CBD and hemp tea

Enjoyment and relaxation

Last updated: 07.07.2021

After the great success of matcha and mate teas, CBD is now conquering the tea market for itself. In addition to exotic combinations and great taste experiences, users can also look forward to the many therapeutic properties of the cannabinoid CBD.

Here we explain everything about CBD and hemp teas and give you tips on what you should look out for. We will note here that the terms CBD tea and hemp tea are used interchangeably!

CBD and hemp tea

CBD and hemp tea... in a nutshell

  • CBD tea is available in many different versions. Often it is mixed with other fruits or more well-known teas.
  • Hemp tea with a maximum THC content of 0.2% should not have a psychoactive effect and should not lead to a state of intoxication, i.e. does not make you 'high'.
  • However, products containing THC are illegal in the UK so look for CBD only teas
  • Because of the cannabidiol, the tea is said to have a calming, pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory effect.
  • There is one important consideration for teas above other types of CBD products - heating the tea can lead to an increased THC content, which makes it tricky to know precisely how much THC you are actually consuming.

What kind of CBD teas are there?

There are many different types of CBD and hemp teas. The typical hemp tea consists of leaves, stems and buds, all of which have been dried. As a rule, CBD teas contain around 2-4% CBD.

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The taste of a hemp tea varies between sweet and very strong. However, it is roughly comparable to a herbal tea.

The teas can also contain many different ingredients. Terpenes, flavonoids, hemp seeds (which in turn contain fatty acids) or other cannabinoids such as CBG are often found in the teas.

Many manufacturers also supplement their CBD tea with mint, goji berries or other fruits, which ensures a good taste.

In principle, you can also differentiate between CBD tea and hemp tea. The latter consists of young buds, hemp leaves and hemp seeds. CBD tea mostly consists of ripe hemp buds so that a higher proportion of CBD can be provided.

How does CBD hemp tea work?

CBD itself has no psychoactive effects. This is one of the main differences from the more well-known cannabinoid THC. CBD is considered to be helpful for those suffering from a lot of complaints and diseases.

The World Health Organization also took a closer look at CBD in a report and declared it to be safe.

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The teas can also contain many different ingredients. Terpenes, flavonoids, hemp seeds (which in turn contain fatty acids) or other cannabinoids such as CBG are often found in the teas.

Cannabinoids like CBD are only activated by a decarboxylation process. This is necessary because CBD is only available in its original form (CBDA) in hemp and has to be converted first.

In the case of products that have already been processed, such as CBD oil or CBD gummy bears, this conversion has already happened during the manufacturing process. However, this doesn't happen for teas (unless somehow CBD is added back into the tea) and the cannabinoids appear in their original forms in the plants.

It is also important to know that CBD is fat-soluble and therefore can only really develop in fat. Therefore, it can help to boil the tea in milk or, if you prefer, you can simply add a little milk later. Alternatively, a splash of oil or cream will do the trick.

How does hemp tea taste?

The taste of a hemp tea varies between sweet and very strong. However, it is roughly comparable to a herbal tea. Of course, it also depends on the ingredients of the tea.

The hemp plant is also more commonly known to provide a slightly earthy taste to the tea. The smell of CBD tea also differs from other more well-known teas. The tea mixture smells a bit herbal, but is also reminiscent of straw for some people.

This is probably due to the excessive drying of the flowers and leaves. If you don't like the intense taste of hemp tea, but still want to drink it because of its promising effects (more on that in a moment), you should choose a tea that is still infused with fruit. Alternatively, you can also add a spoon tip of honey.

What side effects can occur?

It’s important to know that side effects can occur when taking CBD. Even if these are reported to have limited effects and occur infrequently.

The following side effects are known:

  • Dry mouth
  • Sleepiness
  • Nausea
  • Lethargy
  • Dizziness
  • Diarrhoea

All in all, according to current knowledge, CBD is considered safe on the relatively rare occasions side effects are reported they do tend to be quite weak.

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How can CBD tea help me?

The CBD hemp tea is primarily intended for relaxation and alleviation of stress. This is due to the calming effects of CBD. In this way, CBD tea could also relieve anxiety.

Because CBD can help with sleep disorders, it could be beneficial to drink the tea before going to bed. At the same time, CBD tea can also be taken when there is pain or inflammation .

Overall, CBD has a very wide range of uses. It could develop its therapeutic potential in many diseases. Studies indicate that CBD could be used particularly well for people with epilepsy .

Where can you buy the hemp teas in the UK?

Hemp teas can be bought in the UK from many different manufacturers or suppliers. You can either buy your tea in an online shop or in a local shop.

Because of the legal requirements there are now providers who do not sell CBD tea. For example, Nordic Oil, one of the leading CBD brands, has removed tea from its range.

We would therefore only buy the tea from certified shops where a quality check is also possible or you know that the tea has really been tested by recognised institutions or laboratories. Otherwise, the risk of getting an illegal product or very low quality tea is higher.

You should be extra vigilant if you are buying from online forums or from a friend, because the real ingredients are very difficult to determine.

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Hemp teas can be bought in the UK from many different manufacturers or suppliers.

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How should I prepare the CBD tea?

Usually you can use a spoonful of hemp tea per 250ml of water. You simply put this in a porcelain pot, in which the tea can be brewed later. If we're being very specific, the ideal water temperature is between 60 and 80°C.

Depending on the desired intensity, you should let the tea steep for about 3-5 minutes. If you want to drink it very strongly, you can even wait 15 minutes, although by then the hemp tea will probably taste very bitter.

So that the cannabinoids can develop really well, you should not forget to add a little fat. There are of course several options: milk, cream, coconut fat or a few drops of oil. For a high therapeutic effect, it would also be conceivable to add a drop or two of CBD oil.

Taking the CBD tea

The rest is easy - you just drink the hemp tea like normal tea. Once you’ve experienced hemp tea for yourself, you will be better able to estimate how many cups you should drink.

There is no universal dosage recommendation for hemp tea. It's best to try the tea yourself.

Of course, the number of cups to drink also depends on what kind of tea it is and whether you just want to drink the CBD tea or pursue a therapeutic goal.

After a bit of trial and error you will quickly find out how many cups are good for you, when you feel something and whether there are any side effects. Unfortunately, an exact statement that applies to all cannot be given.

If you want the dosage to be even easier, you can simply buy pre-packaged tea bags. You then pour boiling water over it and let the tea bag brew as just described and like you would for most other teas.

Can you also smoke the hemp tea?

In connection with hemp tea, many people keep hearing the question of whether you can smoke the tea. It seems some people want to try it as a replacement for cannabis but it’s fair to say that we do not recommend smoking hemp tea at all!

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If you are set on inhaling CBD via smoke then you are best off using vape with CBD liquids.

Are hemp teas legal in the UK?

The hemp must come primarily from certified hemp plants. But even then the legal situation is complicated. Teas produced from the stem and seeds and have no THC content are legal. However, teas made from the flowers or buds of the hemp plant are likely to be illegal because they have a higher THC content.

There is also an abstract risk of increasing the THC content through extensive boiling in alcohol in any tea containing trace amounts of THC.

So in short, if you can guarantee the tea contains no THC then it is legal. It's just quite hard to fully guarantee that. In truth, some people don't mind a little THC in their tea but it's important to remember the UK legal position.

Have we tried a hemp tea before?

Of course we have! And the tea definitely convinced us. The good thing about hemp tea is that it can be prepared very well both hot and cold.

We have already tried both preparation methods and can say that the cold tea tastes just as good as a hot hemp tea.

We drank the CBD tea once in the afternoon as a refreshment and once in the evening before going to bed. We liked the cold hemp drink quite well on a hot summer day.

The tea helped us relax quickly and the stress literally dropped from us. Tea also helped us sleep. We slept through the night really well. However, on the days after taking the CBD, we also noticed that we were generally quite tired. We did not experience any other side effects.

The exact effect of hemp tea can be different for everyone. Therefore, it certainly makes sense if you just try it out yourself. If you don't like the taste of the tea, you can also add a little honey or lemon.

Are there any other products with CBD?

Apart from CBD tea, there are also many other products that contain the active ingredient of the cannabis plant. These include sweets such as chocolate or gummy bears.

The best known products are CBD oil, CBD Liquids for vaping, CBD capsules or CBD crystals. You can actually buy these CBD products in any online shop.

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There are also some cosmetic products with CBD. For example, a cream that can be used especially for pain, psoriasis or skin diseases.

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