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We get a growing number of questions regarding how to make CBD oil, CBD tea and other hemp derived extractions and edibles at home using our buds.
In this article we breakdown how to brew the perfect cup of CBD tea using raw hemp flower.
- Brewing the perfect cup
- Choosing the right strain
- Choosing the right tea blend
- Hemp Tea vs. Cannabis Tea
How to Make CBD Hemp Tea from Flower
Next to water, tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world, with Americans alone consuming around 3.8 billion gallons per year! Roughly 159 million people are likely drinking tea in the US right now if recent statistics hold true — and it’s not hard to see why.
Tea is naturally fat-free, nearly calorie-free, mildly-caffeinated comfort in a cup. On top of that, it’s available in a wide range of flavors to suit any palate.
So what could possibly make one of the oldest beverages in existence better?
In this article we’ll be explaining how to make CBD tea from flower. It’s also possible to just add CBD to tea using CBD tinctures, CBD oil, coconut oil, butter, or isolate, but there isn’t much to explain about making CBD tea that way — For that, just brew your tea and add your CBD product.
Alright, let get brewing!
How to Make CBD Tea: Brewing the Perfect Cup
CBD hemp flower (you’ll need about 1 gram) and tea in hand, you’re ready to learn how to make CBD tea infusions — almost. You’ll need a few more things:
- Baking or cookie sheet
- Parchment paper
- 1/2 cup boiling water
- Infuser or strainer
- 1 cup (preferably your favorite)
1. Decarboxylation: Prepare Your Flower
Decarboxylation is a big word with a simple meaning: activating the cannabinoids in your flower. While the topic can get into some deep science real fast, the gist of it is that hemp only contains phytocannabinoids in its raw state. It takes time and heat to convert those compounds into cannabinoids capable of interacting with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) in your body, which is necessary if you like CBD for more than just its taste.
To decarboxylate your flower:
- Preheat your oven to 325°F
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
- Grind your flower and spread it evenly on the sheet
- Bake for 35 minutes
2. Brew the Tea
Now that everything is ready, it’s time to actually start making CBD tea. Boiling water is pretty self-explanatory. Just place water into a pot or kettle (or even microwave) — heat it up any way you like. It doesn’t really matter.
Once your water is hot, add the tea bag or loose leaf tea (in a strainer or sachet, if you prefer) into your favorite mug. Place the decarboxylated hemp flower into a tea infuser or grab a reusable sachet to make CBD bags at home.
Next, pour hot water over the contents of your cup.
Leave your drink to steep for 3 to 5 minutes, depending on your desired strength. It’s crucial to monitor the time. Brewing too long can over-steep your blend, resulting in a bitter brew, while shortening your steeping time may leave you with nearly flavorless hot water.
3. Remove the Tea Bag or Infuser
Nearly as important as brewing is removing the bag(s) or infuser for a tasty tea. CBD infusions depend on a precise brew, and leaving the bags or loose tea and flower in an infuser in your mug is not only unnecessary but can impact the flavor.
Pull your tea bags or infuser from your mug and add your favorite additions like honey, sugar, lemon, coconut oil, or coconut milk to your drink for a truly personalized beverage.
All that’s left to do now is let your tea cool and enjoy!
Choose Your Hemp Flower
So how do you chose the best CBD flower strain? While you can purchase CBD tea bags, brewing with loose flower is just as easy, and you’ll have more flavor options, CBD potencies and terpene profiles to choose from. We have an excellent variety of quality hemp flower products right here at Green Unicorn Farms if you’d like to do some taste testing, but here’s a strain or two we love:
- Magic Bullet: A complex fruity Indica-dominant love child of Otto II and Wife, Magic Bullet is a tropical dream with 19.2% CBD.
- Cherry Abacus: Cherry Abacus lives up to its name with a strong cherry flavor and a relaxing vibe you can count on. It contains 15.87% CBD.
- Bubba Kush: A classic with highly-debated genetic origins, Bubba Kush is a flavor extravaganza with notes of chocolate, coffee, coconut, and a hint of citrus, all while packing 14.5% CBD.
- Berry Blossom: Another berry fine Indica strain, Berry Blossom carries strong raspberry notes with a floral scent and 16.4% CBD.
- Hawaiian Haze: A truly tropical balanced Indica-Sativa blend sure to put a pep in your step and a smile on your face. Contains 13.7% CBD.
You might also consider buying small “popcorn” buds that come at a cheaper price but works just as good when you’re making CBD tea.
Choose Your Tea
While you can brew CBD tea from hemp flower alone, much like you would any herbal tea, it’s much more fun to experiment with a hemp flower-tea blend. Plus, it allows you to take advantage of some of the proven health benefits of tea. Understanding your options will also help if you vote to make your brew the other way using CBD tinctures, oil, or other products.
If you’re not sure where to start, here’s a brief overview of the five most common types of teas:
1. White Tea
Considered the least processed and mildest of the five teas listed, tea plant buds lend the delicate color and flavor to white tea. It packs low caffeine levels but is high in antioxidants and doesn’t have a bitter aftertaste. If you love a light, fresh flavor, then brewing CBD and white tea leaves may be your cup of tea. You can even add a citrusy zing with a bit of lemon peel.
2. Black Tea
Black tea is among the most widely consumed teas. Featuring high levels of caffeine with a strong body and bitter notes, black tea is the base of popular blends like English Breakfast, Earl Grey, and even Chai, a spicy, sweet drink originating in India. For a jolt of energy and clarity in the morning, combine black leaves and ground hemp flower for this classic blend.
3. Green Tea
Wilted immediately after harvest, green tea leaves experience less oxidation than black tea, resulting in a light flavor and exquisite infusion. From heart health to weight loss, green tea owes much of its popularity to its perceived health benefits, but the sweet green flavor and mild lack of bitterness also make it a perfect pairing for your favorite strain of hemp flower.
4. Oolong Tea
Made of dried, crushed leaves left to oxidize in the open air, oolong tea offers a full-body taste compared to green or white tea without the intensity and astringency of black tea leaves. Tea specialists and enthusiasts describe its flavor as something between lightly floral and dark, making it an excellent choice for CBD tea.
5. Pu-erh Tea
Pu-erh tea leaves go through a wilting and oxidation period similar to black and oolong, with an additional step before packaging and brewing: microbial fermentation. The fermentation process naturally ages and preserves the tea, resulting in a woody, earthy, and sometimes-bitter but smooth flavor that enhances the green taste of CBD tea.
CBD Hemp Tea vs. Non-Hemp Cannabis Tea
While many people believe that the terms hemp, marijuana, and cannabis are synonymous, it’s essential to understand the difference, which revolves solely around the varying tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) levels of the two — not three. Hemp and marijuana are actually both cannabis, meaning technically both will produce “cannabis tea.”
Any cannabis plant with THC compounds under 0.3% is classified as a hemp plant, whereas any plant with a level above that is marijuana. Both can contain cannabidiol (CBD).
If you search online for CBD tea or flower to make your own, be sure not to order the wrong kind of flower or cannabis tea product, unless you live in a state where cannabis products with THC are legal and don’t mind the intoxicating effects, that is. You want products that are very clearly marked as being “hemp-derived.”
Does Hemp Tea Get You High?
Unlike its arguably more well-known high-THC cousin, hemp-derived CBD does not have any psychoactive properties, allowing users to enjoy the pleasures of tea and CBD without the high or other side effects found in high-THC cannabis tea. You can enjoy the benefits of CBD tea derived from hemp as part of your daily tea-drinking ritual with no worry of undesired effects.
Start Your Day with CBD
If you’re looking for a tasty pick-me-up without the jittery effects of coffee, CBD tea made with hemp flower is a great way to go. From black to green to white or oolong, natural flower pairs well, while citrus, mint, chocolate, berry, and lemon CBD-heavy strains can add an unexpected and tasty punch to your morning brew.
With a variety of hemp-derived CBD flowers to choose from, you can experiment with different strains to find an option that works for you. Your CBD tea will be an exciting addition to your tea rotation and likely a new favorite no matter what you choose.
At Green Unicorn Farms, we source the cleanest, richest hemp flower on the market. When you purchase your CBD from us, you can enjoy it fully, knowing that you’ve chosen the highest quality and purest flower, no matter how you fill your teacup.