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Touted for its health benefits, CBD tea is growing in availability and popularity. It tends to have a pleasant taste that resembles regular tea. But, like any tea, it can use a boost of flavor. Infused with lemon and cinnamon, this cup is refreshing, relaxing, and flavorful. It’s a simple way to brew a better-tasting and more effective cup of CBD tea from a prepared blend.
CBD tea is known for potentially relieving anxiety and pain among other ailments. Also called hemp tea, it may offer medicinal benefits to some people, though the extent of that is going to depend on the tea and the individual. Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the active compounds found in cannabis plants. It is not tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which produces the psychoactive high associated with marijuana—a different plant than hemp, which is used for the majority of CBD teas.
If you’re hoping to maximize the effectiveness of the cannabidiol compounds in a CBD tea bag, you’ll want to add fat. The CBD molecules cling to fats, which helps your body process them. Adding cream, milk, or a similar “fat” to your cup of tea maximizes the benefits you get from drinking it.
Types of CBD Tea
CBD is typically blended with other ingredients which are normally found in tea. These include varieties of true teas (e.g., green or black tea) as well as herbs and spices that are common in tisanes like chamomile, ginger, mint, and turmeric.
Some manufacturers add the actual hemp plant to the tea bag. These have a noticeable cannabis fragrance. Others use another form of CBD, but it must be water-soluble. Simply adding CBD oil to a cup of tea will not work because water and oil don’t mix, so the beneficial compounds will not be extracted into hot water. Alcohol-based CBD tinctures may work, though.
CBD teas also vary in strength, which is measured in milligrams (mg). Some CBD teas, such as those from Buddha Teas have 5 mg of CBD per tea bag while other companies like The Brothers Apothecary have 62.7 mg of CBD per tea bag. In the CBD world, a single serving is often referred to as a dose, referring to its potential medicinal benefits. Tea does not offer the accurate dosing of other CBD products.
Buying CBD Tea
When shopping for CBD tea, look for “full-spectrum” and “industrial” hemp, and ensure that it’s water-soluble. Since the tea affects everyone differently, it’s likely best to start with a low dosage tea. Also, if you’re looking to drink the tea to relax, keep in mind that tea leaves have caffeine, so choose a caffeine-free herbal blend instead.
Learn how to make a cup of CBD tea that maximizes its health benefits. This simple recipe infuses the drink with lemon and cinnamon.
How to make the most powerful and effective CBD tea
Weed tea has long been used as a tool to sooth common conditions like inflammation, nausea and pain, but unfortunately, cannabis is known for its THC content, which is psychoactive, resulting in many people who might benefit from a treatment, to turning it down. Not everyone can risk a reduced level of motor function or delayed reaction time, and for those that can’t, CBD products like edibles or tea can be the perfect solution.
The best part about this CBD weed tea recipe, is that it can be made using regular cannabis that is high in CBD, hemp flowers that are rich in the element, or by using pure and unadulterated CBD oil as a base of infusion, but the best and easiest to manage method by far is CBD oil.
Now, if you are unfamiliar with how to make CBD oil, or do not have access to a reliable vendor of this kind of product, then the next best option is pure fresh buds from either hemp or cannabis. Just remember, that using bud adds the extra step of decarboxylation which must be performed before the brewing to effectively convert and release the therapeutic effects of CBD into your steaming hot cup of tea.
How to decarboxylate bud flowers for edibles
A lot of consumers assume that THC is the only element that requires activation to be effective, but CBD also needs that extra push. To decarboxylate your cannabis you will need a few tools, some patients and an oven.
- 1 gram of hemp or cannabis flower
- Baking sheet
- Weed grinder
- Parchment paper
Preheat an oven to 325°F.
Grind up the herb using a grinder, then line the baking sheet with parchment paper.
Sprinkle the grind across the middle of the lined baking pan.
Bake the cannabis/hemp in the oven for 35 minutes to decarboxylate.
CBD Tea recipe
Edibles are a treat, but this weed tea beats most recipes out there, with how fast it is to put together. The best part is that you can personalize the flavor and keep things interesting by switching up the type of tea bags used, which can help to keep the effects of this CBD tea fun and enjoyable.
- 1 teaspoon of CBD oil (or 1 gram of decarboxylated flowers)
- 1 tea bag (any flavor)
- 1 mug
- ½ cup of boiling hot water
- 1 small teaspoon
- Flavor additives
If you are using buds then slice open a teabag and fill it with the grind, so that it can steep in the water as it boiled to release the THC.
Fill a small pot with water and bring it to a rolling boil.
Pour the boiling hot water over the tea bag and then add in the cannabis oil (if applicable).
If you used bud grind, then gently stir the tea bag for a couple of minutes after it’s been poured before adding any flavorings like sugar, milk, honey or cream.
Remove the tea bag from the mug, and gently press, to release the delightful aromas and smells of your favorite tea.
Your CBD tea is now ready to serve and is best enjoyed while hot.
Cannabis infused coffee creamer (vegan friendly)
One of my favorite ways to spike a good pot of morning brew is by using this homemade DIY marijuana edible recipe. It’s fast, and easy.
The best part about this CBD weed tea recipe, is that it can be made using regular cannabis that is high in CBD, or hemp flowers