We already know that the hemp plant is incredibly versatile. The seeds are highly nutritious, just like the oil that can be pressed from them. The fiber can be used to build things from car parts to entire houses. And last but not least, there are the wonderful cannabinoids like CBD that are widely used for overall wellness.
Hemp seeds and oil are a superfood and deserve a place in the spotlight, that’s certain. Though today, let’s have a look at the humble hemp tea.
What is Hemp Tea
Classic tea is a drink brewed from tea leaves originating from Asia. Both green and black tea come from the same plant, but black tea is oxidized while green tea isn’t, which influences the effects and flavor of the drink.
Hemp tea is more like a herbal infusion and doesn’t contain any components from the tea plant. Just like mint or chamomile tea, dry, shredded or milled parts of the plant are steeped in hot water to extract flavors, color and beneficial components for a delicious hot cup of goodness.
Hemp tea has a greenish color and herbal aroma, caused by the terpenes naturally occurring in the plant. It is important to point out that there are different types of hemp teas. Some are produced from the seedless flowers of the plant, which are higher in cannabinoids and terpenes. Others are produced from the leaves which have a similar but milder taste and fewer cannabinoids.
There are also mixes of the two and some that have other herbs or dried fruits mixed in to yield a special aroma and effect. Make sure to always read the ingredient list to know what you buy!
You definitely don´t have to worry about hemp tea getting you high. Even the one made from flowers with the highest concentration of cannabinoids only contains up to 0.2% THC, which isn’t enough to induce any effects, especially since even less of it will end up in your hot beverage.
Is there CBD in Hemp Tea?
As mentioned before, the level of cannabinoids, and therefore CBD, depends on the type of hemp tea you purchase. While all of them are rich in antioxidants and beneficial terpenes, only the one made from the flowers contains significant levels of CBD (typically around 3% if made from industrial hemp).
CBD itself is not soluble in water, which is why you need to add a little extra oil or fat to your brew if you want to get the most (cannabinoids) out of it.
How to prepare Hemp Tea?
The preparation is basically the same as for any other tea. Add around 1 teaspoon of hemp per cup (or simply one teabag if purchased ready to go) and pour hot water over it. If you want to extract the most cannabinoids, you should also add a dash of full-fat milk, coconut milk, oil or butter. Let it steep for 2 to 5 minutes, depending on how flavorful you like your brew.
Feel free to also add some sugar or a squeeze of lemon, whatever is your cup of tea!
Similar to other herbal infusions, hemp tea can simply help you to take some time for yourself, and enjoy a relaxing wellness ritual. The added bonuses you get are beneficial terpenes, antioxidants, and cannabinoids. So what´s not to love? Try it after a long stressful day, a workout or a yoga session, or while chilling with your friends.