Though there are hundreds of different ways to enjoy cannabis, making cannabis tea is a historic tradition. If you’ve heard of cannatea but aren’t quite sure what to expect, review our pro tips on how to make cannabis tea before brewing your first batch!
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Does hemp tea get you high? In short, yes. However, depending on your desired dosing experience and your preferences, you can make cannabis tea in a variety of ways.
Learning how to make cannabis tea varies for many cannabis consumers
- Mild: Simply brewing dry herb with hot water will produce a subtle effect that is typically less psychoactive than other methods, as THC isn’t water soluble.
- Moderate: Because THC is fat soluble, making a cannabis tea infused with a fat like coconut oil or dairy combined will make a more potent concoction. Simply add tea leaves and water to make yourself a cannabis tea or latte.
- Strong: Tinctures have become increasingly popular and can be consumed alone or in just about anything. Adding a few drops of your favorite marijuana tincture to your regular tea will leave you feeling the effects of your cannabis tea almost immediately.
Decarboxylation and your first cannabis brew
While making cannabis tea may seem simple, there are a few concepts it helps to be familiar with, particularly when it comes to decarboxylation. Decarboxylation is a technical term for a chemical reaction that literally means ‘the removal of one carboxyl group.” When talking about cannabis, decarboxylation refers to the process by which non-psychoactive THCA is converted to the psychoactive THC we all know and love.
Decarboxylation activates the medicinal and psychoactive properties of medical marijuana when heat is applied to cannabis through smoking, vaporizing, and various extraction methods. For example, decarboxylation occurs when cannabis is cooked with butter or oils for cannabis edibles. Keep in mind that choosing to decarboxylate your marijuana before making a cannabis tea means that you have to be aware of a variety of factors, including:
- How much moisture is in the product you are brewing (cannabis tea can be made with stems or full buds)
- How much cannabis you use
- Your heating method
When making cannabis tea, your preferred method will also depend on your experience cooking with cannabis, the desired effects of your tea, what kind of strains you’ll be using, and how the THC has been activated or extracted.
Warm up with Our Favorite Cannabis Tea Latte Recipe
Get cozy this holiday season by brewing your version of a cannabis tea latte. Our recipe makes enough for four deliciously potent servings of cannabis tea. As you learn how to make cannabis tea, be sure to note that the suggested amount of cannabis can and should be modified to fit your preferences or needs.
What you need to make a cannabis tea
- 6 grams of fresh cannabis flower or 12 grams of leaves and stems, finely chopped
- 2 cups of hemp milk or full-fat milk (Look for at least 8 grams of fat per serving)
- 1/8 stick of softened butter or 1/4 cup of melted coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- Your preferred amount of additional tea leaves in a tea infuser (amount will vary)
- 1 cup of water
- 4 tablespoons of honey
- A dash of cinnamon or nutmeg, to taste
Instructions for your first batch of marijuana tea
- Combine cannabis, hemp milk, coconut oil or butter, and vanilla extract in a blender.
- Once blended, allow your mixture to sit at room temperature for an hour or so.
- After the mixture has had a chance to set, transfer it to a saucepan. Then, add water and your tea infuser with your preferred blend. Stir gently to combine the ingredients.
- Cover pan and let simmer over medium to low heat for 15-20 minutes. If the mixture starts to boil, reduce heat immediately.
- Remove from heat and strain.
- Pour your cannabis tea into your favorite mug, adding honey or cinnamon to taste, and enjoy!
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As you know, when it comes to cannabis, quality is everything. Now that you know how to make cannabis tea, make sure you start by buying premium recreational marijuana from a dispensary near you.