3 Simple Steps to Make Weed Tea That Will Blow Your Mind and Your Taste Buds!

Dec 20 , 2018

Edible weed tea

3 Simple Steps to Make Weed Tea That Will Blow Your Mind and Your Taste Buds!

Intro:

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 weed tea! Canna tea is exactly what it says on the label, so to speak, it is your favorite blend of tea 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 steeping tea – boiling marijuana is not as effective as other methods because cannabis is not water soluble; you can add some cannabutter or weed coconut oil to it because fats activate THC and other cannabinoids, or you can add an alcohol-based extraction or tincture. Marijuana 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 weed 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)

Background:

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. Weed 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 weed 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 cannabis buds and kief. So, stem tea is a good drink for beginner weed 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 a half hour 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 weed 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 weed tea at home with a cannabis tea recipe.

Ingredients:

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

Equipment:

Tea bag or a tea ball
Saucepan
Grinder

Directions:

  1. Thoroughly grind your marijuana with a weed grinder.  
  2. Next, combine your weed 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 weed tea bag into your saucepan and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally
  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 weed 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, for you, recipes for weed coconut oil, weed milk and weed honey – as always, you are entirely welcome!

Before we get into the recipes for weed coconut oil, weed milk and weed honey, here is a vid where a lovely lady goes over making weed tea:



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

Ingredients:

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

2/3 cup of Coconut Oil

Equipment/Supplies

A cheesecloth

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

Directions:

  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

Ingredients:

2 cups whole milk

2 grams of cannabis

Equipment:

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.

Instructions:

  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.

Here is a vid where a woman makes some 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

Ingredients:

½ ounce of decarboxylated marijuana
2 cups of honey

Equipment:

Crockpot

Cheesecloth

String

Resealable quart-sized canning jar with lid.

Instructions:

  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 weed milk, 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)

Summary:

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 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!

One last video on making cannabis tea (just in case the article was TLDR, too long didn’t read):


Researched and written by David and Leah Kaye Weathers.

 David and Leah Weathers David and Leah Kaye Weathers are a freelance cannabis writing and graphic designing husband and wife team from Lansing, Michigan. They are passionate advocates for medical and recreational cannabis legalization in the United States. They enjoy not only smoking and vaping, or dabbing, marijuana but also cooking with weed infused veggie oil. They like to spend their free time wandering along nature trails in search of the perfectly chillaxing spot for a smoke sesh.


(Cover image: Ganja leaf in a tea cup, image courtesy of Mind of High on Instagram)


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