Weed tea is a lovely, delicious alternative to smoking and vaping and offers a different kind of experience than eating edibles. And if you’ve ever wanted to learn how to make weed tea, you’ve come to the right place. We created a step-by-step guide to brewing the best buds and we even included a few herbal recipes to try at your next tea party. Scroll down and get steeped in good vibes!
What is Weed Tea?
Brewing tea is a ritual much like smoking weed. It takes a little preparation and thoughtfulness and is easily customizable to support other health and wellness goals. If you enjoy the effects of cannabis but dislike or choose not to smoke, brewing weed tea is a great option.
It passes through your digestive system as an edible would, but since you have the option of sipping it as slowly as you like, it brings on a sustained, gentle high. So yes, you can get quite stoned on weed tea, but the ability to easily dose the intake (as opposed to chewing and eating an edible all at once) makes drinking your THC appealing.
Does Weed Tea Make You High?
Yes, weed tea can get you high if you make it correctly. Weed in its pure bud form is not activated. So, if you were to munch on raw cannabis flowers, you wouldn’t get high. The reason why we get stoned when we smoke weed is because the heat from the flame decarboxylates the THCA, turning it into THC. The THCA on its own is not psychoactive, so while it still offers some health benefits, it’s not comparable to the buzz you get from THC.
How to Make Weed Tea
Making weed tea is a multi-step process with some wiggle room for creative expression. The most important part about brewing weed tea is to decarboxylate the cannabis. Without this step, you won’t get high from your weed tea.
The decarboxylation happens when the cannabis is cooked with oil or butter when making edibles. The fat binds the fat-soluble cannabinoids to activate and extract the THC. So although we don’t ‘cook’ weed tea, we heat it with boiling water and incorporate fats to help bring out the THC.
- 1 gram of cannabis (equal to approximately 100mg THC)
- 1 TBSP of coconut oil or unsalted butter
- 4 cups of water
- 4 tea bags or 8 TBSP loose leaf tea (see below for recipes)
- Honey or maple syrup as desired
- Mesh sieve, coffee filter, or cheesecloth for straining
- Teapot or small saucepan, your favorite mug, and a spoon
Yields: 4 servings, containing 25 mg THC per cup.
Bring your water to a boil. While you’re waiting, put on some tunes, grind up your cannabis, and remove any seeds, sticks, or stems. Set the stems aside and make a batch of weed stem tea another time. Once the water is lightly boiling, stir in your oil or butter until it fully dissolves.
Reduce the heat to a slow simmer. The water should be bubbling a bit, but not a rolling boil. Add the ground cannabis and your tea bag or tea leaves. Stir the leaves so they are fully immersed in the pot. Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring every minute or two. Turn down the heat if it surpasses a simmer. Higher temperatures will degrade the therapeutic properties of the cannabinoids.
Remove the pot from the heat and let it sit for a few minutes before straining. Use your strainer of choice to filter out all of the plant matter into your mug. It might be easier to strain into another pot or bowl and pour the desired amount into your mug.
Stir in milk, cream, or sweetener as you’d like and enjoy this delicious herbal mug of weed tea.
Weed Tea Recipes
Herbal teas are incredibly beneficial for whole system support, and there are infinite possibilities for specialized concoctions. If you would like to experiment with new recipes, swap out these loose-leaf teas in place of tea bags on your next batch of weed tea.
- 3 TBSP Peppermint
- 3 TBSP Lemon Balm
- 3 TBSP Calendula Flowers
- 2 TBSP Chamomile
- 2 TBSP Rose petals
- 2 TBSP Rosehips
- 2 TBSP Spearmint
- 3 TBSP Hibiscus
- 2 TBSP Red clover
- 2 TBSP Raspberry Leaf
- 1 TBSP Nettles
- 3 TBSP Ginger (peeled, chopped)
- ⅛ tsp. Cayenne
- 1 Lemon (simmer the zest, and add fresh juice after straining)
- 1 TBSP Apple Cider Vinegar (added after straining)
Mix and match your own herbal infusions with other excellent ingredients like lavender, rooibos, green tea, oat straw, linden flower, elderberry, and mugwort.
High Tea Time
Now that you know how to make weed tea, you’ll be an herbal master in no time. So take care in this practice and sip in gratitude for the abundance of wellness that cannabis brings into our lives, one cup at a time. And make sure to share your weed tea creations with us @oldpal.