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.
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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: Put one teaspoon of cannabis butter or cannabis oil (preferably infused coconut oil) into your mug.
Step 2: Add your teabag, or loose leaf tea in your tea infuser, into the mug.
Step 3: Boil water in your pot or kettle.
Step 4: Pour the boiling water into your mug, and stir the contents around using your spoon until all of the cannabis butter or oil has dissolved completely.
Step 5: 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 6: Allow the mixture to steep for three minutes, then take out the teabag.
Step 7: 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.
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.
One obvious benefit to drinking cannabis tea is how discreet it is. You don’t need to head outside to spark up or worry about anyone else’s opinions when you’re sipping on a warm cup of cannabis tea.
Besides that, drinking cannabis tea is very calming. This is especially helpful if you’re drinking an Indica strain and want to reduce stress, depression, and anxiety.
Cannabis tea is also one of the least invasive ways to consume cannabis. By that, I mean you’re not damaging your lungs and throat with thick, cloudy, pungent smoke.
Studies have proven that cannabinoids can lower blood pressure and promote better blood circulation. So, a cup of cannabis tea is far better for your heart health than smoking.
Cannabis, in general, is great for treating inflammation and chronic pain. The same goes for drinking cannabis tea. Finally, if you suffer from IBS, Crohn’s disease, or have other stomach/digestive issues, cannabis tea can reduce your symptoms and even stimulate your appetite.
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If you’re looking to get a good night’s sleep but don’t want to spend the big bucks on tailored cannabis products, weed tea will help.
This is especially true if you’re using an Indica strain with your tea. Indica, a variety of cannabis, is known to cause deeply relaxing, euphoric, and calming effects.
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Of course, many teas are caffeinated, like black tea. If you’re using weed tea for sleep, we suggest a non-caffeinated choice like chamomile, green, or hibiscus teas.
This way, you can benefit from the relaxing and sleep-inducing effect of these teas with an added cannabinoid boost to ensure you’ll be off into dreamland after your last sip.