Weed Tea | Marijuana Tea | Cannabis Tea
Making weed tea or marijuana tea is an excellent way to consume cannabis more discreetly and gently, particularly for those who do not want to smoke or vape. In essence, making cannabis tea is about more than just brewing a pot of tea; it’s a delicate balance of chemistry, cooking, and personal preference, offering a sophisticated and enjoyable way to experience the benefits of cannabis. Whether for medicinal purposes or simply as a relaxing ritual, weed tea represents a gentle, yet effective, approach to cannabis consumption. This involves infusing cannabis into water, usually with the addition of other herbs for flavor enhancement. Understanding the fundamental principles of decarboxylation and infusion is critical for ensuring that active cannabinoids like THC and CBD are effectively released into the tea. Lots of big words are being thrown around here, so we are going to get into how to prepare your cannabis for making marijuana tea also known as weed tea, what else you’ll need for your marijuana tea recipe, and how to tailor your weed tea to your liking.
How To Make Marijuana Tea | Decarboxylation: The First Step
The journey to a perfect cup of cannabis tea begins with understanding the essential steps of decarboxylation and infusion. Decarboxylation is a chemical reaction that activates the cannabinoids in cannabis, transforming them from their acidic forms (such as THCA and CBDA) into their active forms (THC and CBD). This step is crucial because the raw cannabis plant contains cannabinoids in forms that are not psychoactive or as bioavailable, meaning they won’t produce the desired effects unless they’ve been activated through heat, but not so hot that you burn your cannabis! To decarboxylate cannabis:
- Preheat the oven to approximately 220-245°F (105-120°C). The goal is to activate cannabinoids without vaporizing them.
- Break down the cannabis buds into small pieces to increase surface area. If you read our post about how to smoke weed there’s a very detailed breakdown about grinders and how to load them and use them. There’s no need to grind it too finely, as this can lead to a powdery texture that’s difficult to filter later.
- To prevent sticking, spread the cannabis pieces out evenly on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Spreading it out to one layer of ground up weed covering as much area as possible is ideal.
- Bake for approximately 50-75 minutes, checking periodically to ensure that it does not burn. The cannabis should turn light brown and dry.
What you are left with after your baking session is decarboxylated marijuana, meaning it is ready to be ingested by swallowing it. You have successfully transformed your weed to be ready to make marijuana tea, don’t you feel like a weed scientist.
How To Make Marijuana Tea | Step Two: Infusion
Following decarboxylation, the next significant step is the infusion of these activated cannabinoids into the tea. Since cannabinoids are fat-soluble and not water-soluble, they require a fatty substance to be effectively absorbed by the body. Simply steeping decarboxylated cannabis in hot water will not be very effective. This is where the addition of fats, such as coconut oil, butter, or milk, comes into play. These fats act as carriers, encapsulating the cannabinoids and ensuring their efficient absorption when consumed. This process is what makes marijuana tea a unique and beneficial method of cannabis consumption, offering a more controlled and potentially therapeutic experience compared to other methods. If you’re weirded out about the idea, it shouldn’t be a problem, if you are a tea drinker you have probably had a cup with some sort of cream before, and any fans of bulletproof coffee will appreciate the option to add butter to your weed tea recipe. While this blogger has never personally used coconut oil in my tea, I certainly wouldn’t shy away from it if it meant I got to get a good amount of THC from it.
Marijuana Tea Recipe
Weed Tea Ingredients:
- One teaspoon of decarboxylated cannabis.
- 1-2 cups of water (depending on the strength you want the tea)
- A fat source (such as coconut oil, butter, or milk).
- Optional: your preferred tea bag, honey or other sweeteners, and herbs for flavor (we will get into how to personalize your recipe later)
Cannabis Tea Instructions
- Boil the water and then add your fat source. The amount of fat varies, but a general rule is about 1 teaspoon per cup of water.
- Combine the decarboxylated cannabis with the water and fat mixture. To ensure a clean cup of tea, use a mesh strainer to keep your ground weed from sticking to your lips. To avoid evaporating THC, keep the temperature just below boiling. Simmer for approximately 15-20 minutes.
- Flavoring (optional): To enhance the flavor of the cannabis, add a regular tea bag during or after boiling. Herbs such as mint, chamomile, and lemongrass can also enhance the cannabis flavor, and can be put in the same mesh strainer.
- Serve your tea hot. Add honey, sugar, or lemon to taste.
Tips For Marijuana Tea Consumption
Start low and move slowly: Begin with a small amount of cannabis to determine its potency and your tolerance. Marijuana tea’s effects can take longer to manifest than smoking or vaping, sometimes an hour or more, and can last longer. If you make a large batch, keep the tea in the refrigerator for a few days. Remember to clearly label it to avoid confusion.
Tailoring Your Marijuana Tea Recipe
There are numerous ways to customize and enhance your weed tea to suit your taste preferences, desired effects, and overall experience. Here are some suggestions for tweaking your cannabis tea:
Choose your cannabis strain based on your desired effects. If it’s a nighttime tea, you may want to use your favorite indica strain, or if you like to get weird to start your day with a THC boost you can load up your sativa and get your motor running. High-CBD strains can offer therapeutic benefits without too many psychoactive effects, making them a good choice for chilling out, relaxing, or pain relief.
- Experiment with different fats to find your preferred flavor, and with the amount of said fat for your liking. Each fat may absorb slightly more or less of the cannabinoids, so it’s best to start small.
- Adjust your temperature and time of baking for decarboxylating. A lower temperature but baked longer may have a less intense effect, but may retain a lot of the flavors from the terpenes.
- Other flavor additions are great to add to any tea, so why not your marijuana tea recipe? Herbs like mint, chamomile, lemongrass, or lavender can brighten up your tea and can add their own therapeutic properties. Sweeteners like honey sugar or maple syrup may help, or citrus like lemon, lime, or orange can add a refreshing zesty twist!
- Once you’re comfortable with a teaspoon or less of your decarbed weed in your tea, feel free to mess with the quantity of marijuana in your tea and the brew time. Just remember to keep it simmering, just below boiling, to not burn up your cannabinoids.
- Like with herbs, superfoods like turmeric and ginger add flavor but also antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties to your marijuana tea recipe.
Weed Tea Conclusion
To summarize, making weed tea or cannabis tea entails decarboxylating cannabis, infusing it with a fat source in hot water, and optionally adding flavors to improve the experience. In essence, making marijuana tea is about more than just brewing a pot of tea; it’s a delicate balance of chemistry, cooking, and personal preference, offering a sophisticated and enjoyable way to experience the benefits of cannabis. Whether for medicinal purposes or simply as a relaxing ritual, marijuana tea represents a gentle, yet effective, approach to cannabis consumption. Remember, when experimenting with weed tea, it’s essential to start with lower doses and gradually adjust based on your experience and tolerance. The effects of cannabis when ingested can be more potent and longer lasting than other consumption methods, so patience and moderation are key. If you have your own marijuana tea recipe that you would like to share with us or tips on making weed tea please feel free to reach out to Releaf Medical. We love hearing from our patients and enjoy talking about cannabis!