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3 Simple Steps to Make Weed Tea | How to Make Marijuana Tea

Ganja leaf in a tea cup, image courtesy of Mind of High on Instagram

If you’re a cannasseur who also likes themselves a spot of tea, then why not make yourself some funky flavored water and brew up a batch of marijuana tea! Cannabis tea is exactly what it says on the label, so to speak, it is your favorite blend of hot water infused with marijuana.

If you’re here and reading this, then we can assume that you’re more than moderately interested in learning how to make weed tea; so, we want you to know that the three basic ways that ganja tea is made are by putting raw leaf in your tea ball – boiling marijuana is not as effective as other methods because cannabis is not water soluble; you can add some cannabutter or weed-infused oil to it because fats activate THC and other cannabinoids, or you can add an alcohol-based extraction or tincture.

Drinking weed tea can be a tasty, refreshing way to enjoy a deep and long-lasting daytime or nighttime buzz; you can even learn how to make weed honey or how to make weed milk for added effects. You might find weed iced tea in a cooler at your local area dispensary or provisioning center, but we are gonna show you how to make marijuana tea and answer the question ‘Does weed tea get you high?’ So, put a kettle on to boil, find an uncracked tea cup and get ready to steep some green tea marijuana-style!

Pot leaf in tea, image from ECS Health Systems on Instagram

(Pot leaf in tea, image from ECS Health Systems on Instagram)


Keif Tea was originally intended as a medicinal drink itself, probably originating in the Yunnan region of China during the Shang dynasty - 1556 to 1046 BC, but has since spread from the Far East and become more of a recreational beverage worldwide – save for recent interest in the purported health benefits of traditional green tea leaves. Cannabis tea effects would depend on what the reported effects were of whatever stain you brewed or used in your weed honey or weed milk, but weed tea benefits include a calming cannabis tea high that is perfect for pain, inflammation, digestive disorders, anxiety and stress relief! And if there’s truth to the reports of regular green tea, then you might really benefit from brewing together green tea and weed.

The weaker but still medicinally effective sibling of cannabis tea is stem tea. Stem tea is brewed with leftover stems from ganja plants once the buds have been harvested. The trim leaves and stems from which stem tea is generally brewed contain around 2 to 3% THC - and have similar, if milder, effects to the flowers of the pot plant, which can generally have between 12 - 24% THC. Weedy green tea THC, on the other hand, is similar to smoking or vaping leaf because it is made from ground cannabis buds and kief. So, stem tea is a good drink for beginner cannabis tea drinkers because the effects are lesser, and wear off slightly faster.

How long does weed tea take to kick in? Like all edible marijuana products, it can take from 30 minutes to two hours for the effects of either stem tea or pot tea to fully manifest – taking any and all medibles slow and easy, in small doses, is always good advice!

Do edibles loose potency, will your weed tea get weaker? Medibles generally last a week to two weeks in the fridge, and up to six months in the freezer. So, store your weed or stem tea in airtight freezer containers and freeze them if you need them to last longer than 2 weeks.

GanJa tea from a provisioning center with weed and a lighter, image from The Brothers Apothecary on Instagram

(GanJa tea from a provisioning center with weed and a lighter, image from The Brothers Apothecary on Instagram)

How To Make Weed Tea:

Now that we’ve whetted your appetite for some cannabis tea you can buy some weed iced tea at a dispensary in your home town for around $15 for a 12-16 oz bottle or buy some premade cannabis tea bags for about the same amount of money for a half dozen tea bags – or you can try brewing cannabis tea at home with a cannabis tea recipe. It's simple, takes just about 30 minutes to brew, and you'll get to brag to all of your friends about how you made your own marijuana-infused tea!


  • Honey, sugar, milk or some other flavoring of your choice
  • ½ tsp butter
  • 1/2 gram of ground cannabis
  • 1 1/2 cups of water


Tea bag or a tea ball


  1. Thoroughly grind your marijuana with a weed grinder until you have finely ground cannabis.  
  2. Next, combine your newly ground cannabis with softened butter in a small bowl – butter, being a fat that cannabinoids attach to, will defuse the pot’s potency into the water.  
  3. Put your weed-butter mixture into an emptied tea bag or tea ball infuser. 
  4. Put your pan and one and a half cups of water on your stove and heat to just under a boil. Steep your cannabis tea bag or tea ball into your saucepan and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Hint: if you don't have a tea bag or a tea ball, you can always use a coffee filter.
  5. Pour finished weed tea into a cup, add your favorite flavoring and enjoy - you should notice effects within a half a hour or so.

Now that was a pretty easy keif tea recipe, but you can also make canna tea by adding weed coconut oil, weed milk or weed honey to regular tea. And we just happen to have recipes for each of those below.

Ground cannabis and start boiling water now! One special cup of tea coming right up!

Another great option for making a CBD-infused tea is to drop some CBD tinctures into your mug o' boiling water. Here are a few of our favorite tinctures worth trying:

cbd tincture beverage

 Looking for a soothing, delicious flavour to add? Try Bean & Bud's French Vanilla tincture. What we really love about it is it's appropriate for either tea or coffee!


CBD isolate campfire

 Cozzely CBD Tincture will make you want to sit back and relax. Their Campfire flavor mixes pure CBD isolate with delicious peppermint flavor for ultimate zen.


tincture CBD relax

 If you already have your favorite kind of tea, but want to switch it up with the relaxing effects of CBD, try Koi CBD's flavorless tincture.

And why stop at your tea? Add these drops to whatever you're consuming whenever you want the benefits of CBD!


tea lemonaid drinks

 Okay, we're going to be honest. We're not sure how Bottle & Tree's Ro flavor, lemonaid followed by a light rosemary taste, would taste as a hot tea, but, uh, iced tea anyone!? Or, even better, a CBD-infused cocktail? Now we're talking...


recovery CBD isolate

 More of a fruity tea drinker? Drop in some of this Strawberry Peach Apple tincture from AirDrops and enjoy your tasty lil' cup of tea.

Refreshing and relaxing, with strength up to 3,000mg, you'll be in full recovery mode.

Boxed weed tea bags, image from Leamon Barber on Instagram

(Boxed weed tea bags, image from Leamon Barber on Instagram)

How to Make Weed Coconut Oil


¼ oz or 7 grams of cannabis buds or 1 oz, or 28 grams, of trim

2/3 cup of Coconut Oil


A cheesecloth

The recipe yield should produce about ½ cup of weed coconut oil. 


  1. Preheat oven to 220° F/104° C
  2. Cover your cookie sheet with aluminum foil.
  3. Thoroughly grind the quarter ounce of cannabis and spread it around evenly on your foil-covered cookie sheet.
  4. Bake in the oven for one hour to decarboxylate the THC in the pot to its psychoactive form.
  5. Next place the decarbed weed and coconut oil in a crock-pot set on low. Stir the mixture, cover, and let sit for 3 - 4 hours.
  6. Turn off the crockpot and let it cool down until it is warm, but not hot, to the touch; then strain the plant matter from the weed coconut oil using a folded cheesecloth.

And that’s how to make cannabis coconut oil. When you cook, you can use infused weed coconut oil instead of butter or oil in just about any recipe. Store weed coconut oil a covered, airtight container in a cool, dark place for up to 2 weeks in the fridge or up to six months, stored in the freezer.


How to Make Weed Milk


2 cups whole milk

2 grams of cannabis


Medium mixing bowl and mixing spoon

Sieve and cheesecloth

You can add to the recipe at a ratio of 1 gram of marijuana per each 1 cup or 1/4 liter of milk, proportionately.

Because fat molecules are required to bind the cannabinoids from your ganja into the milk, you want to use whole milk, which has the most fat and thus the most potency.


  1. Grind your weed thoroughly, finely, to better infuse the milk.
  2. Then pour the milk into a saucepan and dial the burner to medium heat so that it begins to simmer, but not fully boil.
  3. Mix your thoroughly ground weed into the milk and stir everything together.
  4. Simmer the milk and weed mix for another hour, stirring occasionally.
  5. After an hour, take the pan off the burner and let the weed milk mix cool.
  6. Strain the weed milk mix through your sieve and cheesecloth into a sealable, airtight container, removing pot plant matter from your infused weed milk.

Jars of weed honey, image from Cannameds Za on Instagram
(Jars of weed honey, image from Cannameds Za on Instagram)

And How to Make Weed Honey


½ ounce of decarboxylated marijuana
2 cups of honey





Resealable quart-sized canning jar with lid.


  1. Wrap the 15 grams of ground and decarboxylated pot flower in the cheesecloth, binding the open end with a piece of string.
  2. Place the cheesecloth in the quart jar and then pour in 2 cups of honey into the jar.
  3. Place the quart jar into your slow cooker, adding enough water into the slow cooker so that the honey jar is surrounded.
  4. Cover your crockpot and set the temperature to LOW, heating the honey and weed in cheesecloth for about 8 hours.
  5. After 8 hours, turn the crockpot off, let the honey jar cool.
  6. When the weed honey jar is cool enough to touch, remove the cheesecloth from the jar and squeeze out honey. Pour some hot water through the cheesecloth, rinsing any leftover honey into a waiting cup of tea.
  7. Store the jar of weed honey in your refrigerator or some other cool, dark place.

Now you know how to make marijuana tea, how to make weed coconut oil and weed honey, which you can then put in your regular tea to make it potent pot tea, or even add to some other weed drinks recipe. Like smoking weed on an empty stomach, eating or drinking cannabis medibles on an empty stomach increases the rate and extent of absorption of THC and other cannabinoids – so you could get really high pretty quickly and for some people that might feel a little overwhelming. That’s why it’s best to have your weed tea with some other food like crackers, cookies or even a sandwich.

Bottled Iced THC Weed Tea, image from My Eden Ca on Instagram
(Bottled Iced THC Weed Tea, image from My Eden Ca on Instagram)


The three simplest steps in how to make weed tea are basically: heat some water, add some tea, and then add either weed coconut oil or weed honey – or some cannabis tincture bought from a dispensary.  But you can also brew some fine THC tea by mixing some finely ground weed with regular butter, putting it in empty teabags, and  making tea with weed your own weed tea bags that you can simmer in a saucepan of water for half an hour to diffuse the cannabinoids into your water!

The basic ways of making some potent canna tea are by boiling marijuana leaf raw – but that is not very effective because cannabis is not water soluble, or you can add some cannabutter, weed honey or weed coconut oil to regular tea because fats activate THC and other cannabinoids, or you can buy an alcohol-based extraction or tincture to add a splash of weedyness to your tea. Or, you can buy premade weed iced tea, like Canna Tea - an indica liquid edible, CBD cannabis tea – at a local dispensary for under $20.

Does weed tea get you high? Oh, yes, as much as any medible or edible marijuana product – certainly moreso than stem tea, a weaker version of pot tea. How long does weed tea take to kick in? Like any other medible, between half an hour to two hours depending upon the contents of your stomach – like smoking weed on an empty stomach, drinking cannabis tea on an empty stomach could have stronger and longer-lasting effects! How long does it take to make tea? Weed tea can be made within minutes if you just add some weed coconut oil, weed milk or weed honey – or it can take hours if you make your own weed coconut oil, weed milk or weed honey first. Do edibles lose potency - in other words, will your weed tea get weaker over time?  Like most edible cannabis confections and beverages, your marijuana tea should be good for a couple of weeks if you refrigerate weed tea, and about six months stored in the freezer.

We have educated your inquisitive cannabis-infused brain with info on how to make weed tea, how to make weed honey, how to make weed milk, how to make weed coconut oil, as well as how to make potent weed tea (hint: add cannabutter to already infused weed tea for even more of a weed tea high). Whether you call it weed tea, pot tea, canna tea, ganja tea or kief tea, THC tea or CBD cannabis tea, depending on the specific strain that you use to brew it weed tea effects can range from relaxing, if the strain is an indica, to stimulating, if it is brewed with a sativa. So, you should probably finish reading this blog article, which is nearly finished anyway, and take some of the steps, means and techniques we have provided to go forth, brew yourself some easy weed tea, and enjoy yourself a nice weed tea high!

Megan Medeiros Written by Megan Medeiros (BA)

Megan Medeiros has a bachelor’s degree in English and is currently working on a master’s in English at James Madison University. She's the owner and operator of Medeiros Writing, and has been working as a cannabis writer for the past three years, mostly following the legal climate of marijuana, especially in areas like California, Colorado, Oregon, Canada, and other legal areas.

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