Marijuana Tea Benefits, Effects, Recipe & Dosages
This might not be news to you; CBD and marijuana beverages seem to have made their way onto the shelves overnight! From CBD seltzer to weed coffee, it’s easier than ever to take a slow sip of some dank weed.
But if you’ve got weed to harvest in your grow room or a shipment of bud coming from Speed Greens, you can make your own skunky brew. Marijuana tea is the hottest new way to kick back and unwind after a long day at work.
How much marijuana should you add to tea? Will it still get you high? What do you need to make tea anyway?
We’ve got all the answers.
Why Should You Drink Tea?
Marijuana or no marijuana, a cup of tea has a lot of benefits for the mind and body. Whether you’re trying to kick a coffee addiction, keep up your momentum during the day, or just feel healthier, it might be beneficial to try a cup or two of tea.
What does science have to say about tea?
A study of 40,530 Japanese adults found that participants who drank more than five cups of green tea a day had a 26% lower risk of death from heart attack or stroke and a 16% lower risk of death from all causes than people who drank less than one cup of green tea a day.
That’s how great tea is – it can reduce your risk of death.
Tea isn’t a wildly complicated drink: it’s often just water mixed with different herbs and spices. This simple combination can do wonders if you are trying to lose weight. Ditch the sugary drinks and sodas for this low-to-no-calorie alternative. Sufficient hydration has its own long list of benefits. Drink up!
Energy Boost Without The Shakes
Need a kick of caffeine in the morning, but don’t like the nausea that comes with coffee? Tea can help. A cup of tea contains less caffeine than coffee, but enough to get you moving throughout the day. If your stomach problems come from a different source, try a ginger or chamomile tea. Both ingredients are great for soothing the tummy and moving the digestive system along.
Not all teas are the same. Individual herbs, spices, and ingredients in tea offer their own benefits to keep you perked up, calmed down, or generally feeling more positive about your health.
Now, let’s get to our favourite herb.
Positive Effects of Adding Marijuana to Tea
If you have enjoyed marijuana in the past, these positive effects shouldn’t be a surprise to you. The best part about enjoying marijuana tea is that you don’t have to light up. Smoking can cause damage to the lungs and increase the risk of chronic illness. You can still get high without coughing or accidentally eating too much!
Plus, digesting marijuana allows the cannabinoids to stay in your system longer than if you were to just smoke a joint.
Additional Digestive Benefits
“Normal” tea can give your tummy some relief – but if you don’t like the taste of ginger or chamomile, you might feel out of luck. Luckily, marijuana in tea can help to settle your stomach, reduce nausea, and even stimulate your appetite.
Cannabis works with a system of the body called the endocannabinoid system. This system reaches the entire body. You won’t just enjoy a giddy case of the giggles after sipping some THC tea. You’ll be able to go about your day without nausea or dizziness.
People who suffer from chronic pain should also try marijuana tea. Canadian researchers found that marijuana acts as an analgesic, or a treatment for pain. And marijuana doesn’t just address one type of pain: people with migraines, arthritis, or people undergoing chemotherapy can all find pain relief through marijuana consumption.
The endocannabinoid system has its hands in many bodily functions. For example, it helps to bring the body to homeostasis through inflammation. Inflammation is the body’s natural response to injury, but too much inflammation can cause pain and other negative symptoms. People with IBS, MS, or chronic inflammation may find some relief with weed tea.
You Can’t Just Dunk Bud In Hot Water
Well, you can. But you’re not going to feel the same way as you would after smoking a joint. Dried cannabis flower doesn’t get you high on its own – you’ll need to decarboxylate the cannabis before you add it to any recipe. (And we mean any recipe – edibles made out of cannabutter, marijuana tea or coffee, etc.)
Raw cannabis doesn’t contain THC – it contains THCA. Adding THCA to your tea does offer some health benefits, but most likely, you’re here for the classic THC.
When marijuana is heated to a certain temperature, the THCA breaks down and becomes THC. Smoking “decarbs” cannabis on its own because the weed is so close to the flame that it heats up naturally.
Marijuana Tea Is a Great Way to Use All Parts Of Your Bud
Growing cannabis at home? You’ve got to try marijuana tea. You can use any part of the marijuana plant, including the stems, to make marijuana tea. Growers don’t have to waste any part of the plant that they slaved over for weeks.
Decarb as much of the plant that you want to add to your tea. Adding stems to your tea won’t get you as high as smoking dried flower, but you can still enjoy the health benefits and calm feelings from marijuana.
Alternative Ways to Add Marijuana to Tea
Don’t have dried bud or the time to decarb your weed? No problem. There are alternative ways to add marijuana to your tea.
One great option is to have a tincture lying around the house. Marijuana tinctures are extracts made from alcohol. You can make a tincture with bud that you already have or just order it online without any issues. A drop of tincture is strong and tasteless, so you can add it to tea, smoothies, coffee, oatmeal…you name it!
A lot of recipes for marijuana tea include edible spreads like cannabis-infused coconut oil and cannabutter. Again, you can make these at home, but it’s a lot easier to have them ready to go in your fridge for quick use.
Even if you just have one type of marijuana to add to your tea, we’ve got a recipe that you can use and enjoy.
What’s The High Like?
If you’re looking to get stoned out of your mind, marijuana tea might not be the best way to go. The high you get from marijuana tea doesn’t hit immediately, and it won’t hit you like a ton of bricks. You’ll feel uplifted, calm, or ready for bed, but you won’t be hallucinating.
Marijuana tea isn’t exactly an “edible,” but it moves through your body in a similar way. When you take a sip, the tea goes through your whole body before it’s digested and processed. Give yourself at least an hour before you start to feel the giggles creeping over you.
Where to Buy Marijuana For Tea
Unfortunately, you can’t just walk into a coffee shop and order a marijuana tea (yet.) You’ll need to make your own – which means you’ll need some bud, tincture, or cannabutter to get you started.
Now that Canada has legalized marijuana, you can walk into a dispensary and order bud with no problems. Most shops have a decent selection of sativas, indicas, and hybrids. If you’re extra picky about flavours, you might walk away empty-handed, but there are other places to buy marijuana in Canada. Online dispensaries offer a wider selection of more unique strains.
While you’re shopping online, look around for tinctures and edibles that you can add to your tea. It’s not as easy to find tinctures or cannabutter in a store near you. Luckily, online dispensaries like Speed Greens don’t make you wait for your goodies. You’ll have them delivered (discreetly) right to your door within no time.
Marijuana Tea Recipes
Ready to start sipping on that tea? Use these recipes to make a nice cuppa for yourself morning, noon, and night.
If you don’t have the exact ingredients nearby, don’t worry! Tea isn’t a complicated drink. A bunch of herbs, hot water, and a little bit of cannabis should do the trick!
Recipe: Simple Marijuana Tea (Dried Flower or Tincture)
Marijuana tea doesn’t have to be complicated. If you are already a tea drinker, you can just add your decarbed cannabis to the tea that you already drink.
Simply grab a half of a gram of cannabis and place it in your tea ball or reusable tea bags. Mix in your favourite loose tea. Add tea to boiling water and step for up to five minutes.
Have a lot of teas lying around the house? Choose a tea that will complement the terpenes in your marijuana. Add a fruitier strain (Blackberry, Blue Dream, Black Domina) to your fruit teas for a refreshing brew. Purple Haze is a good choice if you’re into lavender or more calming teas.
Not sure what flavours are going to be in the strains you’re buying or growing? Use the Cannabis Wheel to learn more about your strain’s terpene profile and what flavours you can expect when it’s time to smoke or make your marijuana into tea.
Simple Cannabis Tea with Tincture
If you aren’t concerned about adding flavours or you don’t have flower lying around, you can also add a tincture to any tea that you are already drinking. Newbies should add two full droppers to their cuppa as a start. This is a great way to add marijuana to iced tea.
Recipe: Hot Buttered Chai Tea Latte (With Cannabutter)
This is a great option if you prefer something creamier – or if you just have some extra cannabutter lying around.
This recipe makes four cups of a delicious chai tea latte. Share them with your friends as you cuddle up for a movie or take a morning walk.
What You’ll Need:
- 2 tbsp cannabutter
- 3 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tbsp minced ginger
- 1 tbsp chai spice
- 4 tea bags with black tea
- 1 cup milk
- Pour boiling water over black tea bags (should be about two cups.) Let them steep for up to five minutes.
- Combine cannabutter with spices and brown sugar.
- Add butter mixture, tea, and milk to a blender and blend until completely combined. (It should be nice and frothy!) Pour over the sieve and enjoy!
Recipe: Herbal Tea to Reduce Inflammation
You don’t have to enjoy marijuana tea with tons of THC. Try adding a strain of cannabis that is high in CBD for an enjoyable cup of pain relief! Tea and CBD are both great for reducing inflammation – with a few herbs and a medical strain, you’ll be on your way to relief in no time.
Our favourite strains of CBD-only cannabis include Harlequin, Ringo’s Gift, ACDC, and Cannatonic.
What You’ll Need:
- 1 cup water
- ½ gram CBD-only cannabis
- 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- Milk (alternative milks are ok – hemp milk, perhaps?)
- A sweetener of your choice (honey, maple syrup, stevia, etc.)
- Bring the water to a boil in a small saucepan.
- Add the cannabis, turmeric, and ginger. Reduce the heat to simmer for 10 minutes.
- Add milk and stir.
- Strain the entire mixture into a mug and taste. Add the sweetener of your choice.
Tip: If you’re making this brew in the morning, add a squeeze or two of lemon juice. If you’re making it to unwind at night, consider adding some ground cinnamon for a more cozy experience. Play around with the herbs and spices that you add to your tea and create your own custom brew!
Want More Recipes?
We love cannabis tea here at SpeedGreens. We’ve got a few more recipes for marijuana tea up on our website. You can also check out our top recommendations for strains that go with black tea, green tea, white tea, etc.
If you like to create your own recipes, share them with us!