Are you an avid tea drinker looking for a twist on the classic beverage? Might we suggest CBD tea? Imagine the warm and soothing properties of tea combined with the potent goodness offered by CBD. Sounds like a dream come true, doesn’t it? We strongly think it does.
From CBD oil, tinctures to other forms of edibles, there are a variety of cannabis products that have flooded the market. Not only are they consumed recreationally, but they are being touted for their health benefits as well. From the many options available, many turn to CBD tea for its taste and ease of consumption. While the concept is simple, knowing how to make the drink right makes all the difference.
Are you ready to make your very first cup? Or do you want to learn how to improve your current technique? This article will talk about everything you need to know to brew the perfect cup of CBD tea.
What is CBD tea?
First things first, you need to understand what exactly herbal tea is. CBD tea is essentially a mixture of cannabidiol (CBD) combined with other herbs and botanicals. Cannabidiol is an active cannabinoid that is found in the cannabis plant. While other cannabinoids such as THC are responsible for producing the feeling of being high, CBD is not known to cause any such effect. CBD obtained from hemp leaves contains zero to no traces of THC, which is why most CBD tea is brewed from hemp-derived CBD.
You will find it available either in the form of tea bags or as loose tea leaves. Both variants are soaked in warm water to be enjoyed either as a morning wake-me-up or to end the day on a calming note. Let’s now talk about the tips and tricks of brewing CBD tea.
To start with a smaller dosage
The strength or potency of CBD is measured in milligrams and varies from strain to strain. A mistake new CBD tea drinkers often make is not consuming the correct dose, which often ruins the experience.
When it comes to CBD, it is always recommended to start slow, get used to the idea, and monitor how your body responds to the concoction. If you feel little to no response, begin adjusting the dose’s strength until you find the optimal concentration. This way, you can experiment with different potencies while playing it safe. However, experienced CBD users can go for a more potent dose or according to what they usually would consume.
Do be mindful of the flavor
Hemp-derived CBD is naturally nutty and earthy in taste. Most users who are averse to the strong taste of the herb prefer CBD tea because it is a more flavorful option; however, you need to know how to achieve your desired flavor.
Soaking the tea bag or leaves for a longer time results in a strong, aromatic mixture that is suitable for those who enjoy such a taste. However, those who prefer a lighter taste can go ahead and soak the mixture for a shorter time. To mask the strong taste of CBD, you can even go for fruity or floral options like strawberry, lavender, lemon, and minty flavors. These combined with CBD overpower the muskiness of the drink and make it more enjoyable.
Don’t forget to use a binding agent
Because CBD is not water-soluble, once consumed, in order for it to get absorbed into our bloodstream and make its way to our brain, CBD needs to bind with some form of chemical that will transport it. A binding agent does this exact job making it an integral ingredient for the perfect cup of CBD tea. This is why CBD oil cannot be added directly to a cup of hot water because water and oil do not mix. Even CBD leaves or ground buds require an agent. Fats such as butter, cream, and coconut oil are excellent binding agents and actually enhance the taste of the tea as well.
If you are using CBD oil, pour the drops into a mixture of equal parts of water and coconut oil. Or, if you are using ground CBD buds, place a spoonful of butter into hot water and mix the buds in for a strong tasty cup. Eliminating the binding agent will mean that you are simply consuming hot water and missing out on the benefits of CBD.
Don’t cold-brew the tea
If you are a regular tea drinker, you must know that different teas have different optimal temperatures when it comes to brewing the perfect cup. While most can withstand higher temperatures, some may lose out on their taste in the process.
When it comes to CBD tea, you must always remember to avoid cold water temperatures. Indeed CBD tea can be consumed both hot and cold, but for brewing purposes, CBD requires heat to get activated. So be sure to place the CBD tea in hot water until it’s thoroughly soaked and activated. Once this process is done, you can definitely cool it down and store it in a refrigerator for a refreshing cold drink.
Making the perfect cup of CBD tea is not rocket science; however, these tips and tricks are essential if you want to maximize the taste and benefits of this magical potion. If you are ready to brew your very first cup, follow our guide, and you will not be disappointed in the results. Once you start, you will realize that there are many ways and many different recipes waiting to be explored.