Cannabis tea may only be gaining popularity recently but believe it or not, it’s been enjoyed by many people since ancient times in several countries across the world including Jamaica, India, and China. It’s the perfect alternative for people who don’t smoke or vape and for those seeking a smoke-free alternative for cannabis consumption.
In this blog, we talk about the many ways to make cannabis tea at home, the best cannabis strains to use, how to measure the potency, and how long it takes for the effects to kick in. Continue reading to learn more!
How to Make Cannabis Tea
Whether you’re an avid consumer or thinking of slowly incorporating more cannabis into your life, enjoying a hot (or cold) cup of cannabis tea is an easy and creative way to infuse a little bit of extra goodness into your everyday ritual. It’s so easy that you can make your own cannabis tea at home using these simple methods:
Steeping Cannabis Tea Bags
Cannabis tea bags are perhaps the most convenient method on the list. The tea bags are infused with certified organic cannabis (THC or CBD dominant) and flavoured with herbal extracts like lavender, yerba mate, hibiscus, sweet cacao, or ginger. You still get the flavour profile of your favourite tea, with the added benefit of the mind or body buzz that cannabis is known for. We especially love the Happy Hibiscus Mate Tea and Vanilla Rooibos Tea.
Infusing Cannabutter or Cannabis Oil
If you want to go the old-fashioned route, you can also brew your own cannabis tea by mixing loose tea leaves with cannabis-infused oil. While cannabis oil or tincture are valid options that will give you the effects you’re after, cannabutter will give you a creamier, latte-type drink.
- Boil water.
- Add desired amount of cannabutter or cannabis oil into a mug.
- Add a tea bag of your choice to the mug.
- Pour boiling water into the mug with the tea bag and cannabutter/oil.
- Wait until the cannabutter has completely dissolved before drinking!
DIY Brew Using Dried Cannabis Flowers
It’s important to note that, similarly when making edibles, dried cannabis flowers should first undergo decarboxylation, otherwise known as decarbing, before being brewed into tea. This process involves heating dried cannabis flowers, either through baking or roasting, to stimulate and release the active ingredients THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids present in the strain. Otherwise you’ll end up with a bitter, herby-tasting product with no intoxicating effects.
There’s an existing notion that because THC is not water-soluble, using dried cannabis flowers for your cannabis tea may not get you high. We recommend adding some type of fat, preferably cannabutter or cannabis oil, to activate the THC in the strain. You can also add loose tea leaves of your choice to complement the flavour of cannabis, although it’s also fine on its own.
- Bring water to a boil.
- Add desired amount of cannabutter or any type of oil.
- Throw in carbed dried cannabis flowers and loose tea leaves or tea bags into the mixture.
- Add coconut milk or any high-fat milk to neutralize the natural herbal flavour or if you prefer a creamy cannabis tea.
- Let your cannabis tea simmer for 15 to 30 minutes. Sift the solid particles out using a strainer and pour it into a cup to enjoy!
Choosing the Best Cannabis Strain
There are a few factors to consider when shopping for the best cannabis strains to infuse your tea. These include:
First understand your intentions; are you consuming cannabis for its recreational or calming effects? Do you want a body buzz or a psychedelic trip? Are you looking to wind down after a long day or wanting a boost of energy? After answering these questions, it will be easier for you to decipher whether you need a cannabis strain that’s dominant in THC or CBD.
For a delicious cup of cannabis tea that packs a punch, check out these high-THC cannabis products:
When making cannabis tea, the best strains to use are usually those with a blend of fruity and citrus flavours. They pair well and balance out the sweetness in edibles. We especially love these THC-dominant buds:
If you’re more interested in a soothing, non-psychoactive CBD tea to help calm the nerves or get you a good night’s sleep, here are some examples of high-CBD cannabis strains we love:
How to Know the Potency of Your Cannabis Tea
Similar to edibles, it can be challenging to determine the precise THC potency of cannabis tea. Despite knowing the THC levels in the cannabis strain you used, its interaction with other ingredients in the tea can either dull or intensify its effects and concentration. For instance, as we’ve mentioned earlier, adding fat to your cannabis tea can stimulate the active THC cannabinoid. Like traditional teas, your cannabis tea becomes stronger the longer you steep it.
How Long Does Cannabis Tea Take to Kick In?
It may take significantly longer to get high or notice the full effect of cannabis tea compared to other methods of consumption such as smoking a pre-roll or vaping with extracts. Similar to eating edibles, the cannabinoids must first be processed by the body’s digestive system before it goes into the bloodstream. In addition, everybody has varying factors that contribute to how we digest including metabolisms, body weight, hydration, and whether or not they’ve eaten anything prior to drinking their cannabis tea.
Expect to begin feeling the maximum effects approximately an hour after your first sip, which may last as long as eight hours. To avoid getting overwhelmed, we suggest that you sip and enjoy your cannabis tea slowly. Wait until you feel the full effects before pouring yourself another cup to avoid consuming more than you can handle. If you are new to cannabis, we highly recommend starting with the lowest dose possible, working your way up to build your personal tolerance.
At Smokey’s, we have an impressive selection of cannabis strains and THC and CBD oils for your cannabis tea. We also have organic cannabis tea bags that you can simply drop in a hot cup of water for a quick pick-me-up. To learn more about our products, check out our Instagram!