How to Make Weed Tea
There’s really nothing as satisfying as a hot cup of tea to warm your cold body (and soul) during the chilly days of winter. Now imagine all the steamy goodness of your favourite tea with the added bonus of being high from it. It’s basically magic. Go from hating your soggy, freezing life to joyfully welcoming the contrasting frost against your cup of tea. There are a few ways you can infuse weed into your tea. Really, it just depends on the amount of experimenting you want to do. Below are a couple great ways to make the best of your weed tea experience.
The easiest method of making your magic brew is to add concentrates like phoenix tears (Available at Wealth Shop). Phoenix tears are resins from indica flowers, extracted by using a solvent like butane or CO2. Don’t worry about the chemicals: they evaporate during the process. Simply drop in a dose that suits you, and let it dissolve in your piping hot cup. Easy and satisfying, the tea will take around 30 minutes to produce an effect, so drink mindfully.
Your own THC brew
Using your own weed requires you to be more systematic with your approach. THCA, the acidic compound that later turns into THC (the psychoactive cannabinoid in weed) isn’t water soluble, meaning it has to bind to a fat to produce effects in the imbiber. Luckily, this process just takes time and heat. See our decarboxylation guide for more info.
With this in mind, the best tea for cannabis infusion is one that tastes better the longer it steeps.
- Grab a small pot and heat the burner to medium. Fill it with 4 cups of milk or water. Don’t let it boil, but bring it to a nice simmer.
- Next grind up 6 grams of bud super finely, not quite a powder but make sure that it’s nice and thinly ground, then dump it in a mixing bowl.
- Take your finely ground bud and coat it completely with your chosen fat- coconut oil or butter (you can melt first), just make sure the flower isn’t drenched.
- Dump the fatty bud into your simmering water/milk and allow it to steep for 30 minutes.
- Filter out the leaves (you can use a coffee filter, tea filter, or a fine mesh cooking filter).
- If you didn’t have a tea brewing with your weed you can add a bag of your favourite tea into the THC water and allow it to steep.
- Note: ratios are bud dependent, this will take experimenting. We’ve found the best baseline is 6 grams of weed to 3 cups of water.
Now that you have a few ideas on how to medicate your tea, you can get creative with some more advanced brews. Mixing other healing herbs with your marijuana can heighten your high and reduce undesirable side-effects. Get creative or try one of these to start:
Delicious Digestion Blend
Cannabis is known to aid with digestive issues by relaxing your nervous system and alleviating pain associated with a weak digestive tract. It’s been used to treat thousands of people suffering from IBS and Crohn’s disease, providing immense relief. This blend is also great if you’ve just overeaten and feel like you can’t move. Using peppermint helps relieve gas associated with weak digestion, while chamomile and lavender soothe an achy belly. The addition of fennel seeds helps stimulate digestive juices and lessen cramping. It’s said that lying on your left side for a few minutes also helps re-inforce your food to digest easefully through your intestines.
- 1 tsp chamomile leaves
- 1 tsp lavender leaves
- Handful of fresh peppermint sprigs or dry peppermint leaves
- .5 tsp fennel seeds
- Combine the above into a metal tea infuser, tea pot, or a disposable tea bag.
- Boil some water and allow the brew to steep for 5 minutes.
- You can use your marijuana infused liquid (made earlier with fat and water), or simply drop in some phoenix tears.
- Lay down and relax while your tea steeps then enjoy some definite digestive relief.
Cannabis Chaga Chai
Chaga mushroom is a non-psychoactive fungus that grows on birch trees. It’s one of the world’s most healing mushrooms and has a very mild taste. By using chaga in your blend you’re adding a wealth polysaccharides that provide cardiovascular support, aid to detoxify the liver, promote healthy blood sugar levels, and can relieve an over-worked digestive system. The spices in this tea are so warm and comforting, they’ll leave you feeling at peace during the winter months.
- ¾ cup of water
- 1 tbsp chaga mushroom (available at most health stores)
- 2 slices of freshly cut ginger
- 1.5 inch cinnamon stick
- 2 whole cardamom pods
- 1 piece of star anise
- 1 tsp black tea leaves
- honey/maple syrup/cane sugar to taste
- ¾ cup milk or nut milk
- In a small pan, allow the chaga to steep in ¾ cup of water at low heat for as long as you’d like–the longer the better.
- Keep adding water as it evaporates, ensuring the chaga doesn’t burn at the bottom of the saucepan.
- (Optional): You can add the fat-laced buds during the last 30 minutes of steeping.
- After your desired steep time for the chaga is reached, throw in the ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, anise and bring the water to a boil.
- Once the water is boiling bring it back down to a lower temperature and let it simmer until the flavours are as strong and fragrant as you like.
- During the last couple minutes of steeping, add in the black tea and milk.
- Strain the mix with a tea strainer and your brew is ready to go! You can add honey and maple syrup at this point, as well as phoenix tears or medicated coconut oil if you didn’t add the fat-laced buds in the first step.
These are just some ideas to get you started on your weed tea journey. The possible herbal combinations you can create are infinite. Most herbs are easily found at grocery and health stores in the bulk food departments, so take a stroll and get familiar with your options. Start from the inside out this winter with a blissful brew.
By Tee Krispil