Infused cannabis tea is one of the earliest forms of consumption around. Today, with tea enthusiasm booming across the globe, it only makes sense that cannabis-infused tea would pique the interest of consumers ranging from patients seeking pain relief to adult users looking to take the edge off.
Before diving in, let's touch on some basics:
With the top-level basics out of the way, let's explore how to make cannabis tea in detail and learn a few cannabis tea recipes you can easily make at home.
The answer depends on the cannabinoid profile in your weed tea and your body's reaction to the dosage. Typically though, THC-infused cannabis tea will get you high. The effects are likely to have you feeling a more substantial high than from smoking as well, with some effects lasting up to eight hours.
This result is brought on by the different journeys the cannabis takes in your body. Rather than almost immediately entering the bloodstream like smoking or vaping, edibles go through the digestive system into the liver, where the THC is metabolized. Once in the liver, the metabolite 11-hydroxy is produced, which can increase pot potency five-fold.
Dosages vary by each person's preference and the strain(s) used. Consider the following scenario for more of an idea:
A single gram of cannabis, totaling 1,000 mg in dry weight, has roughly 10% THC content. A tea using that bud would contain about 100 mg of THC. Cannabis tea follows the same rules as all other teas. Be sure to also keep in mind that strength depends on steeping time, with more extended periods resulting in stronger tea.
It's also important to remember that each person responds differently to cannabis. Therefore, determining your correct dose may take some trial and error. To play it safe, start with a low amount and slowly build up. If you've never tried cannabis tea before, consider beginning with a half-cup (125 ml) per day. In most cases, this amount is considered a relatively safe place to start for most new consumers.
Regular or semi-regular consumers may want to begin with one cup (250 ml) per day. Then, increase to two cups (500 ml) every 24-hours, consuming a cup every 12 hours if a stronger dose is needed.
Making weed tea is a relatively simple process. Using the following tips will not only improve the consumption experience, they'll also help mask the earthy edible taste that some consumers don't enjoy.
Do some prep work: Decarboxylate your cannabis
Making cannabis tea is easy, but it isn't without a tiny bit of effort.
Eating cannabis flower won't get you high. Raw flower contains various cannabinoids, including THCA.
THCA won't produce the same effects as THC. But, when heated to 105°C/221°F, raw flower's THCA compounds convert into THC. This chemical process is called decarboxylation or decarbing.
While burnt flower is also suitable, using torched cannabis will require extra steps to infuse into tea. If possible, stick with a decarbed flower.
This tip isn't just about flavor. Adding a fat source to your infused cannabis tea can help improve the potency of your beverage. Certain studies have concluded that fat-based formulations may enhance cannabinoid absorption 2.5-fold. More results are needed before verifying the findings, but the current results present a case for fat-based infusions.
So, unless you're averse to fat for your own medical or personal reasons, consider dropping some into your tea. It could help deliver those more substantial doses many people need to address everything from body pains to physical and mental stress.
With beverages and edibles carrying a much more potent punch, you'll want to be prepared for when the effects kick in.
Cannabis tea typically takes between 30-90 minutes before setting in. Several factors will affect your onset time. People with a higher metabolism or lower body mass tend to experience the effects in shorter order. A slower metabolism or higher body mass tends to lead to slower onset times, with some not feeling effects for almost two hours.
Once set in, effects tend to last four to eight hours--making edibles a top choice for people with painful medical conditions like multiple sclerosis (MS). However, adult-use consumers may not be prepared for such effects the first time around. If so, newcomers might want to set themselves up in a safe, comfortable environment for the next few hours where they can pleasantly ride out any ill effects. You can also check out this guide for how to sober up from weed.
Below are some of the easiest recipes to get you making your weed tea. But before we dive into them, let's answer one pressing question you shouldn't overlook:
Herbal tea is an excellent place to start. Like cannabis, herbal teas offer various flavors and remedies to consider when making a weed tea. Like choosing the ideal cannabis profile, you'll want to decide which herbs best suit you and your needs.
Prep time: 10 to 20 minutes
Step time: Three minutes
Recommended dosage: One gram
Serving size: 4 cups
*You should know your tolerance when deciding how much cannabis to use. If you infuse one gram of 10% THC cannabis, you'll be infusing 100 mg THC into your tea. When divided up between 4 cups, this provides 25 mg THC per cup. This may be too much THC for some consumers, so consider this when dosing and either use less cannabis, or drink half a cup or a quarter cup instead.
If you're looking for an easy-to-make, aromatic, flavorful, and potent infused tea, then this is one to try. Of course, you will need a few more spices from your rack, but the result is worth any minor additional costs.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Step time: 20 minutes
Recommended dosage: Your comfort. Consider less than a tablespoon when starting out.
Serving size: 1 cup
People really misled the community when they used to say sticks and stems were worthless. They aren't ideal for smoking, but plant stems make excellent source material for weed tea.
Prep time: 20-30 minutes
Steep time: Varies, with longer times recommended to mask the earthy taste of the stems
Serving size: 1 mug per every 2 cups used
These are just three beginner-level infused weed tea recipes worth trying. Like the cannabis plant, tea is an expansive world with ample options to choose from. Use this article as your jumping-off point and enjoy the many flavors and experiences that await you. And as always, consume responsibly and see a qualified medical marijuana doctor if you'd like to learn more about cannabis tea and whether it's a good fit for your treatment plan.