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!
But, what exactly is CBD tea?
In this guide, we’ll cover:
- CBD tea benefits
- How to make CBD tea
- CBD tea recipes you need to try
In this guide:
What is CBD tea?
CBD tea can refer to a few different things. It could be a tea made from dried hemp leaves and flowers, or it could be a herbal tea enhanced with a few drops of CBD oil.
True CBD tea needs to contain cannabidiol compounds.
CBD tea is available in a variety of flavours and formulas and can contain various concentrations of CBD. It can also be blended with additional ingredients such as chamomile, lemongrass or mint to support the health benefits of CBD.
If you aren’t sure if the tea you are purchasing contains CBD, ask for a certificate of analysis. This will also help to confirm if it contains legal and safe amounts of THC.
Is CBD tea the same as hemp tea?
No, CBD tea and hemp tea are not always the same. While hemp tea offers its own health benefits, it does not always contain cannabinoid compounds.
Hemp tea is free from caffeine, so it’s an excellent alternative to tea and coffee for those looking to cut down their caffeine intake.
It can be difficult to know if you are purchasing hemp tea or CBD tea, so once again, we recommend looking for a certificate of analysis to make sure your tea contains cannabinoids.
What does CBD tea 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.
While CBD might be effective in helping to restore a sense of well-being, not everyone enjoys the bitter and earthy taste of unflavoured CBD oil. In this case, choosing a CBD edible or drink is a more enjoyable way to get your dose of CBD.
However, while CBD tea is a great option to make CBD oil taste better, you’ll enjoy a higher level of bioavailability if you take your CBD oil under your tongue. Adding CBD to drinks will mean that your body absorbs and uses less of the CBD compounds, so it isn’t the most effective method.
Also, it is important to note that CBD tea will not get you high. CBD is not the same as THC, which is the psychoactive compound found in cannabis. CBD oil and hemp tea bags contain trace amounts of THC at the most, so they cannot get you high.
What are the different types of CBD tea?
CBD tea is available in a few different types.
Ready-made CBD tea bags can be purchased, where the extracted CBD compound has been added to herbal tea leaves. These are often available in various flavours and can be blended with other ingredients like chamomile, mint, etc.
Another type is CBD tea is made by steeping CBD flowers in hot water. However, CBD flowers are illegal in the UK, so we recommend staying away from this method.
Lastly, CBD tea can be made by putting CBD oil in tea. Keep reading for a few easy recipes to make this yourself!
CBD tea benefits
CBD is commonly used to support the human endocannabinoid system. Anecdotally, customers also report additional benefits of adding CBD tea to their daily routine, including:
- CBD may reduce anxiety and stress.
Drinking a steaming mug of tea is the perfect way to unwind, as CBD may improve symptoms of anxiety and stress.
- CBD may improve sleep.
Adding CBD to your bedtime routine could help you to sleep better.
- It may support gut health.
When combined with other ingredients, CBD tea can be the perfect after-meal drink to calm your stomach.
- CBD may provide pain relief.
Drinking CBD tea may contain anti-inflammatory properties that help with pain relief.
Benefits of CBD tea
Research shows that CBD may help to reduce anxiety and stress.
CBD tea may help you to fall and stay asleep.
Support gut health
CBD after a meal can lead to improved digestion.
CBD tea may help to ease chronic pain and inflammation.
How much CBD tea should I drink?
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 experience with CBD products
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 hoped, you can try adding more.
By doing this consistently over time, you should be able to find your own ideal dosage.
To help improve the absorption rate of your CBD oil, it’s a good idea to take it with a fat source. This will help to ensure the CBD makes it into your bloodstream rather than being destroyed by stomach acid.
Worried about taking too much? Adverse side effects from taking CBD are extremely rare, and CBD has been found to pose no risk of addiction, so there is no reason to be worried.
How long do CBD tea effects last?
CBD effects will typically last for between one and six hours after use.
This is no different with CBD tea, although it can linger for longer if you take a large amount.
Full and broad-spectrum CBD oil is also thought to provide longer-lasting and stronger effects due to the ‘entourage effect’ provided by the cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids found in the hemp plant.
How to make 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.
If you prefer to purchase products such as hemp tea bags, you can enhance this with a few drops of CBD oil.
If you live somewhere where the 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 as nice.
How long should you steep CBD tea?
If you make CBD tea by adding CBD drops to your herbal or hemp tea bags, 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, and 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.
CBD tea recipe
Quick & easy CBD tea recipe
- 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 leaves create the best end result
- A high quality, full-spectrum CBD oil
- Hot water
- Milk or butter
- Boil your water using a kettle or saucepan
- 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, tasty beverage with a nice CBD dose, but what about if you want to push the boat out a little?
Indulgent CBD tea recipe
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
- 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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Final thoughts on CBD tea
CBD tea can be a great way to add CBD to your daily routine. Simply replacing your morning brew with a CBD tea could help to improve your focus and reduce stress for the day.
And then, at the end of the day, you can unwind and let go of your anxiety with a cup of chamomile tea infused with your favourite CBD oil.
Provided you source your CBD or hemp tea from a reputable source, there is a very low risk of adverse reaction.
Feel free to get in touch to let us know what you think or to share your own CBD tea recipes.