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How to Make Weed Tea From Stems, Concentrates, and Flower for Health Benefits

Updated: Jan 20, 2023

By: Chef Buz Deliere | The Chronic Magazine

medicinal benefits of regular cannabis tea use

Weed tea is a great alternative method to smoking weed or vaping ground cannabis. It can be made easily and doesn't have all the extra calories that most sugar-filled cannabis edibles on the market have today.


Weed tea recipes have been used as a healthier alternative for decades to achieve the same effects or similar as consuming edibles.


Drinking Weed Tea and What to Expect


Like most edibles, cannabis tea still needs to pass through the liver before it can be metabolized into the bloodstream. Drinking weed tea might take as long as 90 minutes before the user may start to feel the effects.


This all depends on several factors including the potency of the cannabis, whether you are using stems or buds, and the individual's endocannabinoid system and their digestive system's metabolism.


With the effects potentially taking a long time to kick in, it is recommended that when drinking weed tea the individual should wait a couple of hours in between doses to ensure that they do not overmedicate.

Making cannabis tea a part of your daily routine

How to Prep Your Weed for Making Weed Tea


When making weed tea it is important to remember to decarboxylate your ground cannabis or cannabis stems. Whether you are using buds from the cannabis plant or the stems you will need to convert the THCa to THC, which gives the individual the euphoric feelings associated with smoking cannabis.


When you consume cannabis by smoking or vaping this process occurs naturally, but when you consume cannabis in edibles the cannabis or stems need to be decarboxylated to achieve the feeling of being intoxicated or high.

grind cannabis for making cannabis tea, it's best to grind your cannabis before decarboxylation

Popular Methods to Make Weed Tea


When making weed tea there are a few different ways to go about it, infusing the water with decarbed ground cannabis or cannabis stems. This method is similar to how a tea bag steeps in hot water, if you are planning on making canna tea often I suggest investing in a nice tea infuser to make things easier. Once the water is infused it will need to be strained using a fine strainer or coffee filter, THC is not water soluble and needs fat to bind with.


Another popular method of making weed tea is to infuse fats to make infused coconut oil or cannabis butter to add to your tea leaves and water. It's best to use unsalted butter if using butter in your tea recipe.


You can also add cannabis tinctures and concentrates to your cannabis tea to make it infused. don't be scared away from making cannabis tea, the steeping process is just the same as making regular tea.


How Do I Know How Much Weed to Put Into My Tea


To answer that question you must first know how much weed tea you want to make and how strong you want your weed tea to be. THC potency also makes a difference when deciding how much cannabis or cannabis stems to use in your marijuana tea.


One gram of cannabis flower testing at 20% THC will be about 200 MG. Some THC will be lost during decarboxylation and also while it is being digested. This number serves as a good idea on which to base your dosing.


If you plan on using cannabis stems to make weed tea plan on using about three times what you would need to use in cannabis flower. Weed stem tea is a great way to use the leftover stems from the cannabis plant.

What About Concentrates for Making Weed Tea


Weed tea can be made with cannabis tincture and cannabis concentrates, for concentrates such as waxes, badders, crumble and sugars, it is suggested to infuse them into butter or coconut oil before adding them to your cannabis tea.


Coconut oil will help the concentrate bind better and improve the effects. Coconut oil is nearly pure fat and effortlessly binds with cannabinoids and it also has a higher smoking point. Why coconut oil in cannabis tea, it will make your cannabis infused tea more like a latte.


Health Benefits of Cannabis Tea


A calming, sedative effect will most likely come from your cannabis tea as well as relief from anxiety, depression, insomnia, and nausea. some other benefits include help with headaches, arthritis, and even asthma. Depending on the strain you choose to use and if you add CBD to your recipe will also add to the benefits of using cannabis tea.

loose tea or tea bags can be used in making more tea

Cannabis Tea (Recommended One Cup Serving)


Ingredients


1 TBS Cannabis Coconut Oil or Cannabis Butter

4 Cups Water

1 Tea Bag of your choice

Honey or sugar for sweetening

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Instructions


Bring the water to a boil and add the cannabis oil or cannabis butter and stir continuously until dissolved. Add your tea bag and let steep for about 10-15 minutes, stirring every couple of minutes. Add your desired amount of sweetener to the cannabis tea and enjoy.

Experiment to find out what herbs you like best in your ganja tea

Cannabis Herbal Tea


Ingredients


1 Tea bag of your favorite herbal tea

1-2 Grams of Cannabis, Decarbed

1 cinnamon stick

4 Cups Water

Sweetener of your choice

Fine mesh sieve, cheesecloth, or coffee filter

Teapot

Mug


Instructions


Bring the cups of water to a boil and add the gram of cannabis and tea bag, add the cinnamon stick, and let steep for about 10-15 minutes. Remove from the heat and strain out any plant material that may be left over. Add your sweetener and enjoy, for an extra kick and to boost the THC content try using an infused honey to sweeten your ganja tea.


Weed Stem Tea


Ingredients


2/3 Cup of Cannabis Stems

1/2 Cup Coconut Milk

1 Orange Pekoe Tea Bag

1 lemon slice

Sweetener of your choice

Teapot

Mug

Instructions


When making stem tea, Bring the cups of water to a boil, add half a cup of coconut milk and bring it back to a boil then add the stems. Boil for about 7-10 minutes, stirring often. After it's done boiling remove it from the heat and strain out any plant matter that may be left in the tea and discard the strained plant matter. Now just add your sweetener and lemon slice and you're ready to enjoy a nice cup of cannabis tea.

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