Drinking hemp based tea is quickly becoming a popular way of taking CBD. Here are the benefits of brewing hemp/cbd flower and its effects.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is legal in the USA thanks to the 2018 Farm bill. CBD helps the body maintain homeostasis and is shown to provide anxiety relief and assist with pain management. In fact, many are turning to CBD over traditionally prescribed pain medication derived from opioids.
Currently, the majority of CBD is ingested as an oil either directly under the tongue or mixed/infused into beverages. Yet oils can be an acquired taste and studies show CBD’s poor water solubility makes infused beverages inefficient at delivering CBD to the body. So how does CBD tea overcome these issues?
What is CBD tea?
First, what is CBD tea? CBD tea is a hot infusion of crushed hemp/CBD flower. When steeped, the raw plant cannabinoids are released into the hot water. Due to it being freshly steeped, the cannabinoids are immediately available in full to be ingested into the body. Additionally, adding a small amount of fat (from cow or almond milk for instance) enables the CBDa to be absorbed into our body because cannabinoids are fat-soluble.
CBD tea has a long history, originating from Asia and created using the dried flowers, trims and leaves of the hemp plant. It is greenish or brownish in color (depending on the strain and how it’s been dried) and is harvested when the plant has matured to reach peak cannabinoid content - the plant’s most helpful element.
There is a misconception among those unfamiliar with CBD that anything made from hemp will get you high, but that simply isn’t the case. CBD is non-intoxicating, so you will be able to function well throughout your day.
What parts of the hemp plant are brewed in CBD tea?
Very little of the plant is wasted when creating CBD tea. PIF uses only the hemp flower when producing our tea because it has the highest concentration of cannabinoids. Additionally, our tea contains a full-spectrum of cannabinoids. This combination of cannabinoids and terpenes contribute to what is known as the entourage effect. This is a term given to describe how a combination of cannabinoids and terpenes works to create a more powerful effect than CBD alone!
The benefits of drinking CBD tea
When you steep CBD tea in hot water, it releases a bounty of beneficial plant substances. As a result, the tea itself provides several benefits:
It is rich in CBDa
Cannabidiolic Acid (CBDa) is a precursor to CBD and is found in abundance in most hemp plants. While more research is needed on CBDa, early indications are that it can interact with your endocannabinoid system in a manner similar to CBD. Instead of binding directly to receptors in your nervous system, it interacts with enzymes linked to them.
It complements CBD oil
Hemp tea is a brew rich in CBDa, antioxidants, other cannabinoids and plant nutrients. This blend of substances acts as the ideal accompaniment for CBD products such as oils. The presence of so many natural plant chemicals adds to the entourage effect and allows the CBD to be absorbed into your blood more efficiently.
It is a tastier way of consuming cannabinoids
CBD tea provides a blend of cannabinoids that delivers a much milder taste than that of CBD oil. Because, when brewed like green tea, they are diluted into a cup of water, the flavour lacks the intensity of other CBD products. Additionally, when combined with other plant products, the taste becomes extremely pleasant and rich.
It is refreshing and hydrating
A refreshing cup of CBD tea is a great way to take on extra fluid. Because it is naturally caffeine-free, it has no diuretic effect and instead supports you to take on the fluids you need. Drinking enough water during the day is essential, but it can get boring. CBD tea is a great way to mix things up and take your water with added cannabinoids and antioxidants.
Warm drinks are great stomach settlers
As with most teas, the warmth of a cup can be incredibly calming to an unsettled stomach. Herbal teas such as hemp are a great way to deliver the soothing warm feeling needed to ease bloating or similar gripes.
How to brew CBD hemp tea
To benefit from adding hemp tea to your diet no specialist equipment is needed. All you need to do is pop the kettle on for a brew. CBD tea is available as loose-leaf variety or tea bags. These are used in the same way as you would a fruit or herbal tea.
If you find that the taste is a little bitter, add a spoonful of honey to sweeten. If, however, you prefer a sharper flavour, a squeeze of lemon juice is all you’ll need.
Brewing CBD tea is exactly like brewing a green tea. Here is how to brew it at home:
Boil the kettle and add boiled water to the mug and allow water to sit for one minute.
Add the CBD tea bag or infuser filled with leaves to the hot water and allow to steep.
Brew for 3-5 minutes for a milder flavour. If you prefer a stronger brew, allow to steep for up to 5-7 minutes.
Remove the bag or infuser and add honey or lemon juice if desired.
You can also reuse the tea bag or leaves a second time if you keep it in the meantime.
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