In some areas–especially the Middle East, Russia, China and Japan–the tradition of serving up a piping hot cup of tea is not only warming, but also nourishing and nurturing. In winter, drinking tea also heats up cold hands, soothes the throat, relaxes the mind and can even reinvigorate the soul. These calming aspects of herbal teas are especially true when it comes to cannabis and hemp brews.
Drinking hot teas not only warms you up in winter, but also provides a bounty of healthful nutrients. Like edibles, cannabis infused into a tea takes longer for the body’s endocannabinoid receptors to get the message to chill out.
Currently, our favorite kinds of canna-teas are THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol). THC teas are psychoactive and will have similar effects to that of your favorite edible, depending on dosage and product specifics.
CBD is non-psychoactive, and will make you feel slightly relaxed, lighten your mood and provide healthful benefits (as CBD in high doses can literally kill cancer cells).
Ready to try out cannabis teas to discover for yourself if you feel more overall happiness, balance and serenity?
Before getting into a taste test, consider these simple rules about making herbal teas:
Always use what is called “freshly drawn” water from a fast-running faucet to oxygenate the water before boiling.
How hot is too hot? Herbs should not be scalded so bring water to a rolling boil, but then let it sit a bit before pouring.
Use at least one tea bag per mug serving (about 1¼ cups water).
It is best to use a warmed up two-cup porcelain teapot with a lid to get the best out of infusing and heat retention.
Let the tea steep for at least three minutes for black teas and up to five minutes or longer for lighter teas such as green and chamomile.
An even more ancient method to enjoying maximum nutrients found in herbal teas such as cannabis and hemp is to infuse freshly-drawn and boiled water along with several tea bags or a handful of loose leaves in a large mason jar. Leave on a counter overnight. In the morning and throughout the day, drink this nourishing brew at room temperature in place of plain water or other beverages.
So, how do cannabis teas taste? Is the taste pungent and too earthy like some edibles? Or is it mild and drinkable?
In fact, cannabis-infused teas look, smell and taste like any other herbal tea and provide a tasty way to fill your endocannabinoid receptors with cancer-fighting health-promoting medicine. Perhaps this blistery winter is finally time to try cannabis in tea form for one of the most relaxing and yummy ways to medicate.
Top Cannabis Tea Brands
Cannabis tea is just beginning to be recognized for its relaxing and healing properties. So far, just a handful of companies have created cannabis-infused teas, including:
Venice Cookie Company’s Subtle Tea brand has four “flavors” each with 40mg of THC including black, green and chai. The “PM” tea is a potent sleep-inducer as it is filled with chamomile, peppermint, lemongrass, lemon balm, catnip, tilla Estrella and 25mg of valerian root.
Pure Hemp Botanicals has created a vegan-friendly and cruelty-free 25mg CBD tea, which comes in a delightful silver tin with bags also made from hemp.
Jane’s Brew has some of the best-tasting brews including 20mg doses of green, black and chamomile teas in both bag and pod forms.
Pot-O-Coffee’s black and green (and soon-to-be-launched chamomile) teas come in both THC (10, 50 and 100mg) and CBD (10mg) bags and Keurig-style pods. Pot-O-Coffee sources its hemp-based CBD oil from high-quality manufacturer, CannaVest.
The Mad Hatter Coffee & Tea Company claims it was the first to infuse cannabis into teas and has a long list of brews that come in 20, 60, 80, 120 and 160mg bags.