A brief history of hemp tea
People have been drinking hemp tea for millennia. Because of its many health benefits, people have turned to hemp tea, which is often called cannabis tea, for its medicinal properties as well as using it for their religious rituals and ceremonies. In recent years, modern science has proven the plethora of health benefits associated with hemp products including tea.
Hemp tea can be made by steeping hemp in hot water just like any other herbal tea. In hemp tea, the dried flowers and leaves are used from the hemp plant or cannabis sativa. The resulting infusion will be green/brown in colour and have a slightly bitter taste.
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Different types of hemp tea
Depending on the type of plant cuttings you use, organic hemp tea can be made by using the buds, flowers, seeds, leaves, stalks and stems and even the roots of the plant.
Young hemp tea
Young hemp tea is made by using dried clippings from the young cannabis plant. Young hemp tea is used mostly as a supplement for vitamins and chlorophyll as it has a lower cannabinoid (CBD) content than mature hemp tea. Young hemp tea is available in tea bags as well as loose leaf tea.
Young hemp tea benefits:
- increases red blood cell count
- detoxifies the body
- takes care of hormonal balance
- prevents kidney stone formation
- stimulates the immune system
- inhibits aging
- improves gastrointestinal function
- helps with insomnia
- promotes wound healing
- strengthens the bones
- it takes care for a healthy oral cavity and prevents bad breath
Mature hemp tea
Similar to young hemp tea, mature hemp tea (often called just hemp tea) is made by using the flowers and leaves of the cannabis plant. Mature hemp tea uses older plants which have much higher levels of CBD as well as vitamins and chlorophyll. Mature hemp tea is non-psychoactive, which means it won’t get you high or stoned, but it will bring you all the usual benefits of taking CBD. Mature hemp tea is available in tea bags as well as loose leaf tea.
Mature hemp tea benefits:
- alleviates symptoms of nausea
- stimulates appetite
- improves gastrointestinal functions
- relieves chronic pain
- improves heart health
- alleviates respiratory problems
- inhibits seizures
- eases inflammation of the pancreas
- prevents symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease
Cannabis tea/High THC tea
To experience the psychoactive elements of cannabis, the THC component needs to be activated by first decarboxylating the cannabis bud. You can do this by breaking buds into small pieces and baking them at 200 degrees Farhenheit for forty-five minutes.
When brewing THC tea, a fat has to be added for the THC molecules to bind to, as they are insoluble in water. You can use butter, milk or coconut oil, depending on your own preference.
Cannabis tea benefits
- has neuroprotective effects
- eases inflammation
- stimulates appetite
- relieves symptoms of autoimmune diseases
- helps with insomnia
- eliminates digestive problems
- reduces pain
Some people make their hemp tea by adding a few drops of CBD oil, often called hemp oil, to their regular tea, but you can also get CBD tea in tea bags. CBD oil is not water soluble, so you should add a fat, like coconut oil or butter, which will help your body absorb the CBD. CBD tea has all the benefits that we can get from mature hemp tea, including easing migraines, pain relief and improving numerous body functions.
Cannabis root tea
You can also make tea with fresh roots of the cannabis plant. This type of tea takes a little more preparation if you’re doing it at home and involves cleaning, drying and powdering the root. You can also buy cannabis root tea in tea bags. It has all the beneficial properties of any other hemp tea. Some people like to add spices like anise or cinnamon to cannabis root tea because it can taste quite bitter.
Cannabis root tea has been used for millennia as a medicine for postpartum haemorrhage, gout, joint problems, fever, bruises, toothaches and as a diuretic. Hemp roots, like hemp, contain many useful chemical compounds which gives us numerous benefits:
- Friedelin – protects the liver and acts as an antioxidant
- Epifriedelanol – prevents tumor formation
- Pentacyclic triterpene ketones – can “kill” cancer cells, suppress inflammation, destroy bacteria and act as a diuretic
- Piperidine – it is used to make medicines for use in psychiatry
- Pyrrolidine – it is used for preparation of stimulants
- Choline – essential nutrient for maintaining cell membrane health
- Atropine – relaxes eye muscles and alleviates respiratory problems
Is there CBD in hemp tea?
Hemp tea is full of CBD. The CBD content is one of the main reasons for its many health benefits.
Hemp tea benefits & CBD hemp tea benefits
Hemp tea has a ton of health benefits. As it has a broad spectrum of cannabinoids, vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants, people drink it to alleviate everything from nausea to anxiety to heart disease. A huge number of studies have been launched in the last decade as more and more people are switching onto the many great health benefits associated with drinking hemp tea.
Benefits of hemp tea for chronic pain
Hemp tea can help alleviate the symptoms of chronic pain. Your body’s endocannabinoid system is involved in pain regulation. It naturally produces endocannabinoids, which are neurotransmitters, and which bind to cannabinoid receptors in the nervous system.
Because the CBD in hemp tea impacts our cannabinoid receptors and neurotransmitters, it is an effective treatment for pain-management. Furthermore, the CBD in hemp tea has anti-inflammatory properties, which help reduce swelling and the pain associated with it.
Hemp tea benefits for anxiety and depression
Because CBD affects the brain’s receptors for serotonin, one of its main benefits is its anxiolytic (anxiety-relieving) effects and its capability to regulate mood and social behaviour. Drinking hemp tea is a great way to get the CBD that can help fight depression and anxiety.
Serotonin is one of the neurotransmitters that improves mood and reduces stress. Studies have found that CBD increases the effects of serotonin by enhancing the activity of the receptors onto which serotonin binds. Drinking hemp tea can potentially help those suffering from depression by helping improve mood and controlling stress.
Benefits for heart disease
Heart disease is caused by narrowed or blocked blood vessels in the heart, resulting in chest pain (angina), heart attack or stroke. Hemp tea has anti-inflammatory and antioxidative properties, and can, therefore, help fight heart disease. The CBD content can also alleviate high blood pressure (called hypertension) and can also be a useful complementary therapy for people whose hypertension is worsened by anxiety and stress.
Benefits for healthy lungs
Drinking hemp tea can help people with any kind of respiratory conditions like asthma as well as helping people with allergies. CBD is a bronchodilator, which means it helps widen the airways and vessels in the lungs (called bronchioles), as well as having anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic properties. Drinking hemp tea is a great way to alleviate the symptoms of conditions to do with breathing.
Benefits for sleep disorders/insomnia
People affected by sleep disorders often suffer from symptoms that include daytime fatigue, irregular breathing and/or increased movement while asleep. Drinking hemp tea can help support a more restful and deeper sleep. Studies have found that CBD, which is prevalent in hemp tea, reduces REM sleep disorder, as well as helping alleviate other symptoms that can exacerbate sleep disorders like chronic pain or anxiety. In addition to tea, many people are also using CBD oil for insomnia and other symptoms connected to it.
Does hemp tea get you high?
Most hemp tea is made from the hemp plant, which is different to the marijuana plant. Unlike the THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) found in marijuana, the CBD in hemp tea is neither psychoactive nor psychotropic. So no, hemp tea does not get you high.
Recipes – how to make hemp tea
If you’re wondering how to make hemp or cannabis tea at home, don’t worry, it’s easy. Making hemp tea is the same as any other tea.
Here’s a very basic recipe:
- Use 1 teaspoon of dry hemp leaves per 1 cup of water
- Pour boiling water over the hemp
- Let it steep in the hot water for 5 minutes
Or, if you want to experiment, you can try adding flavors and other ingredients like honey, cinnamon, anise, and vanilla. Using a fat helps your body absorb CBD and THC. Coconut oil is the most common, but milk and butter work just as well.
Here’s another, more flavorful recipe:
- Combine 1 teaspoon of dry hemp leaves, seeds, and buds, 1/2 cup of milk, 1 teaspoon of coconut oil and a dash of vanilla in a blender and blend
- Let it sit for an hour
- Transfer to a saucepan along with 1/2 cup of water
- Cover and simmer for 20 minutes on low-medium
Cannabis root tea preparation is slightly different than other types of tea. It doesn’t contain any cannabinoids, but it is packed with numerous beneficial compounds.
Here’s the cannabis root tea recipe:
- Properly dry and crush the roots
- Put the roots in a slow cooker (about a teaspoon of roots per 2dl of water)
- Cook for 12 hours
- Aromatic herbs or cannabis particles (leaves, flowers, stems, seeds) can be added if desired
- After 12 hours, strain the tea and sweeten it if desired
However you choose to enjoy your hemp tea, I hope this article has been useful and encourages you to keep enjoying the many health benefits that come from drinking hemp tea!
Author: B. W.