve a small group of people.
2. Blend the sliced cacti until they are completely transformed into pulp, without any large chunks or lumps present.
3. Transfer the cactus mixture into the large saucepan. Bring it to a boil, then drop it down to simmer for 4 to 5 hours. Add cold water throughout to prevent burning, if necessary.
4. The product will end up looking like a sludgy, pasty substance. After time has elapsed, it must be strained using the filtration paper into the medium saucepan. The paste can be disposed of once all the liquid has been collected in the saucepan.
5. This liquid will form the base of your tea, which you can either take as a shot in itself or boil/microwave again to enjoy as a hot beverage.
A psychedelic tea list would not be complete without the presence of magic mushrooms or truffles. And while these are commonly eaten, they have also been proven to be a tastier treat when consumed in tea form.
Like mescaline, its main ingredient psilocybin causes nausea, and ingesting it in tea form is a known solution to this problem.
Here’s how to make your very own magic mushroom/truffle tea.
1. Break up shrooms/truffles into small pieces to create more surface area.
2. Boil a generous amount of water, then let cool for a few minutes.
3. Place the shrooms/truffles into the tea infuser, then into the hot water. Steep for up to 15 minutes as you occasionally stir.
4. Strain your concoction into a mug. Stir in some honey if preferred.
The history behind Salvia divinorum dates back to the time of ancient Shaman who used these plants as a form of medicine. It is also considered to be one of the strongest psychedelics in existence.
With up to eight grams of dry leaves, users will be instantly taken into an entirely new dimension, making this one of the most underrated psychedelics out there.
Let’s get into it, shall we?
2–8 grams dried salvia leaves (depending on desired potency)
Milk, sugar, honey (all optional)
Small brewing pot
Fine mesh sieve
1. Bring water to a boil. Add in the dried salvia leaves. Allow to steep for a maximum of three minutes.
2. Remove the leaves from the pot, turn off the heat, then let the water infusion sit for up to ten minutes.
3. Now, strain your mix through the fine mesh sieve into your mug to remove any little particles.
4. At this point, you can add the optional ingredients if you wish. These will simply make the process of consumption more enjoyable.
Psychedelics are also known as effective stress-relievers, and this is proven by the South African bush Sceletium tortuosum, otherwise known in its dried or fermented plant form as kanna. It has been an integral part of the lives of indigenous tribes for 4,000 years, and is still widely used today.
Kanna is a favourite among many psychonauts, mainly for its mood-enhancing and relaxing after-effects. This can be greatly beneficial for people dealing with anxiety and even depression.
The lowest dosage is 200mg, while the medium dosage is 400mg. The highest dosage is
Kanna (depending on your dosage of choice)
1½ cups water
Fine mesh sieve/filter
1. Pour water into small saucepan and heat on low.
2. Squeeze out all the lemon juice into the water. This will help increase the solubility of the kanna once it’s added to the mix.
3. Add kanna to the pan.
4. Stir your mix while keeping its temperature steady for up to 15 minutes.
5. Pour the mix into the mug using the sieve. Add honey to sweeten, if preferred.
Various forms of drinkable medicine were already in existence during the times of Ancient Egypt. Blue lotus, otherwise known as Nymphaea caerulea, is commonly used in spiritual rituals for its aphrodisiac effects.
The recommended amount for consumption of blue lotus tea is five grams in dried leaf form. Add some hot water into the mix, and you have tea for one.
Let’s get on with the brewing, which is a pretty straightforward process.
5–10 grams of blue lotus
2 cups water
1 tbsp. honey (optional)
1 tbsp. lemon juice (optional)
Coffee filter or tea bag
1. Fill up tea bag with 5–10 grams of blue lotus. Include all the petals and bulbs.
2. Heat water to boil in saucepan. Take off heat; drop tea bag into water and steep for 10–20 minutes.
3. Add additional ingredients if preferred.
4. Remove tea bag and pour infusion into mug.
Of course, good ganja will not be left off this list. Cannabis has long been a favourite herb to make into a tea, and a good strain to use would be Royal Gorilla due to its powerful cannabinoid content.
With around 27% THC, it is also beloved among growers for its quick flowering period and high yield, especially when grown indoors.
On to cannabis tea.
½ gram cannabis
1½ cups water
1 tea bag of any flavour
½ tsp. butter
Empty tea bag/coffee filter
1. Grind your bud and mix in into the butter. It is key to have all of it enveloped in the fat.
2. Empty out the tea bag and mix it into the cannabis butter. Place this mixture inside a new tea bag/coffee filter once done.
3. Using a saucepan, boil the water.
4. Add the bagged mixture into the water and let steep as the mix simmers for 30 minutes.
5. Let the concoction cool until it is ready for drinking.
6. Remove tea bag and pour infusion into mug.
Hailing from Southeast Asia, Mitragyna speciosa, more commonly known as kratom, is actually a coffee variant. Its roots can be traced back to Malaysia and Thailand, where it was used as an herbal drug, and now as a chew.
When ingested in low doses (1–5 grams), kratom provides a stimulating effect. Cranking it up further (10–11+ grams) will result in a sedative sensation.
Here’s how to put together your own kratom tea.
1½ cups water
Cinnamon, honey, sugar (all optional)
Small saucepan (preferably with a pouring spout)
Strainer/coffee filter paper
1. Pour the water into your saucepan.
2. Squeeze the lemon juice into it, then bring the mixture to a simmer.
3. Add in your preferred amount of kratom powder.
4. Stir the mix and let it simmer for another 15 minutes.
5. Pour the liquid into a mug with a strainer above to sift out the residuals.
6. Add the optional ingredients.
As the name itself suggests, this ingredient hails from Africa. Known also by its scientific name Silene capensis, African dream root is rich in saponins, which cause minor alterations in perception during waking hours.
Moments of slumber, on the other hand, are made more interesting as it brings users on a more psychedelic trip. Interestingly, these dreams are vividly recalled upon waking the next morning.
Here’s how it’s made.
1 tbsp. powdered African dream root
1 tbsp. cinnamon
1 tbsp. powdered ginger
1 tbsp. honey
1 cup water
1. Mix powdered African dream root, cinnamon, and ginger together.
2. Boil water in small saucepan.
3. Place the above mixture in and stir. While stirring, add honey, then let the drink sit for a couple minutes off the heat.
4. Transfer to a mug and add milk or cream if you desire.
Hawaiian baby woodrose grows wild in India, Hawaii, and several other world regions. It has amassed popularity among modern psychonauts as a mild psychedelic. Containing the tryptamine LSA, consuming the seeds of Hawaiian baby woodrose induces an experience similar to LSD.
Here’s how to make your own Hawaiian baby woodrose infusion.
3–8 Hawaiian baby woodrose seeds
Coffee grinder/mortar and pestle
1. Start by grinding up the seeds. A coffee grinder works best for this, but a mortar and pestle will do as well.
2. Take the powder and soak it in a small pot with purified water. Don’t just use regular tap. Leave the infusion to sit for 24 hours.
3. Now, strain the mixture through a coffee filter into the large mug. You can discard the remnants of the seeds. All you want is the liquid.
4. Drink this infusion slowly over a period of around half an hour. This should keep nausea to a minimum.