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How to Make CBD Tea

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Preparing CBD tea is a great way to get CBD, the second most prevalent active ingredient in marijuana, without the need to smoke or vape. We're listing different methods on how to make CBD tea, along with the effects and benefits of drinking CBD tea.

How to Make CBD Tea 

To make CBD tea, you can infuse CBD oil or CBD tincture in tea. Another option is to make CBD butter then dissolve it in a cup of loose leaf tea. Alternatively, you can use CBD loose leaf tea and tea bags for quicker steeping time.

Man enjoying a cup of CBD tea



It's essential that you prepare the necessary ingredients to ensure you'll only consume CBD tea in moderation. There are many ways to prepare CBD tea, yet they usually share the same ingredients.

CBD Dissolved in Butter or Fat

Cannabinoids don't absorb well in water, unlike compounds in tea leaves. This means that if you try to make CBD tea the same way as traditional tea, the taste and consistency would be less potent.

The good thing is that cannabinoids dissolve better into fatty sources, which is why cannabutter and cannabis oil are common in making CBD edibles, such as CBD infused coffees.

Ingredients and Materials

Prepare these ingredients for an average-sized cup of CBD tea with butter.

  • Half cup of butter with high-fat content. Vegan butter contains less saturated fats, yet its polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats work for cannabis infusion.
  • Half cup water
  • Tea of your choice
  • Pot
  • Mixing spoon
  • Strainer or cheesecloth
  • Container for storing the butter
  • Teacup or mug

Preparation

Making CBD tea using butter consumes a lot of time since you need to create the cannabis butter before combining it with tea.

  1. To decarboxylate, grind the cannabis to the texture of tobacco.
  2. Put the ground cannabis in a baking pan.
  3. Bake for 30 to 45 minutes or until it turns lightly toasted brown.
  4. Remove from the oven and let the cannabis cool for 15 minutes.
  5. After decarboxylating the weeds, the next step is to make cannabis butter and combine it with tea.
  6. Put a half-cup of butter in a half-cup of water in a pot.
  7. Set your stove or burner to the lowest heat, which should be around 150 to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Use a cooking thermometer to help gauge the temperature.
  8. Add the decarboxylated cannabis and mix.
  9. Cover the pot with a lid.
  10. Let the mixture simmer at 150 degrees Fahrenheit for 3 hours. You can go for a maximum of 4 hours to produce a more potent butter.
  11. Use a strainer to pour over the butter slowly. Another option is to cover the pot with a cheesecloth.
  12. Let the butter cool for at least 30 minutes at room temperature.
  13. You can slice the butter into cubes before transferring it to the fridge.
  14. Remove excess water once the butter is cool and solidified.
  15. Brew loose tea leaves of your choice or steep a tea bag in a cup. Black and green teas blend well with CBD.
  16. Put a teaspoon of cannabis butter in a cup.
  17. Add the tea and wait for the butter to dissolve fully.
  18. You may add sweeteners like honey or sugar to taste.
    Tea with a drop of CBD oil

CBD Oil

Cannabidiol or CBD is an extract of Cannabis sativa or Cannabis indica. CBD oil contains CBD and a carrier oil, which can be either hemp seed or coconut oil. In this way, it's easier to make CBD-infused tea.

Ingredients and Materials

These are the ingredients to make a cup of tea using CBD oil.

  • CBD oil with the flavor of your choice
  • 1 cup of water
  • Loose tea leaves or tea bag
  • A sweetener like sugar cubes or honey (optional)

Preparation

Simply follow these steps to infuse CBD oil with tea.

  1. Boil water using a kettle or pot.
  2. Remove the water from the heat, then steep loose tea leaves for 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Another option is to steep a tea bag for 5 minutes.
  4. Add 2 to 3 drops of CBD oil, then stir before drinking.

CBD Tincture

Using cannabis butter can be time-consuming. If you want to save more time and resources in making CBD tea, you can use CBD tincture instead. CBD tincture is an alcohol-based extract that uses high-proof alcohol in steeping the weed plant.

Tinctures have a long shelf life and usually come in small quantities, so this is also ideal to use when you want to make CBD tea, even when you're not at home.

Ingredients and Materials

Prepare these ingredients for a cup of CBD tincture tea.

  • 1 cup water
  • Loose tea leaves or tea bag
  • CBD tincture of your choice
  • Milk or coconut oil (optional)

Preparation

Using CBD oil is among the quickest ways to make CBD tea. However, it requires regular stirring since the oil may sit on the tea's surface.

  1. Boil water in a pot or temperature-controlled kettle.
  2. Once the water is boiling, remove the pot from the heat.
  3. Place the tea leaves in the pot.
  4. Let the leaves steep for about 5 minutes.
  5. Strain the tea leaves.
  6. If using a teabag, let it steep for 3 to 5 minutes. 
  7. Add 2 to 3 drops of CBD tincture to a cup of tea.
  8. Add full-fat milk or coconut oil to increase the oil's ability to mix with the tea.
  9. Stir the brew each time before you sip.

CBD Loose Leaf or Tea Bag

Another way to prepare CBD tea is to use CBD loose leaf or tea bags. These commercially available CBD products already combine organic CBD with tea leaves and other spices.

Tea cups with CBD tea



Much like using traditional leaves or tea bags, you only need to steep CBD leaves or tea bags according to the manufacturer's recommended time and temperature.

Ingredients and Materials

Prepare these ingredients for a refreshing cup of CBD tea.

  • 1 teabag of CBD tea or 1 teaspoon of CBD loose tea leaves 
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 lemon peel
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tablespoon honey (optional)

Preparation

Similar to using CBD tincture, it only takes a few steps to make tea using CBD tea leaves or tea bags.

  1. Boil the CBD tea leaves. Alternatively, you can steep a CBD tea bag in the cup. The optimal steeping time depends on the type of CBD tea you're using.
  2. Remove the tea bag or strain the tea leaves.
  3. Combine the cinnamon stick, lemon, and honey in a mug to tone down the afternotes.
  4. Stir and enjoy!

What's the Origin of CBD Tea?

The origin of CBD tea traces back hundreds of years ago in India, where the beverage is commonly known as bhang, which combines milk, spices, and marijuana.

Traditionally, Indian people drink bhang for ceremonial reasons, often as an offering to the gods. This is because Atharva Veda, a sacred Hindu religion, lists cannabis as one of the most sacred plants. Eventually, bhang became a remedy for fever and digestive problems.

At present, CBD is readily accessible in most parts of America. While all 50 states have laws legalizing CBD, note that there are still varying degrees of restrictions and regulatory requirements.

What Are the Effects of CBD Tea?

CBD has no such side effects as THC, the main psychoactive compound in cannabis that produces a high sensation. Still, it has subtle psychoactive influences on the mind and body, including drowsiness and changes in mood.

Fortunately, CBD tea's relaxing sensation doesn't inhibit mobility or normal functioning. However, this may vary from person to person, so start with a low dose when preparing CBD tea. Since you're infusing the CBD in tea, the effect won't be as strong as vaping or smoking marijuana.

The effects may kick in around 30 minutes after drinking the tea, so take it slow when sipping. Likewise, the long-term consequences may vary. Some may last anywhere from 2 to 8 hours.

Person putting a drop of CBD oil in their tea cup

What Are the Benefits of Drinking CBD Tea?

The flourishing CBD industry expects a growth of $16 billion in the United States by 2025. CBD's popularity comes from nonpsychoactive claims or the lack of high compared to THC. The extract from the cannabis plant continues to be an alternative remedy for various conditions.

  • Boost gut health: Drinking CBD tea is helpful for digestive health due to its cortisol-lowering properties that help break down tissues and prevent intestinal permeability.
  • Deal with upset stomach: CBD can influence how the brain's chemical receptors respond to serotonin. This suggests that manipulating the endocannabinoid system can reduce the feeling of queasiness when having stomach pain.
  • Ease diabetic complications: Tests on human cells show that CBD can reduce glucose levels in the body and prevent plaque buildup in artery walls.
  • Relieve pain: For centuries, cannabinoids in marijuana have been associated with dampening pain signals in the body by binding the pain receptors in the central nervous system.
  • Support healthy skin: Cannabinoids also contain antioxidants, which is why drinking CBD tea may help fight free radicals that damage cellular structures. When combined with black or green tea, you get more antioxidants to combat wrinkles and early signs of aging.
  • May help reduce weight: CBD may serve as an appetite suppressant, helping you avoid excessive eating, promoting weight loss.

Conclusion

To make CBD tea, you can use infusers such as CBD oil or tincture. You can make cannabis butter or steep CBD loose tea leaves and tea bags if you have more time to prepare. Regardless of the method, the important thing is that you achieve your desired flavor profile.