How to Make Cannabis Infused Tea From Scratch
Whether it’s a morning boost, afternoon pick-me-up, or a relaxing evening treat you’re looking for, cannabis tea is a great option. It’s easy to make and takes effect in about the same time expected from an edible.
Will cannabis tea get me high?
If done right, cannabis tea will get users high. The strength of the effects will depend on a number of things, including the amount used, the potency of the product, and how properly the cannabis is activated.
Expect similar results to when you eat an edible. The effects should take anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours to come on and can last several hours. With this in mind, start slow and don’t drink cup after cup until you know how it affects you.
If you want really strong effects from your cannabis tea, we advise you to decarboxylate your buds before getting started. We will touch on that later.
Once you’ve made yourself a few cups of this tea, you’ll have a better idea of how to adjust the recipe for the desired effects.
Weed tea supplies and ingredients
- Small saucepan
- Tea ball or strainer
- Tea of choice
- Butter or coconut oil
The exact supplies will depend on your vision for the tea and what you have on hand. We prefer to use a tea ball because it keeps everything together with no hassle, but many people will just add all the ingredients to the water and strain at the end. The ultimate goal is to not drink actual chunks of weed while you sip on the tea.
If you want to get high from this beverage, you must add fat. We list coconut oil and butter, but vegan butter, olive oil, and other fats will also do the trick.
The amount of cannabis used will vary. We suggest keeping your first batch of tea to half a gram or less of cannabis if you’re making a single cup. You can always make a second cup, but you can’t take back drinking a way-too-potent cup of tea.
Steps to make cannabis tea
- Fill a saucepan with enough water for at least one and a half cups of tea. You’ll leave the water on the stove for a while, so it’s important to add extra because some will evaporate. Bring the water to a simmer on medium-high.
- Grind the cannabis into a fine mixture. Stems and leaves can be ground up and added if you have them at the bottom of your stash. They’re much less potent though, so be sure to add a decent amount of quality bud as well.
- Coat the ground cannabis with your fat of choice. The easiest way to do this is in a bowl with a spoon. Just scoop a spoonful of the coconut oil or butter and mix it up with the ground weed, ensuring that all parts are covered. Don’t go overboard and saturate the mixture. Just add enough to coat it.
- Add the mixture to your tea ball. If you don’t have a tea ball but don’t want to strain your tea after it’s made, you can try to seal up a coffee filter or open an existing tea bag and fill with your materials.
- Place the tea ball in the water, or if you plan to strain after, add the weed and butter mixture straight to the water. Leave at a simmer for 30 minutes. Stay nearby, stirring occasionally and adding water if the saucepan gets low.
- Once 30 minutes have passed, you can remove the mixture from the stovetop. Pull the tea ball out or pour the mixture over a fine strainer to remove the plant material if you didn’t use a tea ball. Pour this mixture over your favorite tea or drink as is. Be sure to let it cool off for a bit first, though.
Note: Some people decarboxylate their cannabis before making tea.
To decarboxylate, grind your weed up but don’t make it too fine. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spread your cannabis out evenly on the foil. Place the lined baking sheet in the oven at 225 degrees Fahrenheit for about 35-40 minutes, removing if it looks like it’s getting too brown. Remove from the oven and carry on with the recipe.
Decarboxylating cannabis converts THCA (non-intoxicating compound) to THC (intoxicating compound), by the application of heat. This will ensure that the tea is psychoactive or provide a stronger high than tea made from regular cannabis.
However, our cannabis tea recipe is meant to get users high. The act of cooking the cannabis at high heat (without fully boiling) should decarboxylate the weed. The addition of fat will increase absorption because it helps with bioavailability.
If you’re not noticing effects from your cannabis tea, there are a few things that may have gone wrong. First, you may not have put enough weed or fat in the tea to increase absorption. Try making a tea with a higher dose and be sure that you’ve thoroughly covered the ground buds with fat. It’s also important that the water remains at medium-high for at least 30 minutes. If you cut it off early, you may lose potency.
Spicing up your cannabis tea
Let’s be honest. Plain cannabis just doesn’t taste great. Some people appreciate the earthy flavor while others would do anything to cover it up.
If you like the earthy flavor of weed, you can just add your favorite tea to go with it. Common pairings for cannabis tea include chamomile and green tea. Get creative with it, though, and see what your favorite combination is.
For those who aren’t big fans of the taste, all hope is not lost. You can cover it up as a sweet matcha latte. Just add some matcha powder, your milk of choice, and your favorite sweetener. Or make a chai drink. Add chai, your milk of choice (coconut milk is a great option), and your sweetener to the cannabis tea mix.
Really, the options are endless. You can make your tea however you like it so long as it steeped long enough in hot water and has an ample coating of fat.
The easy way out
Don’t want to spend 30 minutes making tea or have to decarboxylate your buds beforehand? There are other ways to get your cannabis dose through tea.
Our best solution is to add some cannabis tincture to your tea of choice. It’s as easy as brewing your typical cup and adding a few drops of your favorite product. Alternatively, if you have cannabutter or cannabis-infused coconut oil on hand, you can add the desired amount straight to your tea.
We love making cannabis tea both ways, but find that adding a few drops of tincture is an easy way to go when in a pinch. If you don’t have a lot of time, this is a good option. Preparing cannabis tea from scratch requires a bit more time and patience.
Stop by our Washington dispensary location nearest to you and we’ll set you up with the perfect tincture to add to your tea. We’ve got plenty of fresh buds as well to get your homemade cannabis tea off to a good start!