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Cannabis tea—or weed tea—functions just like any other edible. The only real difference is that unlike brownies or cookies, it comes in liquid form. Even the process is simpler than most would imagine.
The reason people prefer weed tea to other edibles because it doesn’t contain all the sugar and fatty ingredients that are present for cannabis-infused baked goods. It also offers a fun opportunity to put your chef hat on and experiment with other types of edibles. Whatever your reason, weed tea is an effective way of delivering cannabinoids (like THC and CBD) into your system and will provide a potent and long-lasting high.
As with all edibles, it’s important to be careful with your dosages. Edibles are typically extremely potent, and if you take too much, your chill night is bound to take a turn for the worse. Anyone who’s consumed too many edibles can confirm the paranoid, dizzying, and generally dreadful experience of taking too many edibles.
The amount of THC in your weed tea will largely depend on the THC content of the cannabis you’re using. The general rule to follow is this: add a 0 on the end of the THC percentage of your cannabis, and that number is the rough mg of THC you’ll find in one cup of your tea. If the strain you’re using contains 12% THC, for example, one gram of this cannabis flower would result in a cup of tea that has about 120mg of THC. However, this rule isn’t hard and fast. There are many factors that come into play, such as how long you steep your tea. So take this as more of a guideline than a law.
After you drink your weed tea, it will take roughly thirty minutes to an hour-and-a-half to feel the full effects of the THC. For this reason, if some time has passed and you still don’t feel as high as you’d like to be, wait it out. Be careful not to ingest any more cannabis until at least two hours after consuming your cannabis tea. It’s also recommended that you consume your cannabis tea in a safe environment, preferably not in public. If the effects hit you harder than expected, you’re not going to want to be in, say, the middle of a concert. The effects of your cannabis tea will typically last up to about eight hours.
Weed tea is most easily made using a pre-made infused product, such as cannabis butter or cannabis oil. To learn how to make cannabis butter, read this. To make cannabis coconut oil, try this recipe. If you don’t have these pre-made products, we’ll give you a recipe below to make everything in one go.
Step 1: Boil 4 cups of water in your pot. One it’s boiling, add a tablespoon of butter or coconut oil, and allow it to completely dissolve.
Step 2: Add your gram of ground cannabis into the boiling pot, and turn the temperature down to a simmer.
Step 3: Allow this mixture to simmer for fifteen minutes.
Step 4: Now it’s time to strain out the little bits of cannabis. If you’re using cheesecloth, secure it overtop of your mug with a rubber-band, then pour your boiling mixture into the mug so that the cannabis bits get caught in the cheesecloth and the liquid pours through into your mug. If you’re using a fine strainer, simply put it over the top of your mug, and pour the liquid through the strainer and into the mug so that the cannabis pieces are caught in the strainer and the liquid falls through into your mug. (caution, depending on the size of your mug, you may have more liquid than it can carry.).
Step 5: Add your teabag, or loose leaf tea in your tea infuser, into the mug.
Step 6: Add any other ingredients you like, such as honey or a cinnamon stick, into the mug and stir it around. This is typically a good idea, as it will further help to cover up the taste of cannabis and butter (unless you enjoy that flavor).
Step 7: Allow the mixture to steep for three minutes, then take out the teabag.
Step 8: Taste your tea. If you like the flavor, it’s ready to drink! If you don’t like the flavor, try adding more honey, cinnamon, or other ingredients that can help change the flavor of your tea to be more enjoyable.