Have you ever wondered why people love tea as much as they enjoy coffee? In some cases, tea’s preferred over coffee. There are several reasons for this, including the health benefits of tea or a person’s cultural upbringing. Others drink it because of the herbal tea options that are naturally caffeine-free.
Lastly, there’s a ton of variety with tea. Not only are there black, green, white, red, and herbal choices, but several types of spices and flavorings get included to create a one-of-a-kind tea blend.
WHY DO PEOPLE DRINK TEA?
Teas are touted for their antioxidant, vitamin, and mineral content and their anti-inflammatory properties. With a huge global admiration for tea, it’s only natural to fit hemp flower somewhere in the equation. Like tea, hemp flower is a botanical. So, it has a unique set of therapeutic effects. The combination of tea and hemp enhances the overall health benefits, making it even more advantageous to make yourself a cup.
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Hemp is an oldie but goodie botanical herb. It’s an indigenous plant to almost every country around the globe. Yet the past few generations didn’t grow up talking about hemp because it was illegal in the U.S. for the past 80 years.
But, when the U.S. federal government legalized hemp farming at the end of 2018, the scientific research on this plant began to explode. Many health-conscious consumers and those interested in natural plant remedies started listening closely. Waiting for the proof, whether that be anecdotal or scientific-based.
Either way, hemp flower, and other hemp-derived products are making a very big and powerful impact in the wellness space, and it’s hard not to take notice.
DOES HEMP TEA CONTAIN CBD?
If hemp tea is made with the flower of the plant, then yes, it will contain CBD. In contrast, hemp seeds and the stalks don’t contain CBD, so this distinction is very important to make note of.
CBD hemp flower is a vital ingredient in the tea you make because it has many potential health benefits. Studies show that CBD interacts with your body’s endocannabinoid system. There are CB1 and CB2 receptors all throughout your ECS and cannabidiol and other cannabinoids act as the key that unlocks these receptors. This unlocking action activates the ECS and enhances its functionality.
Why does this matter and how does it impact your health? Well, the ECS helps you maintain homeostasis (internal balance) and regulates many physiological functions. Functions like mood, sleep, appetite, memory, pain, and immune response. When you supplement with cannabinoids, like CBD and others, you’re helping the ECS do its job better.
It’s a loving gesture sort a speak.
Does hemp flower tea contain THC?
By nature, hemp flower has very low levels of THC, the cannabinoid with psychotropic effects. And by law, hemp flower sold to all 50 states cannot contain more than 0.3% THC.
This percentage is very small and does not produce the same “head high” that cannabis strains with 16 to 20% THC do. If anything, you may feel more calm, relaxed, and tired after consuming CBD. Whereas, a high THC strain mixed into a tea can cause paranoia or anxiousness, due to its intoxicating properties.
What are hemp flower tea benefits?
As we mentioned at the beginning of the article, tea alone has health benefits because of its vast nutritional profile. When you add CBD hemp flower into the mix, you create a synergistic action between the therapeutic potential of the tea and CBD. In essence, you get more bang for your buck. The benefits skyrocket and you’ve essentially created a day or nighttime tonic.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR CBD TEA TO KICK IN?
There’s no exact science on this, but there are approximations. For instance, smoking CBD hemp buds is a fast-acting method. Within minutes or less, your body registers the effects of CBD and you’ll notice them pretty quickly.
But when you ingest CBD, either as an edible or a drink, like tea, the effects could take longer to actualize. That’s because of something called the first-pass effect. Regardless of what we eat or drink, the liver must metabolize the contents before the benefits kick in.
And it can take some time for the gut flora in the digestive system to metabolize the contents. And until this happens, we won’t feel the benefits of CBD. But, of course, everyone is different. We each have a unique bio-individuality, body chemistry, weight, and health conditions that all play a part in how fast CBD tea kicks in.
On average, the effects set in within 30 to 60 minutes. In other cases, it can take up to two hours but it seldom takes longer than this.
WHEN SHOULD I DRINK CBD TEA?
You can drink CBD tea anytime you’re in the mood for it. But if you make your own hemp flower tea with caffeinated teas, like a black or green variety, then it’s best to consume it during the daytime. However, herbal teas are not caffeinated, so you can drink a cup in the morning, afternoon, or evening.
Another good time to drink CBD tea is when you’re not feeling 100 percent. The antioxidants in most teas can give you a little boost, and the hot, steamy characteristics of tea are comforting and soothing for your body and mind.
Also, if you’re not in the mood for a hot cup of tea because it’s the peak of summer, you can always add some ice to cool it down and freshen it up.
WAYS TO MAKE HEMP FLOWER TEA?
There are two main ways to make hemp flower tea. The first way is fairly straightforward and the second option takes a bit more work but it’s worth the effort.
We’ll refer to the first method as “steeping” and the other method, we’ll call “infusion.”
If you want to make CBD tea, the first thing you’ll need to do is buy CBD hemp nugs. We’ll talk about where to buy hemp flower in a minute.
Once you have your flower, use a grinder to grind up the nugs. If you don’t have one, you can use a chef’s knife. Chop it up finely the way you would with oregano or basil. The other thing you’ll need is a tea infuser or a mesh ball.
Next, add water to your tea kettle and heat it up over the stove. While you’re waiting for that, measure out the amount of loose leaf tea and ground-up hemp buds you want to use. For an 8 ounce cup of tea, the recommendation for herbs is 1 to 2 teaspoons. For a 16 ounce cup of tea, double that amount to 3 to 4 teaspoons.
If you don’t have loose leaf tea, no problem. You can use a teabag instead. Then add the hemp material to your mesh tea ball or infuser. Put everything into your cut and pour in the hot water. Let the tea steep for 3 to 5 minutes, or more or less depending on the instructions on the tea bag or box.
Now it’s time to complete the last step and honestly, this is the most important one. CBD hemp flower is fat-soluble. That means it needs to bind to fat so it can assimilate into your body. Without fat, your body won’t receive much benefit.
So, add a splash of milk or coconut oil to your tea once it’s done steeping. This will improve the absorption rate of CBD, which translates into more benefits.
Your second option for making CBD tea is to use your CBD hemp nugs and infuse them with an oil of your choice, like coconut or almond oil. Choose an oil you like because it will be going into your tea.
The next step is to activate the CBD in your hemp flower, through a process called decarboxylation. Break the buds into small pieces and spread them out onto a baking sheet. Preheat the oven to 220℉ and keep the tray in there for 30 to 40 minutes. This process converts CBDa into CBD.
After that, you’re ready for the oil infusion. The traditional way of doing this is over the stove using a double broiler, but this takes about 3 hours. To save time, you can make CBD oil in the Instapot if you have one.
Once your infusion is done, the end result is CBD oil. And since the CBD is already combined with fat (oil), all you have to do is add a few drops or a half teaspoon to a cup of brewed tea. You can also add honey, milk, or sugar if you want to.
And voila — you made hemp flower tea!
WHERE TO BUY THE BEST HEMP FLOWER TO MAKE GOOD TEA?
Now that you have the know-how to make your own CBD tea, it’s time to source high quality hemp flower. If you’re like a lot of consumers, you like buying things online. With the ease of ordering and shipping, buying organic CBD nugs is no different.
So, here are a few tips. Look for a brand that sells clean, safe, organic hemp flower. Also, confirm the THC amount is less than 0.3%, to comply with state and federal laws. Read customer reviews and the description of the strain to find out which one appeals to you.
Once you get your hands on the hemp flower strain, what kind of tea will you make? Let us know in the comments below.