Cannabis tea – or CBD cannabis infusion – works just like any other food.
The only real difference is that, unlike brownies and cookies, it comes in liquid form. Even the process is simpler than most people could imagine.
The reason why people prefer cannabis tea to other food products is that it does not contain all the sugar and fat ingredients that are present in cannabis-infused baked goods.
Whatever your reason, CBD tea is an effective way to bring cannabinoids (like THC and CBD) into your body and will provide a powerful and long-lasting effect.
As with all food products, it is important to pay attention to your dosages. Edible products are usually extremely potent, and if you take too much, you risk a reverse effect.
Anyone who has consumed too many cannabis-based food products can confirm the paranoid, dizzying and generally awful experience of an overdose.
How do you calculate the potency of cannabis tea?
The amount of CBD in your tea will largely depend on the CBD content of the cannabis you use. The general rule of thumb is: add a 0 at the end of the percentage of CBD in your cannabis, and this number corresponds to the gross mg of CBD you will find in a cup of your tea.
If the strain you are using contains 12% CBD, for example, one gram of this cannabis flower will result in a cup of tea containing about 120 mg of CBD. Many factors come into play, such as how long you allow your tea to brew. So take this as a guideline rather than a law.
The effects of cannabis CBD tea
After drinking your tea at the CBD, it will take about thirty minutes to an hour and a half to fully experience the effects of the CBD. For this reason, if some time has passed and you still don’t feel as relaxed as you would like, wait. Make sure that you do not ingest any more cannabis until at least two hours after drinking your cannabis tea. It is also recommended that you drink your cannabis tea in a safe environment. The effects of your cannabis tea will usually last for a few hours.
Tea is most easily made using a pre-made brewed product, such as cannabis butter or cannabis oil. If you don’t have these pre-made products, we’ll give you a recipe below for making it all at once.
How to make an infusion with cannabis CBD
- One gram of ground cannabis
- A tablespoon of butter (no salt is preferable) or coconut oil
- Tea bags or loose tea that can be soaked with a loose tea infuser
- A pan to boil water
- Four cups of water
- Any other ingredients you like for flavour, such as honey, milk or cinnamon
- One cup
- One spoon
- A fine colander, or cheesecloth and a rubber band
Step 1: Boil 4 cups of water in your saucepan. Once boiling, add a tablespoon of butter or coconut oil and let it dissolve completely.
Step 2: Add your gram of ground cannabis to the boiling pot and lower the heat.
Step 3: Simmer this mixture for fifteen minutes.
Step 4: It is now time to filter the small amounts of cannabis.
If you are using gauze, secure it over your cup with a rubber band, then pour your boiling mixture into the cup so that the pieces of cannabis get caught in the gauze and the liquid flows into your cup.
If you use a fine strainer, simply place it over your cup and pour the liquid through the strainer and into the cup so that the cannabis pieces get caught in the strainer and the liquid falls into your cup.
Step 5: Add your tea bag or tea leaves to your tea infuser in the cup.
Step 6: Add any other ingredients of your choice, such as honey or a cinnamon stick, to the cup and stir.
This is usually a good idea, as this will help to hide the taste of cannabis and butter (unless you like the taste).
Step 7: Let the mixture steep for three minutes, then take out the tea bag.
Step 8: Taste your brew. If you like the taste, it’s ready to drink!
If you don’t like the flavour, try adding more honey, cinnamon or other ingredients that can help change the flavour of your tea to make it more pleasant.