Looking for a satisfying way to enjoy the natural flavors of hemp while also enjoying the health benefits of non-intoxicating cannabinoids? Consider brewing up a steaming cup of hemp-infused tea. Unlike traditional cannabis tea bags, this delicious beverage is the perfect way to relax after a long day and enjoy the restorative properties of hemp and CBD.
What Is Hemp Tea?
Hemp tea has the traditional calming effects one would find in green tea, except, there’s the addition of cannabinoids. Hemp tea is an umbrella term that can be used to reference several varieties of the beverage. These beverages can vary drastically in taste and effect depending on how it’s steeped.
Hemp Tea Benefits
Drinking hemp tea comes with a myriad of different benefits. Though CBD and other hemp derivates aren’t approved by the FDA, some consumers choose hemp herbal tea and CBD tea for the potential therapeutic and anti-inflammatory effects.
For example, studies suggest that the CBD in hemp tea may help treat several anxiety disorders. While there hasn’t been enough clinical evidence to prove it definitively, other studies indicate CBD has the potential to help those suffering from PTSD.
Similar to ginger tea, some people reach for a cup of hemp tea when their stomachs are upset or when they are experiencing cramping.
Others simply drink hemp tea to help manage their stress and unwind at the end of the day. Having CBD present in hemp tea may promote good sleep.
Does Hemp Tea Make You High?
The 2018 Farm Bill, which federally legalized hemp, also explicitly defined hemp as cannabis Sativa that contains 0.3 THC per dry weight. The scarce amount of THC in hemp would not be enough to induce a “high” or feelings of intoxication. While hemp may contain higher percentages of other cannabinoids such as CBD or CBG, these compounds do not create the same intoxicating effects as THC.
How To Make Hemp Tea
Hemp tea can be made in a myriad of different ways, depending on what resources you have and what you want most out of your hot beverage. However, if you decide to go about it, making hemp tea is incredibly easy.
One of the most natural ways is to make hemp bud tea. But what is hemp bud tea? It’s exactly what it sounds like, tea made from the buds of the hemp plant. Cannabis buds contain the highest concentration of cannabinoids and terpenes, so they’ll be the part of the plant that you’ll want to transform into tea. You start by finely grinding the hemp, either by hand or with the aid of a grinder. This material can then be added to a tea infuser either by itself or blended with other teas like black tea or herbal tea. The infuser is then put into hot water (the same you would with any other type of tea.)
If you don’t have an infuser, a coffee filter can be fashioned into a makeshift teabag using a staple. Alternatively, reusable hemp tea bags can be used to contain your hemp material for steeping.
How To Make CBD Tea
Hemp bud tea is great for those who want to savor the natural, earthy undertones that come with the cannabis plant. However, it takes a significant amount of hemp to make a potent tea that way. Those who want their tea to have a strong kick of CBD should consider making CBD tea instead.
One way to do this is by simply adding a dropper of CBD oil or tincture into your already made tea. This allows you to maximize your CBD potency while still enjoying a warm beverage. Because this oil is not water-soluble, you’ll want to add some fat like heavy cream to help the CBD blend into the tea. If you’re looking for a more vegan-friendly or plant-based option you can try adding coconut oil.
Additionally, there are water-soluble CBD tea bags already filled with a blend of CBD and other herbs to create a ready-to-use teabag.