Learn how to make easy cannabis-infused herbal tea(tisane) using your favorite cannabis flowers, herbs, and spices!
First things first
No matter the path you take to arrive at your destination, your goal remains the same; a delicious infused herbal cannabis tea you love.
To Decarboxylate or Not?
Whether you’re making tea from your stems or a full-on cannabis tisane (herbal tea), you’re going to want to be sure you decarboxylate your flower first.
Cannabis contains what is known as cannabinoid acids. Raw cannabis does not naturally contain high amounts of CBD or THC.
If you were to prepare your tea by simply pouring warm water over dried or raw cannabis flowers, it is unlikely that you will feel the intoxicating effects of any THC.
The process of cannabis decarboxylation must occur before consuming the cannabis plant to reap the benefits of activated CBD or THC.
Cannabinoid acids, known as CBDA and THCA, have potential health benefits – but they are not intoxicating (meaning you won’t get high).
If you want to enjoy the intoxicating effects of CBD or THC in your tea, be sure to decarboxylate your flowers first.
However, if you are looking for the health benefits of CBDA and THCA, you can skip the decarboxylation process altogether.
ProTip: As a general rule of thumb dacarb flowers at 240° F for 40 minutes for THCA to THC conversion and 240° F for 90 minutes for CBDA to CBD conversion.
Add A Fat Source!
Ok, I know you might be thinking – what?
Add fat to my tea? Alright. Wait, Why?
I know making cannabis tea sounds as simple as pouring hot water over the cannabis leaves or buds and letting them steep, but that is not the best way to get the full-spectrum of compounds from that plant into your body.
Cannabinoids such as THC and CBD are lipophilic, which means that they attract fat molecules.
These compounds are not water-soluble, meaning they will not dissolve in water alone.
According to scientific studies, when paired with a fat source, the absorption of cannabinoids is enhanced: THC and CBD by 2.5-fold and 3-fold, respectively, compared to fat-free formulations (1).
Adding a fat source to your cannabis tea may make it 2.5-3 times more potent than choosing not to.
Below are different ways to add a fat source to your tea without negatively affecting the taste and flavor.
Additional ways to introduce fat to tea include:
- Adding a splash of full-fat milk
- Adding a splash of cream
- Adding a splash of coconut milk
How much cannabis should I use?
- As humans, we all have our unique endocannabinoid systems, explaining why we react to cannabis edibles differently.
With that stated, I can’t give a specific dosage measurement when making your cannabis tea because there are too many variables that will impact your product’s final dose.
Including what method you choose for infusion, whether you start with CBD flower or THC flower and if you went through the decarboxylation process, and how much and the potency of the material you use.
As always, my advice is to start low and go slow.
Start with just a ¼-½ teaspoon if your infusion of choice and work your way up from there.
9 Different Ways To Make Cannabis-Infused Teas
The Classic Tisane
My favorite way to enjoy cannabis tea is a tisane, also known as herbal tea.
For this type of tea, you should decarboxylate your cannabis first to enjoy the activated benefits of CBD or THC, or skip this step to enjoy the benefits of CBDA and THCA.
There are different flowering herbs you can mix and match to deliver a unique tea tasting experience, from lavender to calendula. It is up to you what types of herbs you want to add to your cannabis herbal tea.
Or you can add traditional black tea leaves to your mix for a traditional tea experience.
Cannabis Stem Tea
While it may be tempting to throw away those stems, the truth is, there may yet still be some magic left in them.
Smoking or inhaling the stems isn’t recommended but is one of the most popular ways to get the most out of this byproduct is to make a cannabis stem tea.
After going through the decarboxylation process, you can choose to leave the stems whole or grind them up before adding them to your very own cloth tea bag or a metal tea ball infuser.
Then you can steep your cannabis stems in your tea with any other additive you desire, but be sure to opt for a fat addition if you want to get the most out of your cannabinoids.
Cannabis-infused butter, also known as cannabutter, one of the most tried-and-true cannabis staple recipes, is a popular tea addition.
If you’ve never put cannabutter in your tea before, you may be thinking that it doesn’t sound too good, but don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.
Adding cannabutter to your teacup adds richness to the flavor and texture and can be enjoyed alongside any other tea addition, like sugar or cream.
Make any tea you already enjoy, whether it be black tea, green tea, or another herbal tea, into a cannabis treat with this simple infusion method.
Protip: try freezing cannabutter in an ice cube tray, which can be perfect for dosing out the correct size addition to your morning cup of tea.
If you’ve never made cannabutter before, be sure to read my step-by-step guide here.
Note: keep in mind that mixing tea and cannabis butter is like mixing oil and water; they don’t naturally stay together well. You will likely notice butter/oil floating on the top of your tea after the cup is left to sit for a few minutes. This is harmless and should be left to your taste and texture preferences and can easily be fixed with the addition of lecithin.
Cannabis Coconut Oil
Cannabis-infused coconut oil is another popular cannabis tea infusion method I often see.
Many people prefer cannabis coconut oil because it is naturally plant-based, vegan, and doesn’t require the milk solids removed after the infusion process.
If you’ve never made cannabis coconut oil, you can get my complete guides here on the blog.
Note: keep in mind that mixing tea and coconut oil is mixing oil and water; they don’t naturally stay together well. You will likely notice oil floating on the top of your tea after the cup is left to sit for a few minutes. This is harmless and should be left to your taste and texture preferences and can easily be fixed with the addition of lecithin.
Cooking with CBD oil is gaining popularity, with many people realizing that CBD oil is an excellent addition to their morning cup of tea and their overall wellness routine. As CBD is legal in nearly every state, adding CBD oil to your morning cup of tea is also likely the most accessible cannabis option for a lot of folks.
Cannabis-Infused Alcohol Tincture
Traditional cannabis tinctures are alcohol-based cannabis infusions and will likely blend into your tea the best of any method described here.
The tea’s warmth will evaporate off some, if not all, of the remaining alcohol.
If you want to make cannabis alcohol tincture at home, be sure to grab my guide here.
Adding a spoonful of cannabis sugar to your cup of tea may be the easiest way to make a cup of cannatea.
However, it takes a little bit of work to make cannabis sugar.
First, you must make a cannabis alcohol tincture, then pour that over grain sugar to make cannabis sugar.
For a guide on how to make cannabis sugar at home, click here.
Cannabis Concentrates: Distillate and Full-Extract Cannabis Oil (FECO)
Today there are many different types of cannabis concentrates on the market used to make cannabis-infused tea.
A popular cannabis concentrate made at home is called full-extract cannabis oil, also known as FECO.
You can make FECO at home, or you can sometimes find it at a licensed dispensary, where it may also be called RSO.
Depending on where you live, you may also have access to high-quality cannabis concentrates like distillate. These highly concentrated cannabis products have minimal flavor and are a favorite amongst many cannabis consumers.
Leftover Cannabis Pulp or Sludge
Leftover cannabis pulp is the plant material left over from cannabis butter, cannabis coconut oil, tincture, or cannabis olive oil, aka sludge.
While many people typically throw ‘sludge’ out, many of my THC + CBD = Healing 4 Me! family have reported that they save and use the leftovers in many different recipes.
To use cannabis pulp leftovers in your tea is by placing the leftover plant material in a tea ball and steep it in your mug.