For most people, the word “chifir” is strongly associated with prison traditions. Many people think that this is just strong brewed tea, while others compare it to drugs in terms of its effect on the body. In this article, you will learn what chifir really is, how to fix it and what effect it has: benefit or harm.
Historical reference, invented to brew and drink such tea
We can say that the first mention of the cipher in fiction is found in Jules Verne’s novel The Children of Captain Grant, published in 1868. There is a drink that resembles the recipe very similar to the recipe Australian tea. It is believed that in Russia it was first used by prisoners in forced labor camps in the 1920s.
The name, according to one version, comes from the word “chagira” – the so-called tea surrogate, common in eastern Siberia. According to another version, the word “chifir” comes from “chikhir”, which refers to one of the varieties of strong Caucasian wine.
Chemical composition of chifir
Due to their chemical nature, the tonic effect of chifri differs significantly from strong tea or coffee. Due to prolonged brewing, the caffeine in chifir breaks down and creates other organic compounds. At the same time, maximum alkaloids are released in them, as well as nitrogen compounds – adenine and guanine – from the tea leaf to the resulting infusion. In terms of chemical composition, chifir is a cocktail of alkaloids and a number of other indigestible and highly harmful substances.
How to cook properly
The simplest recipe for chifir is as follows:
- Boil 250 ml of water, pour into a mug.
- Pour 50 g of black tea on top, do not stir.
- Close the lid and let stand for 15 minutes.
During the infusion, the tea leaf settles to the bottom, after which the chifire can be drunk. Georgian fine-grained tea was usually used to prepare the drink, which is now difficult to find for sale. To prepare chifir, any other type of both loose and granular tea is suitable, you can choose in reviews of tea brands: Princess Nuri, Akbar, Greenfield, Akhmat and Puer. But granules give too hard taste and large-leaved – on the contrary soft and rich. Gourmets recommend mixing these two types.
It is believed that chifir is best taken on an empty stomach. It is important not to eat before drinking, and also within half an hour to an hour after. Then the effect will be optimal. Another, stricter taboo is sugar. In no case should chifir be added. Even a teaspoon of sugar will increase the effect of harmful substances in the drink, it can cause severe headaches, increase blood pressure and speed up the pulse.
The effect of chifir on the body and harmful consequences
The effect of chifir is due to the strong concentration of alkaloids present in it. The drink acts as a psychostimulant. About 15 minutes after consumption, a state of nervousness generally occurs. Muscle tone increases and a desire for physical activity appears. Many cipher consumers talk about improved mood. This effect can, depending on the individual characteristics of the organism, last from half an hour to several hours. The popularity of chifir in prisons is not only explained by its availability. Unlike alcohol, chifir does not induce aggressive behavior, which is extremely important in conditions for a large number of people and limited space.
As with the use of other drugs, after euphoria comes a recession – a state of depression, drowsiness and sometimes irritability. With regular use of chifir, severe headaches occur, depression develops and psychosis can begin. These symptoms are alleviated by the next “dose” of the drink, which eventually causes addiction, similar to a drug.
Benefit or harm?
Those who have visited places that are not so far away talk about the health benefits of chifir. In addition, they say that chifir was almost the only source of vitamins in conditions of unfavorable climate and poor diet. It is difficult to substantiate these statements, but the damage from the “prison drink” is obvious.
Chifir adversely affects:
- The nervous system. It causes disturbances in consciousness, neurosis and depression.
- Cardiovascular system. Chifir is very discouraged for people with heart problems. It can cause cramps in the blood vessels of the brain and with some tendency to induce heart attack or stroke.
- The gastrointestinal tract. May cause stomach pain, nausea, vomiting.
- Oral cavity and teeth. Long-term consumers of chifir can rarely boast not only the health of their teeth but their presence in general.
Chifir was invented in prisons. It is one of the few legal drugs available to prisoners. Despite the extremely serious effects on the body, chifir is still popular in prisons. But consumption “in nature” looks at least a strange, if not a suicidal habit.
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