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How to make weed tea

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  1. What are the effects of weed tea?
  2. What do you need to make weed tea?
  3. How to make weed tea
  4. Other weed tea recipes

Cannabis tea is a soothing drink made by steeping cannabis in hot water. Weed tea has been used for millennia to treat a variety of ailments from nausea to chronic pain.

Cannabis tea is a soothing drink made by steeping cannabis in hot water. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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Drinking your weed in tea form offers the same potent and long-lasting effects as edibles, but with little-to-zero calories. Tea is also an excellent option for individuals who don’t enjoy, or want to avoid the potential risks of, smoking but still want the benefits of cannabis.

What are the effects of weed tea?

Since weed tea is basically an edible, the effects are the same as consuming the same amount of the same strain via other edible methods. It can take about 30 to 90 minutes for the full effects of weed tea’s THC to kick in, but the actual onset you can expect depends on a variety of factors, including the makeup of your endocannabinoid system and other health factors.

It’s important to dose in moderation, follow the “start low, go slow” adage, and wait at least two hours after consuming cannabis tea before ingesting any more. Also, as an edible, the THC in weed tea metabolizes in the liver, which transforms it into the much more potent and long-lasting 11-hydroxy-THC. The effects of weed tea typically last up to eight hours.

What do you need to make weed tea?

It’s simple to brew cannabis tea with a few ingredients, supplies typically lying around the house, and your favorite bud. For this recipe, you’ll need to assemble the following:

  • 1 gram of cannabis.
  • 1 tbsp of unsalted butter OR coconut oil.
  • 1 teabag, or loose-leaf tea, if preferred.
  • 4 cups of water.
  • Any ingredients you’d add to tea, such as honey or cinnamon.
  • A mug.
  • A teapot or saucepan.
  • A spoon.
  • A fine strainer, cheesecloth, or coffee filters.

It’s simple to brew cannabis tea with a few ingredients, supplies typically lying around the house, and your favorite bud. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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How to make weed tea

To begin, grind your cannabis until it’s broken up but not completely powdered. You can also opt to chop your bud with a sharp knife. Be sure to separate all the stems and seeds from the mix, if desired.

Boil four cups of water in the teapot on the stove. Once the water boils, add the butter or coconut oil and allow it to completely dissolve. This fatty addition acts as a binder for the cannabinoids so they distribute throughout the tea.

Next add the cannabis and the teabag/loose-leaf tea. Allow to boil for 7 to 10 minutes, stirring frequently. To boost the potency, you can add additional trim, stems, or flower during this step.

After 10 minutes, the tea should be thoroughly infused. Remove from heat and remove the teabag. Now it’s time to filter out the plant matter from your tea. Using a teapot, it’s easy to secure a coffee filter around the spout with a rubber band or place the filter inside the teapot. If you used a saucepan, secure the coffee filter over the top of a mug to strain the tea. Another option is to use a tea infuser for the cannabis and/or loose tea.

Voila, you’re ready to enjoy infused weed tea. Feel free to add any milk, cinnamon, honey, or lemon as desired. Sweet additions such as honey or sugar are popular choices to mask the distinct weedy flavor. Follow your heart and taste buds and enjoy!

Other weed tea recipes

Boiling your herb in hot water isn’t the only way to brew weed tea. You can also simply place cannabis butter or cannabis oil, such as infused coconut oil or products purchased directly from a licensed dispensary, in your beverage and allow it to dissolve in the hot water. Mix infused butter or oil with a teabag of choice, allow it to steep, and enjoy it with any milk, spice, honey, or sugar you desire.

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How to Make Cannabis Tea: A Complete User Guide

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Cannabis tea is becoming more and more popular for its health-enhancing qualities, and with the onset of colder weather in the northern hemisphere, there’s a seasonal need to boost immunity while also keeping your body warm and well-balanced. Here’s how a drinking a cup of this wellness elixir can help you do just that.

The Wellness Wonders of Cannabis Tea

Cannabis tea can assist you with your pain management routine, respiratory health, optimal brain and nervous system functioning, and cancer treatment plan. Take a look at 3 other ways that it gives a well-rounded lift to your health and wellness.

It Aids with Stress Reduction

Teas of different varieties have been shown to act as stress reducers due to their amino acids and other balancing compounds that are found in the plants’ essential oils. The latest research now reveals how drinking cannabis tea gives you a ‘double-dose’ of calm. In addition to its other relaxing components, cannabis plants contain compounds known as ‘cannabinoids that act to regulate stress responses in your body. This allows them to decrease your incidents of anxiety and worry over the long term, which is proven to be one of the best ways to optimize your immune health.

It Helps Promote Healthy Weight Regulation

The CBD (Cannabidiol) found in cannabis has been shown to be a great weight regulator. It works by increasing a process known as “fat browning“, which actually leads to a faster breakdown of fat, helps inhibit proteins involved in new fat cell creation, and increases metabolic energy expenditures. This helps ensure that your body gets the fats it needs during the winter season for optimal nutrition, while also limiting excess storage that can lead to conditions such as heart disease and diabetes.

It Gives Wellness-Boosting Balance to Reduce the Risk for Disease

Cannabis helps your body’s Endocannabinoid System stay healthy and strong. Why is this so important? As it turns out, this key system, which was discovered in the early 1990s, acts as a sort of CEO to the other major systems in your body to ensure that they perform well-executed processes. By properly regulating ‘endocannabinoid‘ receptors that are located throughout your brain and body, the ‘exocannabinoid‘ compounds found in cannabis help your body thrive.

Cannabis Brewing Guide

Because cannabis tea is processed through your digestive tract, its therapeutic benefits usually take 30-60 minutes to take effect, and they last longer than smoking. Typically, symptom relief can continue for between 4-8 hours, which makes cannabis teas especially beneficial for pain management and longer-term relief from a variety of symptoms. This helps cut down on the costs of continuous dosing.

Picking Your Strain

Naturally, you’ll want to pick a cannabis strain that shows the most success in alleviating your specific symptoms. Our App showcases a wide selection of strains, and allow you to find what other people with your same health indicators are using to help heal themselves. You can also enter which strains and dosages aid you most with different symptoms, and view the concentrations of THC and CBD in each strain. Since your entire personal history is at your fingertips, you can even review how your treatment is progressing with your doctor.

Cannabis Strains and Their Pairings

Cannabis strains run the gamut of flavours, from aromatic orange to earthy tobacco. The tea in its basic form can be somewhat bitter to the taste, and that’s why it’s recommended to add regular tea leaves or herbs and spices that complement your strain’s flavours. In addition, Cannabis Sativa strains tend to make you more alert, whereas Cannabis Indica strains are more relaxing. Therefore, adding caffeinated tea leaves to a Sativa strain may make you over-energetic, or it may give you just the boost you need depending on your specific situation.

Here’s a quick breakdown of the common tea types you can use to pair with your Cannabis strains:


These teas are the most fully oxidized, which is why they have turned brown. Oxidation happens whenever leaves are removed from the plant, and can also be sped up by reshaping the leaves. It gives black teas the ability to quickly absorb a variety of bold and distinctive flavours, and adds to their higher levels of caffeine. Chai tea is a popular black variety.


By contrast, white teas are the least oxidized and tend to contain the lowest amounts of caffeine of all the types, although this can vary. They also have a more subtle flavour, and are recognizable by their distinctive light leaves.


Green teas tend to be processed very quickly, and that’s why they keep their colour, and contain a wide array of antioxidants and nutrients. Their taste is a bit sharper than the whites, and they have a low to moderate caffeine count.


Oolong teas hold elements of both green and black teas, making them a nutritious and flavourful choice that contains moderate amounts of caffeine.

Brewing Teas With THC

The key point to remember when brewing cannabis tea is that cannabinoids found in cannabis, such as THC and CBD, are not water-soluble. This means that a fat or oil must be added to your tea in order to extract these medicinal elements so you can benefit from them. Some people add butter, coconut oil, or a high fat milk directly to the water before adding in the ground cannabis, while others mix their cannabis and butter together first, to form a ‘cannabutter’. Here’s a recipe for ‘cannabutter’, as well as a basic tea recipe:


What you will need:

1/2 cup of unsalted butter

1/4 ounce or 7 grams of finely ground cannabis buds

Melt your butter on low heat, add the grounds, and simmer for 45 minutes.

Use a spoon to push all the butter through your strainer and into a storage container. Discard the remaining plant matter.

Immediately refrigerate or freeze.

Cannabis Tea

What You Will Need:

1/4 gram of ground cannabis buds

3/4 tsp unsalted butter, coconut oil, or high-fat milk

1 flavoured tea bag or loose-leaf tea to taste

1 tsp cannabutter

1 flavoured tea bag or loose-leaf tea to taste

Cannabis Grounds Tea: Boil your water and add the butter, coconut oil, or high-fat milk until it dissolves. Next, add your cannabis grounds in a strainer or directly into the water, along with your flavoured tea bag or loose-leaf tea. Let the tea simmer for about 15-30 minutes. If need be, strain out your remaining grounds/leaves with a sieve.

Cannabutter Tea: Boil your water and add your cannabutter, along with your flavoured tea bag or loose-leaf tea. Let these simmer for about 15-30 minutes. If need be, strain out your remaining grounds/leaves with a sieve.

Here Are Some Great Ways to ‘Spice Up’ Your Tea:

  • Add a favourite flavour-paired tea bag or loose-leaf to the water as it’s brewing, such as Earl Gray, Blackberry, or Green Tea
  • Mix in some honey after your tea is brewed to offset any bitterness
  • If you’re using milk as your water-soluble fat, consider adding a tasty chai blend
  • Add in some bolder spices such as cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg

Brewing Teas Without THC

This is the simplest brewing method because you can simply add your ground cannabis to the water using a tea strainer, or use loose grounds and a sieve. The brewing time is the same, and can be adjusted according to how strong you’d like your tea to be.

The main drawback of this method is that you won’t get the benefits from the therapeutic cannabinoids found in cannabis, such as THC and CBD, since they are not water-soluble. On the upside, you will still get many of the benefits of cannabis’ vitamins, amino acids, and THCA (which is THC in its raw form). THCA is not psychoactive, yet does still help with reducing inflammation and nausea, and shows promise as a cancer and neurological protector. Using this traditional brewing method means you’re left with a warm, comforting cup of tea that you can drink without any concern for the ‘high’ associated with THC.

We encourage you to take a look at our DIY Edibles Wellness Forum for even more delicious cannabis tea recipes, or to share your own!

Want to make cannabis infused tea? Check out our guide, which provides useful information, as well as a recipe for you to try out at home.