Weed tea is a centuries-old, time-honored, holy, and highly effective herbal remedy used for a variety of purposes across the world. Depending on the aim, weed tea may be produced in a variety of ways.
In this essay, I’ll discuss some historical anthropology with you, a little of cannabis tea chemistry, and five distinct yet easy weed tea recipes so you can make the finest cup of marijuana tea for your preferences.
The Chemistry of Cannabis Tea
When it comes to producing marijuana tea, at first glimpse, it may appear frightening, frustrating, and unsatisfying if you don’t understand a few basic cannabis chemistry principles.
The first thing to remember is that raw, live cannabis contains delta9-tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (tetrahydrocannabinolic acid or THCA for short) as well as cannabidiol acid (CBDA). These compounds are the starting components of the better-known THC and CBD, which are famous for their psychotropic and therapeutic effects.
Although the name implies otherwise, Canna-Petite is not psychoactive. It contains traces of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and tetrahydrocannabidiol (CBD), both of which are chemicals found in cannabis plants that produce euphoric effects when consumed. CBDA does not have therapeutic qualities like CBD does. THCA and CBDA are only produced after you consume any portion of a live cannabis plant; nevertheless, the product from your local dispensary provides far more effective results.
How did cannabis, a non-psychoactive, non-medicinal plant become the psychoactive, medicinal powerhouse we know and adore? That’s an excellent question. Here’s how it happened.
When the cannabis plant is harvested and begins to dry out, THCA and CBDA convert to their non-acidic forms, THC and CBD (remember, the “A” in THCA and CBDA stands for acid), albeit slowly. However, this conversion is only partial. If you just let the plant dry naturally, you won’t get all of the cannabinoid goodness possible.
To get the most out of it, you’ll need to apply heat (decarboxylate). That marijuana you’re smoking has been dried at low heat to continue the THCA-to-THC conversion. When you add a flame to the equation, though, everything changes. The majority of the THCA (and CBDA) is converted into the chemical that makes you feel better at high temperatures. You don’t have to simply burn it in order to reap the benefits.
The unsaturated cannabinoids, on the other hand, have a far shorter half-life. The effects of both THC and CBD can be reduced by removing their acidic bonds in order to make them soluble. These cannabis chemicals may be dissolved in water, alcohol, butter (which we’ll talk about in greater depth later), and even milk. In fact, when compared to water, THC and CBD dissolve better in butter and milk fats.
As you get better at making your own marijuana tea, you’ll start to naturally figure out how to make it as light or strong as you like. To get you started, here are five cannabis tea recipes to try.
To begin, we recommend following the recipes to gain some expertise. After that, feel free to play around and modify the instructions to your preference. Are you ready? Let’s go!
Weed Tea Recipes
Raw, Non-Psychoactive Cannabis Tea
Fresh tea brewed with either Chinese or Jamaican-style herbal cannabis may be used to acquire the therapeutic effects of non-psychoactive THCA as a dietary supplement from raw marijuana right now. It’s one of the simplest methods to get the incredible long-term therapeutic benefits of uncrystallized THC without getting too stoned off it.
If you want to get your THCA without getting high, we highly recommend juicing your raw cannabis cola buds directly into delicious juices and smoothies. We propose boiling any remaining stems, leaves, or shake for a tea that gives a relaxing, mellow, somewhat sedative body high without too much cerebral euphoria to obtain all of the cannabinoids from your plants.
- For a single serving of mild herbal medicinal cannabis tea, grind, smash, and chop roughly half a gram of cannabis stems, leaves, and/or buds as finely as possible.
- Spoon your cannabis into a metal tea ball or wrap it in a folded coffee filter.
- Place the tea ball or coffee filter into a mug.
- Bring a small amount of water to a low boil. The low boil prevents your cannabis from decarboxylating and changing from THCA to THC.
- Pour hot water into the glass with your ground cannabis and steep for five minutes. You may adjust the steeping time to make your tea as weak or strong as you like.
- Make a Weed Tea by combining cannabis buds, water, honey or sugar, and spices. For taste, add a mix of your favorite regular tea and condiments. To keep your tea less psychoactive, avoid adding milk or cream.
Some experts claim that the more time the water spends in contact with the tea substance, the better. These specialists state that using a tea bag, tea ball, or coffee filter during brewing interrupts the steeping process and can result in a poor flavor. We’re not sure about all of it, but their idea makes sense (pun intended).
They claim that the best way to appreciate the tea is to pour hot water directly onto the plant material. Pour as usual and then strain out the plant matter with a strainer.
We fill a two-cup Pyrex measuring cup with steeping ground plant material and then pour the finished tea through a metal mesh tea strainer into the cup from which we’ll drink.
Simple, Psychoactive Weed Tea
Weed tea is a lot quicker and more convenient than consuming edibles to get the same long-lasting 11 Hydroxy THC body buzz. A half a gram is generally all you need to feel long-term alleviation begin approximately 45 to 90 minutes after you finish your tea.
- Grind up half a gram of high-quality cannabis buds. You may also add any remaining stems and leaves; there are still traces (up to 1%) of THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids in that shake after the extraction process.
- Mix together half a gram of butter and the cannabis seeds. Avoid saturating the grounds to the greatest extent possible. A thin surface layer is sufficient.
- Place the mixture in a tea ball, coffee filter, or an empty tea bag. You may also try the direct steeping method and then strain away the plant matter at the end.
- Place the tea leaves in a pan with 1-2 cups (8-16 ounces) of water. You may alter the amount of water to suit your preferences later. Keep in mind that some of the water will evaporate during the boiling process, so you might want to use a bit more water than you expect to consume.
- Simmer the cannabis mixture on a medium-high heat for 30 minutes to decarboxylate it. If the level drops, add a bit more water.
Remove any stems or leaves. Place a strainer over a cup and pour the tea through it, then drink. The heat should be turned off, the tea allowed to cool down, and any extra tea or flavouring added. This weed tea is delicious when mixed with our regular tea and a bit of honey for an afternoon (or anytime) snack.
Cannabis Chai Latte
This drink, which is based on the Indian bhang tea, tastes like a chai latte from your local coffee shop. Here’s how to make one yourself.
- In a blender, combine half a gram of cannabis powder with half a gram of butter, 1 cup of whole milk, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
- Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until everything is smooth and creamy.
- Allow the mixture to sit for an hour after blending it (if you have the patience) to allow the fragrances to mingle. If you just can’t wait, proceed to step #4. We completely comprehend your situation.
- Place your ingredients in a large saucepan and bring to a low simmering boil. Add half a cup of water, carefully monitoring and stirring the mixture for 30 minutes. To keep the mixture from evaporating and burning, gradually add more water over time.
- Remove the pan from the heat and add a chai tea bag to the mixture as it cools. Allow the chai tea bag to steep for 3-5 minutes. Depending on how strong you want your chai tea, you may steep for shorter or longer periods of time.
- Remove the chai tea bag and pour your mixture through a fine mesh strainer, cheesecloth, or coffee filter to remove any big weed chunks that didn’t get ground up in the blender. As you pour, place a glass or bowl beneath the strainer. It would be a shame to lose all of that delicious tea!
- Pour your tea into a mug, stir in more milk, sugar, or even whip cream, and enjoy!
Cannabutter and Cannabis Tincture Teas
Do you wish to add some cannabutter or a cannabis tincture to your usual tea, coffee, other hot beverages, or even soups? Why not prepare some cannabutter or a cannabis tincture and put it to use? You may transform any edible into a delectable cannabinoid-infused treat with these cannabis items on hand.
Cannabutter is the first step, and we’ll follow that with a walkthrough of how to make cannabis tinctures. We won’t get into too much detail; we’ll just give you the basics, but you may discover complete recipes by going to the links in the preceding sentence.
To prepare cannabutter, start by melting some butter in a saucepan or crock pot. Then, after finely grinding your favorite cannabis, add it to the butter. Allow the mixture to simmer on low heat for 24 hours.
Now, if you have a crock pot, it’s the perfect time to use it. Simply set the temperature and put on the lid before leaving. You’ll need to stir it occasionally, but you won’t be tempted to leave your stove on all day.
You’ll have weeks’ worth of cannabutter after you’re done. You may use it to extend any cup of your favorite regular tea into a quick cup of medicinal cannabis tea by simply adding it.
Cannabis tinctures take a little longer (but not much) to distill a wide quantity of cannabis from alcohol, which may also swiftly be added to your normal tea.
Place ground cannabis flowers into a mason jar that’s nearly-full of high-proof alcohol (like Everclear) and decarboxylate it. Shake the container for a minute or two, then store it in a dark, cool room or cabinet.
Allow two weeks for the enzymes in the plant matter to break down, but keep an eye on it and shake it at least once a day. After the two weeks are up, you may strain out the plant material using a coffee filter, discarding any remaining liquid. Then, when you’re feeling creative with your tea or other foods and want to add a little zing to it, use a dropper to give it some flair.
Pot Stem Weed Tea
All of our marijuana tea recipes make use of stems and other shake as a supplement, but this is a fantastic one that makes exclusive usage of the leftovers. Weed stem tea is an excellent choice for serious smokers who want to utilize all of their extra stems into a refreshing recreational medication.
- Remove the stems from 5 grams of material. That’s a lot, but the stems are so thick and low in THC and CBD that you’ll need that many to get anything done. We just wait until a little mason jar is full of stems before we start cooking.
- Bring 2 cups water to a boil, then add two teaspoons butter and simmer at a low heat.
- Remove the stems from the chard and carefully pour out most of the liquid. Add fresh water if necessary. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for one hour until the liquid becomes brown – add more water if required.
- Uncover and add one cup of whole milk.
- While the pot is heating, remove any ice from the mixture using a fine-mesh strainer. When it begins to boil again, continue stirring for about 10 minutes more.
- Turn off the heat, let the mixture cool, strain it, pour some into a teacup or mug and add sugar, cinnamon, honey, or chai seasoning for a really delicious taste. Take pleasure in it! Within 45 to 90 minutes, you should get a long-lasting 11 Hydroxy THC body high effect.
Drinking Weed Tea vs. Smoking Weed
Decarboxylation is the process of removing carboxyl groups from cannabis leaves that cause psychoactivity. It takes time and patience, but it’s not difficult if you follow a few simple steps while making your marijuana tea. So, what’s the appeal? Why go through all the work of brewing cannabis tea when you may be high instead?
There are several health benefits to drinking weed tea. First and foremost, drinking tea rather than smoking cigarettes is clearly more beneficial to your health.
Smoking is never beneficial to your body, and filtering out some of the carcinogens from cannabis with a bong isn’t either. Tar and other hazardous chemicals accumulate in your lungs no matter how you smoke marijuana. Marijuana tea, on the other hand, is a more healthy choice since it doesn’t contain any tars or other pollutants.
Most users also feel that weed tea offers a more mellow buzz when compared to smoking. If you’re in the mood to get super blazed, by all means — pack up the bong or roll a fat blunt.
If you want a softer, more laid-back appearance, weed tea may be the answer. It’ll get you right and won’t hold you back from doing everyday activities like, say, getting off the couch and making a sandwich.
It’s also possible to make potent weed tea. It just takes a lot of plant, so prepare for a big kettle if you’re trying to get really high.
Finally, weed tea is an excellent method to get the therapeutic advantages of our friend Mary Jane. Because your digestive system absorbs cannabinoids at a slower rate than your lungs, drinking marijuana tea takes longer to work but stays in effect for far longer. The medicinal benefits might endure up to eight hours.
Finally, you should eat your marijuana in whatever manner works for you. While drinking weed tea may not be your favorite way to use cannabis, it’s definitely worth a try. After all, as they say: don’t judge something until you’ve tried it.
The Weed Tea Way of Life
There is no “correct” method to prepare weed tea because they are all equally fantastic. Many people find the process of making reefer tea enjoyable in and of itself.
The most important thing to know is that you may control how powerful the psychoactive THC becomes by how much or little you decarboxylate it. The more pre-heating (decarboxylation) you do, the more psychoactive the ganja will be. If all you want is a therapeutic effect, skip the decarboxylation and just use the raw plant material instead.
You may also modify the flavor and strength of your marijuana tea based on whether you utilize cold water for a mild tea or butter and/or milk for a stronger brew. Regardless matter what your lifestyle is like, weed tea is an excellent method to consume cannabis.