How to Make Cannabis Tea: Best Recipes

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Cannabis tea, also known by other names, such as weed tea, ganja tea, and marijuana tea, is a simple and soothing way to consume weed. However, it is not as simple as just throwing in the buds of weed into hot water and then bringing it to a boil. It requires precision and the right recipe for the required effect. This tea, when prepared correctly, is known to have a longer-lasting effect when compared to smoking weed – and it takes around 30 to 40 minutes to kick in. Given patience and time, weed tea can provide you with a simple and relaxed experience.

How to Make Cannabis Tea?

You can make weed tea in two different ways — either with the buds of the cannabis plant or with the leaves and stems of the marijuana plant. The former is stronger and slightly more intensive, while the latter is a milder tea that is particularly beneficial in getting good sleep. While marijuana or weed remains illegal in many states, its extensive list of health benefits including its inhibitory effects on the body makes it popular worldwide. It is advised that you check your country’s laws regarding marijuana usage before making this tea.

It is also important to note that oftentimes people confuse cannabis tisane with its tea. What is categorized as tea is only something that contains Camellia sinensis/assamica, essentially green tea, in it. An infusion prepared without it and only with the cannabis leaves or flowers will instead be classified as a tisane. Now, let’s take a look at how to prepare it – tea and tisane, both.

A cup of marijuana tea with fresh marijuana leaf placed on top

How to Make Weed Tea

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Course: Beverage
Cuisine: Others
Keyword: weed tea
Appliance: Hot plate, Mixer
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients

Weed Bud Tisane (Medium Strength)

Weed Leaf/Stem Tisane (Mild)

  • 2 gram marijuana stems/leaves
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp honey/sugar (if desired)
  • 1 cup half & half

Marijuana-infused Tea (Chai)

  • 2 bags Assamica black tea
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup milk any fatty milk or half and half
  • 2 tbsp cannabis oil or tincture
  • 2 saffron rock candy sticks for flavor

Instructions

Weed Bud Tisane (Medium Strength)

  • Grind the marijuana buds into fine pieces. Then add the ground buds to 1/2 a tsp of butter and mix it well in a bowl.
    Medical marijuana plant
  • Continue to stir the butter and marijuana together, until you see all of the marijuana coated with a thin layer of butter.
  • In a medium pot, bring some water to a simmer and gently spoon in the marijuana butter mixture. Scrape the sides of the butter/bud bowl to get all the ground pieces of marijuana.
  • Keep the water to a simmer and stir the mixture gently for about 30 minutes while the tea brews.
  • Strain the mixture after allowing it to cool for a few minutes. Add honey or sugar for taste, and enjoy the infusion!
    A cup of marijuana tea with fresh marijuana leaf placed on top

Weed Leaf/Stem Tisane (Mild)

  • Grind the weed stems in a grinder to extract more THC from them. For the uninitiated, THC is the chemical compound present in marijuana, which enables it to lower anxiety and relax the body and mind.
  • Add water in a pot and bring it to a boil. Now, add weed stems and half and half in the pot. Keep stirring for almost 5-7 minutes.
  • Next, strain the resulting mixture into a teacup. Add honey or sugar, if needed, and enjoy the soothing concoction of mild marijuana tea!
    A cup of marijuana tea with fresh marijuana leaf placed on top

Marijuana-infused Tea (Chai)

  • Boil the water in a pan and pour it in two separate cups. Put one tea bag in each cup and let it steep for two to three minutes.
  • In another cup, take the milk and add cannabis oil or tincture to it.
  • Now, remove the tea bags from the water infusion and then add the cannabis-infused milk in both the cups evenly.
  • Your cannabis tea is ready to be served now. Add the saffron stick to your tea for a sweeter flavor and enjoy it!

Notes

It is important to be mindful of the amount of marijuana you are adding to your tea, as very high or very low levels of it can either have serious health implications or no effect at all.
It is also necessary to make sure your cannabis goes through the decarboxylation process as that ensures the THCA in it (non-intoxicating compound) gets converted into THC. The decarboxylation process naturally occurs when cannabis is cooked with butter or oils, in case of edibles. You can also add hash or kief to your recipe for the same.

Word of Caution

While you are using any CBD or hemp-derived products, it is important to check your state’s laws and guidelines for the same. Hemp-derived CBD products are illegal in the US on a federal level, but still legal in many states. If you are traveling, then make sure you comply with that city/state’s laws regarding the consumption and use of CBD. Remember that most CBD products are not FDA-approved and therefore may be sold illegally or with wrong labeling. Be wary of the side effects of CBD before consuming – it can cause nausea, dizziness, and dry mouth among others. Also, keep in mind that it can have serious drug interactions when taken along blood-thinning medicines. Check with your doctor if you have a serious or chronic condition.

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Vanya Sharma is a writer at heart with interests in the health and nutrition domain and has experience in content creation, collaboration, and content strategy. Vanya has completed the “Introduction to Food and Health” certificate program from Stanford University, US. She aims to bring unbiased and helpful information to all those seeking to make their health and lifestyle a priority.

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