If your morning cuppa is the highlight of your day, you’re going to love this one.
What could be more relaxing and satisfying than sitting back and enjoying a nice, perfectly brewed cup of hot tea?
CBD tea, that’s what!
With CBD growing in popularity, more and more people are finding new and novel ways to enjoy their favourite health supplement.
When it comes to CBD tea, UK residents are leading the charge, as they always do when it comes to their national beverage!
But what benefits does CBD/hemp leaf tea provide, and how should you make it?
This article will tell you everything you need to know, but first:
What is CBD?
If you’re new to CBD, you might be hesitant to try any form of CBD drink, especially if you are unsure of the potential side effects.
You’ll be glad to know that the compound in the cannabis plant responsible for its psychoactive effects is known as THC, and works very differently to CBD.
CBD, or Cannabidiol, is a part of the cannabis or hemp plant that has been found to have a wide variety of health benefits, due to its interactions with the endocannabinoid system.
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CBD Tea: What Does it Do?
For a start, tea has been found to have stress-busting effects and helps to reduce the body’s natural response to external stressors. When this is combined with the effects of caffeine, it is perhaps no surprise that the hot drink is the backbone of Britain’s workforce.
However, as you will already know if you’ve been keeping up to date with research studies, CBD also comes with a wide variety of benefits, especially for helping to manage conditions including but not limited to:
Despite the popularity of CBD oil for helping to manage these conditions, there are people who dislike the taste of unflavoured CBD oil. Hemp tea benefits these people by providing them with an easy, enjoyable and tasty way to get a CBD dosage, and help to support good health.
Despite CBD tea being a great option to make CBD oil tastier for those who dislike it’s natural flavour, adding CBD oil sublingually does increase the bioavailability, so it might be a good idea to stick to the traditional method if you prioritise benefits over taste.
Hemp Tea: How Much CBD?
You may be wondering how much CBD to use in order to experience all of the benefits of CBD tea.
The answer isn’t as simple as you’d think, as the ideal dose can vary dramatically depending on factors like:
- The condition you’re attempting to help manage
- Your size and weight
- Your previous use of CBD or cannabis
Even with all of these factors being the same, people can often find their ideal dose is slightly different.
As a result, our best recommendation is to start by using a single drop of CBD oil in your tea. This will be enough to experience some benefits, but if the results aren’t as pronounced as you’d hope, you can try adding more.
By doing this consistently over time, you should be able to find your own ideal dosage.
Worried about taking too much? CBD side effects are extremely rare, and CBD has been found to pose no risk of addiction, so don’t be!
How Long Does CBD Tea Last?
CBD effects will typically last for between 1-6 hours after use. This is no different with CBD tea, although it can of course linger for longer if you take a large amount.
Full spectrum CBD oil is also thought to provide longer lasting effects due to the ‘entourage effect’ given by the varying substances within the hemp plant.
How Long to Steep CBD Tea
It is possible to purchase CBD tea bags, and it is also possible to add CBD oil to a regular cup of tea. In these instances, the time to steep will not affect the CBD content or efficacy, and is simply a matter of taste.
Some people prefer their tea strong, some people prefer it weak, in terms of steeping CBD tea, you don’t need to make it any more complicated than that.
Now that we’ve covered some of the most common questions, we come to the most important part of the article – how to make CBD tea.
Make Your Own CBD Tea
Firstly, there are products such as CBD tea bags available to purchase.
If you live somewhere where CBD flower is legal, you also have the option of steeping it directly to make hemp leaf tea, although this doesn’t include any actual tea and doesn’t taste great.
If you live in the UK, however, the best way is to use the following recipe.
How to Brew CBD Tea
- Your favourite form of tea. It can be black tea, green tea, fruit tea, whichever you prefer, and it can also be loose leaf tea or tea bags, although loose leaf creates the best end result
- A high quality, full spectrum CBD oil
- Hot water
- Milk or butter
- Boil your water using a kettle (or saucepan if you don’t have access to one)
- Add the tea to the mug
- Pour your hot water over the tea
- Leave to brew as advised on the packaging, or in line with your regular tea habits
- Stir in your milk or butter. This is crucial even if using green tea, as fatty substances are required to absorb the CBD.
- Add one drop (or more) of CBD oil and stir well
The above recipe will create a hot, taste beverage with a nice CBD dose, but what about if you want to push the boat out a little?
Here’s our CBD tea recipe for those who want to get a little more fancy:
- ½ of a cup of our CBD coconut oil, or ¼ a cup of our CBD butter (click here to learn to make these)
- 2 cups of cow’s milk, hemp milk, MCT oil creamer, or coconut milk
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1 cup of hot water
- Loose leaf chai tea, matcha tea or your favourite form of tea
- Honey and cinnamon to taste
- Mix your CBD butter or CBD coconut oil with the milk and vanilla extract and mix well
- Leave to stand until room temperature
- Add your loose leaf tea to the hot water in an infuser, or in line with your usual tea-brewing method
- Pour the tea and the CBD mix together into a saucepan
- Cover and simmer on low-medium temperature for 20 minutes without allowing it to come to the boil
- Pour, add the cinnamon and honey to taste, and enjoy!
This method provides a more effective and bioavailable dose of CBD thanks to the included fats, and is also an excellent source of healthy fats. Drink this early on in your day and you’ll experience a slow burn of energy, keeping you at your best for longer than regular tea.
Combine this with the benefits of CBD, and it’s a no brainer!
Feel free to get in touch to let us know what you think ,or to share your own CBD tea recipes!
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