What is Marijuana Tea?
Marijuana tea comes from the cannabis plant, and the benefits are mainly derived from THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), the active ingredient found in cannabis. This compound binds to the pain receptors in our brain, essentially functioning as a natural pain reliever, among other therapeutic purposes. Use of this tea is recommended if you live in a country or region where the possession, use, and distribution of marijuana is legal.
While marijuana remains an illegal substance in certain European countries and American states, it has been used in traditional medicine in various parts of the world for thousands of years.
Marijuana Tea Health Benefits
The health effects of marijuana tea can be enjoyed by people suffering from arthritis, anxiety, depression, sleeplessness, anorexia, obesity, hypertension, autoimmune diseases, nausea, and constipation, among many others.
One of the most proven and researched benefits of marijuana tea is its effect on pain. THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, is able to bind to the pain receptors in our brain like any other pain reliever, to provide comfort and relief. However, marijuana doesn’t have many of the dangerous side effects of pharmaceuticals. In terms of pain relief, marijuana tea is used by countless people to treat tremendous pain from chronic diseases.
Anxiety and Depression
The psychotropic activity of THC in the body does have mood-boosting and neurotransmitter-releasing effects, meaning that marijuana tea can reduce levels of stress hormones and relieve anxiety. This has been known to help people struggling with depression and other chemical imbalances, as well as those who are simply overwhelmed or unable to deal with stress.
Marijuana tea is known to be soothing and relaxing and is able to reduce blood pressure and stress in the body. This is accomplished by easing the tension of blood vessels and arteries, calming down the body and lowering your risk of heart attack and stroke.
The cannabinoids found in marijuana tea are known to stimulate cognitive activity, and THC has been directly linked to improved memory and focus in a number of studies. These results are exciting to consider, given the ongoing mystery of Alzheimer’s disease, and the potential of a non-invasive, all-natural cure in the form of this tea.
Marijuana tea can act as a sedative, depending on which type of marijuana you used to make the tea. This sleep-inducing action is excellent for those suffering from insomnia or continually disrupted sleep. The sleep is restful and uninterrupted, and you will wake up feeling refreshed!
Marijuana tea is very good for soothing the stomach, relieving inflammation in the gut, and preventing nausea and vomiting. If you have IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) or any other form of chronic stomach issue, this tea can help you in a major way!
Reduce Alcohol Relapses
The compound cannabidiol has been found to have unique treatment potential of reducing alcohol and drug relapses. It is found to curb cocaine cravings.
Marijuana Tea Side Effects
As mentioned, the side effects of marijuana tea are similar to smoking marijuana in its more traditional form and may include:
However, these side effects are extremely rare and typically occur when someone consumes too much and is unaware of how marijuana and THC affect the body.
The controversy surrounding marijuana and its many derivatives, including marijuana tea, has resulted in countless negative and unverified claims about the possible side effects. Fortunately, as marijuana legalization becomes a serious conversation in many countries, more research is being conducted on the safety and efficacy of marijuana. So far, the research results are very good, and remedies like marijuana tea continue to grow in popularity.
While you are using any cannabis or hemp derived products, it is important to check your state’s laws and guidelines for the same. Hemp-derived CBD products are illegal in the US on a federal level, but still legal in many states. If you are travelling, then make sure you comply with that city/state’s laws regarding the consumption and use of CBD. Remember that most CBD products are not FDA-approved and therefore may be sold illegally or with wrong labeling. Be wary of the side effects of CBD before consuming – it can cause nausea, dizziness, and dry mouth among others. Also keep in mind that it can have serious drug interactions when taken along blood thinning medicines. Check with your doctor if you have a serious or chronic condition.
Cannabutter and Cannabis Tincture Teas
Want to add a bit of cannabinoid goodness to your regular tea, coffee, other hot beverages, or even soups? Why not whip up some cannabutter or a cannabis tincture? With these cannabis products on hand, you can turn any edible into a tasty cannabinoid-infused treat.
We’ll start with the cannabutter and then outline the process for making cannabis tinctures. We’re not going to go into great detail; we’ll just give you the broad strokes, but you can find full recipes by visiting the links in the previous sentence.
To make cannabutter, first melt some butter in a saucepan or crock pot. Next, grind up your favorite weed and add it to the butter. Allow the mixture to simmer on low heat for 24 hours.
This is where a crock pot comes in handy. You can set the temperature, put on the lid, and walk away. You’ll need to stir it occasionally, but you won’t have the risk of leaving your stove on all day.
When you’re done, you’ll have weeks-worth of cannabutter you can add to any cup of your favorite regular tea to transform it into a quick cup of medicinal cannabis tea.
Cannabis tinctures can take a little more time (but require much less effort) to distill a big batch of cannabis out of alcohol, which you can also easily add to your normal tea anytime you want to make it highly medicinal.
Just add decarboxylated, ground cannabis flowers to a mason jar almost-full of high-proof alcohol (like Everclear). Close the jar (a screw-top lid works well), shake it for a minute or two, and then place the jar on a shelf in a dark, cool closet or cabinet.
Let the mixture sit for two weeks, but be sure to shake the jar at least once a day. When the two weeks are up, you can strain the tincture through a coffee filter to remove the plant matter, and store part of it in a dropper bottle for easy use. Then, when you feel the need to add a bit of zing to your tea or other edibles, you can administer a drop or two into the mix.
Drinking Weed Tea vs. Smoking Weed
At this point, you might be wondering whether weed tea is worth the hassle. Making weed tea is much more of a process than, say, rolling up a blunt or joint or packing a bowl. So what’s the motivation here? Why bother making tea with your weed when you could be blazing it?
There are several benefits to drinking weed tea. First and foremost, drinking tea is obviously much better for your health than smoking.
While using a bong can filter out some of the carcinogens in marijuana, smoking is never good for your body. Tar and other harmful chemicals get stuck in your lungs no matter how you smoke your bud. That’s why drinking weed tea is a healthier alternative.
Most users also feel that weed tea offers a more mellow buzz when compared to smoking. If you’re in the mood to get super blazed, by all means — pack up the bong or roll a fat blunt.
But if you’d prefer a softer, more casual effect, weed tea might be the way to go. It’ll set you right without impairing your ability to perform normal functions like, say, getting off the couch and making a sandwich.
Of course, weed tea can be made potent, too. It just requires a lot of herb, so be prepared to boil a big ol’ sack if you’re trying to get stoned silly.
Last, but certainly not least, weed tea is a great way to receive the medicinal benefits of our good friend Mary Jane. Since your digestive tract absorbs the cannabinoid in marijuana slower than your lungs, drinking pot tea takes longer to kick in but lasts for a much longer period of time. The medicinal effects can last up to eight hours.
Ultimately, you should consume your weed whichever way you see fit. While drinking weed tea might not be your go-to method, it’s definitely worth trying out. After all, you know what they say: don’t knock it ‘til you try it.