A comfortable high can be obtained by drinking cannabis-infused tea as an alternative to smoking or eating edibles. It’s like a cannabis-infused version of your preferred nighttime tea that could enhance the quality of your sleep. When used with coffee in the morning, it can also provide you an increase in attention and alertness. In addition to providing your lungs with a rest, drinking warm cannabis eliminates the additional sugar present in many edibles, and you can make it entirely at home.
Unfortunately, adding some marijuana to a tea bag and starting the steeping process are not sufficient. You won’t get high from that. To get your cannabis material in a state that will allow you to feel effects via beverage, you will need to take some preparations. Don’t worry; we have a straightforward, step-by-step tutorial that will have you sipping in no time.
We prefer an alcohol-based infusion for this recipe rather than employing fat to extract the THC from the plant material, such as cannabutter or coconut oil. No one wants to drink fatty tea because those fats just wind up gathering at the surface of the beverage. If you want a non-alcoholic version, simply add a cannabis tincture or cannabis-infused honey from your neighborhood dispensary to your tea in the same manner you would any sweetener. The minimal quantity of alcohol used in the tea will evaporate during cooking.
But don’t be scared, all you need is a mason jar, a gram or two of cannabis flower, and high-proof alcohol.
Cannabis Tea Recipe
Yield: Makes 1 cup of tea
• 1 teabag or 1 teaspoon loose-leaf tea of your choice
• 1½ cups water
• ¼ teaspoon, or desired amount, of cannabis tincture (recipe below)
• Any other ingredients for flavor such as honey, milk, or sugar
• 1.75 grams cannabis flower (~20% THC), coarsely ground
• ¼ cup Everclear (or substitute 100 proof or higher vodka)
1. Prep cannabis tincture a day in advance. Preheat the oven to 240°F. Place 1.75 grams of coarsely ground cannabis flower into an 8-ounce mason jar, seal with the lid to reduce smell, and heat for 40 minutes in the oven to decarb, which will activate the THC. Remove from the oven (the flower should look lightly toasted) and let cool until the mason jar is safe to touch. Pour ¼ cup of Everclear or 100-proof vodka into the mason jar, close the lid and shake hard to combine. Set aside and let the mixture sit overnight.
2. The next day, shake mixture and pour through a fine mesh sieve into another small mason jar. Reserve the liquid and discard the grounds. Label the jar: “¼ teaspoon = 5mg THC.” This cannabis tincture makes 48 servings for multiple cups of tea.
3. Shake the jar before each use and add ¼ teaspoon of the cannabis tincture into a small pot of boiling water. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes to cook off the alcohol.
4. Pour the boiling water with the cannabis tincture into a heat-safe mug with the tea bag or loose-leaf tea leaves, along with any desired extras like mint, lemon, honey, or a cinnamon stick. Steep for a couple of minutes. Remove the tea leaves, and enjoy a sip of homemade cannabis-infused tea.
1.75 grams of ~20% THC flower is used in this recipe for a total of ~250mg THC. ¼ teaspoon of cannabis tincture contains ~5mg. To increase your personal dose, simply add more tincture to your tea. For those who are new to edibles and cannabis, it is recommended to start at 5mg THC or less per person.
Recommended teas for night time
chamomile, lemon balm, or lavender tea paired with relaxing strains high in myrcene and caryophyllene. Drink two hours before bedtime.
Recommended teas for day
earl grey bergamot, English breakfast black tea, matcha, or chai tea paired with uplifting strains high in limonene and pinene. Drink with your morning breakfast routine.
IMPORTANT: The information on this blog is for general informational purposes only and should not be considered as medical advice. Always consult a qualified healthcare professional for personalised medical advice. The authors of this blog are not medical professionals and disclaim any liability for the use of the information provide.