A Step By Step Guide On How To Make Hemp Tea
Posted on February 2nd, 2021
With the boom in popularity the CBD is experiencing right now, it’s not rare to see the wellness industry offering more and more variations of it. Not only that but besides manufactured products, enthusiasts are also looking into ways of incorporating them into things like tea. Yes, you can even make hemp tea.
Manufacturers already made CBD readily available to consume in more than a couple of different ways through the extraction of the compound. Now, they are also adding hemp, the plant from which CBD comes from, into tea to make hemp tea. In itself, this tea represents an enhancement of your regular tea in that it might offer you further relaxation. Moreover, hemp tea is a way to sidestep the other more popular CBD administration methods. Some people are simply reluctant to ingest or vape CBD oil; it’s an acquired taste to them. However, most people are not hesitant about enjoying a hot cup of tea regardless of their tastes or cultural background.
Read on for a detailed guide on how to make hemp tea and thought it enjoys the many health benefits of CBD.
What Is Hemp Tea?
Hemp is at its most basic, a hot infusion of powdered/ground mix of hemp leaves, seeds, and flowers. Steeping this powder releases raw cannabinoids into the hot water, infusing your still-in-the-making drink with them. An alternative way to make hemp tea is to add CBD oil drops into the hot water instead of hemp; it might taste slightly different, though.
Once brewed, hemp tea usually has a mildly bitter taste when compared to green tea.
One thing that you must be clear about is that hemp tea does not have psychoactive properties; thus, you will not get high from it. A lot of people think that the fact that hemp is part of the cannabis plant family means that it, or the products made from it, can get you stone. This is not the case, however, because hemp a variation of cannabis with very low THC levels. Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC is the responsible agent of the psychoactive effects of cannabis. The marijuana plant, another cannabis variety, has high levels of THC in it; thus, it does get you high. Hemp, however, has only trace amounts of THC in comparison. What hemp does have in abundance is CBD, which is the main cannabinoid responsible for its therapeutic effects.
Which Is the Best Kind of Hemp to Make Tea With?
There are a couple of different hemp tea products specifically created for use in the making of hemp tea. Hemp tea products are available and come in the form of tea bags or loose-leaf. This type of hemp tea has a stronger cannabis taste and smell.
Other manufacturers blend hemp-derived CBD extract with regular teas to create another kind of hemp tea. It will give out the therapeutic effects of CBD while still retaining the familiar taste and flavor of the base tea employed. Some of the most commonly used in that blending method include black and green tea varieties. Sometimes they also add various herbs and spices, such as mint, ginger, and chamomile, when making these blends.
While it is true that you can make hemp tea by adding CBD oil or tinctures, you need to only use water-soluble variants. In its natural state, CBD oil is not water-soluble. Therefore, all those health-boosting compounds will not infuse themselves when added to hot water.
All in all, when shopping for the best hemp tea, be sure to look water-soluble for full-spectrum, industrial hemp. In addition to being rich in cannabinoids, full-spectrum CBD products contain a variety of terpenes, flavonoids, and other natural compounds. All the compounds worked synergistically when together and boost the therapeutic benefits CBD gives out.
Why Would You Drink It?
When brewed correctly, hemp tea comes with the many potentially health-boosting benefits of CBD. As such, drinking this tea might help with inflammation, pain management, anxiety, and boost immunity.
The specific reasons you might try hemp tea are:
It’s Hydrating and Refreshing
Drinking lots of fluids throughout the day helps boost your health. However, a lot of people do not get their daily intake of water due to the popularity of carbonated or alcoholic beverages. Some people simply find water to be plain boring in comparison. Well, hemp tea can hydrate you just as well as water does, and it’s a bit more ‘exotic’.
With it, you can be sure that you are getting all the fluids you need to maintain good health. Also, you are also getting an extra boost of therapeutic benefits courtesy of the hemp plant.
As mentioned, drinking the tea gives you a healthy dose of CBD. Furthermore, hemp is rich in CBDA, the precursor compound to CBD. This compound seems to interact with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) differently from CBD. Yet, it boasts similar effects, although some in a potentially greater measure.
More importantly, drinking it gives you healthy plant nutrients, antioxidants, and other cannabinoids besides CBD. This triggers the entourage effect, which boosts the potentially therapeutic effects of hemp further. Simply put, the tea can potentially give you stronger health benefits than your usual cup of regular tea.
CBD oil has a bitter taste that might be a bit of a turn off for some people. On the other hand, with hemp tea, you have an alternative of getting the same therapeutic benefits with a milder taste. You can also add water and a sweetener or a flavorful ingredient like lemon or any spice. That will soften the taste of the CBD oil in case you decided to use it to make your the tea. You can also do likewise with tea made directly from the entire hemp plant.
Good For Your Stomach
Last but not least, drinking a warm cup of hemp tea can be quite soothing to your belly. If you are suffering from an upset stomach or bloating, a cup of it can help things settle down.
As you can see, there are many reasons for drinking a cup of the tea. Now, let’s look at how to make it by yourself.
How To Make Hemp Tea On Your Own
The process of how to make hemp tea is rather simple and straightforward, not too different from brewing green tea.
The main ingredients for making the tea include:
- Hemp tea (loose-leaf or tea bags).
- Sweetener (honey).
- Milk or cream.
- Lemon peel or your preferred spice (for added flavor).
To brew your own hemp tea, follow these steps:
- Bring a jar of water to a boil. You would need the heat to activate hemp’s CBD molecules.
- Put your hemp teabag, or a teaspoon of hemp tea powder, in a mug. If you are also using a lemon peel to flavor the tea, put it in as well.
- Pour the hot water into the mug and leave it to steep for two to five minutes.
- Remove the tea bag or strain the tea if you are using loose leaf hemp tea.
- Depending on your preferences, add a splash of cream or some milk, then stir the mix.
- If you want to, you can add honey or other sweeteners to sweeten the tea. Do note that the tea normally tastes good just as it is.
- That’s it! Enjoy your freshly brewed cup of hemp tea!
The secret to brewing the best and healthiest cup of hemp tea is the addition of a little fat. In its natural form, CBD is not water-soluble. If you want to get the maximum benefits of hemp tea, add a small amount of butter or coconut oil to the tea, especially if you are not adding milk or cream.
Is Hemp Legal?
The 2018 US Farm Bill made industrial hemp legal at the federal level. As such, its tea is legal provided that it comes from industrial hemp plants and not marijuana plants. When shopping for the tea, remember to check from which plant it comes. The THC content in legally grown industrial hemp plants should never exceed 0.3%.
Do note that each state can determine hemp’s legal status in their jurisdiction. Thus, better check your state’s updated laws to know the legality of hemp in your state before buying any.
How to Make Hemp Tea – The Takeaway
Hemp tea is rich in health-boosting cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes. All these, when consumed together, give way to the entourage effect giving you the full benefits of CBD.
While there are different types of hemp teas, the best ones are the full-spectrum variants derived from industrial hemp. If you want to have the absolute best experience drinking it, you should know how to make it. That way, you can add a bit to it to make it suit your tastes better. And, after reading this informative guide, you should have no problem brewing a tasty and refreshing cup of hemp tea! Enjoy!