There are many different methods of absorbing cannabis.
You can smoke it, vape it, eat it, lotion up, or drink it. Smoking weed is not an option that is available for everyone. Sometimes, it is a personal choice to not smoke. Sometimes smell becomes an issue making smoking less than ideal.
There are plenty of people on a strict diet. And most cannabis infused medibles come in the form of candies and sweet treats. But the cannabis market is adjusting, and there are new products coming out tailored to specialized consumers.
There are THC and CBD infused lotions and creams available to help alleviate muscle pain and spasms. But it doesn’t get people very high, unless you stack micro doses. And then there’s cannabis tea. People have been making some form of cannabis tea for as long as we have records.
How to Make Bhang Tea
It is relatively simple to make cannabis tea. This technique is known as bhang, and has been utilized for thousands of years in India. Anyone can make a nice cup of warm relaxing cannabis tea. Follow these steps, and you too can extract the sweetness and high from cannabis.
A few ingredients you will need are:
1. 3 cups of water
2. 2 tablespoons of butter (regular or cannabis butter)
3. 1 – 3 grams of cannabis (per serving)
4. A strainer and mug
5. Optional: 1 tea bag of your favorite tea (Chai, Peppermint, Chamomile, etc.)
6. Optional: Milk, sugar or honey for taste.
Please keep in mind that marijuana tea takes up to 45 minutes – 1 hour for the full effects to kick in. When taking cannabis edibles (medibles), the high sets in slowly. And cannabis tea reacts in the same slow manner as medibles. But the high stays in the body for a lot longer than smoking a bowl.
Step-By-Step Instructions for Creating Cannabis Tea
1. First, figure out how much tea to make. About 1 – 3 grams of cannabis is per serving. If you are using low grade weed, you may need to grind up more than 3 grams. The type of marijuana you use depends on the effects you’re after. But no matter which strain you choose, keep in mind that sativas are best for daytime use, and indicas are best for evening and nighttime use.
2. Grind the weed. It is easier to extract THC from cannabis buds once the material is finely broken up. You can leave in stems, leaves and shake. After all, you’ll be straining all of the plant material in the end. What you’re after is the juice.
3. Bring 3 cups of water to a boil in a small pan. Keep your stovetop temperature on 8 out of 10. A medium high boiling temperature.
4. While the water is boiling, add 2 tablespoons of butter or cannabutter. The THC in marijuana is only fat soluble. The reason you need to use butter at this point is to bind with the THC. Don’t worry, the butter taste is not in the final product. Using cannabutter instead of regular butter makes your product more potent. But don’t add more than 2 tablespoons per serving of whatever butter because the tea will affect the flavor.
5. Stir in ground cannabis. Keep your temperature on medium high. Stir frequently to keep the material from clumping, burning and/or boiling over. It is ok to add more water if too much evaporates.
6. Boil for at least 45 minutes. Some people boil their cannabis for 5 minutes. Others boil their cannabis for an hour. But the sweet spot seems to be at 45 minutes for maximum THC extraction. Remember, keep stirring to prevent clumping, burning and boiling over. Don’t set it and forget it.
7. After 45 minutes, strain the marijuana chunks out.
Use your strainer to separate your cannabis tea into a mug. If you were making enough for multiple servings, then of course use multiple mugs. Be careful, the water is extremely hot.
Optional: Add other tea packets
Adding tea packets like chamomile or peppermint tea are a great way to improve the overall flavor. Let it steep with your cannabis tea for a few minutes. Follow the directions from your tea packet to get the best results. And of course, use your freshly made cannabis tea instead of regular water. You can also add honey or milk with your tea to bring out a sweeter taste.
Chai Tea is another tasty variant for cannabis tea. Any off the shelf Chai Tea brand should mix well with Cannabis tea. Just let it steep for a few minutes, or follow the directions on the box. Others have recommended honey; it adds a sweet and spicy kick.
Ready-Made Cannabis Tea
Now-a-days, you can buy already made tea from many dispensaries. One type of ready-made tea is called Subtle Tea. This tea comes in tea bags and it tastes like any other green tea. But they have 40 mg of THC in each serving. You will feel buzzed after drinking a single serving.
Another brand of ready-made cannabis tea is, Sarah’s Medicated Teas. This tea can only be bought online and their contact information can be found on their Facebook page. Sarah’s Medicated Tea’s come in a variety of flavors and dosages. Their different teas alleviate symptoms like joint pain, migraines, nausea, etc.
I saved the best for last, Pot-O-Coffee. This company sells cannabis infused coffee, coco and tea. They use the freshest cannabis buds along with a solvent free extraction process to create ultra-clean THC concentrates. When it comes to their CBD infused products, Pot-O-Coffee uses 99%+ pure Isodiol CBD crystals. Their CBD products are THC free and made with non-GMO ingredients.
Do you know any cannabis tea recipes? Do you buy pre-made THC tea? Or do you think it’s a waste? Let us know in the comments below.
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