Is CBD tea a thing? Yep.
CBD, more formerly regarded as cannabidiol, is the fantastically therapeutic cannabinoid found in cannabis. Gaining accolades for being non-psychoactive (meaning it will not give you the buzz or high that THC does) and incredibly abundant in health benefits, CBD is the mood-improving supplement tea drinkers are loving to love.
If you are a regular tea drinker, you have already become accustomed to the feelings of calm and bliss accompanied by your lavender flavor and sleepy-time teas.
Tea, on its own, is pretty great. It can boost exercise endurance, increase your body’s ability to burn fat as fuel and even help reduce the risk of a heart attack. By adding CBD in the (tea) mix, those benefits (plus more) are enhanced.
Here, we give you the rundown on what CBD tea is, where you can get it and how you can make your own.
In contrast to a CBD latte, CBD tea is a little more complex. You cannot just put a couple teaspoons full of CBD oil into your tea and call it a day. Well, you could, but it would not produce as strong of healing benefits that you are hoping to get.
Not all CBD-infused teas are the same. The truth is, CBD oil-based teas cannot extract in hot water because — well-known fact — water and oil do not mix. In order to maximize the compound’s bioavailability (the degree and rate at which it is absorbed in the body), the CBD has to be thoughtfully and carefully crafted in labs where the consumer’s best interest is the focus.
With water-soluble, bioavailable CBD, you can feel confident that the CBD contained is actually being extracted into the hot tea. This allows your body to feel the full effects as it provides the most benefits possible.
Important to know: Because cannabinoids (like CBD) need fat to be absorbed in the small intestine, be sure to sip your tea with, or directly after a meal in order to absorb the nutrients and feel all of the relaxing feels.
You can order CBD tea through online CBD retailers or in specialty CBD tea shops.
If you are concocting your very own CBD tea, water-soluble CBD is the most ideal to use, as that specific kind of CBD was created to be utilized in food and beverages. Water soluble CBD uses full-spectrum CBD (read: Entourage Effect) whereas a lot of other water solubles use CBD isolate.
The surest way to enjoy a great cup of CBD tea is to add dry or fresh cannabis or hemp material to hot water. But (this is important), the heat produced by boiling water does not extract the cannabinoids — it textracts the plant’s terpenes — which are still very good for you, but it’s not CBD.
Let us explain a little more: Terpenes, like CBD, are believed to have a therapeutic effect on pain, inflammation and anxiety, but if you want to get the cannabinoids out of the plant material (extraction), you have to a follow a more complex process.
To activate the cannabinoids, your fresh plant materials need to go through decarboxylation (the heating of raw cannabis), which transforms the cannabinoids into CBD. First, you heat the material (in your oven, ideally) for 20 minutes at 100 degrees celsius, then, you raise the temperature to 115 degrees celsius and leave it in the oven for at least an hour.
Finally, you take your now-baked plant materials out and seep them into hot tea.
Here are ingredients and directions for making CBD tea:
- 6 grams freshly ground hemp stems
- 2 cups full-fat milk like coconut, hemp or whole dairy
- ¼ cup (melted) coconut oil or ¼ stick of softened butter
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup of water
- Loose leaf chai tea (or any other flavor) and tea infuser ball
- Honey and cinnamon
- Blend hemp herms, milk, oil and vanilla extract until combined
- Allow the mixture to sit at room temperature for an hour
- Add mixture to saucepan, along with the water and infuser full of tea leaves
- Cover and simmer over medium-low heat for 20 minutes (do not let it come to a boil)
- Pour into a mug and add cinnamon and honey
- The goal of CBD is to optimize health by maintaining homeostasis within the body.
- The (very simple) alternative to making your own CBD tea would be to add a few drops of CBD oil into your hot tea, but make sure it is water-soluble CBD oil.
- When just starting out, you may need to experiment to find the CBD dosage that is right for you, but a good rule of thumb is: Always start small and slowly work your way up.
- Because making your own CBD tea is somewhat difficult, we recommend purchasing a water-soluble CBD tea.