A healthier high with this DIY Cannabis Tea! Cannabis is playing a big role in quarantine coping methods right now. But while a non-addictive, hangover-free herbal treats are in demand during these times of increased, sedentary anxiety, the act of smoking is not. The solution? Don’t smoke your weed. Drink it. We have prepared this supereasy cannabis cuisine recipe just for you. This is your guide to brewing your own High Tea at home. During quarantine, odds are that you increase your tea consumption anyway, so why not spice things up with some additional herbs?
Easy Does It
Cannabis-infused tea takes out the loads of sugar and fat that usually come with eating edibles, while still providing a full infusion of cannabinoids from your weed. It also gives your lungs a break. If you happen to have cannabis butter or infused honey, your work is essentially already done. Just add these to your tea of choice as you would with honey or sugar. If you don’t, no worries. All you need is a gram of ground cannabis and about 20 minutes to spare – making weed tea is easy.
Brewing DIY Cannabis Tea
We’ve put together a step-by-step guide for you to make the DIY Cannabis Tea yourself. You unfortunately can’t just drop some weed in a tea bag and start steeping (unless you love the taste of soggy weed and don’t really want to get high). But you don’t have to go all out to make a quick brew either. With our help: you got this!
- 1 gram of ground cannabis (any citrus-scented strain works especially well)
- 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter or coconut oil
- Teabag of your choosing (classic English Breakfast is always good)
- 4 cups of water
- Any other ingredients for flavor such as honey, milk, sugar, cinnamon, etc.
Side note: Makes about three regular mug-sized cups of tea. Recommended dosing: one cup per person; not for use when planning to engage in traffic or operating heavy machinery.
Step 1: Boil 4 cups of water in a medium sized pot. Once it’s boiling, add the tablespoon of butter or coconut oil and allow it to completely dissolve. THC needs something fatty to stick to under high heat.
Step 2: Add your gram of ground cannabis into the boiling pot, and turn the temperature down to a bit.
Step 3: Allow this mixture to simmer for fifteen minutes. For really great weed or really passionate cannabis foodies, it can be worth it to simmer at as low a temperature as possible. This gives your brew time to preserve the more nuanced flavors of your chosen strain.
Step 4: Now it’s time to strain out the little bits of cannabis. Grab a bowl or ideally an empty teapot. If you’re using cheesecloth, secure it around the top of the teapot or bowl with a rubber-band or string. You can always ask your quarantine mate to hold the cheesecloth in place around the top, or solo chefs can anchor it on all sides with something heavy. Carefully and slowly pour the boiling mixture through the cheesecloth and into your chosen vessel.
Step 5: Add your teabag into the teapot, along with any desired extras like mint, lemon, honey, or a cinnamon stick and stir well. It’ll help moderate that herbal flavor. Steep for about three minutes.
Final step: Remove the teabag, stir well to incorporate the infused butter throughout, and pour yourself a cup.
There is going to be a subtle weed flavor no matter what, but you can add some more milk and sugar to balance it out. Many find pre-made chai has a strong enough flavor to complement the herbal notes.
A Note On Edibles
Remember that your body will still digest it like an edible, so be patient. It’s easy to take too much of a good thing when eating or drinking cannabis. Depending on whether you’ve eaten recently and your body’s metabolism, it could take up to an hour and a half to feel effects. You may feel tempted to have another cup if you don’t notice the effects soon enough, but don’t do this. Just make yourself a cup of regular tea and relax. If you or a friend did drink too much, these tips will get your through. In the meantime, enjoy and sip slowly: your High Tea High is on the way…