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How To Make Cannabis Tea In 6 Steps

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Drinking a cup of tea is a great way to unwind and warm up during these chilly winter months. For cannabis consumers, adding flower to your tea leaves can bring your experience to the next level. While there are some cannabis teas available in state-licensed dispensaries, making it at home is quite simple. 

In this blog post, we’ll provide a cannabis tea recipe, as well as explain how to make tea with cannabis; what the history of marijuana tea is; and more. 

Cannabis Tea Recipe

Making cannabis tea is more than steeping flower in water, but it’s not that much more complicated. (It might even be easier than baking with cannabis!) Here’s how to make your own tea in just six simple steps:

Equipment:

  • Tea bags
  • Fine strainer or cheesecloth

Ingredients:

  • 1 gram of ground cannabis
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil or unsalted butter
  • 4 cups of water
  • Any other additives, such as honey, sugar, milk, etc.
     

This recipe will make about three cups of cannabis tea, which is more than enough. And the best part about this cannabis tea recipe is that you can customize it however you like. If you like your tea sweet, feel free to add some honey to your liking. If you like your tea to have a more earthy flavor, leave out the extras. The choice is up to you.

Warming up a cup of cannabis tea boils down to these six steps:

Step 1: Decarboxylate Your Cannabis
Decarboxylation is the process used to activate the cannabinoids (THC, CBD, etc.) found in cannabis. Without going through this process before cooking or baking with cannabis, your creation won’t provide the effects you’re seeking. Be sure to read our guide on how and why you’ll need to decarboxylate your flower when making edibles.

Check out our guide to decarboxylating cannabis.

Once your cannabis has been decarboxylated, it’s ready to use in your cannabis tea or a variety of other cannabis recipes, from brownies to edible gummies.

Step 2: Boil Your Water; Add Fat
Start by boiling 4 cups of water in a pot. Once the water is boiling, add a tablespoon of coconut oil or unsalted butter and make sure it completely dissolves. Adding coconut oil or butter is imperative because cannabis is lipid-soluble, meaning it needs to be combined with fat in order to be infused.

Step 3: Infuse Tea 
Next, add the gram of ground cannabis into the pot and lower it down to a simmer. In order for your cannabis tea to come out high-quality and delicious, you’ll want to use premium flower in your recipe. Premium flower is rich in scent, flavor, and appearance, which makes for great cannabis tea.

Step 4: Simmer
Once you’ve added the cannabis to the pot, you’ll want to let it simmer for at least 15 minutes. It’s important to let your cannabis simmer at a very low heat for a long period of time in order to preserve the properties of the plant. Letting your cannabis marinate in the water also helps to maintain some of the more subtle flavors of the strain. If you heat your cannabis at too high of a temperature, you run the risk of burning the terpenes, which are added to cannabis to enhance the flavor. 

Step 5: Strain
The next step is to strain your cannabis using either a cheesecloth or a fine strainer. Pour the cannabis water through the strainer and into a bowl or empty teapot. You’ll want to use as fine of a strainer as possible to ensure there are no little bits of cannabis leaves in your tea. 

Step 6: Add Tea 
Once you’ve strained the leafy bits out of the water, you’ll want to add the tea bag into the mixture. This is also when you can put in any additives you desire, like sweetener or milk. Let this steep for about three minutes, remove the teabag, stir, and you’ve got yourself your very own homemade cannabis tea.
 

Cannabis Tea: Frequently Asked Questions

So now that you know how to make cannabis tea with leaves, you probably have a lot of questions about the process. That’s okay! Your first time making cannabis tea might be a little overwhelming, so we’ve compiled a list of some of the most frequently asked questions about cannabis tea to help you get started.

Why Do I Need To Add A Fat Source To My Cannabis Tea?
It’s very important to add a fat source to your cannabis tea. Cannabis is lipid/fat-soluble, not water-soluble. This means that cannabis will not dissolve in water alone. However, when fat is added to the mixture, it helps with the absorption process. This is why a fat source, like coconut oil or butter, must be added to tea to make cannabis soluble. 

There are various other ways to add fat to your cannabis tea besides coconut oil or butter. You can also add a splash of full-fat milk, cream, or coconut milk as your fat source.

How Much Cannabis Should I Add To My Tea?
The amount of cannabis to add to your tea ultimately depends on the individual. Everyone’s endocannabinoid system works differently. This means that everyone experiences the properties of cannabis differently, so start small, monitor how you feel, and then increase your dosage from there.

What Is The History Of Marijuana Tea?
So we’ve discussed how to make marijuana tea, but what is the history of the cannabis beverage? 

The oral application of cannabis has ancient roots. Cannabis beverages date all the way back to 2737 B.C., when the emperor of China prescribed it as a treatment for various health conditions. From there, the perceived health benefits of marijuana tea became widely known throughout Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. 

There’s nothing better than unwinding after a stressful day than with a nice, warm cup of tea. Now imagine that tea you're drinking is infused with your preferred cannabis flower—can you think of a better way to relax?

 

Recreational Cannabis is not available in all states. Cannabis is for medical use only and may only be used by certified patients in Maryland, New York, and Pennsylvania. State laws impact what dispensaries can and can’t sell to recreational customers and medical marijuana patients. Not every type of product, consumption method, dosage form, or potency mentioned on this blog will be permitted in all locations.

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