Cannabis tea (also known as tisane – pronounced tea-zahn), can be made in a variety of ways, and infused with other fragrant herbs and spices for customized taste. Because THC is not water soluble, you’ll need to brew your tea with oil for intoxicating effects. Adding a fat such as cream or coconut oil will bind the THC and infuse, creating a psychoactive tea. Just like cannabis infused edibles, the effects of THC tea may take an hour or so to become noticeable as it takes time to pass through your digestive system. Other factors affecting your cup of tea include how much and the type of product you use, and the amount of moisture in the product. If this is your first time experimenting with marijuana tea, start low and go slow is common advice.
What is decarboxylation and why is it necessary?
Decarboxylation is a process that activates compounds in cannabis, and is necessary to enjoy the psychoactive effects in your cup of tea. Heat and time are catalysts for decarboxylation and a release THC for consumption. You can decarboxylate flower in an oven at 240 degrees F for 40 minutes. Just grind it then spread it out on some parchment paper and a cookie sheet. This method preserves aromatic and beneficial terpenes to amplify the taste of your tea. If you prefer to use your crock pot, just add a little oil before you bake. After baking, brew your tea and add a little high fat cream or a drop of oil. You can skip the baking and add a cannabis tincture to your tea if you prefer.
Just CBD Tea
We all have our own unique endocannabinoid system, and react to cannabis edibles differently, and if you don’t want any psychoactive affects, brewing a cup of beneficial CBD tea is easy. You can brew CBD tea by using CBD buds, or buying ready-made tea bags. Making CBD tea is a good way to use your own organic clippings – the stems and leaves you clip off your own home-grown plants that don’t contain THC. Boil them in clean filtered water or steep them in your teapot until the desired strength is reached. Studies continue on the health benefits of CBD consumption as laws relax and public interest grows in our industry. Currently, the relaxing properties of CBD are scientifically supported and can help you get a good night’s rest, especially by adding chamomile, melatonin or valerian root to your tea. CBD (along with other cannabinoids) is a powerful antioxidant beneficial for healthy skin.
Wondering what to add to your tisane cocktail? Think terpenes. If you love the smell of an herb or spice, you’ll no doubt enjoy the taste of the tea it makes. Adding a teaspoon of your favourite loose leaf tea mix, or using a mortar and pestle to grind fresh spice, such as whole nutmeg, works wonders. Add some fresh lemon rind to release limonene aromatics and add a lemony taste, or add newly harvested pine needles or rose hips for a burst of vitamin C. Making your own custom marijuana tisane can be an ongoing hobby to be perfected and enjoyed.