Tea is an aromatic drink with a long, rich history. It is obtained from the camellia species Camellia sinensis and is an unsurpassed daily drink that refreshes and relaxes the connoisseur. The word “tea” can also be used for infusions made from a variety of herbs and other plant species, including cannabis rich in CBD.
This is why tea is such an effective and enjoyable form of CBD dosing.
What is CBD?
CBD is one of the many cannabinoid compounds extracted from the cannabis plant. This unique family of chemicals is found (for the most part) only in cannabis and is capable of numerous physiological effects after consumption. While the psychotropic cannabinoid THC is known for the high it induces, CBD has no such side effects. Yet it has the potential to affect the mind and body in subtle ways.
CBD has been studied extensively and the scientific literature points to fascinating results both in vitro (in a petri dish) and in vivo (in a living organism). The research on the subject is not yet exhaustive, but it is certainly encouraging.
How CBD Works: The Endocannabinoid System
CBD acts on the body in a number of ways, including through the endocannabinoid system. This regulatory network consists of a number of receptors that are located on many different cell types in / on the body.
The authors one in the journal Pharmacological Reviews published work state that the endocannabinoid system shows promise for a wide range of different diseases and pathological conditions and has regulatory functions in both health and disease.
Benefits of CBD Tea
Tea is an easy and enjoyable way of administering CBD and can be an ideal choice for those who do not enjoy smoking or vaping.
Can help you get a good night's sleep
The relaxing properties of CBD have been scientifically proven. In a Clinical study published in 2019 was given CBD to a group of 72 adults who reported being restless and / or having poor sleep. Within the first month, sleep values improved in 48 patients (66,7%) in the study.
The relaxing effect of CBD tea before bed can be enhanced by adding chamomile, peppermint, valerian or melatonin.
Supports the health of the skin
Cannabinoids, including CBD, have been shown to have powerful antioxidant properties. CBD can help fight free radicals - molecules that damage cell structures and lead to wrinkles and other early signs of aging.
Green and black tea are already rich in antioxidants called flavonoids (which can also be found in cannabis). Therefore, regular consumption of CBD infused tea can be particularly effective in maintaining a glowing and youthful complexion.
Can help with upset stomachs
CBD can also help when you're feeling queasy. An article published in the British Journal of Pharmacology suggests that manipulating the endocannabinoid system due to the indirect activation of serotonin receptors could help.
Helps you switch off
CBD is said to have a relaxing effect. This makes CBD tea a perfect brew to switch off with at the end of a long day. Indeed, the calming effects of CBD on the nerves has been the subject of extensive research and has even made the cannabinoid a potential future alternative to traditional medicines.
Types of CBD tea
There are different ways to prepare CBD tea according to your own taste. One of the easiest methods is to brew some ground buds or leaves of a high-CBD strain in a tea infuser, just like making any other herbal tea. Note, however, that you need more leaves than buds for a comparably strong tea.
CBD buds can also be mixed with other types of tea, e.g. B. with green, black or herbal tea to take advantage of the best properties of both types.
In addition to plant material (CBD or hemp flowers) or finished CBD tea bags, CBD tinctures and other products can also be used to add CBD to your brew. However, conventional CBD oils are not ideal for making tea, as water and oil do not mix and therefore the positive active ingredients are not evenly distributed in the infusion.
How to make and consume CBD tea: what you need to know
The beauty of CBD tea isn't just the potential benefits mentioned earlier. We also like that it can be made countless ways: just add CBD to the tea of your choice, from black, green, and red tea to hibiscus, yerba mate, and everything in between!
In addition, CBD tea can be enjoyed both hot and cold, either as a relaxing warm-up drink in the cold season or as a refreshing cool drink in the hot summer months!
The thing is, cannabinoids in water aren't as well absorbed as the compounds in traditional tea. In other words, although you can brew your CBD tea this way, the result will be less potent.
Cannabinoids dissolve much better in fatty sources. This is why cannabis butter and cannabis coconut oil are so popular. They provide a fatty base that will adequately absorb the cannabinoids and are easy to add to a variety of foods and drinks. Cannabutter can be added to tea to make a lower-calorie drink with a high CBD content.
A more effective and convenient option is to use a few drops of a high potency CBD tincture in a pre-made tea, which allows for accurate and efficient dosing.
Take advantage of the entourage effect
Various terpenes (aromatic compounds found in cannabis and other plants) can enhance some of the therapeutic effects of CBD. What is known as the entourage effect suggests that cannabinoids and terpenes work together to produce a more profound effect.
For example, the terpenes limonene and linalool, which are found in many plants and fruits, work synergistically with the relaxing and calming effects of CBD.
How to Mix Your CBD With Tea
Directly with water
You can brew cannabis or hemp flowers rich in CBD like a regular tea. Alternatively, you can add herbs to your favorite tea mix. This works to some extent, but isn't very effective at extracting all of the useful compounds.
CBD dissolved in butter or fat
Just add a teaspoon of cannabutter to your mug, add a tea bag of your choice, and brew your tea. Let the cannabutter dissolve completely, let it steep for a few minutes, then remove the tea bag. Add milk, honey or sugar as desired.
Just add a few drops of CBD tincture to hot water or tea. Alcohol-based CBD tinctures are best, but CBD oils can also be used if you stir the brew a few times while drinking it.
Two easy CBD tea recipes
Here are two great CBD tea recipes. The first recipe involves making tea with cannabis / hemp flowers and a tea bag or strainer. The second recipe is for making CBD tea with CBD tincture.
A note on dosage
How high the concentration of CBD should be in your tea depends on your experience with CBD and your preferences. Most people aim for CBD levels between 5 and 50 mg per cup, with 10 to 25 mg being a good average. How many drops of tincture or how much CBD bud / cannabutter you use depends on the CBD concentration of the particular product.
Recipe: CBD tea made from CBD-rich cannabis
- 1 tea bag of CBD tea (ready-made or ground CBD flowers mixed with tea)
- 1 Esslöffel Honig
- 1 lemon peel
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 cup of hot water
- Optional cream, sugar, honey to taste
Put the honey, cinnamon stick and lemon in a cup.
Put the finished tea bag in the cup. Alternatively, you can also chop up CBD flowers and add them to your favorite tea. Then pour the mixture into a tea infuser or back into the tea bag and pour it into the cup.
Top up with hot - not boiling - water. Let the tea steep for 3-5 minutes. The recommended steeping time depends on the type of tea you are using.
Take out the tea bag or strainer.
Add cream, sugar or honey as desired and stir.
Serve and enjoy!
Don't cold infuse your CBD tea! Heat is required to activate the beneficial compounds in cannabis. However, after brewing, you can cool your tea down if you want to enjoy a refreshing, cool drink!
You don't necessarily have to mix your CBD buds with any other type of tea. You can also brew it on your own. For many, however, the taste is a little too "grassy" and they would benefit from an extra nuance of flavor. It really depends on your personal preference.
If you want to avoid getting high, make sure you are using appropriate strains of CBD that contain little or no THC. Cannabis tea made from common marijuana will get you very high!
Recipe: CBD tea made from CBD oil
CBD tincture is perhaps the easiest way to add cannabis or hemp to your tea. Just add a few drops of CBD tincture after brewing and that's it! You can also use CBD oil if you have it available, but you will need to stir it regularly.
- 1 cup water
- CBD tincture
- Loose tea leaves (black, green, herbal tea, etc.)
Pour the water into a saucepan. Heat the water on medium to high and bring it to a boil.
As soon as the water boils, take the saucepan off the stove. Put the tea leaves in the pot and cover with a lid.
Let it steep for about 5 minutes.
Strain the tea leaves.
Add the CBD tincture and stir.
Wait a few minutes.
Serve and enjoy!
Lots of variety to discover
You don't like the taste that much? There are a variety of herbs that you can use as a base for your CBD tea. Also, don't hesitate to add lemon, honey, sugar, or cinnamon before serving to add the finishing touch to your CBD tea.
Nature and duration of effects of CBD tea
As for the effects of CBD, users often report a subtle, relaxing feeling that does not interfere with normal functions. However, this can vary from person to person. To test the effects, start with a low dose, watch how you feel, and increase the dose if desired.
How long the effects of CBD last also varies from person to person. Weight, metabolism, experience with CBD, and whether or not you ate something can all affect how long it lasts. Typically, the effects of orally ingested CBD can last between 2 and 5 hours.
Is CBD Tea Good For Weight Loss?
There is no in-depth research into the use of CBD for weight loss. Anecdotally, however, some who take it believe that CBD works as an appetite suppressant, helping them lose weight. The combination of CBD and tea from the Camellia sinensis plant could increase this effect, as the tea itself may have weight-reducing properties.
What are the side effects of CBD tea?
The side effects of CBD are generally considered mild and rare. Nevertheless, one should always stick to the recommended dosages. Although CBD is widely considered to be non-toxic, it can interact with certain drugs. If you are concerned about possible contraindications, you should consult your doctor.
Does CBD tea make you tired?
CBD has a relaxing effect that most people would describe as subtle and very mild - not like a marijuana high that keeps you on the couch. It is more likely to support a healthy sleep cycle than it is to make you sleepy. However, the effects will vary from person to person and you can always increase or decrease your dose if you feel more tired than you want.
How often can you drink CBD tea?
Despite its non-psychotropic profile, CBD tea should only be consumed in moderation. If you prefer to consume CBD in the form of tea, two to three cups a day are sufficient. On the other hand, if you are taking CBD orally via capsules or some other method, limit yourself to a single cup per day. Either way, you should record your daily CBD intake in milligrams to keep track of things.
Good cannabis strains for CBD tea
Here is a selection of high-CBD strains that are great for making CBD tea. Note that the last strain on our list also contains THC - recommended for those who want a slight high from their CBD tea!
Medicinal mass: 10% CBD, 10% THC
For those who love a balance of CBD and THC in their tea, Medical Mass is the perfect strain to brighten up the morning or evening. This indica-dominant cross between RQS's Critical Mass and a CBD-rich strain contains around 10% of each cannabinoid (CBD and THC) for a nicely balanced effect that is ultimately very relaxing. Expect good yields of 550g / m² indoors and about the same per plant outdoors.