Unlike edibles, cannabis-infused tea is not only a great way to consume marijuana without the harshness that can come with smoking or vaping, but it’s also free from most food allergens and much simpler to make at home. With countless ingredients and methods for concocting your own weed tea, you’ll be able to craft a unique taste based on your individual preferences. Here are some of the top ways people turn their herb into hot drinks:
- Cannabis flower, containing the non-water soluble THC molecule, can be infused into water to create a much less intoxicating product.
- Elevate your tea experience by infusing it with cannabis – simply mix the herb of choice with a fat source such as coconut oil or butter, and you can enjoy a delicious latte-style beverage.
- Enhance your cup of tea with the addition of a cannabis tincture for an invigorating and medicinal boost.
Are you looking to craft a cup of tea that will tantalize your taste buds and soothe your soul? Then look no further; we’ve got all the know-how needed for brewing an ideal cuppa!
Does weed tea get you high?
Although crafting marijuana-infused tea to reach a high may seem straightforward, the process requires a delicate understanding of decarboxylation and cannabinoid solubility. Yet once these fundamental principles are understood, making cannabis tea is easy! With careful attention and commitment to detail, you can create tantalizing beverages filled with THC that will guarantee consistent intoxication.
From its origin, cannabis plants secrete the non-hallucinogenic element THCA. An extra carboxyl ring encloses this compound, preventing any high that may otherwise be felt. By using heat in a decarboxylation process, however; that same ring can be removed and THCA is then converted to THC – unlocking its various therapeutic and intoxicating qualities. Decarboxylation is a natural process when you smoke or vaporize cannabis, cook with butter/oils, and heat hash/kief on your stove for edibles. If you wish to decarboxylate before adding it to the tea though, remember that optimal time and temperature will depend on certain factors like potency of bud used and type of heating appliance chosen. It may seem complex at first but trust us – this doesn’t require any extra efforts!
- The amount of moisture (water) in your product
- How much product you use (i.e., dosage)
- The type of oven you have access to (e.g., gas or electric)
How long does weed tea take to kick in?
Unlike edibles, weed tea needs to travel through your digestive system and be broken down in your liver before its effects become present. Compared to smoking marijuana which can take effect in a few minutes, drinking cannabis tea may require up to two hours before you start feeling the consequences yet with more intense sensations that last longer than those of smoking.
For those who are consuming weed tea or edibles, it is best to begin with a low dosage and increase the amount slowly. Start by drinking one cup of weed tea, then wait at least an hour before deciding if you need more. If you don’t feel any effects yet, another cup can be made (and enhanced using our tips!) for maximum efficiency.
How much weed do you need for weed tea?
Determining how much weed to use for cannabis tea depends on the desired intensity and quantity of your brew. For example, if you plan to use a single gram of 20% THC flower, that could equate up to 200 mg—though it’s unlikely you’ll achieve its full potency due digestion and decarboxylation effects. No matter what strain or dosage you choose, be sure that your marijuana-infused tea is tailored just right!
Are you utilizing dry flower? You may need more marijuana than if working with an oil-based product, such as butter or oils. THC is fat soluble and bonds to these ingredients far better than water. The recipes provided below require a low amount of cannabis flower; however, they can be customized depending on what dose works best for you in your experimentation process.
How many grams of stems do I need to make weed stem tea?
When those days go sour and you find yourself without weed, stem piles can act as a saving grace. Althoughstems still contain some THC (about 0.3% to be exact), it’s not nearly enough for the average user; if that’s you, half a cup of stems should suffice. Keep in mind though: since they are more fibrous than buds, steeping could take longer when using just stems – incorporating actual flower is your best bet for optimal results!
Can I use dabs for weed tea?
If you’re ever in possession of high-quality concentrates and no way to dab them, tea is the perfect solution! Before adding it to your favorite blend, make sure that either the hot water decarboxylates it or else do so beforehand. After all, just like flower, any concentrate intended for weed tea needs this step first!
For the most effective results, it’s best to mix dabs with coconut oil, cream, or butter due to their similar lipids. To avoid having solvents in your extract and also reduce temperature threshold levels compared to shatter and diamonds made of live resin, opt for rosin—which is a full-spectrum dab that contains no solvent whatsoever!
Weed tea recipes
If you’re searching for a delicious and effective way to enjoy cannabis tea, we’ve got two recipes that will hit the spot. Our rose and chamomile canna-tea is so versatile—simply add your favorite flowers or leaves with some ground weed (or stems!) and let it steep while you relax. And our golden milk recipe with coconut oil not only tastes divine but comes packed with anti-inflammatory goodies as well! We even have fast alternatives if you find yourself in a pinch.
By utilizing a tea infuser and sieve when crafting these recipes, you can ensure that your tea steeps for the appropriate amount of time and filters out any lingering plant matter. Although not necessary, without them your desired flavor may be impaired.
Cannabis tea with rose and chamomile
Dosage: We recommend 2 tsp for this recipe, but it depends on the potency of your cannabis. You can always add more or less depending on your tolerance.
- Cannabis infused honey (optional)
- 2 teaspoons ground cannabis trim, stems, or buds
- Coconut milk (optional)
- 2 teaspoons dried chamomile
- 2 teaspoons dried rose buds
- You can choose to decarboxylate your dried herb beforehand or not. (Again, this depends on whether you’re looking for the benefits of THCA or THC.)
- Add all dried flowers to a tea infuser and steep in hot water for 5-10 minutes.
- Remove the infuser and enjoy with additional cannabis-infused honey and/or coconut milk for added effects.
Cannabis golden milk with medicated coconut oil
Dosage: This depends on the potency of your cannabis coconut oil. You can always add more or less depending on your tolerance.
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 1” piece fresh turmeric, unpeeled, thinly sliced, or 1/2 teaspoon dried turmeric
- 1 ½” piece ginger, unpeeled, thinly sliced
- 1/4 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil (cannabis-infused or not)
- 1 Tbsp honey (cannabis-infused or not)
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon, for serving
- Whisk almond milk, cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, honey, peppercorns, and 1 cup water in a small saucepan; bring to a low boil.
- Reduce heat to a simmer and add the cannabis coconut oil.
- Simmer for about 10 minutes, or until flavors have melded together.
- Strain through a fine-mesh sieve (you can also use a cheesecloth or coffee filter) into mugs and top with a dash of cinnamon.
How to make weed stem tea
Although stem tea can be brewed without buds, its potency will vary depending on your chosen ingredient ratio. Nevertheless, the original recipe for making stem tea is still applicable!
Dosage: You won’t know for sure until you try it
- At least 1/4 cup weed stems
- 1 Tbsp of a fat-soluble binding agent, such as butter or coconut oil
- Your tea leaves/blend of choice
- You can decarb your stems before steeping or simply grind them before boiling, depending on the feeling you’re trying to achieve.
- Boil the amount of water you plan to use, i.e., 1 cup for a more concentrated tea, 2-3 cups for a diluted buzz.
- Add the binding agent to the water before you insert the stems with your tea of choice in a tea infuser.
- Steep the infuser in hot water for at least 10 minutes. You may want to steep the tea and stems in separate infusers or bags to avoid unpleasant stemmy flavor.
How to make cannabis plant (compost) tea
Don’t let your precious marijuana go to waste! If you’ve got a surplus of weed that won’t be smoked any time soon, the most sensible thing to do is transform it into compost tea. It’s an effortless recipe: just mix up some leaves with old buds and other plant matter – voilà, you have yourself homemade stem tea!
How to make weed tea more potent
Despite our best attempts, sometimes the desired potency of tea is not achieved. However, there are an array of methods to rev up your THC dosage if you find your initial brew lacking in strength.
Don’t know what to do? Reach for the grinder! Kief is composed of fallen trichomes, so they are a great way to up your dose. Incorporate them into your stem, compost or flower material while steeping. Bear in mind that it’s impossible to tell how strong THC levels are in kief and consequently you won’t be able to gauge the intensity of intoxication beforehand.
Incorporate a tincture
If you’re looking to purchase a tincture from your local dispensary, look no further — it’ll already be decarboxylated and ready for immediate use! However, bear in mind that oil-based tinctures don’t mix well with water. If this is the case, consider opting for glycerin or alcohol-based alternatives instead.
To achieve your desired potency, start with a half dropper’s worth of tincture (0.5 ml) and incorporate it into your tea. Stir the concoction to ensure an even distribution throughout the drink; if you use any milk or creamer, adding an oil-based tincture will yield better results!
Countless medical patients vouch for Rick Simpson Oil as they have experienced its remarkable range of therapeutic advantages, even life-saving effects. It’s exceptionally potent; hence doctors advocate taking it gradually over the course of weeks to build up tolerance.
Although the flavor isn’t necessarily enjoyable, RSO’s potency makes up for it; you only need a small amount to see its effects! If you’re feeling daring, try replacing coconut oil with half a grain of RSO in your golden milk recipe. Alternatively, why not add some into your tea infuser and let that steep? Either way, this is sure to give your drinks an extra kick!
Is cannabis tea more potent than smoking and edibles?
Everyone’s body is unique, meaning the same edible can have drastically varying effects. As you’re making weed tea in your home, it can be difficult to know exactly how much of a reaction one will experience – so keep this in mind when using concentrates as they are renowned for their potency. With that being said – if you prefer an even stronger brew infused with dabs then make sure to go hard!
Cannabis smoking caps the amount of THC you can inhale, but its effects are immediate and tend to wear off rather quickly. With weed tea, however, there’s a slower onset since it must first be digested and metabolized – allowing for higher doses that could lead to more intense highs. So go ahead, indulge in an enjoyable blissful high with some cannabis-infused tea!