Cannabis tea, like edibles, can be a great way to consume cannabis without smoking or vaping. You can make it in a variety of ways using all kinds of different ingredients depending on your personal preferences. A few methods for making weed tea are:
- Infusing water with dry cannabis flower (less intoxicating because THC is not water-soluble)
- Mixing cannabis infused with a fat (e.g., coconut oil, butter, etc.) with tea leaves and water to make a latte-type beverage
- Adding a cannabis tincture to tea
Cannabis tea or weed tea— is easy to make and similar to any other edible. Some people prefer to make cannabis tea because it is a healthier alternative to other edibles like cookies, brownies or candy. Whether you want a relaxing cup of tea to enjoy while reading a good book, or you’re just looking for a fun project in the kitchen, weed tea is a quick and easy brew that is sure to lift your spirits. Like any other edible, weed tea is an effective way of consuming cannabis, a safe alternative to smoking cannabis, and will provide a potent and long-lasting high. Cannabis tea is a soothing drink made by steeping cannabis in hot water. Weed tea has been used for millennia to treat a variety of ailments from nausea to chronic pain.
Does weed tea get you high?
Making a marijuana-infused tea that provides the medicinal and intoxicating effects that cannabis has to offer isn’t as simple as you might think. Accessing THC in the plant can be a little finicky thanks to decarboxylation and solubility factors, but fear not: Once you understand a few simple concepts, it’s all green fields from there!
During the process of decarboxylation, the non-intoxicating compound THCA is converted to the compound THC, activating different medicinal and intoxicating properties (read more about THCA’s unique medicinal properties here). The heat applied to cannabis when smoking or vaporizing provokes decarboxylation without any extra effort on our part. When making edibles, the process naturally occurs when cannabis is cooked with butter or oils, or when hash or kief are added to a favorite recipe and then heated on a stove.
If you choose to decarboxylate your cannabis using a heating method before adding it to the tea, remember that the optimal time and temperature for decarboxylation may vary depending on the following factors:
- The amount of moisture in your product
- How much product you use
- The type of oven you have access to (e.g., gas or electric)
Check out how to decarboxylate cannabis here.
How long does weed tea take to kick in?
Like edibles, weed tea has to pass through your stomach for digestion, and then metabolized in your liver. This takes a lot longer than smoking weed, which hits you in a couple minutes through your lungs. You may have to wait an hour or two to start to feel the effects.
When drinking weed tea, and consuming edibles in general, start low and go slow. Drink a cup and wait; you can always make another one if you don’t feel anything.
Weed tea recipes
We’ve got two cozy weed tea recipes to share. The recipe for cannabis tea with rose and chamomile recipe can be adapted a million and one ways—simply use your tea leaf or flower of choice along with ground cannabis and steep your worries away. The cannabis-infused golden milk with coconut oil is an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant rich—the most luxurious way to end the night.
Cannabis tea with rose and chamomile
Prep time: 5 minutes
Steep time: 5-10 minutes
Dosage: We recommend 2 tsp for this recipe, but it depends on the potency of your cannabis. You can always add more or less depending on your tolerance.
- Cannabis infused honey (optional)
- 2 teaspoons ground cannabis trim, stems, or buds
- Coconut milk, optional
- 2 teaspoons dried chamomile
- 2 teaspoons dried rose buds
- You can choose to decarboxylate your dried herb beforehand or not. (Again, this depends on whether you’re looking for the benefits of THCA or THC.)
- Add all dried flowers to a tea infuser and steep in hot water for 5-10 minutes.
- Enjoy with additional cannabis-infused honey and/or coconut milk for added effects.
After you have your cannabis butter ready to go and placed inside your teabag, it’s time to start bringing the water to a simmer. Once the water is simmering (but not boiling), you are ready to add in your cannabis butter filled teabag.
- Bring 1 ½ cups of water to a simmer in a pot, do not allow the water to reach full boil
- Simmer cannabis butter tea bag for 30 minutes, reducing heat if water starts to boil
Adding sweetening ingredients
By now, you have a perfectly drinkable cannabis tea, but it might not be the tastiest. In order to add more flavor, you’ll probably want to add another teabag with the flavor of your choosing. You can also add in a sweetener of your choosing, such as milk, honey, or cinnamon.
- If you want flavored tea, add another teabag of your choice during the last 3 minutes of simmering
- If you would like to add honey, milk or cinnamon, stir in after removing from simmer
What to expect after drinking weed tea
As with any other edible, weed tea will take anywhere between 30-90 minutes to fully kick in. One of the most common beginner mistakes people make with edibles is thinking they haven’t kicked in yet when they are just taking some time to have an effect. For this reason, if you think your weed tea isn’t working as intended – WAIT FIRST. It may just need some more time to kick in and you don’t want to be feeling a double dose if you consume two servings in a short time period.
The effects of your cannabis tea will typically last up to about eight hours and it’s recommended that you wait a full two hours before consuming more tea after your first serving.
Drinking your weed in tea form offers the same potent and long-lasting effects as edibles, but with little-to-zero calories. Tea is also an excellent option for individuals who don’t enjoy, or want to avoid the potential risks of, smoking but still want the benefits of cannabis.
What are the effects of weed tea?
Since weed tea is basically an edible, the effects are the same as consuming the same amount of the same strain via other edible methods. It can take about 30 to 90 minutes for the full effects of weed tea’s THC to kick in, but the actual onset you can expect depends on a variety of factors, including the makeup of your endocannabinoid system and other health factors. It’s important to dose in moderation, follow the “start low, go slow” adage, and wait at least two hours after consuming cannabis tea before ingesting any more. Also, as an edible, the THC in weed tea metabolizes in the liver, which transforms it into the much more potent and long-lasting 11-hydroxy-THC. The effects of weed tea typically last up to eight hours.