Not keen on the flavour of CBD oil? Want another way to take your daily dose? Why not try adding CBD to a drink? Here's how to make CBD tea. People consume CBD tea to alleviate pain, anxiety, and to help with sleep or weight management. Learn more. Hemp tea is not necessarily the same thing as CBD tea. Tea with actual Hemp leaves is a superior choice to tea with added processed CBD, whether in powdered or crystal form.
How To Make CBD Tea: The Do’s & Don’ts
If you’re not keen on the flavour of CBD oil, or you just want a different way to take CBD, why not try adding CBD to a drink?
Here’s how to make CBD tea.
What Is CBD?
CBD’s full name is cannabidiol and it is a compound known as a cannabinoid. It is found in the hemp plant which most people know as cannabis.
The full name of hemp is Cannabis Sativa and it is valued and grown for many reasons. It is truly a remarkable plant. We can make textiles and rope from it. It can be used to make concrete that is environmentally friendly and is used in the inner panels of Mercedes cars. It provides us with nutritious food in the form of oil and seeds.
It also makes finer quality paper than that made from wood pulp and can be harvested and replanted in 12 weeks which means it absorbs more CO2 faster than trees. Wherever it is planted it cleans pollution from the soil and it also removes particulates from the air.
It is a miracle plant and as well as all that it has been used for millennia as a medicine and to get us high.
In my opinion cannabis has the properties to help save the human race from the consequences of climate change with its myriad of uses yet it is controlled and can only be grown with licences handed out by government departments in most of the world. This is an immoral scandal. From sick children that medical cannabis may help to the wonderful industrial uses, humanity should be harnessing and employing hemp wherever we can, right now.
In the modern world most people think of the recreational use of cannabis to get you high. This is caused by a cannabinoid called THC. Together with CBD these two cannabinoids work in your body to influence many functions via the endocannabinoid system (ECS). This is a system of receptors throughout your body, in your central and peripheral nervous system and in many tissues and organs.
However, there are many more cannabinoids that also contribute to the effects of cannabis on your body, along with terpenes (these are oils that give it its distinctive flavour) and flavonoids that have antioxidant effects.
THC is currently a controlled substance in the UK and so products sold as CBD oil in the UK must have almost zero THC in them. The level of THC is so low in legal CBD products that they cannot get you high.
CBD has an interesting influence on the ECS which is important for homeostasis. Homeostasis is the body’s ability to maintain healthy function regardless of the demands we place upon it. In effect the ECS helps balance our health and CBD helps it function well, as do other cannabinoids.
How Do You Take CBD?
Most people take CBD orally via drops of oil under their tongue but there are other ways to ingest it too.
Coming soon at CBD One we have CBD patches that give a slow release over 36 hours but we also have our innovative Absorb range that can be added to drinks, and the new kid on the block is Hatcha, our newest product, which is a powder made entirely from hemp.
It is a lovely, luscious green colour and has been milled into a fine powder to be added to baking, food or drinks. It smells of cannabis and has a pleasant nutty taste.
Can You Use CBD In Tea?
It is perfectly possible to add CBD to tea, or coffee or any other drink you prefer but why do people want to do this?
Some people do not like the taste of CBD oil so wish to mask the flavour. Let’s face it, this product is a plant extract and should taste like that. It is not a dessert.
Actually, here at CBD One our products are so well made that their flavour is very complex and interesting. A customer once described it as tasting like walking down a country lane.
There are a myriad of flavours, from pine and lemon, to grassy through to a little fiery kick at the end. This is how a real cannabis extract should taste.
What are the benefits of CBD Tea?
For many the main benefits of taking CBD tea are simply because they do not like the taste of the oil.
However, depending on the type of CBD you use and how you add it to your drink there is a chance you can increase the bioavailability of the CBD oil. This means that you can increase the amount of CBD that your body uses by the method you ingest CBD.
How To Make CBD Tea
There are four main methods for making CBD tea:
1. Specialist CBD Teas
The first option is to buy a specialist tea or coffee that has been infused with CBD.
The main drawback of this method is that it can be quite expensive and you have no idea of the quality of the cannabis extract that has been used. It may be pure CBD in isolate form, which means it will be less potent than a full spectrum plant extract.
This method is convenient but as ever, this convenience will come at a price.
2. Adding CBD Oil To Your Drink
If you’ve already tried CBD, you might be wondering if you can simply put some CBD oil in tea.
Unfortunately, there are a number of problems with this. Firstly the oil will sit on the surface of the drink, it will not mix in because oil and water do not mix! This also means you lose bioavailability.
Basically, this is an expensive way to flush most of the cannabinoids you have paid for down the toilet!
You may be able to increase the bioavailability slightly by adding a fat such as coconut oil or full fat milk but really this is a whole host of compromises and will not get the best out of your product.
3. Using A Water Soluble CBD
The third option is to use a water soluble CBD.
There are many products that claim to be water soluble that are substandard products. Fortunately, here at CBD One our entire Absorb range is water soluble and is designed to be added to any hot or cold drink.
This also has the added advantage of being 100% bioavailable so every cannabinoid you take in will get to work in your body straight away.
The easiest way to do this is to add a shot of Absorb to your cup then make your tea as normal, either by adding a tea bag and making it in the same cup or in a teapot then pour into the cup with the shot in.
Avoid adding the shot to the drink after it is brewed for one simple reason, the force at which it comes out of the pump will make it splash everywhere!
4. Adding Hatcha
The fourth and final option is to use our superb new Hatcha powder.
Simply add to your cup, add a little water to mix into a paste and then add your tea or coffee and stir. Or add one teaspoon to an espresso cup and then make the espresso over it and stir.
Adding full fat milk or another fat does aid bioavailability but the great thing with Hatcha is that it is the complete plant, meaning it has far more in it than just CBD, so you get a full synergistic effect of all the compounds available in cannabis that help your body.
Other Uses For Hatcha
In addition to being able to add it to a drink Hatcha powder can be used in baking. Use 1g per portion for a standard dose or half that if you want a lighter dose.
It can be added to many baking products but the key is that you must not heat it above 160°C as above this the cannabinoids will be damaged. Because of this it lends itself to recipes like biscuits, cakes and brownies.
You can also sprinkle Hatcha over your food or add to a salad dressing where, when used with olive oil it will actually increase its bioavailability.
CBD tea for anxiety, pain, and weight loss
There are many ways to consume CBD, including drinking it as tea. People consume CBD tea to alleviate pain, anxiety, and to help with sleep or weight management. The easiest way to make it is with pre-packaged tea bags or adding CBD oil to a cup of tea.
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Tea is the answer to most problems. You may have seen these words plastered on a co-worker’s favorite mug. Or if you frequent the tea aisle at your local grocery store, you might feel these words in your soul.
Black, green, herbal––there are plenty of types of tea, and now CBD is hitting the scene. You likely won’t find CBD tea at a typical supermarket, though you can probably find it in specialty shops or online. Let’s take a look at what’s in CBD tea, its potential benefits, and how to make it at home.
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What is CBD tea?
As you can probably guess from the name, CBD tea is a beverage that contains cannabidiol, a chemical compound found in cannabis plants.
Unlike THC, another well-known cannabinoid, CBD isn’t psychoactive and doesn’t get you “high.” It doesn’t have mind-altering effects associated with marijuana (like euphoria) and is commonly used to treat pain or anxiety (VanDolah, 2019).
CBD products have grown in popularity following the legalization of hemp, a strain of Cannabis sativa that has high CBD levels and trace amounts of THC (Abernathy, 2019).
What is CBD tea used for?
Cannabis in general has been used for centuries. Given its low risk for misuse and abuse, medical researchers have been very interested in CBD for its purported health benefits.
Currently, the only FDA-approved use for CBD is in the form of a medication called Epidiolex, which is used in combination with other medications for the treatment of a rare childhood seizure syndrome (Greenwich, 2020). People report using CBD on their own to treat a range of conditions like (Corroon, 2018):
- Chronic pain
- Insomnia and other sleep issues
- Migraines and headaches
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
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How to make and take CBD tea
An obstacle with hemp tea and other edible forms of cannabis, like gummies, is absorption.
Cannabinoids are fat-soluble molecules, meaning they need other oils and fats to be absorbed properly. That’s why many pre-packaged CBD tea bags include fat-rich ingredients like coconut oil. Drinking CBD tea right after a meal or with a fatty snack can also help your body absorb it (Devinsky, 2014).
There are many ways to make CBD tea, but it’s not as easy as soaking hemp plants in hot water. To extract CBD from a hemp flower, it needs to be processed and mixed with a binding agent.
If you’re new to CBD tea, pre-packaged bags are a convenient option. They typically contain hemp, tea leaves, and other herbs. Like conventional tea bags, they only need to be steeped in hot water. Many popular brands, such as Buddha Teas and The Brothers Apothecary, will tell you how much CBD each tea bag contains.
Another option is to add hemp oil to a cup of tea. If you’re planning on making your own CBD tea at home, you might be wondering what type of tea you to add. If you’re not crazy about the earthy flavor of hemp, mixing in a fragrant herb like peppermint or cinnamon can mask the taste.
The type of tea you choose depends on your intentions, as certain herbs and teas have similar health benefits to CBD. While research on teas and herbal products is limited, here are some suggestions for making CBD tea at home.
CBD tea for pain
People turn to CBD for its purported pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties (Anand, 2021).
If you have inflammatory, joint, or nerve pain, CBD turmeric tea may be a good option. Turmeric contains curcumin, which is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Newer studies show that curcumin may also help with nerve pain (Basu, 2021).
If you already take medication for chronic pain, speak with a healthcare provider before taking CBD. While there is some evidence that cannabis combined with certain pain-relievers can alleviate pain, it can also affect how your body processes those drugs (Anand, 2021; Greenwich, 2020).
CBD tea for sleep and anxiety
The calming effects of CBD are some of the most well-studied. CBD has been shown to help manage anxiety and reduce stress associated with public speaking (Bergamaschi, 2011).
Sipping on a hot cup of CBD tea before bed can be soothing for people with insomnia. Adults prescribed CBD in New Zealand reported improved sleep when using CBD (Gulbransen, 2020).
Chamomile and other caffeine-free herbal teas are good options to add CBD into if you’re trying tea for sleep (Srivastava, 2010).
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CBD tea for weight loss
People often associate cannabis with having an increased appetite (the munchies), so it may be counterintuitive to think of hemp tea and weight loss. However, appetite stimulation is an effect of THC, the other main active chemical in cannabis plants––not CBD.
In clinical trials of pharmaceutical-grade CBD, around 20% of participants felt less hungry while using it (Greenwich, 2020). Animal studies suggest that CBD may help lower body weight and food intake, but there haven’t been any human studies yet to test this theory (Rossi, 2018).
If you’re looking to try it out, CBD and green tea make a good combo. Research shows that the antioxidants found in green tea can also aid in weight loss (Rondanelli, 2021). Whether you’re looking to try CBD tea to unwind or for overall wellness, there’s no shortage of options to explore.
Buyers guide to hemp and CBD tea
When looking for the benefits of CBD, it’s important to know exactly what product you are buying, and the advantages and disadvantages of each. Some companies are using the term ‘Hemp Tea’ in their products when there is no actual hemp included. Others are using the term ‘CBD’ in their product description but don’t have actual CBD in the ingredients!
What’s the difference between Tea with CBD and Hemp Tea?
There are two ways to get CBD in tea – through the hemp leaf itself or by adding CBD to regular tea such as herbal tea, black tea, green tea, etc. Hemp tea would be leaves from the hemp plant. But even hemp leaf tea doesn’t mean there is usable CBD!
Tea with CBD oil added
Advantage : Easy to obtain.
Disadvantage: When added to tea, CBD oil by itself is not water soluble. It requires additional ‘fat binder’ ingredients for your body to absorb. Some companies do not post the source of their CBD which can be contaminated with toxins. Also some may use isolate (cheaper) or full spectrum (more expensive) oils. We’ll explain the difference shortly.
Water Soluble or Nano CBD
Advantage: If it is true water soluble product, then your body should be able to absorb more of the CBD than just adding oil. The aim is to reduce the size of the oil droplets so that you can absorb the CBD.
Disadvantage: Some companies use this term without any sort of testing or verification. The term ‘nano’ has been greatly misused. We recommend educating yourself. A great resource can be found here. Regardless, it requires additional processing and adds cost to the product.
Full spectrum CBD versus isolate
If the tea has added CBD, is it an isolate or pure spectrum product? Generally isolates are lower cost and lower purity. Isolates also do not contain the entire range of cannabinoids, terpines and phenolics.
CBD Isolates are only effective at certain dose levels, and the effectiveness decreases with higher and lower doses. Meaning that some teas which have
Hemp tea itself may be a good option as it’s the least processed form of the plant. However this is one of the biggest areas of misinformation, and due to lack of regulation there are a lot of products being sold that simply are fraudulent. We recommend asking these questions:
- Does the tea actually contain hemp? Many firms will advertise themselves as Hemp tea, or use the word hemp but one look at the ingredients show CBD oil and not actual hemp.
- Hemp extract. Some companies will advertise a tea with many of the benefits associated with CBD (calming, relaxing). And while there are benefits to hemp extract / hemp seed oil – the main concern is that it contains ZERO CBD.
- Hemp flowers. These are usually sold to be smoked. Simply putting dried flowers in tea will result in virtually ZERO CBD absorption.
- Hemp leaves. Unless the leaves have been decarbed, simply added dried hemp leaves to tea will not result in much CBD being absorbed unless there are binders.
MAKE SURE THERE IS A TEST
Also known as a COA (Certificate of Analysis), any legit product being sold should be associated with a COA. While reading a COA may be confusing at first, it will at least show that the product has been tested by a third party that requires the amount of cannabanoids to be listed.
MINIMUM AMOUNT OF CBD
Ideal CBD dosing can vary greatly, but for every day use anything below 30mg will have questionable effects. Many products being sold have 5-15mg of CBD (of which not 100% will be absorbed) – which really isn’t worth consuming at such small quantities as they will have negligible effects.