What is CBD?
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a chemical compound found in the hemp plant, and has been cropping up all over the place in recent years. Many people confuse it with cannabis because of the similarity in the names, meaning that plenty also think that it makes you feel high — but this is not the case. While CBD is found in the cannabis plant, the psychoactive properties are induced by tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which is another compound entirely.
What is CBD tea?
CBD is usually a herbal tea that is infused with CBD, for instance, through oil droplets. It’s often confused with hemp tea, which is made with the dried buds and flowers of the hemp plant. CBD tea, rather, is made from chemically-extracted CBD, usually in the form of CBD isolate sprayed on normal tea leaves.
You can buy CBD tea in a number of strengths and in a variety of flavours, such as peppermint or camomile. In all cases, the real deal will contain active cannabidiols — the chemical compounds that induce the desired effects.
What does CBD tea do?
CBD influences the balance within the endocannabinoid system (ECS), reacting with a network of cells and receptors. Through this, it is thought to help regulate the internal balance in our body, with users taking it to help them with a range of ailments — from inflammation to insomnia and anxiety. On a general level, we promote the idea that CBD is great for helping you find your sense of calm and gain a better sense of wellbeing.
CBD tea does not boast the same amount of bioavailability as products such as oil, however. This means that your body will not find it as easy to absorb the cannabinoids and let them circulate in your system, making it a less potent form of CBD.
What are the benefits of CBD tea?
One of the main reasons people use CBD is for the effect of wellbeing and calm it creates. However, plenty of CBD products do not have such an enjoyable taste. In that sense, this tea is a lot like other edibles or drinks that let users feel relaxed and focused while tickling those taste buds.
Like other beverages, edibles and supplements containing the compound, CBD tea can help you unwind and allow for greater balance in the body. Bear in mind that unlike THC, there is no recreational “high” feeling. Some users have reported that it helps treat insomnia and promotes general relaxation, with a number of studies backing this up. Many have noted how it has helped them overcome mental health difficulties such as depression and anxiety. As we mention in another article, research has also shown the potential therapeutic benefits of CBD. while other advantages reported include alleviating nausea and stress.
What are the different types of CBD tea?
CBD tea can be purchased in a variety of flavours where the extracted compound has been added to herbal tea leaves. However, you can brew your own at by infusing your beverage with the compound.
What do I need to make CBD tea at home?
To brew your own CBD tea all you need is CBD, herbal tea bags or leaves of your choosing, a fatty substance like milk or butter to absorb the CBD, and a freshly boiled kettle. This DIY method also means you are more in control of the dosage, though the amount of time you steep the drink in CBD will not influence the effectiveness.
Here’s a recipe you can try out as soon as you’re done reading this piece.
Simple CBD tea
- Your chosen tea, such as green, peppermint or rooibos
- Premium quality CBD oil
- Hot water
- Milk or butter
- Boil water using kettle
- Add tea to mug
- Pour water
- Leave to brew
- Stir in milk or butter — a fatty substances is what is required for CBD to be absorbed
- Add at least one droplet of CBD oil and mix well
How long do the effects last?
Typically, CBD tea’s effects last the same amount of time as other products: between one and six hours. However, if you’re adding more than the recommended amount you may see its effects linger. CBD oil — whether full or broad-spectrum — may also last longer and have more strength because of the interaction of cannabinoids with other compounds in the hemp plant.
Possible side effects
As with other CBD products, there may be a few side effects from ingesting the compound — though these are uncommon and pretty mild. They might include feelings of drowsiness, fatigue and a loss of appetite. At the end of the day, if you follow the recommended dose you should be fine. However, if you are taking any medications it would be wise to speak to your doctor before trying CBD to find out about any contraindications.
To sum up, like similar products, adding CBD tea to your daily routine can have a great deal of positive effects, and help build a calmer and more balanced you. And as shown in this article, it’s incredibly easy to make your own!
If you’re not sure about whether you might experience side effects, rest assured that they are uncommon — but it’s definitely worth speaking to your doctor or healthcare professional if you’re concerned.
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