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Recipe: How to make cannabis-infused tea

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

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 h eat 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)

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

(Monica Lo/@sousweed for Leafly)

Serves 1
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.

Ingredients:

  • Cannabis infused honey ( optional)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cannabis trim, stems, or buds
  • Coconut milk, optional
  • 2 teaspoons dried chamomile
  • 2 teaspoons dried rose buds

Directions:

  1. 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.)
  2. Add all dried flowers to a tea infuser and steep in hot water for 5-10 minutes.
  3. Enjoy with additional cannabis-infused honey and/or coconut milk for added effects.

Cannabis golden milk with medicated coconut oil

(Monica Lo/@sousweed for Leafly)

Serves 1
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Dosage: This depends on the potency of your cannabis coconut oil. You can always add more or less depending on your tolerance.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 1” piece fresh turmeric, unpeeled, thinly sliced, or 1/2 teaspoon dried turmeric
  • 1 ½” piece ginger, unpeeled, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil (cannabis-infused or not)
  • 1 Tbsp honey (cannabis-infused or not)
  • Ground cinnamon, for serving

Directions:

  1. Whisk almond milk, cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, honey, peppercorns, and 1 cup water in a small saucepan; bring to a low boil.
  2. Reduce heat and add the cannabis coconut oil.
  3. Simmer until flavors have melded, about 10 minutes.
  4. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into mugs and top with a dash of cinnamon.

This post was originally published on March 11, 2014. It was most recently updated on April 10, 2020.

Cannabis tea is a great alternative to traditional edibles when you are looking for a simple way to add a little cannabis super boost to your day. Learn how to make weed teas.

Cannabis Tea 101–Marijuana Tea Facts and Fancy

When you hear the terms cannabis tea or marijuana tea what is meant is actually one of these two things:

1. Marijuana flower, leaves, or stems steeped in water.

2. Leaves of the Camellia sinensis/assamica tea shrub steeped in water infused with cannabinoids from the marijuana plant.

#1 is not really tea. In order for something to be a tea it must include leaves from Camellia sinensis/assamica. #1 is technically what is known as a tisane. The difference between tea and tisane is very important, but rarely addressed by many authors of beverage recipes.

Cannabis brewed in water can be bitter and grassy. Whole cannabis flowers are used in traditional Indian bhangs, but these beverages also have other ingredients. And it’s not tea, it’s bhang. Tea is Camellia sinensis/assamica, always.

Cannabis brewed in water will result in the essential oils and cannabinoids of the material to float and stick to the cup. The active chemistry in cannabis is not water soluble. You cannot make a tisane of cannabis in water, and you sure as heck can’t make a tea out of it either.

#2 Is the correct definition of cannabis tea. Or rather, cannabis-infused tea. Cannabis product + emulsifiers + leaves from Camellia sinensis/assamica make tea which has been infused with cannabinoids and other essential oils from the cannabis plant using emulsifying ingredients that distribute the non-water soluble chemistry throughout the beverage.

Making cannabis tea appealing involves controlling the overpowering terpenes and ‘green’ flavors of the plant material. Tea leaves are delicate and have their own set of terpenes–many of which can also be found in cannabis and that complement the cannabinoids in cannabis. For this a more purified form of cannabis is suggested–such as a cold water hash.

Cannabis Tisane

But what about tisane? Cannabis tisane can be made with any form of cannabis as long as an emulsifier is present in the water to distribute the non-water soluble chemistry throughout the beverage. But again, cannabis alone, infused in water is not very tasty. To make a really lovely cannabis tisane you need some more herbal ingredients that complement the cannabinoids, herbs with many of the same terpenes found in cannabis like mint leaves, lemon, clove, and florals like rose and lavender. Cannabis is a wonderful plant but the flavor can be overpowering when it is brewed as a single herb tisane or if too much of the green plant material is used in herbal tisane blends.

Flavor is important in any cannabis beverage. That’s my opinion. Remember the old saying, “A spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down?” Cannabis needs an entourage of flavors to be really tasty in tea and tisane! But of course, you are free to enjoy cannabis-infused beverages how you prefer.

Now, let’s make a cup or two of delicious cannabis tea!

Infusing this with a small amount of cannabis oil adjusted exactly to the dose that is best for you could not be easier. You’ll want to select a cannabis hashish or extract that is low in the kind of terpenes that give off a “skunky” odor and select something with low or no odor, or select a concentrate with pronounced limonene (citrus) fragrance for the best results with flavor. Simply select your hashish or concentrate and decarb this in a small amount of camellia seed oil or rice bran oil for best results. I prefer camellia seed oil. 1/2 gram of any concentrate or hashish dissolved and decarbed in 1 tablespoon of oil will make multiple servings based on the percentage of THC. My rule of thumb has been to calculate this based on how much “dab” it might take me to experience effect in a vape session–and then measure the portion of decarbed oil into each tea cup based on that. You can always try more in an hour if you don’t feel anything–but be sure to wait an hour or two before serving more of the oil in tea!

In my book, High Tea I make some recommendations for the best tea brand to use for beginners just starting out–I have two favorite bagged black teas. Lipton Yellow Label is much different from the Western Lipton and is a much loved brand for Chai in the regions of the world where this beverage originates. You can order on Amazon or find it in any middle eastern grocer. Red Rose is my other favorite bagged tea–but not quite as rich as Lipton Yellow Label. Red Rose has a unique fragrance and flavor as a humble bagged tea which has made this a favorite for almost a century! It’s my second choice for making Chai.

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