Many patients who use medical marijuana on a regular or semi-regular basis are familiar with the more traditional ways of ingesting it—smoking, vaping, and eating. But did you know that marijuana-infused tea is considered a gentler, healthier alternative to smoking?
Marijuana-infused teas are becoming an increasingly popular choice for those looking for a convenient alternative to traditional consumption methods and wanting to avoid the associated risks of smoking, which can be especially helpful if you’re battling respiratory diseases or afflictions of the mouth or throat.
Another reason for marijuana-infused teas’ increasing popularity is that they contain more therapeutic benefits than traditional smoking. And, unlike smoking’s quick reaction time, cannabis-infused teas have a longer build due to the digestive tract’s absorption of the liquid’s active ingredients.
Tea made from brewing the leaves of the plant, not the bud, produces milder effects and doesn’t generate the traditional “heavy” or “stoned” sensations associated with other ingestion methods. Because of this, many say they feel “renewed” by the overall mild euphoria that often accompanies drinking cannabis tea, providing a great choice for those wishing to avoid becoming overly intoxicated.
As with all these cannabis ingestion methods, finding the correct dose for you will take a little trial-and-error, so it’s wiser to start small. If you’ve never tried marijuana before, in any form, begin with a very small dose to familiarize yourself with its associated sensations and side-effects. We recommend trying ½ a cup (125 ml) per day.
The amount of THC per tea cup will vary depending on the strain(s) you use to create your home-brew. For example, if you’re using a single gram of cannabis (1,000 mg dry weight) that has an approximate 10% THC content, your tea would contain roughly 100 mg of THC. As with all teas, strength depends on how long you allow it to steep; longer equals stronger tea.
Let’s look at five specific advantages of brewing your own cannabis tea.
1. Pain relief
For centuries, cannabis has been used for pain relief, from Crohn’s to arthritis and other kinds of chronic diseases. That’s thanks to cannabinoids, which bind to pain receptors in the central nervous system, to help dampen those pain signals.
2. Neuroprotective effect
The government wants you to believe that cannabis leads to memory problems and brain damage. But don’t believe the hype, as it is actually quite the opposite. In fact, there are studies that show how THC can slow, or block, the production of Beta-amyloid proteins, believed to be the precursors of Alzheimer’s.
3. Digestive health
By smoking weed, you’ll find that most of the cannabinoids go straight to your brain. But by drinking cannabis tea, you will find that the cannabinoids are absorbed by receptors in the digestive tract, which will help with constipation, cramping, diarrhea and even acid reflux.
4. Autoimmune disorders
When it comes to autoimmune disorders, weed is an effective treatment, as cannabinoids have been proven to reduce inflammation. So, for those who suffer from arthritis, multiple sclerosis or irritable bowel syndrome, cannabis can be a healthy and effective alternative to prescription drugs.
5. Cannabis can relieve anxiety and depression
Anxiety and depression can be caused by many factors. Neuronal inflammation, persistent triggering of the “fight or flight” response, or a deficiency in neurotransmitters like serotonin can all impact mood. Thankfully, cannabinoids can help address all of the three major factors that can fuel anxiety and depression.
Cannabis-infused teas typically take somewhere between 30-90 minutes for the full impact to be felt. Some people with a higher metabolism or lower body mass may feel the effects more rapidly, while those with a slower metabolism or denser body mass may not feel the impact until almost 2 hours later.
So the first time you try this tea, plan to be in a familiar, safe environment for a few hours until you know how your body reacts. Drinkers typically experience effects lasting 4-8 hours. And it’s because of these long-lasting results that many find it particularly beneficial treating chronic conditions like MS, nausea, and rheumatoid pain.