How to Make Cannabis Tea for Beginners
With so many hot drinks available, it’s easy to wonder why anyone would want to learn how to make cannabis tea. But once you understand the benefits, you too will likely want to learn how to make this infused drink for yourself.
Various types of cannabis tea are available for our sipping pleasure. Many of these teas are tisane, or herbal tea, meaning they’re not caffeinated leaf like green tea. However, you can infuse assamica black tea – as well as other teas – with cannabis to make traditional teas with some additional benefits.
In this article, we’ll explore the remarkable benefits of cannabis herbal tea and provide some excellent recipes you can try at home.
Cannabis in Tea
Cannabis has long been used as traditional medicine for various purposes. Primarily, people use it for its free radical fighting, depression reducing, and sleep promoting capabilities.
Used in a tea, cannabis leaves, buds, stems, or oil offer similar benefits. Anecdotal evidence also claims it can reduce anxiety moods, ease headaches, and treat irritable bowel syndrome and arthritis.
Medical researchers highlight that two important cannabis compounds provide the most assistance: Cannabidiol (CBD) and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). These cannabinoids are currently being used to treat a plethora of ailments.
CBD, for example, is said to reduce pain, inflammatory, lessen the growth of cancer and lessen feelings of nausea; THC can cure mental health, with the right dose. However, this cannabinoid is also known for its relaxing effects.
Cannabis tea is sometimes known by other names, like weed tea or marijuana tea. It’s likely one of the most soothing ways to consume cannabis compounds – especially when compared to smoking or vaping. There are, however, many ways to prepare this kind of tea with different ingredients and it can taste different to align with personal preferences.
The following recipes are a few examples of variety of cannabis tea for beginners, one of which involves infusing Chai tea, an authentic Indian tea; another involves decarboxylation (decarb), a process that activates cannabinoids in the weed by heating it.
Recipe 1: Cannabis oil infused with Chai for 2 servings. (adapted from https://www.posyandkettle.com/cannabis-tea-101-marijuana-tea-facts-and-fancy/)
- 2 bags of any assamica black tea
- 2 cups of water
- 1/4 cup of any milk or nut milk
- 2 serving sizes of decarbed cannabis oil / concentrate in the milligram portions of THC and/or CBD that you prefer
- saffron rock candy stirrers, one for each cup (available on some online stores) or sugar/honey/sweetener
- Boil the water and place one tea bag in each cup. Steep the bags for a few minutes to make nice brew.
- Add the cannabis oil to the milk and stir.
- Remove the bags from the tea, and then evenly dispense the cannabis-infused milk into the hot tea.
- Serve with a saffron rock candy stirrer, or sugar / honey, or sweetener for flavor and sweetness.
If you’d like to add spice to this tea, add some cinnamon, clove, ginger or black pepper to the boiling water and let it brew for a few minutes before adding the hot water to the tea.
Recipe 2: Cannabis leaf / stem tisane (pot or kettle size) (The taste of this recipe is also mild; not too strong.) (adapted from https://www.organicfacts.net/recipe/weed-tea)
- 2 grams of cannabis stem / leaves
- 2 cups of water
- 1 teaspoon of honey/sugar (optional)
- 1 cup of half whole milk and half heavy cream (half and half)
- Pound the cannabis stems or leaves to extract THC.
- Add water in a pot and bring it to a boil, then add the stems or leaves with half and half in the pot. Keep stirring for about 5-7 minutes.
- After that, strain the mixture into a tea cup. Add honey or sugar (optional, as you like) and then you can appreciate the blend of mild cannabis tisane.