As an ancient medicinal herb, cannabis has a long history of use in tea.
It’s very likely that across India, China and the Middle East, many of the most widespread medicinal preparations have all relied on cannabis as a tea.
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The Most Important Step to Making Weed Tea
Brewing a piping hot pot of weed tea won’t do much if you neglect to decarboxylate the cannabis first.
Even if you’ve never heard of decarboxylation before, its the crucial step to every cannabis experience.
Its responsible for altering many of the phytocannabinoids into a format we all know and love.
Smoking, dabbing and vaping, all involve heating up the organic plant material to point where the natural cannabinoids transform.
For example, THC doesn’t naturally occur in significant quantities in the cannabis plant.
It starts off as THCA, and only after heating up during a decarboxylation process, does it turn into THC.
What is the Importance of Decarboxylation
Without decarboxylation, there is no way to get high with cannabis.
In a properly cured nug of marijuana, there is little to no THC, that is until you put it to flame and properly activate it.
Many of the other known medicinal cannabinoids also require transformation through heat, including CBD and CBN.
Cannabis tea requires piping hot water, but the water may not reach high enough temperatures for long enough to transform all the valuable natural cannabinoids into their medicinal counterparts.
By decarboxylating your cannabis before using it in tea, you’ll ensure that none of the cannabinoids go to waste, and your experience is as powerful as possible.
How to Make Weed Tea from Scratch
This recipe makes 4 cups of tea, with roughly 0.5 grams of cannabis weed infusion per cup (plus cannabis oil, if added).
The recipe can easily be doubled, tripled, or the potency increased for personal preference.
You can use this cannabis cooking calculator to help dose your tea how you like it.
Use any strain, although indicas are most popular as they are naturally more relaxing.
Required Ingredients and Cooking Utensils
- 2 grams of cannabis, roughly ground up
- Empty tea bag, or small piece of cheesecloth
- Tea of choice
- Boiling water
- Tea Pot
- Cannabis infused coconut oil (optional)
Step One: Decarboxylation
As mentioned, this is the most crucial step to ensure your THCA transforms into THC.
Before getting started, preheat the oven to 240° Fahrenheit.
Roughly grind up the two grams of weed and spread out over a small pan in a thin layer
Cover with a sheet of tinfoil carefully tucking the edges over to seal the contents.
Place in the oven at the preset temperature for 25 minutes.
This process will unlock the medicinal cannabinoids, like THC and CBD, from their naturally molecular formations.
After you take the pan out of the oven, set aside until cool.
Step Two: Making the Tea Bag
Now it's time to personalize the cannabis tea recipe.
For a more relaxing high, it's suggested to avoid any caffeinated teas like black or green teas.
Rooibos teas and other herbal teas go well with gentler indica strains or any relaxing hybrids.
If you prefer more of a pick me up, for example, if you have chosen a zippy sativa strain of weed, you'll enjoy mixing it with either a green or a black tea.
Carefully open up a small tea bag, purchase a pack of premade empty tea bags or use cheesecloth to make your own.
Fill the tea bag with your decarboxylated cannabis, as well as your chosen tea.
Step Three: Steep
Fill a teapot with boiling water, roughly four cups for this recipe.
Throw in the tea bag and wait patiently as your mixture steeps the valuable herbs and cannabis compounds into the water.
Just like with any tea, steep time depends on water temperature and type of tea.
The longer you allow it to be steep, the more compounds released, but it also may become bitter.
Suggested steep time is only three to four minutes.
It's during this stage that you can add a small spoonful or two of cannabis-infused coconut oil to improve the length and strength of the weed tea of the high.
Learn to Make Weed Tea in Under 60 Seconds
The steps above aren’t overly complicated, but for the cannabis cooking amateur, visual cues can be helpful.
Cannadish, a popular cannabis cooking channel, summarizes the process in under 60 seconds.
In the world of cannabis cooking, weed tea might be the easiest recipe, to begin with.
It's so simple, that unless you forget to decarboxylation, there is no way to mess it up.
What Does The High Feel Like from Weed Tea?
Drinking weed is a much different experience than smoking a joint or eating an edible.
You could easily assume that weed tea would feel the same as a brownie, or a THC chocolate, yet the experience tends to be entirely different.
Weed tea, typically consumed slowly, takes a while to kick in.
The high comes on very gradually, but in many cases slightly sooner than an edible.
You should start to feel the effects within 30 minutes, although it could take over an hour.
Instead of the intense body high often described from edibles, a weed tea generally is a more relaxing and gentler experience.
What Are the Benefits of Weed Tea?
Weed tea has many medicinal benefits, but it also has benefits as a recreational experience as well.
Medicinally useful, a hot cannabis cup of tea can help sooth lingering pain and inflammation.
It may also reduce stress, improve mood and help treat insomnia.
Recreationally, weed tea avoids any issues related to smoking.
It's also a way to avoid a head rush, or intense over powerful high because the sensation is much gentler and comes on much more slowly than usual.
Learning how to make weed tea is something any cannabis connoisseur would love to do.
The process is super easy:
- Decarboxylate your cannabis
- Make a tea bag out of some cheesecloth
- Steep the tea for 3-4 minutes
- Flavor how you like with milk, honey or sugar
Have you made cannabis tea before?
What did you think of the flavor? Let us know in the comments!