There are a huge variety of ways in which you can consume CBD these days. Edibles are proving to be a very popular option, as they help to mask the bitter, “earthy” flavor of sublingual CBD hemp oils.
But let’s back up just a little bit. In case you have been missing out, cannabidiol (usually referred to simply as CBD) is one of the major compounds found in the cannabis plant. It is now often used in consumer health supplements, because of its non-psychoactive and non-toxic properties. Due to legal restrictions, however, most CBD products in the USA (at least the ones that are not sold at cannabis dispensaries) come from industrial hemp — a form of cannabis that extremely low in psychoactive compounds.
Although hemp products are proving to be a big hit in the health-conscious community, they admittedly do not have the best taste. As such, manufacturers often add CBD oil into edible treats like gummy bears and candies. Of course, things like sugar-laden gummy bears are not the healthiest option out there.
This is where we come to CBD-infused tea. A lot of places like nutrition and health food stores have something called hemp tea, but since this is usually made from the seeds of the plant (rather than the leaves, stems, and flowers), it is NOT the same thing as CBD tea.
In this article, we will be going over what CBD tea is, and how to make it yourself. The cannabis world is ever-evolving when it comes to new products and new ways to consume your favorite cannabinoids, and we’re here to try and help.
What is CBD Tea?
CBD tea is pretty much exactly what it sounds like; any tea that is infused with some sort of cannabidiol extract. You can purchase ready-made CBD tea from a variety of online and in-store sellers, but as we mentioned, this is most often hemp tea that continues very little of the CBD component.
Since cannabidiol is produced in the flowers of the hemp plant rather than the seeds, a quality CBD tea will need to have been steeped in clipped plant material that naturally contains robust levels of the active compound. That being said, many find the flavor of a raw CBD tea like this to be an “acquired taste.”
Other forms of CBD tea you can purchase are usually blends such as green tea, chamomile tea, or other soothing blends. Since cannabidiol is sold for its potential health benefits, it makes sense to add it to varieties of tea that are also touted for potential health advantages.
If you are more of an English Breakfast tea kind of person, then you will probably have to make CBD tea yourself. We will get into how to do this a little later in the article, but for now, let’s talk about some of the potential health benefits of a good, high-quality CBD tea.
Potential Wellness Benefits of CBD Tea
It’s no secret that people take CBD for its purported health benefits. But did you know the compound is believed to be virtually risk-free, with almost zero potential for toxicity? In fact, according to a report from the World Health Organization, CBD is safe for consumption and poses “no adverse health risks.” But what does it actually do?
Well, in order to have an understanding of this, we have to have a basic understanding of our body’s endocannabinoid system, or ECS. This biological system is tasked with maintaining homeostasis, which means it keeps the whole body in balance. The ECS is responsible for managing a variety of things, ranging from sleep and appetite to mood and pain.
Usually, the ECS works through messenger molecules called endocannabinoids, which bind to cannabinoid receptors and pass messages around the body, allowing it to adapt to outside influences.
As it turns out, cannabinoids from plants can also bind to these same receptors. When we take CBD, it stimulates the production of extra endocannabinoids, allowing the endocannabinoid system to keep functioning at its optimum level. In other words, CBD helps to support our bodies’ general health and well-being.
With all the nutritional benefits of hemp and hemp seeds, you can almost think of CBD as belonging to the superfood family! People have begun taking CBD food supplements as a means of living a healthy lifestyle, and for centuries, tea has been a popular way of promoting and maintaining health.
Of course, different types are tea are said to have different benefits. Green tea, for example, is said to speed up the metabolism. Depending on what kinds of benefits you are wanting to get out of your CBD tea, you should research different types of tea. The effects will change depending on the particular products you decide to use, but all in all, CBD tea can be a great way to support a balanced, healthy lifestyle.
Can I Make My Own CBD Tea at Home?
The answer to this question is a resounding yes! Although it is possible to buy CBD tea online, it is also possible to make your very own CBD tea at home using nothing more than a few common ingredients. Below, we tell you how to make the perfect cup of delicious CBD tea.
1. Choosing the CBD Product
The first step in making a great CBD tea is of course choosing the right CBD product. Most people purchase CBD oil, but this might not necessarily be the right product for your tea. Oils can have a fairly strong taste, which might affect the enjoyability of your tea. Furthermore, oils will not mix into water; if you are using an oil for your CBD tea, it must be a tea that contains milk or cream. You can, of course, choose a flavored oil if it will go well with your tea.
Isolates are another option, and these usually come in powder or crystal form. They are flavorless and will not affect the taste of your tea. However, since cannabinoids themselves are hydrophobic, they still might not dissolve perfectly. Again, you can solve this by using a fatty substance such as milk or cream in your tea.
Finally, you could try CBD liposomes. These products use nanotechnology to ensure that the CBD can be mixed into water, allowing for a wide range of beverages to be created. Bear in mind that they are less common, though, so it is harder to find them — and they can be substantially more expensive.
2. Choosing the Right Tea
Nowadays, we are blessed with the choice of a huge number of teas. There are specific shops dedicated to teas, and you will definitely be able to find a tea or tisane to suit your likes and needs. Teas like green tea are known to have specific health benefits, such as speeding up metabolism and acting as an antioxidant.
When it comes to choosing a tea, you should do so based on the specific effects that you are looking for. Make sure to thoroughly research teas before making a decision.
You should also bear in mind what we talked about above with regards to the hydrophobic nature of CBD. If you have already purchased a CBD oil or an isolate powder, then make sure you choose a tea that goes well with milk or cream, so you can ensure that the mixture will blend well.
3. CBD Tea Recipe
You Will Need:
- Tea leaves or tea bag of your choice
- Full-fat milk, such as coconut milk, hemp milk, or whole dairy milk
- CBD product
- Sweetener, if desired
- Bring your water to the boil, either using a kettle or a saucepan if need be.
- Brew your tea as per the instructions. If you are using a teabag, you can simply pour the boiling water over the teabag in a mug; otherwise, you will need a tea infuser.
- Separately, mix together the milk and the CBD product of your choice. Use as much CBD as you would in a normal dose.
- Add the milk/CBD mixture to the tea, and stir well. If desired, add in some sweetener.
- Wait for it to cool slightly, and enjoy!
Final Thoughts on CBD Tea
CBD tea is just one of the latest ways to enjoy cannabidiol. Many of us enjoy a nice relaxing cup of tea, so why not add in some CBD to increase its health-boosting effects? Whether you choose to purchase CBD tea or make your own at home, this consumption method actually makes taking a daily dose of CBD incredibly easy – and tasty!
Have you tried making your own CBD at home before? If you have any tips, leave them in the comments below!