How to Make CBD Infused Loose Leaf Tea
What is CBD Tea?
CBD is having a bit of a moment. It seems like every day, there’s a slew of influencers sharing about their favorite CBD tinctures and creams, shops are popping up everywhere, and you may have even encountered CBD as a recommended add-on in your local coffee shop or health store – we know we have.
One popular way to enjoy CBD is as a CBD tea. And, you know us, we’re all about that tea life. So, we wanted to dive into what exactly is CBD tea? Why you might want to incorporate it into your routine, how to do so to optimize its benefits, and more.
First and foremost, no, it will not get you high. CBD has little to no THC in it, so there are zero psychoactive effects. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s chat about what it is. CBD is cannabidiol, a natural extract from the flowers and leaves of the cannabis plant. It’s been used for thousands of years to manage a number of health conditions – something we’ll dive into in more detail shortly.
Meanwhile, CBD tea is precisely what it sounds like – tea with CBD infused in it. While there are pre-made tea bags on the market that already have CBD as a part of the blend, you know how we feel about tea bags (if you don’t – be sure to check out this deep dive into tea bags vs. loose leaf tea). Plus, CBD is hydrophobic – meaning it does not mix with water. That means much of the CBD and its benefits don’t actually get into your body when using these pre-blended CBD tea bags.
CBD tea mixes the natural, health-promoting effects we know and love from tea with the enhanced relaxation found in CBD. The combination? A perfect match.
CBD Tea Benefits & Effects
Research indicates that CBD appears to target over 65 areas in the brain and body involved in the regulation of pain, mood, and sleep. It’s been called a natural anxiety-reliever, sleep-inducer, and more.
So, how might you use CBD tea in your life? That depends on what’s ailing you, but anecdotally, CBD, including CBD tea, may help you:
- Manage stress
- Sleep better – both in the onset of sleep, as well as quality
- Manage (chronic) pain
- Reduce inflammation
- Naturally help with mental health conditions, including anxiety and post-traumatic stress
Add to this list the numerous benefits of loose leaf tea blends, and you can meet even more of your health needs. Depending on the blend, you could help boost your metabolism, suppress your appetite, get an energy boost, ingest a high number of antioxidants to protect from free radicals, and so much more!
How Many Drops Of CBD Oil in Tea?
The dosing, or the number of drops used, will depend on a number of factors and vary for everyone. For those trying CBD for the first time, the typical recommended dose is between 20 and 40 mg per day. That said, research indicates much higher doses are well tolerated. That said, many users start small – typically, one to five milligrams and then pay attention to how their body reacts and adjust their dosage as needed over time.
Since we’re no CBD experts, we’ll steer clear of recommending how many drops of CBD oil in your tea, and we encourage you to choose a high-quality CBD oil and to do your research.
As for how to use CBD tea – we’ve got you covered there. Just like “plain” tea, it can be enjoyed at any time of day. Morning, noon, or night – it’s up to you. When and how often you choose to include CBD tea in your routine will depend on your needs and what you’re seeking to achieve by drinking it.
For instance, if you’re hoping for improved quality and duration of sleep, it’s natural to drink a mug of CBD tea at bedtime. May we suggest an elixir of Lavender Chamomile with the CBD oil of your choice?
If you’re looking to combat the symptoms of anxiety throughout your day but still need a boost to get through whatever’s on your plate, seek out a caffeinated blend to make your tea. Some fan favorites include Chai Love or Fruity Paradise.
Something to consider when drinking your CBD tea. Whether you’ve eaten recently or not may affect how soon the CBD will be absorbed in the bloodstream, but not the effectiveness of the CBD. On average, it takes 30-90 minutes to take effect, with a duration of up to 7 hours. Again, these times vary by person, dose, and particular CBD oil used.
CBD Tea Recipe
The possibilities are endless when it comes to CBD tea. Truly, all you have to do is brew your favorite tea to your liking and stir in some CBD oil. And poof! You’ve got CBD tea! However, we’ve done some of our research and have a few go-to concoctions we think you’ll love. Each recipe yields one serving.
CBD Matcha Latte
To give yourself the calm kick-start to make it through a hectic, stressful day, we recommend a CBD Matcha Latte. Matcha is known for giving a “calm energy” – think of all the good feelings of caffeine, without the jittery buzz or the crash. That calm will be enhanced by the CBD oil and may be just what you need to tackle your to-do list.
- 1 tsp matcha powder
- ½ cup water
- 1 cup milk of choice
- CBD oil (dosage varies by person)
- 1-2 tsp pure maple syrup or raw honey, to taste
- Boil water to 175° F
- Place matcha, CBD oil, sweetener of choice into a mug
- Pour water into mug
- Whisk until matcha is completely dissolved (unlike other types of loose leaf tea, there’s no need to strain matcha)
- Heat milk of choice (stove, microwave, frothing wand are all fine) – do not boil the milk, but get it hot
- Pour hot milk into matcha mug, add sweetener as needed… enjoy!
CBD Infused Lemon Ginger Turmeric Tea
If you’re ready to unwind for the day, we highly recommend sipping on a mug of CBD Infused Lemon Ginger Turmeric Tea. Bonus? This infusion is jam-packed with health benefits, including anti-inflammatory properties, improving digestion, supporting heart health, and so much more. The perfect nightcap, if we do say so ourselves (and we do).
- 1 ½ tsp Lemon Ginger Turmeric tea
- 1 cup water
- CBD oil (dosage varies by person)
- Sweetener or milk of choice, as desired
- Boil water to 208°F
- Pour water and CBD oil into a mug
- Steep tea in the infuser of your choice for 5-7 minutes
- Add sweetener or milk, if you’d like… enjoy!
Ready to Try Some CBD Tea?
At Tiesta Tea, we travel around the globe to source the best quality ingredients to produce the best cup of tea. We believe in making loose leaf tea that's accessible and affordable without sacrificing quality. Ready to brew up some delicious CBD tea? Check out our blends here. And cheers to Living Loose