From the increasing frequency of natural disasters to the coronavirus pandemic, 2020 has had everyone stressed out. It’s easy to indulge in the darkness of anxious and morbid thoughts in these unprecedented times, but perhaps, what we need for now is to sit and drink a cup of tea.
Whatever your reason is, everyone needs a little “me” time to calm down, pull ourselves together, or simply enjoy the moment. One of the best ways to do so is by dusting your teacup set and trying some CBD-infused tea.
What is CBD?
CBD or cannabidiol is a cannabinoid extracted mainly from hemp, a variety of cannabis. A huge collection of literature about CBD’s potential therapeutic effects and the fact that it is not psychoactive makes it commercially appealing to the consumers. Hence, you can see a variety of CBD products on shelves in the forms of tinctures, ointments, creams, lotions, tea bags, and so on.
CBD’s defining effect is thought to be relaxing and healing. On our blog, medical expert Shelly McKay has looked at the effects of CBD for anxiety and also the usage of CBD in relaxing and healing both mental and physical ailments.
In a Brazilian study involving 57 male subjects, it was discovered that a 300-mg dose of CBD significantly reduced the anxiety of the subjects during a public speaking activity.
With that said, it’s the reason why CBD, as the main tea ingredient, is such a brilliant idea. Add to that the fact that unlike its sibling cannabinoid THC or tetrahydrocannabinol, CBD won’t get you high, which makes CBD legal in many parts of the world.
Why try CBD Tea?
As you know by now, CBD is a nice relaxant. Therefore, infusing it in tea is a great way to start a relaxing day. Plus, if you’re using CBD as an alternative medication for chronic pain or some other type of medical condition, infusing it with tea is one great way of consuming CBD.
A lot of people like consuming CBD through tea form because it gives them that added “zen” or relaxing effect that a tea-drinking ritual offers. This might only be a placebo effect for some, but tea sets, warm drinks, and that nice aroma totally add to creating a relaxing atmosphere.
When infused in tea, CBD flows smoothly down your digestive tract, and as the cannabinoid enters your bloodstream, CBD is then distributed (mainly utilized in the central nervous system) through the help of the endocannabinoid system’s receptors.
CBD-infused teas are often enjoyed in the morning and/or before sleep in the evening and night-time. If the CBD tea product you’ve purchased supposedly puts one to sleep, then that product is best used only at nighttime. But of course, the time and day of your tea drinking ritual depend on your schedule and preference. After all, tea is supposed to be enjoyed and not something to be stressed about.
Different Ways to Infuse your Favorite Tea with CBD
There are several methods of making yourself a CBD-infused tea drink. The method you’ll choose would depend on your taste and lifestyle. Here are some of the best ways of incorporating CBD into your tea.
- If you’re an on-the-go type of person, ready-made CBD tea bags might suit you. There are several brands that offer this type of tea product and they come in variety too.
- If you’re concerned about dosage, directly adding CBD tincture drops to your regular cup of tea would do the trick.
- There are honey-laced CBD products that you can use as a sweetener for teas. That way, you have CBD and sugar all in one cup in an instant.
- Finally, make your own CBD tea from scratch by doing decarboxylation first.
Some people like their CBD tea really frothy and creamy like a latte-style drink. To achieve this drink consistency, they would put coconut oil, dairy, or butter in addition to their CBD. You can either use an edible CBD powder or CBD oil for your tea. However, it’s common to use CBD oil as it’s the quickest and smoothest way to saturate a drink.
CBD-Infused Tea must-try Recipes
Do you like taking that extra loving time to make your CBD tea? In this section, we’ll leave you with some of the must-try CBD-infused tea recipes that you can enjoy within the comforts of your home.
Traditional English Tea:
This is a classic British-style tea with a CBD twist to it. If you’re solely after a classic-style tea without the excess of any other condiments, the traditional English tea should be your go-to tea drink. Pair this with biscuits or a light sandwich, and you’re good to go.
- A spoonful of milk (for one cup)
- CBD oil (amount should be equal or under the recommended dosage for you)
- A pot or kettle of boiling water
- A teabag of English tea (for one cup)
Tools to prepare:
- A teacup or a mug
- Pot or kettle
- Teaspoon for stirring
- Boil water into a pot or using a kettle. It’s best to always boil one full pot of water so you can always make another cup of tea. This comes in handy if you have guests.
- Pour the hot water into your cup with an English tea bag inside. Let the contents steep for 3 minutes or so.
- Remove the English tea bag from the cup.
- Add the CBD oil and milk. Mix well with a teaspoon and enjoy.
Sweet lemon tea
The sweet lemon tea is basically iced-tea with a twist. If a classic English tea feels too stiff and hot for you in the summertime, go for this iced tea idea. Making this type of tea isn’t so different from other tea recipes, but there is certainly a variation to it.
In this recipe, the serving size is good to be enjoyed by a couple of people or stored in a cooler for later use.
- 12 tea bags (any type of tea would do)
- A gallon of drinkable water
- A cup of brown sugar (a cup of this is optional: you can add or lessen the amount according to your taste)
- CBD oil (amount should be according to your serving needs: tell your friends about your plan of infusing CBD oil in their drink before serving it)
- Whole lemon
- Ice cubes
Tools to prepare:
- A cup for measuring water
- One large saucepan with a deep bottom
- A tall pitcher
- Cups for tea
- Spoon for mixing
- Add 4 cups of drinkable water in a large saucepan with a deep bottom. Put the heat in medium and let the water boil.
- After the water boils, turn off the heat and immerse the 12 tea bags in the saucepan, making sure that the teabag strings are over the edge of the saucepan.
- Let the mixture steep for three to five minutes.
- Add the brown sugar next and mix with your spoon until the sugar fully dissolves.
- Cover your saucepan and let the mixture cool at room temperature. Prepare the pitcher.
- Once the mixture cools down, transfer the contents of the saucepan to the pitcher. Add the remaining water, some ice, and your CBD oil. Mix well.
- Slice your lemon horizontally in whatever thickness you like and drop them into your pitcher. Serve!
- Two black tea bags
- A cup of water
- Two spoonfuls of milk or creamer
- A spoonful of sugar (or whatever amount that suits your taste)
- CBD oil (amount should be according to your serving needs)
- Crushed iced that can fill a tall glass
Tools to prepare:
- Spoon for mixing and measuring
- A regular-sized cup for measuring
- Tall glass
- Boil a cup of water into a pot.
- Place two black tea bags in the pot guiding the tea string so it does not touch the water.
- Let the tea bags steep in hot water for 3 to 5 minutes.
- Remove the tea bags and add two spoonfuls of milk or creamer and a spoonful of sugar to the mixture. Mix well.
- Let the mixture cool at room temperature. Once the mixture has cooled down, add your CBD oil.
- Prepare the tall glass. Fill half of your tall glass with crushed ice. Pour in your milk tea.
Homemade CBD tea
This recipe calls for some time and effort from you because, in a sense, you’ll be concocting your own CBD tea from scratch. In this cannabis tea recipe, you’re not only getting the richness of CBD, but you’re also getting everything in the cannabis plant, the THC, other minor cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids.
- Decarboxylate the bud flowers from either hemp (if you like to get hold of more CBD) or marijuana (if you’re keen on getting high with THC)
This process is an important part of making CBD tea from scratch because it activates all the phytocompounds, including CBD, present in the cannabis plant. People often thought that THC is the only one that needs to be activated by decarboxylation, but the truth is, CBD also needs decarboxylation to be potent.
Here are the things that you would need to decarboxylate cannabis:
- One gram of cannabis flower
- Baking tray
- Baking parchment paper
- Weed grinder
1. Preheat the oven to 325°F.
2. Put the weed in a grinder and grind until you achieve your desired weed consistency.
3. Line the baking tray with parchment paper, leaving no exposed braking tray surface.
4. Spread the ground weed in the middle on the surface of the parchment paper as evenly and centered as you can.
5. Bake the weed for 35 minutes.
Raw CBD tea
- A gram of decarboxylated flowers
- A tea bag of any variety
- Half a cup of boiling water
- Condiments of choice (milk, honey, etc.)
Tools to prepare:
- A mug
- A teaspoon
- Scissor for cutting a small opening on the teabag
1. Cut a small opening on the upper portion of the tea bag and fill it with your weed. Close the tea bag by stapling it.
2. Boil the half cup of water in a pot.
3. Put the teabag in the mug and pour boiling water.
4. Steep the mixture for three to five minutes. Then, add in any condiments such as honey, milk, sugar, or cream. Adding lemon is not advisable as it would naturally increase the potency of your weed.
5. Remove the teabag and discard it. Mix the contents with your spoon. Your raw CBD tea can now be served.
How to Find the Best CBD-Infused Ready-Made Tea?
Because of the cacophony of ready-made CBD tea brands out there, it can be hard to find the best fit for you. But don’t you worry, here are some of the criteria you need to consider in choosing the best ready-made CBD tea:
- Check where the ingredients hailed from Checking the place where the ingredients were plucked from does not make you racist. It’s just nice to know what part of the world the product is made from. Each country has distinct tea flavors and specialties to choose from. Sometimes, it’s quicker to choose a product that way.
- Check how the raw material of CBD was cultivated: CBD is mainly extracted from the cannabis plant. The cannabis plant’s quality is one way of telling whether the CBD tea brand is great or so-so. There are several agricultural processes on how to grow cannabis, but the organic way of growing is always the best.
- Check how brands’ describe their product’s taste: Check out the product’s label and see the product’s supposed flavor and aroma. Some tea might be mint, peppery, or citrus-flavored.
- Look for customer reviews online: This is one of the best ways to get some real and honest reviews about a product. Look for reviews on Quora, the brand’s website, or through social media sites.
- Look at the product’s tea effects: CBD tea brands promote different therapeutic effects for their product. Some brands would label their CBD tea as a sleep trigger or as a relaxant. Whatever the supposed effects are, look for these therapeutic claims on the brand packaging and decide for yourself later on if you’ve experienced these claims.