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How to Make CBD Hemp Tea: A Comprehensive Guide

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Cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive compound found in hemp plants, has gained significant attention for its potential health benefits. Among the various ways to consume CBD, hemp tea stands out as a soothing and enjoyable method, offering tea drinkers a wide choice in flavour profile and CBD strength, as well as the choice of using loose leaf or tea bags.

In this guide we explore the art of making CBD hemp tea, offering a therapeutic experience that combines the reported benefits of tea and CBD. You’ll discover how to customise making CBD flower tea so it’s just to your liking, as well as tips on buying the best herbal hemp teas available.

Check out our guide and for a unique and premium range of herbal hemp teas, shop with us at The CBD Flower Shop. If you need help, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our expert staff who are on hand to assist.

Choosing your CBD hemp tea

  • Choose between flowers, leaves, and tea bags
  • Look for organic and non-GMO products
  • Pick full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, or isolate CBD
  • Check the CBD content/strength of the hemp tea
  • Buy strains and flavours that suit your tastes
  • Ensure you get lab tested CBD tea from reputable retailers

CBD hemp tea is an infusion made from the leaves, flowers, or stems of the hemp plant, which is high in CBD and low in THC (the compound that causes a ‘high’). Unlike other CBD products like oils and edibles, hemp tea offers a gentler effect and is popular as an easy and enjoyable way to consume cannabidiol.

Selecting high-quality CBD hemp is crucial for a good cup of tea. You can choose between flowers, leaves, or pre-packaged tea bags. Look for organic, non-GMO products from reputable brands. The type of CBD hemp (full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, or isolate) also affects the flavour and potential therapeutic properties, so it’s beneficial to do your research and pick the type of herbal tea that meets your own unique preferences. This research should also include finding out the CBD content and strength of the tea; it’s recommended to start with low strengths as a beginner and to gradually increase to get the desired effects.

At The CBD Flower Shop, we have the perfect strain to suit your needs. All of our CBD tea flowers are from the finest hemp seeds and have been cultivated using organic and sustainable practices. All of our CBD hemp tea has also been lab tested and we have the results to share with you. This ensures that our teas are free of harmful additives and contain the optimal amount of CBD for maximum benefit.

Required materials and preparation

Before you begin brewing your chosen leaves into that perfect cup of hemp tea, check that you have all the equipment you’ll need:

  • CBD hemp (loose leaves, flowers, or a tea bag)
  • A teapot or a cup
  • Hot water (preferably filtered)
  • A strainer (if using loose leaves or flowers)
  • Optional: a grinder, if using whole hemp flowers

The brewing process

When you’re ready to begin, the brewing process is quite simple but there are some areas you can customise and tweak as you discover your own preferences, such as steeping time and optional extras.

To start with:

  1. Boil water: Heat water to just below boiling (about 200°F or 93°C).
  2. Prepare CBD hemp: If using whole flowers or leaves, grind them coarsely.
  3. Steep your tea: Place the CBD hemp in the teapot or cup, pour hot water over it, and cover. Let it steep for 5-10 minutes, depending on the desired strength.
  4. Enhance bioavailability: Add a teaspoon of coconut oil or a slice of butter to the tea. CBD is fat-soluble, and this step helps in better absorption.

As you can see it is very similar to brewing a standard cup of breakfast tea, green tea, and other herbal teas you may be familiar with. Drinking hemp tea is the sort of process where practice makes perfect and over time you’ll be able to make the perfect cup!

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The science behind brewing herbal hemp tea

The science behind brewing hemp tea for maximum benefits lies in effectively extracting cannabinoids and terpenes, the compounds responsible for the tea’s reported health benefits and flavour profile. Cannabinoids like CBD are not water-soluble, which poses a unique challenge in brewing. The key is in the temperature and steeping time. Using hot water (just below boiling) and allowing sufficient steeping time is crucial for releasing cannabinoids from the hemp plant material. However, water alone isn’t enough. Adding a fat source like coconut oil or whole milk to the brewing process can significantly enhance cannabinoid extraction due to its fat solubility. This not only increases the potential health benefits but also ensures a more robust flavour.

Terpenes, the aromatic compounds found in hemp, are also vital to the tea’s therapeutic properties and taste. These compounds are sensitive to heat and can be delicate, so overboiling can lead to their degradation. Maintaining the right temperature during brewing preserves these essential oils, ensuring the tea retains its characteristic hemp flavour and aroma.

Additionally, terpenes interact synergistically with cannabinoids in a phenomenon known as the ‘entourage effect,’ enhancing the overall efficacy of the tea.

Flavouring your CBD hemp tea

Part of brewing is also being able to personalise your tea experience with optional extras. Hemp tea has a typically earthy taste to it. If you prefer sweetness you can add natural sweeteners like honey to create a pleasant note without overpowering the subtle nuances of the hemp.

Citrus, such as a squeeze of lemon or a dash of orange zest, can introduce a refreshing twist, balancing the herbal notes with a touch of acidity.

For a more indulgent experience, a cinnamon stick or a few cloves can infuse the tea with a warm, comforting spice, perfect for colder evenings. Alternatively, fans of traditional herbal blends might like to add chamomile or peppermint leaves.

Adding a small amount of a fat source like coconut oil or whole milk can increase the bioavailability of the cannabinoids in hemp, as they are fat-soluble. This not only potentially maximises the efficacy of the tea but also introduces a creamy texture that can soften the earthiness of hemp.

The key is to start with small quantities of these additions and adjust according to taste.

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Serving and enjoying your tea

It’s recommended to serve the tea hot, as the warmth not only enhances the infusion of hemp’s reportedly beneficial compounds but also adds to the overall soothing experience. The heat of the tea can help to release the aromas and flavours, making the drinking experience more immersive. As you prepare to serve, consider using a favourite teacup or a special teapot, as these personal touches can make the ritual feel more comforting and intimate.

Drinking hemp tea is suited to serene settings where relaxation is the primary goal. It can even be perfect as a nighttime ritual, where the calming properties of CBD can help in winding down and preparing for a restful sleep. Enjoying a cup of hemp tea in a softly lit room, perhaps with some gentle music or the calming sound of nature, can enhance the tranquil effect.

Alternatively, taking a moment during the day, such as during a mid-afternoon break, to savour a cup of hemp tea can serve as an effective stress reliever. The act of pausing and enjoying the tea can be a form of mindfulness, helping to centre your thoughts and ease the mind.

Pairing hemp tea with foods

You can, of course, also look to pair hemp tea with foods to enjoy your drink at mealtimes. Pairing hemp tea with the right foods can indeed elevate both the tea drinking and dining experience, creating unique flavour combinations. Hemp tea’s earthy and sometimes slightly bitter profile pairs well with the rich, creamy flavours of dairy or dairy alternatives. Enjoying a warm cup of hemp tea alongside a cheese platter, featuring a mix of both hard and soft cheeses, can highlight the subtleties in each. It can also be a great accompaniment to chocolate, particularly dark chocolate. The slight bitterness of the cocoa parallels the earthiness of the tea, creating a satisfying balance.

On the savoury side, CBD tea pairs well with hearty, robust dishes – a bowl of stew or a slice of quiche – that contrast pleasantly with the milder, soothing qualities of the tea. The tea’s subtle herbal notes can also enhance the freshness of salads, especially those featuring bitter greens like arugula or kale. For those who enjoy a bit of spice, hemp tea can surprisingly offset the heat in spicy foods, providing a calming counterpoint to dishes like spicy curries or biryanis.

When it comes to desserts, hemp tea is versatile. Its mellow flavour doesn’t overpower, making it an excellent choice with both fruity and creamy desserts. A slice of lemon tart or a berry parfait can be uplifted by the tea’s understated nature. Similarly, creamy desserts like panna cotta or a classic cheesecake find a great companion in hemp tea, which can cut through the richness while adding an extra layer of flavour.

The key to finding successful pairings is to consider the dominant flavours in both the tea and the food and aim for a balance that either complements or thoughtfully contrasts them.

Understanding dosage and effects

Determining the right dosage of CBD hemp for your tea can be subjective. Start with a small amount (1-2 teaspoons of ground hemp) and adjust according to your body’s response. The effects are generally milder compared to other CBD products and can take 30 minutes to an hour to manifest.

The ideal daily intake of herbal hemp tea can vary based on individual factors such as tolerance, body weight, and the tea’s cannabinoid content. A good starting point is one cup per day to gauge your body’s response. If well-tolerated, you might increase to 2-3 cups throughout the day. However, consulting a healthcare provider is crucial before upping your intake, especially if you have health concerns or are taking medication. While non-psychoactive, hemp tea can potentially induce calming effects and potentially interact with medications.

Whilst typically safe for most people, potential side effects include digestive discomfort, dry mouth, dizziness, fatigue, blood pressure fluctuations, allergic reactions, and medication interactions. It’s wise to begin with a small quantity to monitor your body’s reaction to a new herbal product.

Certain individuals should avoid hemp tea, including those who are pregnant or breastfeeding, undergoing surgery, have low blood pressure, require alertness, have allergies to similar plants, suffer from certain gastrointestinal conditions, are on specific medications, or have drug testing concerns.

Shop today for your next hemp tea brew

Making and enjoying CBD hemp tea can be a delightful and therapeutic experience. This natural, gentle method offers a unique way to consume CBD, perfect if you’re looking to sit back and relax without the intensity you might get with other CBD products.

At The CBD Flower Shop, we’re CBD enthusiasts and take great pride in our range of products, including our CBD tea flowers. Remember we’re on hand to help if you have any questions about our range and if you can’t find what you want, get in touch, and we may be able to source it for you.

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