Nothing says “good morning” like a hot cup of English Breakfast tea. They say nothing comes before coffee, but we here at Growers Choice, have an even better quote to live by: nothing comes before cannabis tea. In today’s article, we’ll explore the benefits of “high” tea as it pertains to mental and physical health, as well as how to brew your own cup at home to start your mornings on the right foot.
The day begins with a gentle dose of caffeine that can be found in black, white, and green tea. And instead of consuming cannabis immediately after, cut your morning routine in half by adding cannabis into your cup. Many may be surprised to learn that preparing cannabis tea is easier and quicker than cooking with cannabis. Let’s unravel all the good “high” tea can do for you.
How To Brew Cannabis Tea At Home
Even though cooking with cannabis can be fun, it’s definitely time-consuming and science-heavy. There’s a process called “decarboxylate” that involves all this extra stuff you really don’t want to mess with early in the morning. Surely, you have more pressing matters at 9 am on a Monday. Cannabis tea is as simple as adding ground cannabis into a tea strainer—much easier than baking edibles, wouldn’t you agree? Boil a pan of water and mix in your desired dosage. Let it simmer for about 15 minutes. Then, remove the cannabis with a sieve.
Here’s a quick breakdown of what you need to make cannabis tea:
- A gram of ground cannabis
- 4 cups of boiling water
- A tablespoon of fat (unsalted butter or coconut oil)
We must disclose that cannabis tea is not the best-tasting on its own. You may have to add honey, agave, maple syrup, or sugar for extra sweetness and flavor. Another option is to mix the ground cannabis with a flavored tea bag, such as peppermint, ginger, or lemon. There are hundreds of tea flavors out there so don’t hesitate to combine flavors and mix it up until you find your ideal taste.
Psychoactive Vs. Non-Psychoactive Tea
Maybe your job doesn’t allow cannabis use, or maybe you handle heavy machinery and it would be irresponsible to get high beforehand. If psychoactive tea isn’t up your alley, there’s a way to remove the THC completely. The only way you can bring out the THC effects in cannabis-infused foods and beverages is by adding fat, such as oil and butter. No fats = no psychoactive effects. The THC chemical compound cannot activate without fat.
How Cannabis Tea Affects The Brain & Body
Cannabis tea behaves in a similar manner to edibles. You won’t feel high right away. In fact, you may not feel anything at all until your entire cup is empty. The effects of cannabis tea typically settle in an hour after consuming and last between 4 – 8 hours, just like edibles. We promise the effects will eventually present themselves so we urge users not to over-drink or make another cup. It can take users with a slower metabolism two hours to notice a difference. The last thing you want is to “green out” at work.
The Benefits Of Cannabis Tea
If you know the effects of cannabis, you know the effects of infused tea. The only difference between “high” tea and smoking a bowl of weed is how long it takes for the effects to come and go. Otherwise, the experience is pretty much the same. Cannabis tea can help with:
- Pain Relief
We say this about cannabis and we’re going to say it again about cannabis tea — please do not treat it as a “cure” or “treatment.” Cannabis should never be marketed as a permanent fix for any medical condition or illness. Instead, cannabis can temporarily alleviate certain symptoms and side effects. Be cautious of cannabis ads and false promises of everlasting results or life-long, permanent changes. No matter how much you consume, the effects eventually wear off and you may realize that pain or inflammation returns. In extreme cases, some patients combine cannabis with their daily medication—but do not mix without speaking to a medical professional first.
Don’t Enjoy The Flavor Of Tea?
Now, if you’re not a big tea drinker, there are other ways to work with cannabis in the kitchen. Some mixtures are even making their way to the bar. You can find cannabis-infused beer, cocktails, even hot chocolate. Some tea shops and coffeehouses offer CBD shots! We have a feeling we’ve only reached the tip of the iceberg when it comes to cannabis beverages. Start your day the high way with cannabis tea.