By Sophie Radvan

Nothing says “good morning” like a hot cup of English Breakfast. They say nothing comes before coffee, but we here at Pacific Seed Bank have an even better quote to live by — nothing comes before cannabis tea. Seriously, we mean it. The day begins with a gentle dose of caffeine that can be found in black, white, and green tea. And instead of smoking a bowl right after, cut your morning routine in half by adding marijuana to your cup. Many may be surprised to learn that preparing cannabis tea is way easier and quicker than cooking with cannabis. Let’s explore all the good cannabis tea can do for you!

A cup of hot delicious marijuana tea with buds and leaves.

How Do I Make Cannabis Tea?

Even though cooking with cannabis can be fun, it’s definitely time-consuming and science-heavy. There’s a process, decarboxylation, that involves all this extra stuff you really don’t want to mess with in the early morning. Hello, we have places to be, right? Cannabis tea truly is as simple as adding ground marijuana into a tea strainer. Boil a pan of water and throw in the weed. Let it simmer for about 15 minutes. Then, remove the marijuana with a sieve.

Here’s a quick breakdown of what you need to make cannabis tea:

  • A gram of ground marijuana
  • 4 cups of boiling water
  • A tablespoon of fat (unsalted butter or coconut oil)

Now, fair warning, cannabis tea isn’t the best-tasting on its own. You may have to add some honey, agave, maple syrup, or sugar for extra sweetness and flavor. Another option is to mix the ground marijuana with a flavored tea, such as peppermint, ginger, or lemon. There are hundreds of tea flavors out there, so don’t be afraid to extend your palette.

Psychoactive Vs. Non-Psychoactive Tea

Maybe your job doesn’t allow marijuana use, or maybe you handle heavy machinery and it would be irresponsible to get high beforehand. If psychoactive cannabis tea isn’t up your alley, there’s a way to remove the THC completely. The only way you can bring out the THC effects in marijuana-infused foods and beverages is by adding fat, such as oil and butter. No fats = no psychoactive effects. The THC chemical compound cannot activate without fat.

How Long Will I Feel High For?

Cannabis tea behaves in a similar manner to edibles. You won’t feel high right away. In fact, you may not feel anything at all until your entire cup is empty. The effects of cannabis tea typically settle in an hour after consuming and last between 4 – 8 hours, just like edibles. We promise the effects will eventually present themselves, so we urge users not to over-drink or make another cup. It can take folks with a slower metabolism as long as two hours to notice a difference. The last thing you want is to “green out” at work.

Why Should I Drink Cannabis Tea?

If you know the effects of marijuana, you know the effects of cannabis tea. The only difference between sipping the tea and smoking a bowl of weed is how long it takes for the effects to come and go. Otherwise, the experience is pretty much the same. Cannabis tea can help with

  • Anxiety
  • Pain Relief
  • Inflammation
  • Digestion
  • Depression

We say this about marijuana and we’re going to say it again about cannabis tea — please do not treat it as a “cure” or “treatment.” Marijuana should never be marketed as a permanent fix for any medical condition or illness. Instead, marijuana can temporarily alleviate certain symptoms and side effects. It’s not magic, okay?

Now, if you’re not a big tea drinker, there are other ways to work with marijuana in the kitchen. Some mixtures are even making their way to the bar. You can find marijuana-infused beer, cocktails, or chilly-evening hot chocolate. Some tea shops and coffeehouses offer CBD shots! We have a feeling we’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg when it comes to marijuana beverages, and can’t wait to see what’s in store!

Grapefruit smoothie with marijuana isolated

Say ‘hey’ to Sophie! This talented writer and blogger has a passion for fashion, food, and fitness. When she’s not typing away at the computer, you can find her at the dog park, tattoo shop, and hot yoga studio. Good to have you, Sophie!

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