After water, tea is perhaps the most consumed drink in the world. Aside from a soothing ritual, this aromatic beverage is also well regarded for numerous health benefits.
Cannabis users, of course, are not far behind. Like other modes of consumption, weed tea also provides drinkers with various therapeutic benefits. Moreover, this beverage offers an avenue for people who do not smoke but still want the psychedelic experience.
Cannabis-infused tea is not merely an alternative way of consuming weed. It also has intrinsic benefits over the traditional method of smoking or vaping.
- Because of its liquid form, it is convenient for users to adjust the dosage according to personal preference.
- Sipping a cup is inconspicuous, and no one is the wiser that it is cannabis.
- Like edibles, brewing weed tea lets users put additional plant materials such as stems to good use instead of throwing away.
Perhaps the most significant difference is in the experience itself. Smoking gets people high quicker, and that is because THC absorbed in the lungs find its way to the bloodstream and the brain. On the other hand, it takes time for the same psychoactive compounds to make their way through the digestive tract. As a result, the psychedelic high could take anywhere from 30-90 minutes before manifesting. Even so, these effects tend to last long (4-8 hours).
Health Benefits Of Cannabinoids
Weed tea can trace its origin back to the ancient times when people use it for medicinal purposes. Since 1000 B.C.E., for example, the Hindus already know how to prepare tea (also called bhang) to provide relief from anxiety, dysentery, fever, and indigestion.
The use of weed tea is also prevalent in Jamaica. Rural working-class mothers make children drink weed tea to keep them healthy. These teas are commonly brewed from young cannabis plants and are barely psychoactive.
Studies affirm the beneficial effects of drinking weed tea. For example, cannabis has been shown to help those suffering from chronic pain. Researchers now understand and confirm that cannabinoids such as THC and CBD do have pain-fighting properties. When consumed as a beverage, the long-lasting effects make it more useful in dealing with chronic conditions such as cancer, AIDS, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Cannabinoids have also been found to lower blood pressure and improve blood circulation as well as slow down Alzheimer’s disease. In a 2014 study, researchers found that small doses of THC slow down the production of beta-amyloid proteins, a hallmark characteristic of Alzheimer’s.
How To Brew A Potent Weed Tea
Users can enjoy weed tea in its psychoactive and non-psychoactive forms, depending on preference and needs. Preparing a psychoactive brew, though, requires additional preparations.
Extracting THC For A Psychoactive Brew
To make cannabis psychoactive, it must first go through decarboxylation. This process turns THCA (tetrahydrocannabinolic acid) into THC, the psychoactive form. Skipping this step, in essence, results in weed tea that does not cause the high.
When smoking or vaping, the heat applied to cannabis triggers decarboxylation without extra work. However, since THC is not water-soluble, it is not automatically extracted when brewing weed tea. This can be solved by using fat-based binders such as milk, butter, and cream that will unleash the psychoactive properties of the weed.
Psychoactive Weed Tea Using Butter
When choosing a binder to extract THC, most people prefer using butter for its advantages over the others.
- Butter has a higher fat content than milk or cream. This allows smaller quantities of butter to hold more THC.
- Some people prefer butter because milk makes the tea too creamy.
- Butter works better for preparing larger batches and keeping for use later. Unlike milk, it does not spoil as fast.
- 1 gram of cannabis buds (or 1/4 cup if using stems and leaves)
- 4 cups of water
- 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
- Using a coffee grinder, grind the cannabis. This allows for more THC to be extracted.
- In a medium-sized pot, bring the water to a boil.
- Add the 2 tablespoons of butter. Slowly stir until it dissolves.
- Add the ground cannabis and boil for around 15 minutes.
- Strain the mixture into a cup using cheesecloth or a coffee filter.
- As an option, add sugar or honey to sweeten the tea.
Psychoactive Chai Tea Latte (with Milk)
Alternatively, one could just as easily brew a cup of creamy weed tea using milk. This is especially preferred by people who dislike the aftertaste of butter. It is best to use one with a high content of fat (whole milk) to extract as much THC as possible.
- 1/2 gram of cannabis buds
- 1/2 cup of water
- 1-1/4 cup whole milk (or cream)
- 1 chai tea bag
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Grind the cannabis using a coffee grinder.
- Add the ground cannabis, vanilla, milk (or cream) in a blender and blend until the mixture is smooth. Let it rest for an hour to allow flavors to meld.
- Place the mixture in a pot and add water. Simmer mixture for 30 minutes. Make sure it does not evaporate away. Add water if needed.
- Remove mixture from heat and add the chai tea bag. Let it steep for five minutes.
- Strain the tea using cheesecloth to filter the tiny pieces of buds.
- Add sugar, whipped cream, or cinnamon to taste.
Non-Psychoactive Weed Tea
Some people just want to harness the health benefits of the weed tea without the accompanying high. And, for non-cannabis users and non-smokers who could use its therapeutic properties, drinking it as a beverage is ideal.
Preparing a non-psychoactive tea is more straightforward since there is no need to decarboxylate the cannabis.
- 1 gram of cannabis buds (or 1/2 cup if using stems and leaves)
- 1 cup of hot water
- 1 tea bag
- Grind the cannabis thoroughly using a coffee grinder.
- Mix the content of the teabag with the ground cannabis. Place the mixture in the sachet or in a tea ball.
- Pour water into a mug. Steep the tea for 5-10 minutes. Longer time makes it more potent.
- As an option, add sugar or honey to taste.
Note: Avoid adding milk or cream so as not to absorb THC.
A Brew For Every Taste
Weed tea offers a refreshing way for users to get cannabis fix. The variety offered by this beverage makes it is easy to create drinks that suit the taste buds of everyone. Be it for the psychedelic experience or medical reasons, the long-lasting effect it provides is more than enough reason to start brewing.
One thing about experimenting with brewing is to always stay on the conservative side. It takes time before taking effect, and when it does, it could be overwhelming to newbies or anyone who accidentally consumes too much. As such, first-timers, most especially, should start with a weaker dose before gradually increasing on the potency.