Keep Calm and Drink CBD Tea
Tea is the drink of choice for millions around the world. It can be gently stimulating during the day or taken as a soothing beverage in the evening. The daily ritual of preparing and enjoying a cup of tea is one of life’s simple pleasures.
Adding CBD to tea is a natural pairing that you might be interested in.
Let’s talk about why that is and how to do it.
The CBD industry is going strong, and the choices for how to consume it are ever-expanding. While edibles, especially in the form of gummies, have been popular for a while now, the options are wide open. This is great news for people who don’t like the taste of CBD oil. Its strong, bitter flavor is an acquired taste, and some simply find it intolerable. For this reason, edibles are enjoying a moment as manufacturers creatively think up new ways to add CBD to delicious products that you already love.
Making CBD Tea is Simple
Brewing tea is probably one of the lowest tech, most basic, and intuitive ways to prepare a beverage. Adding CBD to it is pretty simple. You have a couple of options for how to do this.
The first is simply steeping a teabag of hemp leaves in hot water. These prepackaged tea bags often contain extra added cannabinoids to boost the effects. They are sometimes made with a combination of herbs, too. Think chamomile, ginger, turmeric, green tea, peppermint, etc. The potential combinations are endless.
Hemp tea and other blends can also be found in the form of loose leaf tea. You simply need a tea ball or any other loose leaf tea infuser.
Other than that, it’s prepared the same as you would with a teabag. The taste of pure hemp tea will take a little getting used to. It is earthy and bitter. Combining it with other teas and a sweetener might help to make it more palatable.
A point well worth mentioning is the fact that consuming a little fat with the CBD (in the form of your milk of choice) will maximize the effects! The cannabinoid molecules are attracted to the fat molecules (such as those in milk), which enables your body to better process them.
So, don’t forget to add a splash of milk to your CBD tea!
The best option is creating your own homebrew, where you control exactly what goes into your cup of tea. You can do this with a few simple ingredients that you might already have at home. We’ll explain how a little further below.
What Do I Need to Know?
The first thing to understand is the basic fact that oil and water do not mix. So you cannot simply stir CBD oil into your cup of tea. The oil will separate and float to the surface. The only way to get around this is to mix CBD oil with milk or cream before adding it to tea. The milk can be dairy or non-dairy based. This is a natural choice for certain types of tea, such as English Breakfast, or matcha, but may not work quite as well for many herbal teas. It may take a little more experimentation with herbal blends to find a flavor profile you like that you can add some milk to.
One product that has been developed to solve this problem is water-soluble CBD. Water-soluble CBD is the most convenient way to infuse almost any drink with CBD, including your cup of tea.
The type of tea you choose is all up to you. If you’re already a tea-drinker, simply adding water-soluble CBD to your favorite blend is an easy choice. If you’re new to tea drinking or looking for a tea that delivers specific effects, you can choose a variety that fits your desire. For example, green tea and ginseng can increase alertness and possibly even aid with weight loss. Floral teas such as lavender and chamomile are often taken for their relaxing properties. Ginger and peppermint have a calming effect on the digestive system.
This is just a small sampling of the many teas available, which also come in blends, for a combination effect. Adding CBD to your hot tea of choice is a natural fit, as long as it’s prepared correctly.
A Quick Review of CBD
Let’s take a moment for a quick refresher of the reasons why CBD products are skyrocketing in popularity around the world.
CBD is one of the main active cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. It is completely non-psychoactive, unlike THC. The many beneficial properties of CBD are widely documented and recognized, but research is still considered to be in the early stages. It is currently being studied extensively, but we are not yet at the stage where we can look to many scientifically proven results.
It is also not regulated yet by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), so it’s important to do your research on the products you choose and the dosages you try. In a journal by the World Health Organization, CBD has been listed as a substance that exhibits no potential for abuse or dependence.
It reports that CBD is generally well tolerated with a good safety profile.
Scientists are learning much about how CBD interacts with the human endocannabinoid system (ECS).
This amazing network of endocannabinoid signals and receptors is responsible for keeping the body in a state of healthy balance. It interacts with and influences many key biological functions. The ECS can potentially affect immune function, mood, and sleep cycles, to name a few. Using CBD is a way to enhance health and well-being through its support of the endocannabinoid system. We have gone into much more detail on how this works in this article. (link to one of our more informative articles on the endocannabinoid system here)
Research backed-evidence is increasing, and CBD is continuing to grow in popularity as a health product.
How to Make CBD-Infused Tea
Stuff you’ll need:
Tea of Choice
Infuser (if using loose leaf tea only)
Full-fat milk (dairy or coconut, hemp, almond, etc.)
CBD product of choice (water-soluble is best)
Sweetener of choice (honey, sugar, agave, stevia, etc.)
- Heat water to a boil in a small saucepan or kettle.
- Steep tea according to package instructions.
- Stir your dose of CBD into milk in a separate container. Stir vigorously or shake until well combined. A small milk frother is ideal for this!
- Stir milk mixture into tea.
- Add sweetener, if desired.
Enjoy your hot cup of CBD tea!
Remember to use water-soluble CBD products in your tea, and to mix them with milk before adding it to your tea. Also, don’t forgot that all black and green teas contain caffeine, so think carefully about the time of day you wish to consume these ones.
A hot beverage is a great way to partake in CBD and experience its benefits. If you are already a tea drinker, it will fit seamlessly into your daily routine. If not, once you start, you will soon find yourself looking forward to the daily ritual of drinking your tea, and you’ll love knowing that you’re getting added benefits that CBD has to offer.