Tea, in general, is quite a popular beverage. Depending on the type of tea you chose, you can get a kick of energy to help you start your day off right, or you can enjoy a cup of tea in the evening as the perfect way to wind down after a long day (or week).
Many people enjoy drinking tea as it is a healthier option than drinking a soda can or, sometimes, drinking coffee. Tea can also help clear up sinuses, lull people to sleep, and even help reduce nausea.
As people shift to more natural remedies to help ease various symptoms and troubles, it’s no surprise that people have started to mix cannabis and tea. After all, certain strains of cannabis can, like tea, help increase energy or even help users relax.
But, making weed tea isn’t as simple as just dumping some nugs into your tea. We’ll take a look at the vital information you need before trying, buying, or making weed tea.
What Is Weed Tea?
First, what exactly is weed tea? Besides rolling off the tongue when you say it, weed tea is essential tea infused with cannabis. It could be considered a type of cannabis edible as it allows users to ingest cannabis, but in liquid form rather than in a baked good or sweet.
Cannabis tea allows users to craft a drink that meets their needs and tastes. That’s part of what makes it so appealing. Users can use their favourite tea brand and combine it with ingredients and cannabis that complements it and appeals to users.
The Benefits of Cannabis Tea
As we mentioned earlier, tea offers many benefits by itself. When combined with cannabis, it may seem like the benefits are endless.
Some benefits of cannabis tea include:
- It is long-lasting. Although it takes about 30 minutes to an hour for your body to digest the tea and for the cannabis to kick in, drinkers can enjoy the effects of their weed tea for anywhere from four to eight hours. These long-lasting effects are one reason cannabis drinks and edibles are so popular.
- Drinking cannabis-infused teas can help eliminate the sugar and fat found in most other cannabis edibles like brownies or cookies. For those who are watching sugar intake or even just counting calories, weed tea is an excellent option.
- You can manage your dosage. When you make your tea or buy a drink mix, you know exactly how much cannabis is in your cup and can add less or more depending on your tolerance and experience level. Having this control over the amount of cannabis in your tea drink can help you manage your high and better anticipate the effects that you will experience.
- It tastes good. Cannabis by itself may not always be the most appealing to users, especially if the alternative is smoking it. Tea infused with cannabis can offer a better flavour and the ability to add more flavours to create a beverage you genuinely enjoy.
Methods for Making Cannabis Tea
There are different ways you can make cannabis tea, each offering its benefits. You can choose which method works best for you or try them all.
The main methods used when making cannabis-tea are:
- Buy a premade cannabis tea drink mix. This may be tea leaves that have been infused with cannabis or a packet that contains something for you to mix into your cup of already made tea. This is often the most straightforward option but may not allow you the control over your dosage and flavours that you’d have if you made your own.
- Infusing water with dry cannabis flower, then using this water to make your tea. This will be perhaps one of the least-intoxicating methods because THC is not water-soluble, and it may not get warm enough to trigger decarboxylation (read more on this in the next section). If you want a mild high, this would be an option to consider.
- Mix cannabis infused with fat to make a more latte-type drink. Mixing cannabis and fat, such as butter or coconut oil, gives the cannabis something to bind to. This fat can then be mixed in with your tea leaves and water to produce a weed tea you enjoy.
- Adding in cannabis oil or tincture is another simple option. Mixing a drop or two of flavoured or unflavoured oil into your tea is a quick way to combine cannabis with your tea.
A Note on Decarboxylation
Before we dive into weed tea recipes you may want to try, let’s look closer at why just tossing some cannabis buds into your tea is not the most efficient option when it comes to making weed tea.
Cannabis buds in their raw form will not get users high. That’s because they have to go through decarboxylation before the compounds within cannabis are in a form that can impact people.
THC and CBD are the two most common compounds found in cannabis and are known for producing various effects. Weed in its raw form doesn’t contain these, but instead, it contains THCA and CBDA. These compounds cannot be processed by people and won’t cause a high.
Changing these compounds from their non-intoxicating forms into THC and CBD requires heating the plant. When heated to proper temperatures, the “A” drops off, and the cannabis plant will then offer the effects it is known for. That’s why some of the most common cannabis consumption methods involve smoking it.
When you dump raw leaves in water, it likely won’t get hot enough to trigger THCA and CBDA to change to THC and CBD. That’s why that is the least recommended method (plus, who wants to drink down weed buds?).
If you make cannabutter or oil, you’ll go through the decarboxylation process, so when you add it to your tea, it will already be in its proper form. The cannabis in oils has already gone through this process so that you can use those as-is.
Weed Tea Recipes to Try
Now that you understand how weed tea works and the importance of using the right products, let’s help you start making your cannabis tea. Below, you’ll find a few weed tea recipes to try.
Rose and Chamomile Cannabis Tea
This recipe can help promote relaxation when combined with the right cannabis strain. It is a popular go-to tea combination for a lot of weed tea drinkers. The recipe below is for one serving, so feel free to double if you are making it to enjoy with a friend.
To make this, you will need:
- Cannabis-infused honey (optional, and to taste)
- 2 teaspoons of ground cannabis
- Coconut milk (optional)
- 2 teaspoons of dried chamomile
- 2 teaspoons of dried rosebuds
- Decarboxylate your dried and ground herb by roasting it in the oven. The buds should be crisp but not burnt. This will trigger the THCA and CBDA to turn into THC and CBD.
- Add your dried flowers (including your buds) to a tea infuser.
- Start steeping everything in hot water for five to 10 minutes.
- Add in honey and coconut milk, if desired.
- Stir and enjoy your cannabis tea.
This recipe uses premade cannabutter, which is butter that has been infused with cannabis. If you aren’t sure how to make this, you can find recipes online. The cannabis in the butter will have gone through the decarboxylation process, so you will be ready to enjoy all the effects this tea has to offer.
- Cannabis butter (could use cannabis oil as well)
- Teabag in the flavour and brand of your choosing
- A pot or kettle
- Additional ingredients you like in your tea, such as honey or a cinnamon stick
- Put 1 teaspoon of your cannabutter in your mug.
- Add your tea bag to your mug.
- Use your kettle or pot to bring water to a boil.
- Once the water is boiling, carefully pour it into your mug, stirring with your spoon until the cannabutter is completely dissolved.
- Add in your additional ingredients, if desired.
- Let everything steep for about three minutes.
- Remove your teabag.
- Enjoy your tea! You can always add more extras like cinnamon or sugar after tasting it.
A Note on Dosing and Cannabis Tea
As you enjoy these and other cannabis tea recipes, remember to keep in mind your dosage amounts. Too much cannabis can lead to too strong of a high, even when infused with tea.
If you are making tea for more than one person, you can find your dosage amount by dividing the amount of cannabis you are using by the number of servings you are making. If that number is higher than you feel comfortable with, you can add less cannabis. Or, add in more if you want a more potent high.
You should also remember that it will take time for you to feel the effects of your cannabis. Don’t drink two cups right after another because you don’t feel the effects yet. Give your body time to process the cannabis and feel the effects before drinking more.
If you’re going to share your weed tea with other people, be sure they know what is in there and how much. They will know their limits and whether the tea you made is a good fit for them.
Other Products to Try
If weed tea ends up not being something you want to drink every day, but you still want to consume cannabis in ways that don’t involve smoking it, you have many options to choose from.
You can enjoy the ever-popular cannabis edibles on the market that include products such as baked goods and sweets. These cannabis products, like tea, will take time before you start feeling the effects, so don’t eat too many at once.
You can also find cannabis oil in different flavours (or unflavoured). These are easy to take and are most effective when you place a drop or two under your tongue. You can also add cannabis oil to your favourite recipe to create a healthier version of an edible.
Finally, cannabis capsules are becoming quite popular. These allow users to take a pill to enjoy the benefits cannabis has to offer. They are discreet and make it very easy for users to manage their dosage.
If you aren’t sure the best cannabis consumption option for you, ask. You can ask friends for recommendations or reach out to your online dispensary for help. They are happy to recommend products they think you will enjoy.
Weed Tea: In Conclusion
Tea is quickly becoming the drink of choice for many people, thanks to the many benefits it offers, the variety it comes in, and the fact that it usually contains little to no sugar. Many people enjoy starting and ending the day with a nice cup of tea or turning to tea to help ease various ailments.
Cannabis is also known to offer many benefits, including energizing and relaxing properties. It, too, can come in different forms to meet people’s needs.
So, it makes sense why people have started to combine the two. When made and mixed correctly, weed tea can offer a truly unique experience, and the two can enhance the effects the other offers users.
There are many options out there when it comes to buying or creating your weed tea. Premade mixes or tea bags are available on the market for those looking for a quick brewing option. Or, you may choose to make your tea, allowing you to control the amount of cannabis in it and the flavours included.
If you make your cannabis tea, be sure to monitor how much cannabis in there and how much you drink. You’ll also want to consider all the flavours you are mixing. For example, when making a morning orange tea blend, you may want to use a more citrus strain like Sour Tangie.